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Again, the Pleasure is all Mine

By Eileen Foley

Eileen Foley was born in Portsmouth and has lived there all her life. She is a graduate of Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York and she served in the Women's Army Corps during World War II. She was the third of four daughters born to Charles and Mary Carey Dondero and her background is rich in both Italian and Irish heritage. Her mother was the first woman mayor of Portsmouth, a rare occurrence in the 1940s.

In 1948, Eileen married John J. Foley and enjoyed forty-four years of life together until his passing in 1994.

Eileen enjoys her three children, Mary Carey, Jay and Barry and her three grandchildren John III, Eilie, and Brynn. She has had a wonderful and busy home life. Her political career entails working in national, state and local arenas and she enjoyed serving seven terms as the New Hampshire State Senator from the 24th District. She held the position of Minority Leader during one of these terms.

In addition, Eileen Foley served eight terms as Mayor of Portsmouth, a position she truly loved. She serves the City of Portsmouth as its Ambassador and has made many trips abroad to Portsmouth's Sister Cities that include the countries of Japan, Ireland and England.

In retirement, Eileen enjoys being able to be in daily contact with people from all walks of life, but she is happiest when she is helping senior citizens. She is especially proud of the fact that she has been awarded two Honorary Degrees from the New Hampshire Technical College.

Compiling those monthly front-page articles for The Voice has always been a pleasure for her to do. Eileen said, "I think it allows us to revisit so many wonderful memories. You can read them over and over again."

We at The Community Council of Senior Citizens hope you will enjoy these articles as you go down Memory Lane. We love the rich memories that enable us to relive the past. They are a part of our history as we lived the life of families in Portsmouth during these growing years.

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