'Within a few years everybody seemed to have disappeared'

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Title

'Within a few years everybody seemed to have disappeared'

Description

Maura remembers the feeling of emptiness as everyone was emigrating to England and escaping from the poverty in Ireland.

Creator

Maura Corr

Publisher

Trinity College Dublin

Date

1955

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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

We got an odd newspaper from England but us children were not allowed to read it. I usually got my hands on it (News of the World) and read it thoroughly. All I could see were one or two pictures of so called glamour models. Then within a few years everybody seemed to have disappeared. Work was scarce and people emigrated not alone but by the household. Most went to England for work. It was a time of sadness and happiness. Happiness because we were young and didn't realise or care what was wrong. People, young people, died from T.B. Poverty was rampant and those who had no jobs but stayed (not everyone) took to the drink. It wasn't uncommon to meet them coming from the pub and asking us young girls for a 'purty kiss'. We kept away from them and most died quite young.

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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