Malachy McCourt (Sr.): Malachy is an alcoholic who spends his wages and dole money on drink while his children starve. McCourt’s treatment of his father remains masterfully evenhanded. He reveals not only the despair inflicted on the family by Malachy’s drinking, but also the obvious love between Malachy and his sons. He is an alchoholic who finds lots of reasons for not putting his family first. He wears a suit and tie to every job interview, because common clothes are beneath him. He won't beg, nor carry anything but a child and a framed picture of the pope.
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