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MY GENERATION

A newsletter by Headliners Foyle, Issue 5

INSIDE:

Drumahoe young people step up to the mic Headliners members get creative in their writing

Illustration by Celine Rzychon, 17


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contents

A BRIEF LOOK AT WHAT’S IN THIS ISSUE...

Welcome,

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HERE at Headliners Foyle, the media projects have been piling up on Peace III themes of peace, reconciliation and intergenerational relationships. Young people from the Saturday morning bureau invited their Belfast counterparts to join them on an exploration of these themes which they then used in a range of superb creative writing pieces. See pages 8 - 11 to read a selection for yourself. Young people from Drumahoe YMCA and older people from ACE Chinese coffee morning group also examined their feelings on these themes and many more resulting in a series of podcasts produced by Headliners Foyle. Dip into pages 3, 4 and 5 to get a flavour of their views. Finally, you can find out what local people’s thoughts are on Derry-Londonderry as UK City of Culture 2013 as discussed with Headliners members on pages 6 and 7.

Page 3: ACE interview

Enjoy!

Pages 4 and 5: A look at YMCA Drumahoe Pages 6 and 7: City of Culture vox pops Pages 8, 9, 10 and 11: Foyle and Belfast Creative Writing pieces Page 12: Contacts All of Headliners Foyle work can be seen on the Headliners websites at www.headliners.org, and the Headliners radio website at www.headlinersradio.org


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‘A lot of change in my life’

My name is Wan Su King and I am 70-something! I was born in Sarawak - East Malaysia. I came here in 1964.

When I first came here, everything was pretty strange but good. The first time I came here, it was summer time and the weather was good. It was a completely different environment, a house with a chimney, I didn’t understand! I asked my husband, ‘What is that thing?’ He said ‘a chimney’. We entered the house with a fire, that was all new to me. Two years of living here, then my first child was born but after that I was homesick so I went back to Singapore for a few years and then I came back. In my first year here, I see the snow and all the people here are good, kind to me. I suppose it was quite early for me to come here, not many Asians, only two Chinese restaurants. I had no bad experience of racism, other people were really good. Now I wonder why they complain so much about this racism, I don’t understand. I never experienced anything like that. When I first came here, life was good and people were all so good.

When I first came here, there was no Chinese food. Every day bread and I’m not so keen on that - and potatoes! I’m very slim! I have many friends, some are Irish ladies. I met them as neighbours and my children mixing with the other children in school, I met their parents and kept in contact. My mother-in-law’s side was very, very kind to me also. All the neighbours all very good, seem to be very broad-minded, never call you names. Only the very first time that my children started school, they called them Japanese. I said, ‘I’m not Japanese’ and they were never called names again! Never say any nasty thing.

Wan Su King pictured at Alexander House

I had no language barrier because I was educated in an English school and I would study GCSE in Malaysia. I didn’t go to university, my brother and sister did. I went into nursing. I think the City of Culture is pretty good. At least people can meet together, have the same interests, not much about politics! I don’t think my opinion on its own would do much good. A single person is such a small amount, you need a very powerful spirit for people to take notice of you. If you’re just an ordinary person, people won’t. ACE coffee mornings are good, it doesn’t matter who you are, you just enjoy yourself. I’m quite easy to mix with people really because I can speak English so that is no worry.

I had no bad experience of racism, other people were really good

First few years, peace, then I came back 1968/9, still peace, then civil rights and then start of the Troubles and after that good and bad but now we’re getting peace and can start again. A lot of change in my life.

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I don’t think I have much clue about who can help make Chinese and other ethnic minorities feel safe. I feel safe myself but you can’t judge everybody.

I think it is your parenting - try to tell your children, ‘go out and respect everybody and their stuff’ – that helps the generations get on. They could be friendly. You have to be broad-minded. If you respect people, they will respect you. What gives someone authority to tell someone else what to do? All the children seem to be kind, every time you meet on the street you say ‘hello’. Older people in our culture are looked after by older children. Nowadays everyone’s so busy so mother living alone and they hire a maid to look after her. It’s a family responsibility, not for an outsider. When my mother was getting old, I used to go to stay with her for a while. The brothers and sisters paid for a nurse and carer to care for her. They don’t have nursing homes there or if they do, they pay for it themselves. Here, it’s social welfare paying that. In Malaysia, there is no social welfare, the family are responsible. Usually a parent has some money themselves so they don’t need the children to care for them financially but if the children do, then those with more money will pay more than those who can’t afford so much.

Interview by Grace, 18

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YMCA Drumahoe young people pictured with members of Headliners Foyle.

Here is a sample transcript of one of the interviews conducted for the Peace III project. All of the interviews have been produced into podcasts which are available to listen to on: headlinersradio.org

What’s your name and age? Holly, 14 What’s it like living in Drumahoe? It’s alright sometimes, I grew up around Protestants. It’s probably where I’d choose to be. Nearly everyone’s the same so there’s not much bother, or if there is, it’s nothing to do with religion. Where you live, is it mixed? Mostly Protestant but some bits are mixed What’s your culture and how important is it to you? Protestant, but I don’t really mind, I go to a mixed school in the town. Are there any parts of the city that you do not feel safe being in? Over the town, the cityside probably because nearly everyone knows who you are and what school you go to and where you’re from. And because you’re different they’d start with you and there’d probably be lots of fights and stuff. How have the fights started? Someone goes over and makes a stupid remark and then they start hitting at each other. Is that about religion or being from the Waterside?

It’s all kind of connected. How would you feel if the Twelfth of July was removed from the calendar? I wouldn’t be happy, it’d annoy me because it’s one of the days of the year that you can actually celebrate. If they take that out it’d be the same as taking St Patrick’s Day out. Why do you think some Catholic and Protestant young people don’t get on? Their backgrounds, how far it’s ran through their family, how family and friends’ beliefs have influenced them. How’s your relationship with the older generation and do you enjoy hearing their stories from the past? If they’re interesting! I don’t mind, they can get really interesting, depends what they’re about. But other things, I don’t care, I just pretend to listen. Do you think that you could learn from the mistakes of the older generation? Not really, it’s your life, your mistakes, you have to learn from what you do, not from what people are trying to tell you. Do you feel connected with the city centre and stuff that happens there? No, not really at all.

If there was an event you really wanted to go to, would you go to it? Probably, it shouldn’t really bother anyone, depends. I wouldn’t go on my own, I’d have to have a group with me that was comfortable with it. Do you feel connected with the City of Culture? No, I don’t think there’s anything special about it, just a pile of empty promises. Nothing for me or young people. Only exciting thing is Radio 1’s Big Weekend. Describe Derry in 10 years time. It could go either way. Everything could be sorted, there wouldn’t be any trouble and you could go anywhere without being worried about it. But then, it might be worse than now and you might not be able to go anywhere. It could go back to the way it was whenever the Troubles were happening, constant fights and riots. In an ideal world, where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time? Lying on a beach in Australia somewhere! I’d like to see the world. Describe a peaceful Derry. No fighting and no differences, being able to do whatever you wanted really, no labels or anything like that.


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Members of Drumahoe YMCA speak out on interfaces, older people and the issues that most affect them as young people growing up in the North West today

VILLAGE PEOPLE HEADLINERS members Katie, Becca, Daniel, Aidan and Grace hooked up with the young people from Drumahoe YMCA to see if they felt an affinity to Derry-Londonderry or if coming from the village made them feel like they were living a world away. While some who are students at Foyle College feel they can freely venture about both the Cityside and the Waterside, most feel some degree of fear at crossing the river.

“As soon as you go over [the town] they know we’re a different religion and you just don’t feel comfortable” Lisa, 16 Lisa, 16, when asked where she didn’t feel safe, replied: “Over the town basically, everywhere. As soon as you go over they know we’re a different religion and you just don’t feel comfortable going over. They know from our accents and the way we dress and stuff.” Almost all the young people interviewed said they would not enter the Bogside area.

and they just can’t change it.” He added: “Some people can and are willing to move on but then there’s the small groups from both sides that will not move on and that’s why I don’t think there ever will be peace.” Lauren, also 15, said: “Cause there’s just labels on everything you do. If I was to go over the town with a Rangers top on, I probably wouldn’t come out of town alive, or I would – in an ambulance. And if someone came into the Waterside with a Celtic top, depending where you are, it would be the same.” But a few were cautiously optimistic for the future. Charlie, 16, said: “I think if our generation does a good job of mixing then the younger ones will but it depends because some families are brought up to say ‘You hate Catholics’ or ‘You hate Protestants’ and that’s the way you are and the wee ones might live on and tell their ones and it might keep going on in some parts of Londonderry, or Derry; I don’t mind what you call it.”

Family and friendship between the generations was a theme both Shanagh and Mark felt strongly about. Shanagh, 17, said: “I love old people. When you live round here you Mark interviews Lisa on kinda have to because it’s a pretty life in Drumahoe. old community round here for the most part. I’ve never had a bad experience. They don’t think we’re up to nothing. I work in the shop round here Living close to interface areas within the so you get to know most of them. They’re really lovely Waterside also posed a problem for some. Mark, 15, said: “It’s people.” annoying because you can’t go anywhere. If you walk about, even the elderly, they think you’re all up to badness. There “My dad and granda advise me could be boys walking about with Gaelic tops or whatever, and on life and what steps to take” you’re walking about in Northern Ireland tops and they expect you to take it off and I don’t see why because we’re in our area Mark, 15 and they’re not. I think they feel they have a right over us.” Fifteen-year-old Mark ‘definitely’ believes that his generation can learn from the older generation ‘because When asked why they thought some Catholic and they’ve been through it’. He said: “My dad gives me advice, Protestant young people didn’t get on, many agreed that a don’t be doing this or doing that. My granda’s the same. He person’s upbringing was of crucial importance. Fergus, 17, sort of advises me on life and what steps to take.” said: “It all goes back to their parents and friends, they’re brought up with that mindset of not liking the other religion So, the message is clear - Drumahoe young people want to and they’re not really willing to change or listen to anyone play their part in city life, so we all need to make this happen else, just stuck in that mindset”. now to make Derry-Londonderry a shared, peaceful place for Jamie, 15, said: “They’re too caught up in what went on before everyone to live in.

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6 My Generation, Issue 5 GIVEN THE CITY’S TROUBLED PAST, WILL YOU FEEL SAFE ATTENDING HIGH PROFILE EVENTS IN DERRY DURING THE CITY OF CULTURE? Aww yes, it never stopped us going out even at the time of the Troubles. Lee , 58 Well , yes and no, it ’s a bit unpredictable . You never really know so you just have to get on with it. Nicole , 16 Maybe not at night, because it could be rough . Keelan , 15 WHAT CAN YOU DO PERSONALLY TO HELP CREATE A PEACEFUL AND SHARED FUTURE FOR ALL IN THE NORTH WEST? Try to get along more with people from other religions and do more activities to bring groups together. Kirstine , 16 Well , you have to go out and attend all the events to show that everybody is willing to mix and go to different things, not just for City of Culture but all the time! It shouldn’t just be this one year, it should be all the time . Lee , 58

THE WORD ON THE STREET Roman Sandhu (16) pounded the streets of Derry to get these views

DO YOU THINK THE EVENTS ORGANISED FOR the CITY OF CULTURE ARE EQUALLY APPEALING TO BOTH THE PROTESTANT AND CATHOLIC COMMUNITIES? I think it ’s fair on both sides because they seem to be able to come together and interact in the same activities. Shaun , 20 I think nowadays it appeals to everybody or should do. Lee , 58

DO YOU THINK THE CITY OF CULTURE WILL BRING CATHOLIC AND PROTESTANT COMMUNITIES TOGETHER?

I think it could bring both sides together. There’s not a problem with the majority [on each side], it ’s just the minority that has issues. Steven , 28 Well , I think they have already been brought together. I think they’ve come a long, long way in the last five - 10 years so I don’t think this will do anything to affect that because I think everybody has already made the effort to do that so hopefully it will continue . Lee , 58


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BRING OUT THE FLAGS? OUR big moment? Or a damp squib? Ruaidhri and Liam, both 17, from Headliners Foyle Bureau took to the streets of Derry-Londonderry to find out what the locals thought about the year ahead as City of Culture 2013. Overall opinions were on the positive side – though perhaps cautiously so. When asked if he thought City of Culture will benefit Derry or just be a temporary solution to Derry’s problems, 54-year-old Ian Leech said: “That’s a very good question but I would hope it will set a trail for something better in the future”, while Anton O’Hara (24) said: “I don’t think it could do any harm”. Stephen Taylor, who is 25-years-old, saw the benefits from both sides. He said: “The eyes of the world are going to be focused on Derry for 2013, and it’s going to open up a lot of local people’s eyes to what culture is and what it means and the importance of it.” So, not only will it showcase the city but it will also broaden the horizons of those living here. Indeed, musician Colette Connolly thinks the benefits are already being felt. She said: “The place is buzzing with a lot more foreign nationals. I think already it’s made an impact” while her friend Conor Mills added: “ I think it would really benefit for the long run, people coming in to check out what’s going on, seeing what Derry has to offer. It’s a bustling city with pretty much everything. It’s great that we’re getting the exposure.” So far, so good. But there were a few questions

raised when our respondents were quizzed on how connected they felt personally to the events over the course of the year. Colette and Conor said they ‘definitely’ feel connected, and hope to be fully involved through their music and Ian also had links through his involvement with agencies that work with City of Culture. He said: “I’m very happy to see it up and running, hopefully in the future it will go forward rather than being negative.” But Stephen wasn’t so sure. When asked if he felt connected or felt he didn’t know what was going on, he said: “I feel a bit of a mixture of both because I feel like I don’t know how to get involved with it myself and a lot of friends feel the same way, we feel it won’t benefit us.” Ian had mixed feelings, however, at the programme content. He said: “I think it’s good local-wise but I think there should be more acts coming from further afield rather than locally. Acts we have here are good but not high-status acts we want like big bands from across the water.” But Conor concluded on a more upbeat note, saying: “Programmes are all around, in Foyleside, all over pretty much. You can find them anywhere you want to go out and find one. I think there’s a large range of events that are being covered and there’s something in there for everyone, something for everyone to look forward to. And the website’s great to check out as well.” So it seems the best way to make up your mind is to get out there and find out for yourself!


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Bridging the age gap HEADLINERS young people turned their talents to creative writing to explore the issue of intergenerational relationships. Through play-writing and short story writing, young people collaborated and produced an array of poignant pieces, ranging from harsh to whimsical, playful, illuminating to complex. Becca and Katie took on the fraught scenario of a family Christmas in their play ‘Keeping in Touch’. Granny Mabel is out of touch with the twenty-first century so when her grandson Matthew presents her with an iPod, it’s fair to say she is unimpressed. But by Matthew explaining how it works, it brings him and Mabel to a better understanding of one another and strengthens their relationship for the future. Christopher and Michael set their play in a library. The characters representing the ‘Two Generations’ of the title are William and Christopher. The latter helps the former get online to research his family tree and they end up sharing stories and discovering that they have common ground despite the age gap. A number of short stories – by Rhianna, Naomi and Emma McN - take place with a courthouse as the backdrop, each illustrating

how the experience of the older generation can provide security, comfort and support to the younger in times of stress and difficulty. Lauren imagined the thoughts of an old man out from his care-home to watch a match while surrounded by younger men and their sons, while Emma M. brought to life an older person watching young families create new memories on a day at the beach while she

remembered her own from years gone by. Rachel also focused on making special memories in her short story of a grandfather bringing his grandson to the fairground. Over the following pages, read for yourself a selection of the thoughtful and thought-provoking pieces created by young people from Headliners.

Young people enjoy discussions on an intergenerational theme for creative writing.

Michael, Becca, Tarah and Emma McN share their ideas in the Foyle Bureau.

Happiness relived on family visit to fairground As the gravel crackles under the car tyres in the car park, I look in the mirror to see my grand-daughter’s smiling face. At 17 she looks just like my younger sister did years ago. I park the car and we exit. Our faces are instantly hit by the bright neon fair lights. The sweet smell of cotton candy. Ahh! The waft of burgers and chips, all rushing to fill our senses. It brings me back to my youth; suddenly I’m snapped back to reality by a tug on my arm. “Come on granddad, let’s go on the rollercoaster.” My granddaughter’s eager face smiles at me as I hand her the

money and she joins the queue. If only I could join her. My brittle bones know better. I visualise instead the memories, the wind rushing through my hair slapping my smiling face pink, the screams, the lights, the whirr of the wind on the tracks. Good times, which I can relive with my own young family, each ride bringing on new sensations for the ones I can go on, experiences reborn. The laughter, oh what joy I feel inside. The warm night air relaxing amongst the hub of bodies. by Deanna


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between generations Courthouse The boy fidgeted as he waited for the trial to begin. He regretted wearing a suit, the jacket was too long and shoulders too large. It was his father’s suit. He must have looked ridiculous, he thought. He felt awkward and uncomfortable but the worst thing was that he was roasting. Beads of sweat appeared on his forehead and trickled slowly down his face. It felt like he was being suspended over an open furnace and with every anxious minute he was being steadily lowered closer to the roaring flames. It must have been 100 degrees celsius in that courtroom, but the various lawyers and solicitors seemed unmolested by the heat. They glided effortlessly in their crisp, well-fitting suits, gathering up all sorts of papers and documents. Beside the boy sat a security guard whose eyes were glued to the magistrate’s chair. He yawned and absently checked his watch but he always seemed mindful of the chair, which stood like a polished wooden obelisk at the front of the courtroom. The boy heard a door slam and the magistrate, an enormous old man with his robes billowing behind him like a mad crow, entered the room. He was fat and balding and walked with a slight limp which only made his movements more jerky and ridiculous. The boy had to remind himself to stand up as the magistrate came in. How strange, he thought, that such a man could be the decider of his fate. The judge mounted his throne and everyone sat down, the trial was about to begin. The old man surveyed the defendant in silence.He had seen his like innumerable times before and would go on to see countless after. Just another young fool, still with the mind and judgement of a child. It mattered not why he was here, what he was charged with. And the experienced magistrate noted the defendant’ sheepish scowl, his arrogant slouch, he was confident that he was guilty. The judge cleared his throat and spoke, his deep baritone voice rebounding throughout the courthouse. “Now then, the trail will begin.” by Aaron Crossey

Fionnuala, Grace, Deanna and Katie read to the group from their work.

Audrey from Headliners Foyle with Naomi and Christopher.

Destination unknown on troubled train trip Glancing around the train station, I noticed a young girl, something in her demeanour reminded me of myself. She was almost like a ghost of my past, her innocence still intact. I could hear a nearby train rushing to the platform, the train clonking on the tracks. My mouth is suddenly very dry as memories of my younger self resurface, plaguing my mind. I stare hard at the girl who was may be about 10 years old or so. She stares blankly at the ground as the world rushes around. Not acknowledging her or them. I mount the next train, destination unknown, but that didn’t matter, running from my past has almost become a hobby. Still I watch the girl as she shuffles on board, tugging at her sleeves, looking around nonchalantly. The smell of the stressed businessmen and women, babies and old people and the cologne of the young man beside me fill my nose. The bumping of the train journey almost sends me throttling forward but the girl doesn’t move. Babies cry loudly at the other end of the compartment and people cough as the winter’s cold begins to creep up. The next stop is announced, the girl slowly rises and softly leaves the train, I wonder then if her destination was unknown too. By Fionnuala, 15


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Tale from the taxi takes

DISPATCHER: (crackle of radio static) Yes Mickey, can ye go and pick up Mrs. McCloskey in Creggan Heights? MICKEY: No bother. (SFX: car pulling up. Horn beeps twice.) MICKEY: Come on missus, where are ye? (SFX: car door opening. Doorbell rings. Door opens.)

NELL: Sorry, son, I can’t move as fast as I used to. MICKEY: No bother. (SFX: car door opening. SFX: car door closing.) MICKEY: Where are ye going missus? NELL: Alexander House please. (SFX: car starting)

NELL: I can’t believe I’m leaving that house for the last time, it’s only the second house I’ve ever lived in, the first was down in Hamilton Street, down in the Brandywell, now I’m going to my third house. Not bad for a woman of 80, eh?

MICKEY: (laughs) Not bad at all, I’m from Shantallow meself, lived all round the place down there. Hamilton Street did ye say? Sure we’ll call past on the way. NELL: Only if it’s handy for you. I had some wonderful times in that street, there was a real sense of community, everybody looked after everybody then. There were 15 of us living in that house, my mammy, my daddy, and all of us. There was hardly ever space to sit anywhere, my brother Charles used to climb into the coal bunker to get peace to read, God rest him. And even when my daddy was away to the war, there wasn’t much room.

MICKEY: Aye, I know what ye mean. 15 people? Are ye serious?! Along this street here?

NELL: Aye. Look, there’s the window we broke, we all grew up a lot slower then, not like you would see now, I was still playing rounders in the street in my ankle socks at 15 after work in the factory. MICKEY: What factory was it? NELL: The one on the Abercorn Road. It was some trek in the winter mornings I can tell you, but it was work, we were grateful for it. I canny hardly begin to describe the camaraderie in the place, some of the friends I made in that factory are still my friends to this day. We were proud, we had money in our pockets, not that what we earned would get you much these days. They were the glory days. MICKEY: Could do with a bit of the glory days myself, can’t get work anywhere hi. A couple of mates of mine have emigrated to Australia, but until I get the money together to join them I’m doing this. Everyone my age has practically left for America or Australia, I feel like I’m on my own these days. NELL: Don’t get me wrong, it was hard work, but we had the work ethic equal to it. Australia? That’s the whole world away, our Mary lives out there now with her husband. The furthest away I had ever been at your age was Buncrana, we used to cycle there in the summer. MICKEY: (laughs) Whereabouts round here did the factory used to be? NELL: Just over there, I can’t believe it’s closed now. I can see it so clearly in my mind’s eye, all of us walking in together, linked on to each other, talking nonstop. My mammy worked there as well, so did two of my own wee girls. MICKEY: How many of your own do you have?

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a journey back in time NELL: I had seven. Have you any yourself? Our Tom died in the Maze, God rest him, and then five years ago our Jim committed suicide. God forgive me, I never even knew he was unhappy, he was always while quiet. Just like my Hugh, Hugh was the original quiet man. MICKEY: (laughs) Weans? Are ye joking me missus? I canny even look after meself. Awh, that’s terrible. Was Hugh your husband? NELL: (laughs) Aye, plenty of time, you’re only young yet. He sure was, he was my husband and my best friend, I met him in the dancehall, down here at the Guildhall you know? When I was nineteen. We got married soon after that. He was a builder, he used to do all the handy jobs going in Creggan. I can tell you, from the minute I saw him I knew he was the man I was going to marry, even though he was wearing these terrible mismatched fluffy socks, that you could just about see because he was wearing his brother’s trousers and they were about an inch too short! Have you got a girl yourself? MICKEY: (laughs) Naw, not at the minute, still just looking if ye know what I mean? I can never stick for very long, there’s a lot of me to go around! I can’t really see myself having a steady girlfriend for a long time like. What happened to your husband? NELL: He died (short pause). Been on my own for about eight years now. He was building our neighbour’s wall, God rest him, he never saw himself as old, then he took a heart-attack. I think it’s still unfinished actually. We got married in there. MICKEY: In the Longtower? NELL: Aye, that was always my parish, all our weans were baptised in there, and Hugh, God rest him, was buried in there. It was a gorgeous day when we got married, I’d never seen the chapel looking so well. MICKEY: Aye. My ma got married in

there as well I think. NELL: Where’s your parish? MICKEY: Awh missus, I don’t really have one. I’m not much of a holy joe myself, I just go at Christmas and Easter. NELL: (laughs) It’s changed times, I’m telling ye. I went to chapel every day during Lent for the stations after work, and every day for the October devotions. MICKEY: Are you serious? I can’t imagine ever doing that, I’d miss my nights out too much! NELL: There’s a lot of disillusionment in the Church now, but back then the Church was a big part of our lives. We were proud of our faith, we were prepared to fight for it and no one was willing to give it up or change it to make circumstances better for themselves. You just have to look out over those murals over there in the Bog to see that. MICKEY: Aye, I know what ye mean, it canny have been easy. I had a few uncles in the Kesh and the like but I’m not very politically minded meself like, I don’t vote or anything. NELL: It wasn’t, and I’d never want another generation to go through what we went through, definitely not. I’d never dream of not using my vote, mostly because I’m a woman and a Catholic, you know? MICKEY: Aye, but I canny stand all them politicians like, I just don’t get it at all, I don’t support any of them on our side, and the other ones are even worse! NELL: Let me tell ye something son, there’s no such thing as ‘our side.’ We’re all the one as far as I’m concerned. You see up there? In the Fountain? There was a young fella that lived up there when I was younger, Simon you called him. He was a Protestant and when I was fourteen I was mad about him, I was dying about him like. But my mammy, God rest her, it would

have broke her heart if I had went out with him. But I always wonder what things would have been like, if we had been the age we were then in a world like today’s. MICKEY: I suppose so like, like that is terrible. I canny imagine not being able to go out with someone just because of their religion. Your life could have worked out so differently, it’s mad to think about. NELL: Now, don’t get me wrong son, I have no regrets about my life. I’ve loved the life I’ve lived, I loved my work, and I loved married life and I loved life with Hugh, I’m just a contented person now. I’m content. MICKEY: I know what ye mean missus. I hope something like that turns out for me, to find something I like doing for a job and maybe get married and all. I don’t know like. (silence) MICKEY: Right, here we are now missus. NELL: Thanks son. How much is that? MICKEY: Awh missus, don’t worry about it, seriously. NELL: Here take that. MICKEY: I’ll get your bags. (SFX: door opening. SFX: door closing.) NELL: Thanks again son, what’s your name? MICKEY: Mickey Doherty. NELL: Ellen Elizabeth Susan Bernadette McCloskey, or Nell (laughs). MICKEY: Alright Nell, I’ll see you later, I’ll come and visit. NELL: I’d like that, here, give us a hug. MICKEY: (laughs) Right, see ye.

By Grace C, Lauren and Grace M


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