Janet Cahill was born in 1968 in inner city Dublin. At times a difficult place to navigate, Janet survived the pitfalls that most embraced. Despite all the odds she travelled the world, settling in North America for seventeen years. Previous occupations include waitressing, childcare and cleaning, she has now found writing an outlet f...
Janet Cahill was born in 1968 in inner city Dublin. At times a difficult place to navigate, Janet survived the pitfalls that most embraced. Despite all the odds she travelled the world, settling in North America for seventeen years. Previous occupations include waitressing, childcare and cleaning, she has now found writing an outlet for her emotions. "I want to congratulate Janet on this remarkable book which gives a great insight into inner city Dublin life. While Janet's book is a personal memoir, it also encapsulates a strong sense of social history and she gives a vivid picture of what life was like growing up in Dublin in the mid 1970s. "I first entered political life in this era and I remember well the mass emigration, the huge rate of unemployment, poverty and lack of investment which characterised our capital city at that time. Dublin in the Rare Auld Times, it most definitely was not. Thankfully, we have all come a long way since then. "Though Janet's story catalogues the hard times experienced by many Dubliners, her story is also a story where her own bravery, love of life and her committed approach shine through. I particularly like her observation that "one thing we never had to fight for was the love, care, honesty and friendship we had growing up in the inner city." That sense of community and social solidarity is something that we can learn from and should still continue to value in more prosperous times.” Bertie Ahern, TD, Taoiseach.
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