Perspective from the 21st Century

Interviewer: Mary O’Reilly

Interviewee: Maura McGuinness

Date: 12th December 2016

Location:  Castlebar, Co. Mayo


MO: Anything else you’d like to add to that now, Maura?

MM: I don’t think so. I think that if anyone that’s under 50 now heard me talking, they’d be saying, “Oh that one must be a hundred years old”.

MO: That one must be living in the dark ages!

MM: Yeah, that those things could never have happened.

MO: Well, you think it’s better for them ones now, that never went through any hardship and grow up just with the flick of a switch everywhere.

MM: Well, I suppose it’s better for them, Mary, but this is why I suppose they weren’t able to cope with the recession as well as people of my age. Because we were reared with not having a lot and we appreciated what we had. Whereas the young people are born with it and they find it very hard to accept if there is a go-slow for them, yes.

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