Women in 20th Century Ireland
This project focuses on the lives of women from both the rural setting of County Cork and the urban setting of Dublin city centre from the 1930s onward. It explores all aspects of their lives from childhood to education, their experience in the workforce to married life. Interviews by Nora Kenny.
Anna talks about her childhood in Liscarroll, Co. Cork. She recalls the house she grew up in and her parents. The picture above which was provided by Anna is of her at four years of age (bottom right), her parents and sister.
Anna talks about her childhood in Liscarroll Co. Cork. She recalls the house she grew up in and her parents. The picture above which was provided by Anna is of her (bottom right), her parents and sister.
Anna talks about her experience in education and how her main ambition in life was to be a nurse. The picture above was supplied by Anna and is of herself at the age of seventeen.
Maura tells us about her family and what her childhood was like growing up on the North Circular Rd, near the Pheonix Park in Dublin. We are told about the neighbourhood she grew up in, the importance of religion at the time, and her time in school.…
Maura tells us about the first job she had after leaving school. She tells us about her husband and that she left work after marrying, like most other women, and raised a family. We are told about her grandchildren and her own grandparents. The…
Maura tells us what transport was like in Dublin and that there was only one phone in her area growing up. She also recalls the Dublin Bombings and the rations during the Emergency.