Margaret Heagney 21st July 2017 Deerpark Social Services Centre, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
Interviewer: Clare Doyle (CD)
Interviewee: Margaret Heagney (MH)
MH: I can remember back as far as the first day I went to school.
CD: And were you frightened?
MH: Yes, but I had two brothers older than me and they brought ne to the school, but when they left me in the classroom by myself the tears came down
CD: Right you were a bit shy, were you?
MH: Oh, I was, I was, coming from the country that time
CD: And where did you go to school?
MH: Athleague in Co. Roscommon
CD: Any were there many in your class?
MH: Oh, there were a lot, I can’t remember now, there might be forty.
CD: That’s a big lot.
MH: Yes, there was a big number.
CD: And that would be a big shock to get?
CD: …to be in a class that size and you only…? What age would you have been going to school? Four?
MH: Yes, between four and five.
CD: Right. And can you remember for your lunch, during school time?
MH: I can and very well, because I didn’t ever eat it.
Cd: Did you not? Was it terrible stuff?
MH: Terrible, it was always brown bread, big slices put together with country butter. But the only addition he had, is my mother, God rest her, had a friend living in the village of Athleague, and she had a shop. So, three or four of us, used to go in there and she’d make the pot of tea
MH: Yeah. Yes, but I’d have no bread with it, just the cup of tea. The bread went to the birdeens
CD: You didn’t like the bread?
MH: No, it wasn’t too bad at home like, you know
CD: And was it just that you didn’t like the taste of it or it wasn’t made nice?
MH: No, it was just…bread within in your bag for hours and take out then to go eat it, it was just…
CD: It doesn’t sound very nice!