'University was never mentioned as nobody had the money to go'

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Title

'University was never mentioned as nobody had the money to go'

Description

Maura reflects on Ireland in the 1950s and on the life of large families at the time.

Creator

Maura Corr

Publisher

Trinity College Dublin

Date

1953

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The Authors and The Board of Trinity College Dublin

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Relation

Maura Corr

Is Part Of

Adolescence and Early Adulthood

Type

Life Story

Spatial Coverage

Dublin

Temporal Coverage

1950s

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Text

University was never mentioned as nobody had the money to go. Secondary school was even fee paying. For people with large families this wasn't an option. Out of school at 14 years and into a factory mostly. Sewing was the main occupation, or maybe after a few years, the boat to England or elsewhere. Marriage and housing (became) came next. Housing was difficult to get. Most people started in flats and hoped to get local housing when they had children (to get enough points). Private housing was expensive and some people locally just gave back the keys and took off. However, over the years these problems were ironed out and matters improved. Compared to then and today. Then there was much more poverty and people didn't know how to complain, but we've made up for it now.

Sponsor

Irish Research Council for Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (IRCHSS)

Research Coordinator/P.I.

Dr Kathleen McTiernan (Trinity College Dublin)

Senior Research Associate

Dr Deirdre O'Donnell (Trinity College Dublin)

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