Kay was born in Holles St Maternity Hospital and lived in 33K St Laurence’s Mansions.
She left school and commenced work in Wigidores Wallpaper and decorating store, where her Mum was already employed. Everyone from our community bought their DIY products there including my family.
She continued in retail for several years. Moving on from that she became a book keeper and then, some time later she was employed by RTE as an audience researcher. Whilst still in RTE she married and left just before her first child was born. Kay has two children and four grandchildren.
Kay trained as secretarial teacher and she taught night classes in Blackrock initially and then in Blanchardstown. She then had the opportunity to attend the University of Limerick where she completed a Post Grad, followed by an MA in Education. She went on to teach IT in a PLC College in Finglas for thirty years. Kay has always loved IT and is passionate about teaching. She recalls that her friends Michael, Peader and Bridie lived in 1H. Both Michael and Peader attended Trinity College and she is still friends with Bridie to this day.
Kay was one of a large group of people, which included my father, and another friend of hers called Grainne Keeley who met in The North Star Hotel to set up the Sheriff Street Credit Union. Kay has a photo of this historic event and will share it on the site later on.
Kay’s happiest memories of Sheriff St are the people. She just loves the people that she grew up with and she has maintained these friendships to this day. She has always had a very strong bond with her friends, even those who have moved abroad. She always felt safe there despite the fact that they never locked their door.
Kay learned to knit when she was ten years old. She was taught by her aunt Ca Murphy (Nee Gorman). She like the other women in the community were keen crafters. Kay also loves gardening
In a funny twist of fate, whilst we were shooting the project I recalled, a glamorous lady with red hair whom, I used to see coming into our shop every day on her way to work in RTE. I could never remember her name! Who knew that I would end up reconnecting with her in the project? It was none other than Kay!