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Frank Mc Court was born in New York City's Brooklyn borough, on 19 August 1930 to Malachy Mc Court (1901–1985), who falsely claimed to have been in the IRA during the Irish War of Independence, and Irish Catholic mother Angela Sheehan (1908–1981) from Limerick.
Frank Mc Court lived in New York with his parents and four younger siblings: Malachy, born in 1931; twins Oliver and Eugene, born in 1932; and a younger sister, Margaret, who died just 21 days after birth, in 1934.
Upon his discharge from the US Army, he returned to New York City, where he held a series of jobs on docks, in warehouses, and in banks.
Using his GI Bill education benefits, Mc Court talked his way into New York University by claiming he was intelligent and read a great deal; they admitted him on one year's probation provided he maintained a B average.
Mc Court related that when he was 11, his father left Limerick to find work in the factories of wartime Coventry, England, rarely sending back money to support his family.
Eventually Mc Court recounts that Malachy Senior abandoned Frank's mother altogether, leaving her to raise her four surviving children, on the edge of starvation, without any source of income. Frank then held odd jobs and stole bread and milk in an effort to provide for his mother and three surviving brothers.
In a 1997 New York Times essay, Mc Court wrote about his experiences teaching immigrant mothers at New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn.
Mc Court also authored 'Tis (1999), which continues the narrative of his life, picking up from the end of Angela's Ashes and focusing on his life after he returned to New York.
Among the many community partners of the Frank Mc Court school are the Columbia Journalism School and Symphony Space. For the former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and real estate developer, see Frank Mc Court (executive).For the 1950s Manchester City and Northern Ireland footballer, see Frank Mc Court (footballer).Francis Mc Court (August 19, 1930 – July 19, 2009) was an Irish-American teacher and writer.He won a Pulitzer Prize for his book Angela's Ashes, a tragicomic memoir of the misery and squalor of his childhood.