Feb. 11, 2016

Welcome

First class in Knockavilla school have been working very hard over the past two months interviewing their grandparents, relatives and neighbours about their lives when they were a child. We have put together our project "Looking Back Through the Years" which looks at the home, school, working and social life of people long ago. Every child in the class put in so much work into this project and is seen in their writing below. We have learned so much from this project and we hope you will too.

We hope you enjoy reading,
First Class

We put all of our interviews in books. They are available to read in our classroom.

Home Life

 

My Granny grew up in Douglas, Cork. She has no brothers and four sisters. She lived in a detached house with 6 bedrooms, a garden, a yard and stables. They ate porridge for breakfast and meat and vegetables for dinner. Dinner was cooked using the oven and grill. The water came from the tap and well. When Granny was a child the clothes were washed by hand, they had a washing machine when she was older. They had coal fires. They made their own bread, bought bread and milk. They had electricity and used candles. Granny had a riding school with ponies and 5 dogs.

Max

 

My Granny grew up in Ballinhassig in Cork. She has 1 brother and 2 sisters. She lived in a farm house with her brothers and sisters and her Mam and Dad. For breakfast they ate porridge or sometimes bread and jam. They had potatoes and meat for dinner. Drinking water came from the well out in the yard and their mammy had to wash clothes by hand. The farm house had a big fire place. Granny’s mother would churn butter and milk. But she would bake bread every day.

Conor O’D

 

My Nana grew up in Crossbarry. She had 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Her house had 3 bedrooms, a kitchen and a sitting room. She ate porridge, potatoes, vegetables and meat. They cooked their food on a gas cooker. They got their water from the pump down the road with buckets. They had a washing machine. They had an open fire. Nana had a farm, they got milk from cows and they made butter. Nana had electricity. She had a dog and a pony.

Naomi

 

My Nana lived in Farnahoe Innishannon. She had 4 sisters and 2 brothers. They lived in a farmhouse. It was a two storey house. It had 3 bedrooms. It had one bathroom. It had a kitchen and a dining room. It had a back kitchen with an open fire. Nana ate food from their farm. She ate vegetables, beef, bacon, chicken and eggs. Nana ate bread made by her mammy. Nana had her own well. Clothes were hand washed in a tub. They burned wood and turf in the fire. They made their own bread and butter and had cows for milk. They had oil lamps. Nana had a dog called Shep.

Ben

 

Pop grew up in Cork. He had 2 younger sisters. He lived in a two storey house. It had electricity, gas cooking and radiators. Drinking water came from the taps. They washed clothes by hand and in a machine. Pop ate meat, vegetables and potatoes. His mother had to buy butter, milk and bread. He had a pet dog his name was Sultan.

Leah

 

My Granda grew up on a farm in West Cork. He has one brother and one sister. I lived in a traditional farm house. He ate food produced on the farm. His mother cooked on the open fire. Their drinking water came from a well on the farm. Their clothes were washed by hand. The house was heated by an open fire. His mother needed to buy butter, milk and bread. They had paraffin oil lamps to light the house. They had dogs as pets.

Ryan

 

My Grandad grew up in Bantry, Co. Cork. He had 6 sisters and 4 brothers. His house had 3 bedrooms. He ate brown bread and butter. He cooked in a pot. Their drinking water came from a tap. Clothes were washed by hand. The fire kept the house warm. He had to buy butter. They had electricity. Grandad had a dog.

Isabelle

 

My Nana grew up in Courtmacsherry. She had 2 brothers and 5 sisters. She lived in a big house with 5 bedrooms and 4 sitting rooms and a toilet in the yard. She ate eggs and fish. They cooked their food using a cooker. They got drinking water from a well. They washed clothes by hand. They had an open fire in the house. They had to buy butter and milk. Nana’s house had electricity. She had baby chickens.

Freya

 

 

My Auntie grew up in Knocknagree. She has 1 brother and 1 sister. She lived in a two storey house with 4 bedrooms. For breakfast she had porridge. For lunch she had sandwich with jam or banana. For dinner she had stew or bacon and potatoes and roast chicken on Sunday. She cooked on the range and gas cooker. She got water from the public mains. She washed clothes in a twin tub washing machine. Her Mom washed clothes by hand and the machine spun them. They had an open fire and also a range that heated radiators. Her Mother made most of their bread but also bought loaf bread. She left milk go sour to make bread. They had electric light. She had a dog and a cat as pets.

Lisa

 

My Granny grew up on a farm in Kanturk. She has 4 brothers and 3 sisters. She lived in a two storey farm house with 6 bedrooms. She ate bacon and potatoes and cabbage. They used to cook on a aga cooker. They got water from the well on her farm. They washed clothes in a twin tub washing machine. They had an open fire. They made everything they ate. They got milk from the cows. They had electricity. She had two sheep dogs, cats and a lamb.

Ronan

 

 

My Nana grew up in Timoleague. She had 5 brothers and 3 sisters. She lived in a 3 bedroom bungalow. She ate brown bread with jam, porridge, boiled eggs, bacon and cabbage. They cooked on a range. They got water from a well. They washed clothes in the sink. They had an open fire in every room. They made their food and they had a cow. They had oil lanterns. She had a dog, cat and 2 rabbits.

Emma

 

My Granny grew up in the Curragh. She had 2 sisters and 1 brother. She lived in a two storey farm house with 4 bedrooms, kitchen, parlour, back kitchen, store and stable. She ate porridge, boiled eggs, brown bed, potatoes, bacon, cabbage, rasher, sausages, cured pig and eggs. They cooked a lot of the time on a big range filled with coal. They got water from their own well. They washed clothes in the bath with soap. They had a fire only in the kitchen and parlour. They made their own food – grew their own vegetables. They had candles and oil lamps (Tilly (11 years) lamp pumped it up). She had cats and a sheepdog Rover.

Tegan

 

My Nana grew up in Ardfield near Clonakilty. She has one brother and three sisters. She lived in a two storey house. They grew their own vegetables and fruit. They cooked with an open fire. They bought butter and made their own milk and bread. They had wall lamps and lanterns. They had a pet dog called Spot.

Kyle

 

Grandy was born in a small terraced house in Blackpool. He has 4 brothers and 3 sisters. He ate bacon, porridge and bread. He had no pets.

Liam

 

My Granny’s name is Nora. She grew up in Galway. She had 5 brothers and 3 sisters. My Granny grew up on a farm and they lived in a bungalow on the farm. They ate the food they grew and produced on the farm like vegetables, chicken, milk and butter. Her Mom used to make bread. Her Mom cooked on a range which also kept the house warm. They couldn’t have water in the house so they had to fetch it from the well in the village where she lived. They had ti wash their clothes by hand in a large tub. My Granny had donkeys and horses which were used to help plough the fields and bring in the turf. My Granny had a dog.

Eva

 

My Nana grew up in Tralee. She lived in a white house and has 7 brothers and 2 sisters. Her Mom used electricity to cook, wash and light the house. They drank water from the tap and baked bread by the fire. Nana had dogs as pets.

Caden

 

 

 

Grandad Pedder grew up in Castlemartyr a small village in East Cork. He had one brother and four sisters. They lived in a 2/3 terraced house. It was an end house so it had a big garden for growing vegetables etc. He ate potatoes, vegetables, soup, eggs and bread. They got fresh milk at the local butchers shop every evening and fresh cream. East Cork was a great vegetable growing area at that time. Food was cooked on a solid fuel cooker which also consisted of an oven for baking cakes and cooking meat. They got water from the mains water supply, Cork County Council. Clothes were washed by hand in a big sink. They had an open fire in each room. They had electricity.

Jack M

 

My Mum grew up in Castlecove. She had 3 brothers and 1 sister. She lived in a big house it had 20 bedrooms. It was a hotel. They ate meat and veg. Food was cooked in a pressure cooker. Water came from the tap. They washed clothes in a washing machine. They had oil heating and electricity. They had a dog.

Séan

 

My Nan grew up in Kinsale. She had one brother and one sister. She lived in a green house with no stairs, near the sea. She ate potatoes, fish, meat and vegetables. Food was cooked over a fire. Water came from a well and pump. Clothes were washed in a sink by hand. They had an open fire for heat. She needed to buy butter, milk and bread. They used candles for light. My Nan had a sheepdog.

Conor Mc G

 

My Granda was born in Adrigole, Beara, Co. Cork. He had 3 brothers. He lived in a two storey house, 2 rooms downstairs – 3 upstairs. He ate swade, potato, rabbit and fish. Cooking was done in a bastable in an open fire. He got water from the well in the field behind his house. The clothes were washed in a zinc bath. Heating was from an open fire. His Mom made the butter and bread and the milk came from the cows on the farm. Light came from an oil lamp. He didn’t have a pet.

Lucy

 

My Grandad grew up in Newboro, Patrickswell. He has 6 brothers and 6 sisters. He lived in a cottage with 2 bedrooms and a kitchen. He ate potatoes, cabbage, bacon, turnip, bread and jam. Food was cooked on the range with a fire in it. Water came from the well. Clothes were washed in a tub with a washing board. They had a fire for heat. Grandad had to buy butter and milk, they made bread. They had electricity for light – oil lamp and then electric. He had no pet.

Michael

 

My Grandad was born in Macroom. He had two brothers and one sister. He lived in a two storey house with 4 bedrooms. They ate home grown food. Food was cooked on a solid fuel cooker. Clothes were washed by hand. They had an open fire for heat. They had gas lamps. He had a dog.

Tomás

 

My Granny grew up in Killeady, Ballinhassig, Co. Cork. She has one brother and 4 sisters. She lived in a Public house. She ate Irish stew and roast chicken. They had a gas cooker. They got water from a fresh spring well. They washed clothes in a washing machine. They had an open coal fire. They had electric lighting. Granny had a dog called Dolly.

Jack O' D

 

School Life

 

Granny started school at 5 and finished at 16. It was a very old school with 4 floors and an attic. She walked or got the bus to school. She had fruit or sandwiches for lunch. At break she played cards, hopscotch and did skipping. She remembers the “Owl and the Pussy Cat” from school. Granny’s school had lights and old storage heaters. She can remember when her Mummy got locked in the toilet. They used to get lots of homework. She liked school.

Max

 

My Granny started school when she was 4½ and finished when she was 15. It was a small country school with 2 teachers. Granny and her sisters had to walk to school every morning. They learned English, Irish and Maths and played football and hopscotch at lunch time. Granny’s school did not have any uniform but Granny liked going to school because she had lots of friends.

Conor O’D

 

Nana started Knockavilla aged 4 and Brogans until 14. It was a small school. Nana walked to school. She learned Irish, English and Maths. She brought jam sandwiches and apples for lunch. She played hopscotch. Nana didn’t really like school.

Naomi

 

Nana started school at 6 and finished at 13. There were 4 rooms and 4 teachers. Boys and girls were kept separate. Nana walked to school. She learned Irish, English, Maths, Music, Cooking, Dress making and Religion. She had bread, butter, jam sandwiches and milk for lunch. She played hopscotch, chase and hide and seek. Fires were used to heat the room. She remembers falling and cutting her forehead in school. Nana had a uniform: Black pinafore with a white shirt in summer and with a red jumper in winter. Nana didn’t like school. Her teacher was very cross.

Ben

 

Pop started school when he was 4. When he was older he went to boarding school and then to college. His Dad drove him to school. He had a uniform. It was a blazer and a cap. He did English, Irish, sums and Geography. Pop had lots of homework. He went home for his dinner at lunch time. He played ball and marbles. He liked school.

Leah

 

 

Granda began school at age 5 and finished at 14. The school had one hundred pupils, in two rooms and two teachers. He walked to school. He learned Irish, English, Maths, History, Geography and Religion. Granda ate homemade bread and milk for lunch. They played hide and seek, running and sport. He learnt Irish songs. Granda can remember a poem called “The Meeting of the Waters”. They had a turf fire and daylight in school. He remembers going to the toilet in the cold. He did not have a school uniform but the girls did. They got lots of homework. Granda liked school.

Ryan

 

Grandad began school at 4 and finished at 17. There were 3 teachers and 20 children in the school. Grandad had to walk to school. He learned how to read and write. Grandad ate brown bread for lunch. He played football at break times. They had electricity and a fire in school. Grandad didn’t have a uniform and he got homework. He didn’t like school

Isabelle

 

Nana started school at 4 and finished at 17. There were 2 classrooms in the school. Nana walked to school. She learned English and Maths. She went home to have lunch. She did skipping at break. Nana can remember the poem “Fishy Fishy”. They had an open fire and electric lights in school. Teachers used to hit them with a long bamboo stick. They had no uniform. Nana didn’t like school.

Freya

 

My Auntie started school at 4 and finished at 12. The school had six classrooms and playing yards and a field. She walked to school. She learned Irish, English, Maths, Geography, History, Nature and Religion. She had banana or jam sandwiches and milk for lunch. She played hopscotch, chase and skipping. She can remember the song “Beigh aonach amárach” and the story “The Owl and the Pussy Cat”. The school had electric light and oil heating. She can remember the Cork hurling players coming with the cup when they won the All Ireland. She had no uniform. They got homework. My Auntie did not like school.

Lisa

 

My Granny started school when she was four and a half and finished when she was 18. They had all girls in the class and all the teachers were nuns. She walked one mile to school. She learned Irish, Maths, Botany, History, Latin and Geography. She had a banana sandwich with milk for lunch. They did running and skipping at break. She remembers “The Daffodils”, “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” and “Bolf Thady Quil”. They had plumbed heating and electricity in school. She remembers when the cow broke into the school. She had a uniform. It was a navy pinafore and a navy tie. She got homework. She liked school most of the time.

Ronan

 

My Nana started school at 5 and finished at 13. The school had 2 rooms, one for the boys and one room for the girls. They had open fires for heating and outside toilets. She walked to school. She learned Maths, English, Irish and Religion. She had bread and jam and coco for lunch. They played hunt and skipping at break. She remembers the poem “Tigh Molaga”. They had lanterns for light. Teachers were very cross. They had no uniform and got homework. She didn’t like school.

Emma

 

My Granny started school at 4 and finished at 12. Boys were on one side and girls on the other. She got to school by pony and trap or walking. She learned a lot of Irish, English, Maths, Geography amd History. She had a bottle of milk and brown bread for lunch. In winter the teacher would put it by the fire. They did running and played tig at break. She remembers “Little Boy Blue”. They had big turf fires. She remembers meeting the inspector coming out of school when Nana was going in and he asked here her name. She answered “the beautiful Eto” and he said “you are late”. They had no uniforms. They didn’t get much homework. She didn’t like school.

Tegan

 

Nana started school at five and finished at sixteen. The school was and old building with big windows. She walked to school every day. She learned English, Irish, Maths, sewing and Religion. Nana liked ham sandwiches for lunch and played shop and catch with her friends. Her school had an open fire for heating and no lights. Even though Nana got loads of homework she liked school and never had a uniform.

Kyle

 

Granda began school at 4 and finished at 14. He walked to school. He learned Latin, Irish and Maths. He played hurling and football. He had electric lights and oil heating.

Liam

 

Granny started school at 4 and finished at 16. She walked to school every day and she didn’t have a uniform. It was a small school with just 3 big rooms. They had open fires and oil lamps to heat and light it. They did English, Irish, Maths, History, Geography and Religion.

Eva

 

My Nana loved school. She went to a Convent school where she learned all the subjects and played ball games and chasing. She learned the poem “The Listeners” by Walter Delamare and she won a prize for the best handwriting in the class.

Caden

 

Grandad began school at 5 and finished at 18. National school was only ¼ of a mile away and most pupils walked there. We had no uniform in National school. It was a stone building consisting of 4 rooms, 2 for the boys and 2 for the girls. There was an open coal fire in each room. He learned English, Irish, Maths, Geography and History. He ate brown bread, a cheese sandwich and a bottle of milk for lunch. They mainly played football. He remembers “The Robin” and “The Daffodils”. They had an open fir and electric lighting. He remembers a story. One day the teacher had to leave the classroom and they stood on the desktops to see out the window. When the teacher came back and asked who was standing on the desk, nobody answered. He drew the shoe prints on the board and asked everyone to turn up the soles of their shoes. A few of us got punished with the stick. They had no uniform in National school. He got homework every night mainly maths and Irish. He didn’t like school so much as they were not allowed to speak their minds and if you did you got punished in some way.

Jack M

 

Mum started school at 5 and finished at 13. It was a small school with 70 pupils. She got to school by bus. She learned maths, Irish and English. Mum had milk and sandwiches for lunch. She played catch and the red rover in school. They had no school uniform. They got homework. Mum liked school she still has friends from it.

Séan

 

My Nan started school at four and finished at 17. She went to a pink school with two classrooms. She walked to school. They learned Maths, Irish and English. She had jam sandwiches and apples for lunch. She played hop scotch and skipping. They had a fire and candles to heat and light the school. She can remember when the priest visited. She had no uniform and she got homework. Nan liked school.

Conor Mc G

 

Granda started school at five and finished national school at thirteen. There were two rooms in the school, one room for the infants and 1st and 2nd class and the second room for 3,4,5,6 class. He walked to school with the other children. He learned Irish, English and sums. Granda had bread, butter and a bottle of milk for lunch. He played “Hide and Seek”, “Ring a Rose”, Hunt and Gobs with Stones. He remembers learning “Three Blind Mice”, “Soft Day” and “Old Woman of the Road”. They had a fire and candles in school. He remembers going to the well for water with a kettle and a can and throwing water at the farmers going to the creamery. He had no uniform. He got plenty of homework. Granda liked school he said it was great fun at times.

Lucy

 

Grandad began school at 4 and finished at 17. There were 2 classrooms and one teacher. Grandad walked to school. He learned English and Latin. He had bread and jam for lunch. He played hurling and Gaelic football. He learned to National Anthem and Mary had a Little Lamb. They had an open fire with timber and coal and electric light. Grandad remembers when he was cycling to school to do an exam, he crashed and fell over the handle bars. He had no school uniform. He got homework every night even Friday. He liked school.

Michael

 

Grandad started school at 4. The school had 2 classrooms and 2 teachers. Grandad walked to school. He learned English, Irish and Maths. He had bread, milk and soup for lunch. He played football. He remembers learning lots of Irish songs and poems. He remembers the song “The Little Brown Jug”. They had a fire and oil lamps. Grandad remembers the inspector coming. They had no uniform, they got homework. He liked school.

Tomás

 

 

Granny started school at 4 and finished at 16. It was a 2 room school with outside toilets. She got the bus to school. She learned Irish, English and Maths. She had a sandwich and milk for lunch. She played rounders and hopscotch. The school had an open fire and electricity. She had a school uniform and they got homework. Granny liked school.

Jack O’ D

Working Life

Granny’s Dad was a Garda and Mum looked after the family. Granny helped with the cooking and tidying. People used to walk or cycle to work. She helped brush and feed the horses. Cows were milked by hand. People had jobs as teachers, fishermen and police men.

Max

 

When Granny was a young girl she would have to help milk the cows on the farm before school every morning. Most people were farmers and worked on their farms. Granny also had to feed the hen and collect eggs. Cows were milked by hand and this was always hard work. The cows would sometimes kick. There was a shopkeeper and a doctor in the village. When Granny was old enough she moved to England to train as a nurse.

Conor O’D

 

Nanas mom and dad worked as a farmer and a cleaning lady. Nana helped with the cleaning and milking the cows. People had to cycle to work. Nana had to feed the hens. Cows were milked by hand. People worked as farmers, hairdressers and nurses. There was a shop in Crossbarry.

Naomi

 

Nana’s parents were farmers. Nana had to tidy the house and light the fire. People went to work by bus or walk or by horse and cart. Nana picked potatoes, milked cows and stacked hay. Cows were milked by hand. Most people were farmers. There were 3 shops.

Ben

 

Pop’s Mum stayed at home and his Dad had a garage. Pop had to help in the house sometimes. Some people used to cycle. There was no farm near Pop. The people had jobs in hospitals and offices. The shop was a small corner shop, not like today’s shops.

Leah

 

Granda’s Father and Mother worked on the farm. Granda had to bring in the turf and the water. People travelled to work by bicycle or by horse and trap. He did work on the farm. He cared for the animals. The cows were milked by hand. People in the community worked as shopkeepers. There were two shops in the area.

Ryan

 

Grandad’s mother worked in a shop. Grandad had to do jobs at home. People got to work by bike. Grandad had to help at home with everything. Cows were milked by hand. There was 1 doctor and 1 hairdresser in the area. There were about 10 shops.

Isabelle

 

Nana’s Father was a stone mason and her Mother was a housewife. Nana had to wash the dishes, dress the bed and do the shopping. Nana’s Father had a motorbike. Nana had to sometimes help on her Granny’s farm. She had to feed the chickens and bring in the calves for milking. Cows were milked by hand. People worked as farmers, fishermen and builders. There were 5 grocery shops in the village.

Freya

 

My Auntie’s Father was a blacksmith and they owned a bar and her Mom worked there. She helped to clean the house. People travelled to work by car. She did not work on a farm. Cows were milked by hand, the larger farms had machines. People worked as farmers, worked in local factories, teachers and nurses. There were six shops in the village.

Lisa

 

Granny’s parents were a farmer and a homemaker. Granny had to polish all the shoes and scrub the stairs. People got to work on bicycles and by horse and cart. Granny had to help making the hay and feed the calves. She collected eggs. Cows were milked with a machine. People worked as farm helpers, shop keepers and doctors. There was about 30 shops.

Ronan

 

My Nana’s Father was a builder and Mother worked at home. She did lots of jobs helping her mother gardening. People travelled by horse and cart to work. My Nana helped on a farm milking the cows. They were milked by hand. People worked as doctors, hairdressers and dressmakers. There were 10 shops in the area.

Emma

 

My Granny’s parents did farming and housekeeping and all fowl. She had to brush stairs and floors, help set the fire and take poney for new shoes. People travelled to work by pony and trap. She helped on the farms by raking in the hay with the horse. Cows were milked by hand. Most people were farming or worked in the creamery. In the area there was Hurley’s milling and shop, other sweet shop and pub.

Tegan

 

Nana’s Father was a farmer and she helped her mother around the house doing loads of jobs on the farm. Nana’s job was to feed the hens and turkeys every day and sometimes milk the cows by hand. A teacher, hairdresser and one shop keeper lied in Nana’s community.

Kyle

 

Grandy’s Dad was a soldier and then worked in a bacon factory. Grandy had to help with the washing up and breaking fire wood. People went to work on buses and bikes. He went to a farm for 1 week. There were two shops and two pubs in the area.

Liam

 

Granny’s parents were farmers and everybody had to help out at home and on the farm. My Granny would have to help prepare the dinner, fetch the turf for the fire, wash the dishes and on the farm she would milk the cows, help with the hay making and bring in the cows. There was always something to be done. People travelled to work on bicycles mostly. Everybody in Granny’s village were farmers. There was a grocery shop nearby where they would buy things like sugar and tea and soap as they had everything else.

Eva

 

Nana’s Mom was a nurse and her Father was a mechanic. Nana’s job at home was to wash the dishes. Tralee is a town so people walked to school and work. There were many shops and a big cinema in the town.

Caden

 

 

Grandad Pedder’s Mother was a housewife and Father was a Mechanic. They did most jobs for themselves, he washed and dried the wear after meals, get the table ready for meals and polish shoes. As there was 6 children they had a rota for jobs. People travelled by bicycle, car or bus. On his uncle’s farm Grandad had to feed the pigs, chickens and small dairy herd. Cows were milked by hand. It was mainly a farming community. There was a car dealer where his Dad was a mechanic. There was a butcher shop, three publicans, a grocery shop, two sweet shops, a hairdresser, a barber shop, a shoe repair shop and a post office.

Jack M

 

Mum's parents worked in the hotel. She had to help with the cooking and cleaning. People got to work by car. Mum never worked on a farm. Most people worked as farmers and fishermen. There was just one shop in the area.

Séan

 

My Nan’s Dad worked on a farm. My Nan’s Mom worked at home. Nan helped with the cooking and cleaning. People walked and cycled to work. Nan didn’t work on a farm. Most people worked as farmers, teachers and doctors. The nearest shop was 4 miles away from my Nan.

Conor Mc G

 

 

My Granda’s father was a stone mason and mom was a home maker. His job was to bring water from the well in a bucket. People walked or cycled to work. Granda planted potatoes and milked cows. Cows were milked by hand. Most people were farmers. There were six grocery shops in the area and there is just one now.

Lucy

 

Grandad’s father was a gardener for Mungret College and worked in a cement factory. Grandad’s mother minded the children. Grandad had to help with the washing and ironing. People cycled to work some walked. The local doctor covered a big area. There was one shop in the area called Cotters.

Michael

 

Grandad's father was a farmer. He helped on the farm. People got to work by car and bicycle. He had to milk cows and feed calves. Cows were milked by hand into a bucket. In the area there was a doctor, a teacher, a priest, a publican, shopkeepers, farmers and people worked in the creamery. There was 1 shop in the village.

Tomás

 

Granny’s parents owned a Public House. Granny had to help in the pub. People got to work by bike, car and bus. Most people had jobs as teachers, quarry workers and office workers. There were not many shops in the area.

Jack O’ D

Social Life

Granny liked football and horse riding. She used to play in the field instead of watching tv. The radio was very important for news and sport. Granny liked Bosco. She went to dances when she was 16. They used to tell stories at night time. She can remember the Cork Summer Show. There used to be a post office and shop in someone’s house. Granny had to call over to her friend’s house to contact them.

Max

 

My Granny used to pay the box accordion and used to play it all the time. Sometimes she would bring her box accordion to her neighbours house and they would have dances and sing songs and tell stories. Granny can remember when Pope John Paul visited Ireland. Ballinhassig was just a small village when Granny was young with just a post office, a pub and a shop. Granny would have to cycle her bike to visit friends.

Conor O’D

 

Nana did Irish dancing. She played outside instead of watching TV. The radio was very important. Her favourite programme was Dear Fercey. When Nana was older she went to the Enniskeane dance. She visited neighbours all the time, they told stories. She can remember the Po Pecameto Ireland. She only saw her friends in school.

Naomi

 

Nana used to play house. Nana had no TV so instead she played with her brothers and sisters or helped her Mum and Dad. The radio was very important for the news. Nana had no favourite programme. Nana went to dances in Innishannon hall. Nana visited her neighbours a lot. She remembers the break out of Polio in Ireland because her brother got it. There was a church, 4 shops, 1 school and a platform for dancing. Nana met her friends at school and after mass on Sundays.

Ben

 

Pop liked to fish, sail, golf and play the piano. On the radio there were funny programmes, music and news. Pop went to dances. He didn’t visit neighbours much. When Pop was about 4 there was a very cold winter. There was snow and floods everywhere, it was big news. Pop’s neighbour had a phone, which Pop’s Mom had to use to call the doctor when his sister was very sick

Leah

 

Granda’s hobbies were football and looking after the pets. Instead of watching TV he read and did jobs. They didn’t have a radio. Granda went to dances. He visited neighbours and they visited Granda. There was lots of storytelling. Granda can remember the local and national elections. In his local area there was a post office, a shop and a creamery. He contacted his friends by visiting them at home, seeing them at school or after school.

Ryan

 

Grandad liked to play football. Instead of watching TV he helped her father. They had no radio and no TV. My Grandad went to dances and visited neighbours. There was lots of storytelling. Grandad grew up in a small town.

Isabelle

 

My Nana liked to play tennis. She used to play shop instead of watching TV. Only Nana’s parents would listen to the radio. Nana’s school was just around the corner. My Nana went to dances. She went into her friend’s house. There was storytelling in some houses. She can remember her sister falling into water and the train coming. There was one post office, five shops, one school, three pubs and a hotel. The train used to come to Courtmacsherry. My Nana went to her friend’s house or cycled there.

Freya

 

 

My Auntie’s hobbies were playing with her dolls and friends. She went outside and played with friends. She listened to the radio a bit. She liked the programmes “Little House on the Prarie” and “The Waltons”. She went to dances when she was older. She visited her neighbours every day. She doesn’t remember any storytelling. There was a carnival every year in the village and she dressed up for the fancy dress parade. She can remember at election time the candidates would go around with loud speakers. When the local team won a big match they would go around the village beeping car horns and there would be a bon-fire. The post office was busy and there was a telephone exchange where they put all phone calls through. She would ask the shopkeeper in the shop for what they wanted. She used to phone her friends from the public phone box in the village.

Lisa

 

Granny liked reading, helping on the farm, knitting, cycling, swimming and piano. She played with her brothers and sisters. The radio was very important. She liked “The Riordans”, “The Man from Uncle” and “Walt Disney”. She went to dances. She didn’t visit neighbours because she lived in the country. There was storytelling, people sat around the fire. She remembers the Kanturk agricultural show and the Carnival Mission. Kanturk was a small town with 1500 people. She met friends at school and mass and at the mission.

Ronan

 

My Nana liked gardening, she played games. The radio is very important. They had no TV. She went to dances on Sunday evenings. She visited neighbours all the time. There was lots of storytelling. She remembers Ronnie Delany winning the Olympic gold medal. There was a shop, pub and post office all in the one. She contacted her friends with letters.

Emma

 

My Granny liked singing and dancing. She listened to music and records. They had no radio and no TV. She went to concerts and dances. They played a lot of cards and hopscotch. They had storytelling talking about older days. She can remember in WW2 an explosion off the Gally Head, she saw the German planes flying over. No roads were tared a lot of trees were on ditches. She met her friends in school, concerts, mass and visiting.

Tegan

 

Nana’s hobbies were playing games and football. She liked playing records on the gramophone. The radio was very important long ago. Nana enjoyed going to dances and visiting her neighbours for storytelling. Nana really enjoyed going to shows in Clonakilty and calling to the local shop for treats with her friends.

Kyle                 

 

Grandy played football and hurling. He had no TV so he listened to a radio a lot. He liked school around the corner. He didn’t go to dances. He remembers when Cork Opera House burned down. He had to call to his friend’s house to contact them.

Liam

 

My Granny didn’t have hobbies as they had so much to do on the farm and at home. They would all sit around and talk in the evening and listen to the radio which was the only way of finding out the news. The neighbours were like family and everybody would help out.

Eva

 

My Nana loved drama, reading and dancing. She listened to “Dear Frankie” on the radio and played with friends in the garden. Her favourite places were the library and the cinema. Nana remembers President Kennedy visiting Ireland.

Caden

 

Grandad Pedder liked hurling, football, tennis and swimming. He had no TV until 1965 so he spent time on the tennis court or walking in the woods nearby. Radio was the main form of communication with the rest of the country and the world. He liked the programmes “School around the Corner” and “Dingo Take the Floor”. He loved Irish dance and ceilí music. In the summer time he went to a lot of ceilí dancing in the local Carmelite College and in Irish camp in Knockadoon. He visited neighbours a lot. Storytelling was not a big thing in area in the late sixties. He remembers major flooding in the area in 1965. There was a post office, publican, butcher, barber, shoe repair shop, hairdresser, sweet shop and grocer in the area. He contacted friends by letter.

Jack M

 

Mum liked cycling. They used to play games outside. The radio wasn’t very important. She liked to watch “Bosco” and “Anything Goes”. She did not go to dances. Mum visited neighbours but there wasn’t much storytelling. She can remember the Berlin Wall. There was a small shop in the area with one teller. She contacted friends in person.

Séan

 

My Nan liked going to the beach and walking. She played cards and music. The radio was really important. She liked the programme “Living with Lynch”. She went to dances when she was older. They used to visit neighbours every day and there was lots of storytelling. She remembers there not being an All-Ireland because of Polio. She had to call to friends’ houses to contact them.

Conor Mc G

 

My Granny like cycling, running and the high jump. She used to help on the farm with the cows, pigs and poultry and bound sheaves or flax and corn with her brothers and sister. Granny went shopping for his Mother. The radio was very important to hear the news of the outside world. She liked “The Waltons” and “Lift the latch open the door, come right in and take the floor”. She used to cycle to dances and the patte. They went to the stations and the Threshing. There wasn’t much storytelling in his area. She can remember the local races and the elections were fun putting the posters up. There were three shops. They bought eggs and rabbits and sold groceries. Granny used to meet her friends in the local town and at Church.

Lucy

 

Grandad played hurling with one sliotar made from cloths and rags, they made their own hurleys. Spols (branches from a tree, cut with a knife). They played cards and rings. They listened to matches and the news. He had no radio but listened at another man’s house. He liked “The Talking Horse”, “The Three Stooges”, “Car 54 where are you” and “Laurel and Hardy”. He went to dances when he was 18 in Patrickswell. It cost 3p and was over at 11 pm. Neighbours visited to play cards and have dances in the kitchen. A man told old stories, ghost stories and about leprechauns. He remembers when the Marian Shrine opened in Patrickswell in 1954 and when the won the first county final in 1965. The nearest village was 3 miles away with two shops, two pubs, one post office and a dance hall. They would walk to their friend’s houses or meet them in school.

Michael

 

Grandad played football and helped in the pub and the farm. They used to play outside and read books. He listened to stories and the radio. He liked “Dinjoe”, “School Around the Corner” and Irish music. Grandad went to dances but after school. He used to visit neighbours and they visited them. There was storytelling – everyone had a story. Grandad remembers the rural electrification and the first TV. The village centered around the pub, church and football field. It was quite and everyone knew everyone else. They used to call to friend’s houses.

Tomás

 

Granny liked to play tennis. She used to play outside with her sisters and brothers instead of watching TV. The radio was very important for the news. She went to dances when she was older. She lived in a Public House so they always had people around. There was storytelling. She can remember when Pope John Paul visited Ireland. There was a small shop in Crossbarry. She contacted friends by phone/ letter.

Jack O’ D