Saturday March 28, 2020

Life after loss

Author Anna McPartlin had a difficult early life as a child carer to her mother and grandmother, but says her experiences elevate her writing.

18th December, 2011
Anna McPartlin: 'My mother taught me to find light in the darkest of places'. Photo: Feargal Ward

When I was five my mother left my father in the small town of Kenmare and returned to live with her mother in Dublin, with me in tow. Soon after, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. My grandmother was frail and mum's illness progressed quickly. I became the arms and legs of the house; a carer at the age of eight.

Over the next three years, mum and gran became increasingly infirm. In an age...

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