Sandra Byrne: Commons Road, Tucker's Field, Family Life.



Sandra Byrne: Commons Road, Tucker's Field, Family Life.


Life History:


Sandra grew up in Commons Road, Blackpool. She has little memory of her mother; describes her father as a cranky man. He damaged his hand in an industrial accident and didn’t work again. She describes her home as a tense place. Sandra talks about meal times, schooling and hanging out in ‘Tuckers’ field and childhood games.


26 July 2012




Cork, Ireland, 1980s-2000s


Other Interviews in the Colection:

CFP_SR00387_sheehan_2010; CFP_SR00388_sheehan_2010; CFP_SR00389_healy_2010; CFP_SR00390_kelleher_2010; CFP_SR00391_crean_2010; CFP_SR00392_mckeon_2010; CFP_SR00393_twomey_2010; CFP_SR00394_stleger_2010; CFP_SR00395_speight_2010; CFP_SR00396_lane_2010; CFP_SR00397_obrienoleary_2010; CFP_SR00398_jones_2010; CFP_SR00399_saville_2010; CFP_SR00400_magnier_2010; CFP_SR00401_marshall_2010; CFP_SR00402_marshall_2010; CFP_SR00403_murphy_2010; CFP_SR00404_prout_2011; CFP_SR00405_walsh_2011; CFP_SR00406_prout_2011; CFP_SR00407_newman_2010; CFP_SR00408_newman_2010; CFP_SR00409_leahy_2011; CFP_SR00411_newman_2010; CFP_SR00412_newman_2010; CFP_SR00413_finn_2011; CFP_SR00414_ohorgain_2011; CFP_SR00415_oconnell_2011; CFP_SR00416_sheehy_2011; CFP_SR00417_mcloughlin_2012; CFP_SR00418_gerety_2012; CFP_SR00419_kelleher_2012; CFP_SR00421_cronin_2012; CFP_SR00422_ohuigin_2012; CFP_SR00423_meacle_2012; CFP_SR00424_horgan_2012; CFP_SR00425_lyons_2012; CFP_SR00427_goulding_2011;


Heritage Week 2011: CFP_SR00429_casey_2011; CFP_SR00430_tomas_2011; CFP_SR00431_newman_2011; CFP_SR00432_stillwell_2011; CFP_SR00433_oconnell_2011; CFP_SR00434_lane_2011; CFP_SR00435_montgomery-mcconville_2011; CFP_SR00436_ocallaghan_2011; CFP_SR00437_corcoran_2011; CFP_SR00438_jones_2011; CFP_SR00439_ohuigin_2011; CFP_SR00440_mccarthy_2011; CFP_SR00441_crowley_2011; CFP_SR00442_obrien_2011; CFP_SR00443_jones_2011; CFP_SR00444_mcgillicuddy_2011; CFP_SR00445_delay_2011; CFP_SR00446_murphy_2011;

Video Interview: CFP_VR00486_speight_2014

Published Material: 

O’Carroll, Clíona (2011) ‘The Cork Memory Map’, Béascna 7: 184-188.

O’Carroll, Clíona (2012) ‘Cork Memory Map: an update on CFP’s Online Project’, The Archive 16: 14.

Dee, Stephen and O’Carroll, Clíona (2012) ‘Sound Excerpts: Interviews from Heritage Week’, The Archive 16: 15-17.

O'Carrol, Clíona (2014) 'The children's perspectives: Place-centred interviewing and multiple diversified livelihood strategies in Cork city, 1935-1960'. Béaloideas - The Journal of Folklore of Ireland Society, 82: 45-65.

The Curious Ear/Documentary on One (Cork City Memory Map)

To view the Cork Memory Map Click Here


Cork Folklore Project Audio Archive


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S.B: I grew up on the Commons Road in Blackpool, em and it was a great place to grow up. Everyone left their doors open, so everyone would walk in and out of each other's houses. So it was it was a great place to grow up. We had a huge field, it’s called, used to be called “Tuckers”, we used to call it “Tuckers”, it was the coal field, and it was just all baron. With streams and trees and all hideouts and little bridges em, we used to have our bonfires there and em, a friend of ours, her Uncle used to give us loads of tyres for the bonfire and we used to chop down our own trees and build our own camps and stuff. So yea it was a brilliant area to grow up in.

E.H: Sounds, sounds really nice, it’s em, and would there be like any memories of people from the area that you were growing up with like any characters that stand out or anyone that’s, that comes to mind?

S.B: Any characters. Em, one of my friends ‘Spriggsy, he em, he used to always just be up to mischief, always getting in trouble. Em, he was just one of these, one of the nicest boys that you could ever meet, but just constantly in trouble, just always in trouble and he was a great character. Em, we used to have a bit of rivalry with all the Farranree lads and girls and stuff and he used to just always caused this trouble. You could be walking through Tuckers and Spriggsy would be running because he’d be after saying something or doing something to the Farranree lads or something you know em. Yea he definitely sticks out in my memories because as well as that he was a great soccer player, absolute great soccer player, em, and yea just a down to earth funny guy as well. He’s definitely would be one of the people that would stick out.

E.H: And what was the rivalry, what was the rivalry between the two?

S.B: It was just kind of area you know. I mean Tuckers was Commons Road Blackpool. Tuckers field was Commons Road Blackpool, so that was ours. But the Farranree gangs used to come down and try to take over or something, it was like something you’d see in Harlem or something. Mafia style. Yea so there was never fights, bit of stone throwing or, at each other.

E.H: Name calling or. . .

S.B: Yea, yea but em that was really it they used you know like around the bonfires, we used to have the biggest in Cork, and that was it like. And the Farranferris people used to try and come along and take over the bonfire but we used to have none of it. Cause my brothers would, would have hung around, we would have all kinda hung around in the same gang so our gang was huge. All brothers and sisters of my friends as well, you know, we used to all just chill out and all this kind of thing you know. But yea that was a huge thing the rivalry was a huge thing.