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    Interviews with Gillian Beecher in Cork, Ireland recorded on 13.02.2017 and 29.10.2017.

    Cite as: Beecher, Ruth (2019): Interviews with Gillian Beecher in Cork, Ireland recorded on 13.02.2017 and 29.10.2017. Birkbeck College, University of London. doi: https://doi.org/10.18743/DATA.00057

    Description

    Mrs Gillian Beecher talks to her daughter Ruth about her home Dalmally on the Ballinlough road in Cork, Ireland and about her mother and sister. She talks about going to church 'socials,' i.e. dances, and her friends and boyfriends in the 1960s. She recalls the stigma of her mother’s suicide in 1958 and her time in the Baptist Church in Cork.

    In the second interview, Mrs Beecher talks about attending Rochelle School in Cork in the 1950s, about her first summer job and her first full-time job in a stockbroker’s office. She revisits her mother’s suicide and what she remembered of her mother and father meeting, and speaks again about her time in the Baptist Church.

    Mrs Beecher’s interviews were recorded in a nursing home in Cork in 2017. She had been diagnosed with vascular dementia in April 2016 and moved into the nursing home in November of that year. Her memory was starting to fail so there is some repetition and her sentences are shorter and less fluid than they had been. The content of her interviews, however, was not different to when she had previously recounted these memories.

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    1 - Audio Track interviews with Gillian Beecher in Cork 13.02.2017 & 29.10.2017 [with redactions]; Interview Accession No: 0UNA-U1X0001 (0UNA-U1X0001XX-0001M0R FINAL 20201101.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:

    Interviews with Gillian Beecher in Cork, Ireland recorded on 13.02.2017 and 29.10.2017.

    Creators:

    Beecher, Ruth

    Dataset Contributors:

    ContributionNameEmailORCID
    NarratorBeecher, GillianUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
    InterviewerBeecher, RuthUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2957-8474

    School/Department:

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

    Keywords:

    Cork, socials, dances, church, family, mixed marriage, the British Armed Forces, boyfriends, friends, suicide, stigma, school, work

    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
    13 February 201729 October 2017

    Temporal coverage:

    FromTo
    23 March 193729 October 2017

    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 (2019): Interviews with Gillian Beecher in Cork, Ireland recorded on 13.02.2017 and 29.10.2017. Birkbeck College, University of London. doi: https://doi.org/10.18743/DATA.00057

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