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Sister Marie describes the restrictions and the pleasures of religious life as a Presentation Sister and as a teacher.
Sister Marie was born (circa 1920) in Limerick, to farming parents. She wanted to be a nun from an early age. She also became a…

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Sheila was born and raised on Gurranabraher Avenue. Her father was from the Fail hill area and her mother came from Whitechurch.
Sheila was second youngest in a family of 7 girls and 4 boys. Her father worked in a government building as the lift…

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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…

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Mary was born in Washington Street in 1948; when she was 6 her family moved to Gurranabraher. Her mother was a trader in second-hand clothes in Kyle Street and a barmaid, her father worked for Cork Harbour Commissioners.
As a child, she had to wear…

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Hillary Lyons (nee Hayes) Originally from Fr Dominic Road Ballyphahane, first discusses her maternal grandparents and how they came to live in the city from Kilfinin. Her grandmother worked in Pitman training and her grandfather was a bookkeeper.…

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Geraldine grew up near the top of Western Road. She describes the area and comments on some changes that have taken place there over time. She talks briefly about her schooldays.

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Denis was born in Dublin Street, Blackpool. [1960s.] His family owned a pub there called the Bowler’s Rest. His parents were from West Cork. He went to school in Rathpeacon.
Millfield Cottages were built near the mill houses that existed there since…

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Cork Storyteller Pat Speight (b. 1940s) was born near the North Cathedral, known by locals as the North Chapel. His first house in Cork he thinks was a kind of tenement, with three families living in one house; his father later bought out this…

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Brenda (b. 1963), had 5 sisters and 6 brothers; she was the youngest child in her family. Her mother was from Boyce’s Street. Her father was from near Macroom, and his family was well-off. She always lived on the Northside.
She recalls her…

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Bernie was born in 1939 and reared in Turner’s Cross. His mother had been a bookkeeper and his father was a supervisor in the post office. He had an older brother and an older sister, and he spent a lot of time with his parents.
He remembers queues…

Morley German measles.mp3
Alison Morley was born and raised on the Northside in Cork. She was blind to the age of four due to an early bout of German measles. Here she recounts her personal memories of growing up in Cork. Her descriptions include: her first day at school at…
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