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iws2-wwib.jpg … living room and answer, “Who cares, as long as they leave us alone here.” Ours was a happy Catholic household; you could call us the typical Brooklyn family of the early 1900′s. We went to Mass religiously every Sunday and had chicken for dinner. The kids in the neighborhood “got out” their working papers at fourteen, found newspaper routes or began to learn a trade. Some went all the way through high school and many went on to Holy Cross to become priests. But, for the most part, higher education was for the well-to-do, and the well-to-do lived out in Flatbush or in the Borough Hall section, not in Irishtown.

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