Cis Collins

INTERVIEW by Brendan Daly on October 08, 2010
 
Interviewee
Cis Collins  
Gender
Female  
Birth Date
1929  
Area-Townland
West Clare - Darragh North  
Parish-Townland
-  
Report Date
October 25, 2010  
Length of Interview
1hr 36 mins  
Description

Cissie discussed:

  • Her involvement in The Apostolic, amateur dramatic society, pioneer association, fundraising for the first school in Ballyea
  • Family life, school life, life on the farm,
  • Entertainment: cinema, radio, dances
  • Customs (Christmas, Hallowe’en, May Eve) & traditions (The ‘American’ turkey market)
  • The War of Independence (hers was a ‘safe house’), the Emergency & Carmody’s Hotel tragedy
  • Rural electrification, emigration
  • History of local place names
  • Her memories of major visits to Ireland (JFK, Pope John Paul II, etc.) 
 
 
 
Time
Description
File 1 00:00 – 01:44 
School days and the walk home  
01:44 – 02:25 
Emigration among her class  
02:25 – 03:20 
Local hurling rivalry: Tiermaclane and Darragh  
03:20 – 04:25 
Amateur dramatic society & fundraising  
04:25 – 06:15 
Pioneer Association  
06:15 – 07:15 
The Apostolic  
07:15 – 10:30 
Making priests’ vestments: history, activities and roles  
10:30 – 14:30 
Amateur dramatic society: plays, venues and fundraising  
14:30 – 15:25 
Family life  
15:25 – 19:10 
Life & jobs on the farm  
19:10 – 20:05 
The rosary as an integral part of life  
20:05 – 21:05 
The half door and community life  
21:05 – 22:00  
Going to Ennis to shop  
22:00 – 23:30 
The ‘American’ turkey market: ‘pin’ money for housewives  
23:30 – 24:30 
Going to the fair  
24:30 – 25:20 
The radio as a source of news  
25:20 – 26:25 
Carmody Hotel tragedy  
26:25 – 30:16 
The Emergency and news of the war in England  
30:16 – 32:43 
Going to the cinema: ‘Gone with the Wind’, ‘The Quiet Man’, etc.  
32:43 – 37:11 
Dancing at Paddy Con’s  
37:11 – 42:02 
School subjects and reunited with school friends after 60 years  
42:02 – 43:40 
Emigration  
43:40 – 46:23 
GAA & Ballyea winning 1944 county hurling final  
46:23 – 47:35 
Cissie in Boston meeting Irish emigrants  
47:35 – 52:38 
Emigration: remittances, claiming out relatives and no choice but to go  
File 2 00:00 – 01:37 
Cissie’s neighbours when she was growing up  
01:37 – 4:24 
Christmas customs (buried holly, killing the pig & the ‘wren’)  
4:24 – 9:23 
Electrification of her house in 1955 (revealing the ‘dirt’ of the house and buying conveniences (iron, cooker, etc.))  
9:23 – 10:34 
Hallowe’en customs (fires, sparklers, snap apple)  
10:34 – 12:30 
Christmas gifts  
12:30 – 13:15 
May Eve (butter under the bush)  
13:15 – 15:55 
Dealings with the local priest (‘Stations’ in the house and the ‘missions’)  
15:55 – 19:25 
Fundraising for the first school in Ballyea (committee member and ‘Silver Circle’)  
19:25 – 21:44 
Butter and chicken instructor  
21:44 – 24:05 
‘Cures’ for ailments: ringworm  
24:05 – 27:28 
Visits to Ireland: JFK, Jackie Kennedy, Princess Margaret and Pope John Paul II’s visit  
27:28 – 33:51 
Cissie in Áras an Uachtaráin (1990 & 2008)  
33:58 – 34:50 
de Valera and the Black & Tans in Darragh  
34:50 – 39:05 
History of local place names - how they got their names (Cholera Hill, Loughaleir & Darragh)  
39:06 – 43:48 
Cissie’s house as a safe house during War of Independence (Brennan of Meelick took refuge for three months while Black & Tans visited the house, Cis’s family’s involvement in the War)  

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