Aug 22 2010

Kathleen Burke 1924-2010

Published by at 8:25 am under News

Kathleen and Ned Burke from 41 Broombridge Road, Cabra West. Sadly Kathleen passed away yesterday 21st August 2010, age 86 years old. Kathleen was born and reared in Dublins inner city and her husband Ned Burke was a Tipperary man through and through. He died in 2002. At nineteen years of age Kathleen left Dublin to work in a munitions factory in England. After the war many people became unemployed. Kathleen remembered seeing notices outside factories saying ‘No Irish or Blacks need apply’. She later moved to Chester with her friends and then returned home to Dublin. Kathleen and Ned where married in the Pro Cathedral in 1950. They moved to Cabra West about 1951 and had eight children. Before heading off to England Kathleen worked for a family on the Cabra Road named Dunne. The family tried to stop Kathleen from moving to England without success. She was a nanny to their children and they all loved her very much. One of those children is now connected to the Cabra History.Com website and when he was home here in Dublin for the Cabra Reunion in 2009 he paid Kathleen a visit. His name is Tony Dunne and he is now living in Australia. Kathleen Burke is a younger sister to my mother Mary Coffey from Killala Road. God bless you Kathleen and the wonderful generation that you came from. You set us a very high standard to follow in the way of parenthood and community spirit.

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