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During the depression, when she was a teen growing up in Pittsburgh, they called her "Spanish", because of her dark curly hair and olive skin. This, even though she was a girl whose grandparents immigrated from western Ireland.


In story, the dark-skinned Irish are referred to as the Black Irish or the dark ones. Her complete name was Eleanor Mary McNamara. This is a painting of my mother, circa 1935.


"Young Eleanor", 20 x 20, acrylics, gel.