North Strand Bombings: a Family Recollection

It has been seventy-five years since the North Strand Bombings and since my great granddad passed away. Between the night of 31 May 1941 and the morning of 1 June, four bombs fell on Dublin.  The first struck the junction of the North Circular Road and North Richmond Street. Minutes later a second fell onContinue reading “North Strand Bombings: a Family Recollection”

Gerry Adams & Boston College: A Fresh Challenge for Oral History

‘Don’t do a Duffy on me’, a senior politician once remarked when I interviewed him for my research. It wasn’t the first time I’d heard such a quip.  And while it was meant as a joke, the very fact that the remark was even passed — more than two decades after the event — was revealing.Continue reading “Gerry Adams & Boston College: A Fresh Challenge for Oral History”

Conducting Non-Elite Research Interviews

  Sitting in Fixx Coffee House on Dawson Street recently, I waved at two men who walked in separately just after three pm.  The only thing that they had in common was that they arrived alone, and appeared to cast an eye around as though looking for someone.  Neither of the them looked anything alike.Continue reading “Conducting Non-Elite Research Interviews”