Michael and Eileen Dore recalled the difficult circumstances surrounding their upbringing. Eileen Sheridan grew up in a large family in Sutton Cross. Her father was employed as a ploughman by the Howth Castle Estate and her mother had to rear her large family alone when he died when Eileen was aged 11. Michael grew up in Capel Street and he gained employment as an upholsterer with Louis Clanes, off Henry Street. In later years, he was employed by the OPW working as an upholsterer of antique furniture.