Does anyone actually win those big competition prizes? You know the ones...the new car, a world trip? I didn't think so either, until I actually won a trip to Ireland courtesy of Tourism Ireland NZ.
My name is Paddy, I'm from New Zealand & I'd like to invite you to follow me on my 2012 month long journey around the island of Ireland & and my many other musings, as I continue my love affair with this beautiful place.
Sunday, 31 March 2013
The Mothers of Modern Ireland
As with any history, whether it be your national, local or family history, one is often told, to seek out the older members of your community or families to tell their stories of that time. I did this when I started to write a book about my family history two decades ago. Only 23 of them were living, all in their late 80's & 90's & I got to speak to every one of them. They told me stuff that I could never have got from the next generation down. And within 5 years of locating & talking to these 23 family members, 3/4 of them were gone - which is why it is so important, not to put off talking to these folk if you're wanting to document your history.
Today I came across a wonderful archive of video interviews documenting personal oral history as told through the eyes of Ireland's Grandmothers, who were located from all 32 Counties of Eire. When you have a quiet moment to spare, sit down and watch these wonderful women, tell you how it was for them, growing up in Ireland during the last century.
This caption has been taken from the Mothers of Modern Ireland Facebook page
These archives were put together for the South Tipperary County Museum by an independent productions company based in London called Fragments. The project was also supported by private donors & the Department of Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht.
Listen to them tell personal stories about their memories of growing up in Ireland, school life, farm life, religion, contraception, sex education, marriage, divorce, pubs & drinking, wakes, work, equality, the Troubles, checkpoints, family values, immigration & much more.