GROWING UP IN DUBLIN ( From an interview with Colm Gibbons ) Brendan Phelan was born in the Old Coombe Hospital in 1946, the son of a barber and a tailoress, Michael and Carmel (formerly Kelly). His maternal grandparents, Bridget and Jem ‘Sap’ Kelly lived in nearby Coombe Street in the Liberties area of Dublin City. Brendan’s paternal grandparents lived in anartisan dwelling in Lower Sheriff Street in Dublin’s north inner city. His grandmother, also called Bridget, was twice widowed. Her first husband, John Hand, was killed in an accident at his workplace in Dublin Docks when he was crushed to death having fallen between a ship and the Liffey wall in the East Wall area of Dublin. Her second husband, Daniel Phelan died in the Great War and is buried in Ypres in Belgium. After that Granny Phelan decided to call a halt to the matrimony lark and lived to a good old age on her two pensions. Brendan’s parents had what can only be described as a volatile relationship which culminated in many long periods of estrangement, with intermittent periods of reconciliation, they both being what Brendan describes as ‘highly strung’. For some reason, which was never explained, Brendan was reared in his Granny Kelly’s home in Slievemore Road, a newly developed housing scheme in the Drimnagh area of Dublin’s sprawling suburbs

GROWING UP IN DUBLIN ( From an in

via GROWING UP IN DUBLIN ( From an interview with Colm Gibbons ) Brendan Phelan was born in the Old Coombe Hospital in 1946, the son of a barber and a tailoress, Michael and Carmel (formerly Kelly). His maternal grandparents, Bridget and Jem ‘Sap’ Kelly lived in nearby Coombe Street in the Liberties area of Dublin City. Brendan’s paternal grandparents lived in anartisan dwelling in Lower Sheriff Street in Dublin’s north inner city. His grandmother, also called Bridget, was twice widowed. Her first husband, John Hand, was killed in an accident at his workplace in Dublin Docks when he was crushed to death having fallen between a ship and the Liffey wall in the East Wall area of Dublin. Her second husband, Daniel Phelan died in the Great War and is buried in Ypres in Belgium. After that Granny Phelan decided to call a halt to the matrimony lark and lived to a good old age on her two pensions. Brendan’s parents had what can only be described as a volatile relationship which culminated in many long periods of estrangement, with intermittent periods of reconciliation, they both being what Brendan describes as ‘highly strung’. For some reason, which was never explained, Brendan was reared in his Granny Kelly’s home in Slievemore Road, a newly developed housing scheme in the Drimnagh area of Dublin’s sprawling suburbs.

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