Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Lyons, Bridget, 1929 - , Interviewee, Female, Shop worker, hotel owner.
Speaker: Kirrane, S., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Briefly describes upbringing in Glenamaddy, Ireland, need for work, answering advert, becoming nanny for Irish doctor in Stockport. Recalls meeting husband and talks about attitudes of friends to emigration. Briefly describes job as nanny. Describes job as live-in shop assistant at Joseph Johnson's shop in Leicester [came to Leicester 1948], recalls the Crescent Street hostel, remembers job as being a good one. Mentions wedding day. Describes social life of Irish community, mentioning Joe Willis. Notes that while she and husband bought property, many Irish rented. Mentions Irish club in Highfields and that the church would help poor immigrants. Reflects that more Irish history could have been taught in schools. Sketches her and husband's business progress from small business to hotel. Describes the start of the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and reflects on being Catholic in England. Comments that no one has been rude to them at their hotel and that she doesn't plan on retiring to Ireland.
Place of birth: Co. Galway, Ireland
Education: Up to age 14.
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
Recording Date: 20/1/1987
Playing time: 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Full consent Item Copyright: EMOHA
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