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973, LO/328/279
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Greasley, Elizabeth, 1927 - , Interviewee, Female, Nurse;
Speaker: Kirrane, S., Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Recalls migrating to England in 1947 from Ireland, following some of her siblings. Describes the references and process required to come to work in England and controls on movement. Describes joining her sister in Birmingham and eventually training at the Towers Hospital in Leicester, details hours worked, wages and the different nationalities of staff there. Mentions social life and Irish community. Mentions meeting her husband at the Palais Dance Hall and leaving work to have her children. Comments dances functioned as centre of Irish community not the church, visit any parish for a dance. Recalls growth of Irish dancing in Leicester and sons playing Irish musical instruments. Comments she missed Irish countryside more than anything and Irish hospitality. Recalls checking in at the police station regularly when she first came to England and was unused to the rationing she found. Recalls Irish girls nearly all went into domestic work or nursing .
Place of birth: Roscommon, Leicester
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation:
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Language: English

Recording Date: 5/12/1986
Playing time: 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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