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VIDEO: What Life Was Like With 10 Kids In A Three-Bed In Dublin(1971)

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It can be hard to imagine in present-day what life would be like with 10 children. I am sure there are some cases, but they are infrequent. This clip from the archives shows what it was like for a mother, father and ten kids in a three-bedroom house.

Carol, Marie, Rosalind, Janet, Edith, Lorraine, Martin, Stephen, David, and Rebecca all troop down the stairs one after the other ranging in age from 14 to 2 years old. They are the Hall family of Ballyfermot, West Dublin.

Family of 10 in Dublin in a three bed house

Mary is highly optimistic about her situation and is thankful that she “is still healthy”. They seem like a wonderful family. Enjoy this brilliant old Irish video. It would also be great to get an update on how they are all doing all these years later. 


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Thursday 11th of August 2022

I would also be curious as to how the family has been doing & if any more kids💚

Irish Around The World

Thursday 11th of August 2022

Yes it would be great if they followed up!

Susan Wrenn

Sunday 24th of July 2022

That Mom is a lovely lady. The children are blessed! I an number 8 of 9, and we lived in a three bedroom house with one bathroom, no garage or basement. That in mind, I KNOW the rooms in the average house in the states are considerably larger than those in Ireland.

Barbara Newton

Saturday 23rd of July 2022

Took me back. I come from a small family of only 8 children. Ha! It was a charming reminder of how things were back in 1971. I had just moved away from home - 18 at the time. Thanks for sharing this!