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Fragments of Memory is a series of stories exploring the lives of my mother Pat O'Gorman and my father Mat O'Gorman. In these fragments I will explore through the events that mum and dad experienced. I hope that I am able to convey a real sense of who these two loving people were and what they meant to me, my family and the world. Not everyone has an extraordinary story but even in ordinary lives there are things to learn and rejoice in. Let these fragments of memory serve as my record for my family and for anyone of greater interest.

Pat's Story: Who was Ellen Patricia (Pat) O'Gorman?

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Mat's Story: Who was Matthew (Mat) O'Gorman

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Mat's story: A day at school

Although an intelligent man my father Matthew O’Gorman had little formal education. He left school before the age of 14 after completing the equivalent of Year Six. Primary education had only been compulsory in Ireland since 1926 when Dad turned six. His generation was the first in Ireland to have free compulsory primary education. The following narrative is an imagined account of a day at school for Matt. The events described below take place in Meentulla and Murroe, County Limerick in late spring 1932. Information about the school he attended and schooling in 1930s Ireland was obtained from a number of sources. The depiction of the character of Matt and his siblings are based on family stories.

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