That's Just How It Was

by Mary Thorpe



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/21/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 276
ISBN : 9781491889855
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 276
ISBN : 9781491889862
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 276
ISBN : 9781491889879

About the Book

“That’s Just How It Was is a moving family tale through which much can be gleaned about life during the push for Irish independence… This is a satisfying, emotionally involving read.”- Clarion Review “Authors of family memoirs often overload their narratives with minutiae that puts nonfamily members to sleep. There are no such encumbrances in Mary Thorpe’s biography of her remarkable grandmother, Bridget O’Rourke. Thorpe…carefully blends Bridget’s story with the events of her day, some of the most pivotal events in Ireland’s history.”- Blueink Review

About the Author

This work is a labour of love by the writer Mary Thorpe as a tribute to her much loved Granny O’Rourke (nee Nolan) in an attempt to place the stories she heard and was told into a true and historical context. As a social worker who came across many cases of social deprivation in modern times, in the various Social Work Departments in which she worked in the South East and North West of England, Mary had the dawning realisation regarding what her own Grandmother had been through in even harder times in the late part of the Nineteenth Century and early part of the Twentieth Century in Ireland and sought to record this. Mary felt the driving need to record her much loved grandmother’s story as recognition of Bridget’s harsh life and also as a tribute to her and the millions of others like her who made the best of things whilst still retaining a sense of pride, of the worth of education as a ticket out of poverty and of the importance of retaining one’s dignity and commitment to family through good and bad times. Mary uses the life of Bridget to celebrate the achievements of other women in Dublin and Bray, in fact from all over Ireland, in this era, and as such, this story will be of interest to anyone with Irish ancestry. Mary hopes her readers will enjoy the mix of history and biography as an authentic record of times past and that this will be an addition to Celtic history from an empathetic and homespun point of view. Mary clearly believes that ‘our roots’ are as important just as ‘our word is our bond’. - Shayne Langstroth B.Ed Hons. M.Ed.