Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: O'Neill, Owen, 1941 - , Interviewee, Male, Priest
Speaker: Kirrane, S., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Brief description of family and emigration from village of Cappawhite, Tipperary, Ireland. Recalls England being a popular destination, believing England to be 'pagan', and being apprehensive when arriving in Nottingham in 1965. Talks about Irish community in Nottingham, relations between English and Irish being good. Mentions anti-Irish feeling after Birmingham pub bombings. Considers the flow of Irish into Nottingham, changing role of church, role of clubs, attitudes of previous settlers. Talks about current parish in Eyres Monsell, Leicester [came to Leicester in 1980], and changing attitudes to priests. Describes different types of Irish, including 'tinkers'. Reflects on Irish culture and awareness of it among later generations. Mentions the Leicester Irish being well regarded.
Place of birth: Tipperary, Ireland
Education: Seminary in Eire
Marital Status: Single, Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester, Nottingham
Periods Covered: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
Recording Date: 16/1/1987
Playing time: 45 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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