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Friday 25 April 2014

That's how it was

MARY RETURNS TO LAUNCH HER FIRST BOOK

Mary Thorpe pictured at the launch of her book 'That's Just How it Was' at Bray Library with her grandchildren (L-R) Thomas, Carrie, Louise, Orla Marie and Eoin and her family and librarian Michael Kelleher.

BRAY native Mary Thorpe returned to the town last Thursday night for the launch of her first book ' That's Just How it Was' at Bray Library.

Born and raised in Wolfe Tone Square West, Mary was the middle child of Patrick and Lolly Kavanagh's five children.

She grew up knowing everyone in Wolfe Tone and has many happy memories of playing with her school friends and picking primroses for her Mam and Granny.

She went to St. Patrick's National School. She married her husband Ian Thorpe in England.

The couple had five children and Mary went on to work as a social worker.

Since the death of her husband and mother in 1997 Mary lives in Preston, Lancashire, near her daughter and her family, and with her youngest son Ian.

In ' That's Just How It Was,' Mary shares the inspiring true story of her grandmother Bridget as it converged with an extraordinary period in Irish history.

Bridget was born in 1884 and would witness a time marked by famine and strife. Despite the challenges of the times, she struggled to prevail, to remain steadfast for her family and to be an example to others.

'Mary felt the driving need to record her 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,' said Shayne Langstroth, who wrote the forward to the book.

There was a great turnout at the book launch with the book being well received by all present.

And that's just how it was.

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