A search for stories and memories – Interview participants sought

A search for stories and memories – Interview participants sought

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Letter to Clare Herald readers – Interview participants sought

From: Michelle Dunne, PhD student in the School of Irish, Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge (FSG) at Dublin City University (DCU).

Seán Mac Mathúna (1876 – 1949), of Luogh, Doolin, Co. Clare, collected folklore during the 1930s and 1940s. Seán was also known as Johnny (Mháirtín) McMahon to his neighbours and friends.

He was a meticulous collector who assembled one of the finest regional archives held in the National Folklore Collection. I hope to publish a selection of the folklore Seán collected from and about women in north-west Clare. I am editing this for publication online at www.duchas.ie.

I am a PhD student in the School of Irish, Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge (FSG) at Dublin City University (DCU). Dr. Úna Bhreathnach (FSG, DCU) and Dr. Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh (National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin) are supervising the research. I am writing to you to introduce my research project to your readers in the hope that they may be able to assist me.” 

I am conducting interviews with people who knew Seán or who grew up in the 1930s and the 1940s in north-west Co. Clare. I had the opportunity to meet with some local people recently and it was wonderful to hear the stories and memories of the period they shared with me. I would like to speak to more women, however, who can tell me what life was like for them and/or their mothers or grandmothers during those decades. 

Anyone who is willing to be interviewed or who might recommend other people interested in participating can contact me at michelle.dunne@dcu.ie or at the postal address below. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any queries regarding the interview process. 

Go raibh míle maith agaibh!

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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