Cis Collins

Interview by Brendan Daly on October 8, 2010

Gender: Female

Birth date: 1929

Area: West Clare - Darragh North

Report date: October 25, 2010

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)