My name is Angela. I am a 60+ female, with a particular interest in society and how it works now, and how it worked in days gone by.
As a (very!) mature student I studied (and to my amazement, GOT) a BSc (Hons) in Social Science.I emigrated to the UK in the Sixties, returned to Ireland in 1981 and have lived and worked here since.
From the outset this blog has three main themes:
1. Looking back at significant historical chapters and events as well as people who have shaped our country, our lives, our world. Looking at who we were and who we are, and to remind ourselves of how things used to be. Some of these items will hopefully inform people who are trying to search for family in Ireland – a challenge indeed as certain people saw fit to set fire to, or pulp many of our records!
2. I believe that all of us who have survived for more than a half century have perspectives and a wealth of experience that deserve a forum.This blog is for us and about us; what it means to be living in Ireland as we approach or are already in the ‘Third Age’.
3. Our disappearing world: Hopefully, those who aspire to surviving as long as we have will find something of interest here too. In time, I would hope to facilitate an Oral History collection, a ‘Down Memory Lane’ look back at how things used to be in living memory, or a generation or so beyond that. Your parents, and if you are lucky enough to have grandparents, can tell you stories of their lives and perhaps of lives going back beyond their own. Details of ’Ordinary’ lives, in ‘Ordinary’ surroundings and how they were lived out, are in danger of being forgotten in this high-tech age of Twitter, Facebook and Blogging. If you have any stories or snippets , please let me know. All will be published on this site and credited to the storyteller and the interviewer, or can be done anonymously if that works best for anyone. See also my Facebook page here
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I aim to keep my posts short, readable and informative – if you wish to investigate in more depth, I will add references for further reading.
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