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    Interview with Bairbre McDonagh recorded in Leeds on 25.06.2019

    Cite as: Beecher, Ruth (2021): Interview with Bairbre McDonagh recorded in Leeds on 25.06.2019. Birkbeck College, University of London. doi: https://doi.org/10.18743/DATA.00130

    Description

    Bairbre was born in Dublin in 1971 and grew up in Limerick, the second of four siblings. She describes how she was compared to her older sister and how both at school and at home she was made to feel not clever enough. Outside school she learned music and was good at sport. She reflects on family life and the role of her mother as homemaker. After her Leaving Certificate exams she attended Dublin Institute of Technology and then completed her studies in London. She describes how she was keen to leave Limerick but also enjoyed meeting up with friends on her return and going clubbing in Limerick. While studying in London she made some good friends and met her husband. Her first holiday in Ireland with him prompted an awkward conversation about sex with her mother which she tried found embarrassing. Once her course finished she started working in London and eventually recruited her boyfriend (now husband) to the same company.

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    1 - Audio Track 1 Interview with Bairbre McDonagh recorded in Leeds on 25.06.2019; Interview Accession No: 0UNA-U1X0012 (0UNA-U1X0012XX-0001aM0.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 Bairbre McDonagh recorded in Leeds on 25.06.2019

    Creators:

    Beecher, Ruth

    Dataset Contributors:

    ContributionNameEmailORCID
    NarratorMcDonagh, BairbreUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
    InterviewerBeecher, RuthUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED

    School/Department:

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

    Keywords:

    Limerick, Dublin, London, University of Greenwich, Leeds, Irish college, Salesian convent school, family life, family routines, Irish language, siblings, sport, music, relationships, career, attitudes to sex.

    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
    25 June 201925 June 2019

    Temporal coverage:

    FromTo
    1 December 197125 June 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 Bairbre McDonagh recorded in Leeds on 25.06.2019. Birkbeck College, University of London. doi: https://doi.org/10.18743/DATA.00130

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