“We had three boys, James, Gordon and Anthony, by the time I was 23. It was a busy life, and of course, money was scarce. I worked the twilight shift in a nearby factory, and I always had the boys ready and everything done, so Jimmy could take over and give them their supper, read them a story, and put them to bed.
“Eight years later, Emma was born. I remember, at the moment of giving birth, I looked at her sweet little face, and I said, please let this be a little girl. Ten years ago, when Emma was 21 and living in Australia, I sat on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. I had always wanted to see it and Emma made this wish come true. I cried my eyes out. Now Emma has her own baby, Caragh.
“The main reason for coming to the hospice was so we could have our six grandchildren, Amber, Saoirse, Seana, Liam, Sean and Caragh, with us, there is plenty of room, and no visiting time limits. We can meet our friends who can come and go easily. My special friends, my rocks of strength, can sit with me early morning, or late at night.”
Dolores is content as she reflects on her life and the beautiful family that has filled it with so much love.
“All I can say, is, never prolong a row, even a big row. Kiss and make up. Give time to your kids, and they will give kids to you, in time. We’re married 42 years. Jimmy says I am ‘the entertainer, the life and soul of all parties, the love of his life’, what’s better than that?”