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    Interview with Elleesa Rushby recorded at her home in Essex on 26.05.2019

    Cite as: Beecher, Ruth (2021): Interview with Elleesa Rushby recorded at her home in Essex on 26.05.2019. Birkbeck College, University of London. doi: https://doi.org/10.18743/DATA.00127

    Description

    Elleesa begins by discussing her birth in a Mother and Baby Home in the UK, and her subsequent adoption and life with her adoptive parents and close relationship with her grandmother on her father’s side. She goes on to discuss the separation of her parents, and the effect her mother leaving had on her father. The rest of the interview focusses on her relationship with her father, what it was like to be Irish in Britain during the Troubles, finding ways to connect with and express her Irishness, and the various ways in which she has reconnected (and not) with her birth family.

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    1 - Audio Track 1 Interview with Elleesa Rushby recorded at her home in Essex on 26.05.2019; Interview Accession No: 0UNA-U1X0009 (0UNA-U1X0009XX-0001M0R.mp3)

    Collection Method

    Tá Úna Gan A Gúna Irish Women’s Digital History Project

    Interviews with a range of women born in Ireland during the twentieth century or those with Irish connections. The aim was to gather the stories, memories and opinions of Irish women born in each decade of the twentieth century, about their experiences between the approximate ages of 15 and 25. The sample was found simply through women with whom volunteer interviewers had a connection or through Irish organisations. Interviews were recorded and participants checked and approved the transcripts and recordings.
    See website https://unaganaguna.org/

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    Dataset Title:

    Interview with Elleesa Rushby recorded at her home in Essex on 26.05.2019

    Creators:

    Beecher, Ruth

    Dataset Contributors:

    ContributionNameEmailORCID
    NarratorRushby, ElleesaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
    InterviewerKerrigan Lebloch, EvelynUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED

    School/Department:

    Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology

    Keywords:

    Adoption, mother and baby home, identity, Irishness, the Troubles, accents, family, Limerick, Dublin, Luton, community, discrimination.

    Data collection method:

    Tá Úna Gan A Gúna Irish Women’s Digital History Project

    Interviews with a range of women born in Ireland during the twentieth century or those with Irish connections. The aim was to gather the stories, memories and opinions of Irish women born in each decade of the twentieth century, about their experiences between the approximate ages of 15 and 25. The sample was found simply through women with whom volunteer interviewers had a connection or through Irish organisations. Interviews were recorded and participants checked and approved the transcripts and recordings.
    See website https://unaganaguna.org/

    Collection period:

    FromTo
    26 May 201926 May 2019

    Temporal coverage:

    FromTo
    23 November 196326 May 2019

    Statement on legal, ethical, and access issues:

    The research proposal was ethically approved by the School of Social Science, History and Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London.

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    Cite as: Beecher, Ruth (2021): Interview with Elleesa Rushby recorded at her home in Essex on 26.05.2019. Birkbeck College, University of London. doi: https://doi.org/10.18743/DATA.00127

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