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    Interview with Helen Lucey in Bath, England (via Skype) recorded on 28.02.2019.

    Cite as: Beecher, Ruth (2020): Interview with Helen Lucey in Bath, England (via Skype) recorded on 28.02.2019. Birkbeck College, University of London. doi: https://doi.org/10.18743/DATA.00079

    Description

    Helen was one of eight children born in London. Although her parents left Ireland in the forties, Ireland was always described as home. Helen's parents brought her eldest brother back to Ireland when he was six months old to be looked after by his grandmother until he was two which had a lifelong effect on him. Helen describes her teens and twenties in London and in Ireland where she spent every summer from age ten to eighteen staying with her aunt and uncle near Bantry in Cork. She describes her explorations with sex and sexuality which she said were unremarkable in London but led to her feeling shunned in the small community in Ireland as a 'slut'. Although she once thought about moving to her aunt and uncle's farm in Bantry as a possible future, this dream was gone by the time she was eighteen. Helen touches on her father's alcoholism and the violence between the male members of her family. She and one of her brothers wanted to expand their horizons and have careers. She ends by talking about her special role in the family as the daughter who kept the connection to Ireland alive for her parents in a way that her other siblings did not.

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    1 - Audio Track 1 Interview with Helen Lucey in Bath, England (via Skype) 28.02.2019; Interview Accession No: 0UNA-U1X0008 (0UNA-U1X0008XX-0001M0.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 Helen Lucey in Bath, England (via Skype) recorded on 28.02.2019.

    Creators:

    Beecher, Ruth

    Dataset Contributors:

    ContributionNameEmailORCID
    NarratorLucey, HelenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
    InterviewerBeecher, Ruthr.beecher@bbk.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED

    School/Department:

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

    Keywords:

    Mayo, Cork, London, summer holidays in Ireland, Catholicism, culture, education, jobs, sex, attitudes to sexuality and women, violence, extended family, meaning of Ireland to those living elsewhere.

    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
    17 October 201828 February 2019

    Temporal coverage:

    FromTo
    15 June 195928 February 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 (2020): Interview with Helen Lucey in Bath, England (via Skype) recorded on 28.02.2019. Birkbeck College, University of London. doi: https://doi.org/10.18743/DATA.00079

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