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Cooper (Patricia Donnelly)

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Patricia c1940

The life-story of Patricia Cooper, nee Donnelly

Written by Christopher Cooper, son of Patricia Donnelly

Submitted for publication on this website by Christopher Cooper in December 2017

For an introduction to these Donnelly Families, click here.

The story of Patricia and her family is presented in 6 parts, To read the story, and view many photograpghs, go to the links below:

To read Part 1, click here

To read Part 2, click here

To read Part 3, click here

To read Part 4, click here

To read Part 5, click here

To read Part 6, click here



The Eyes That Shone - from Ireland to Canada in the 1950s

But a word of warning! The Eyes That Shone is not a saga filled with horrible tragedy and dysfunctional relationships, but rather a celebration of family lives in Ireland and Canada, in other words, a happy story featuring:

  • Memories of life on small farms in Ireland before 1950 and before tractors and electrification, when growing food depended largely on human sweat and muscle
  • Recollections about people and events in the Department of Public Works of Canada where the author worked during the period 1957 to 1991
  • Intimate perspectives on living and dying, politics and religion, home and family