Yes, there was a real Mrs. McGuire! Nora McGuire was born in Clonbur, County Galway, Ireland in the late 1800s. She was an extremely loving, kind and generous woman, wife and mother. She was a dedicated housekeeper and a “domestic” in the best old-fashioned tradition. She was also the founder’s grandmother.
Life was very hard in Ireland at that time. Nora left her family’s farm, immigrated through Ellis Island, and joined her older brother, John, in America at the turn of the past century. It was a time known as America’s “Guilded Age” – a time of horses and buggies, Queen Victoria, the “Gibson girl” and suffragettes. After only a few days in the U.S, Nora received her first and only job as a live-in homekeeper. Irish “girls” were considered especially desirable at that time because of their dependability, but what actually won her that first job was her wonderful Irish Soda Bread (her original recipe is below). She worked hard, but she was loved by and considered a member of the family she worked for. She saved money from her wages to send back to her family, including her 5 sisters and 2 brothers, and she continued to work for the same family until her marriage. This photograph to the left was taken on her wedding day in 1907.
Throughout her employment as a “domestic”, as well as in her own home, she maintained (and passed on to her daughter and grandchildren) a strong work ethic, and the highest standards of reliability, quality care and cleanliness. When Mrs. McGuire’s Homekeepers was founded in 2007, it was inspired by the generosity and dedication of Nora McGuire. We wanted to bring the same level of expert care and devotion to all the homes we service that Nora provided to the family she worked for. At Mrs. McGuire’s, our mission and values are guided by the kind of high quality service that Nora felt so strongly about. We always care for our customers’ homes as if they were our own. We only use high quality non-toxic and eco-friendly products and we go out of our way to meet our customers’ homekeeping needs.
My family and I are very fortunate to own such a wonderful, local, Maine business. We look forward to working with you!
PS: Here’s Nora’s Irish Soda Bread recipe. May it bring you the same luck it brought to her!
Mrs. McGuire’s Famous Irish Soda Bread