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Nuala O'Connor

Interviewed by Bartek Ptak/ Photographed by Sharon Smith

Bartek: How long have you lived in the area?
Nuala: All my life, 69 years.

Bartek: What’s a fond memory you have of living here?
Nuala: When I was younger, I played with my friend outside – skipping, crocheting, sitting on people’s doorsteps.

Bartek: Have you seen this community come back from hard times before?
Nuala: Not much compared to Covid, but my people struggled with money a lot.

Bartek: What are some things that have helped you through lockdown and what brings you joy?
Nuala: Talking to friends and family helped me a lot. Going out for coffee brings me joy.

Bartek: What does community mean to you? What sort of things are you doing now to stay connected to your community and family?
Nuala: Most people wouldn’t be here that were years ago, since there are new generations of people. The Christmas market was lovely to stay connected to the community.

Bartek: What message do you want to share for yourself and this community in 10 years time?
Nuala: For everyone to be friendly and kind to each other. To realise how important it is to stay connected.

Shown below is a drawing Bartek made in response to their interview with Nuala. It depicts “Igo Cafe” in Sallynoggin where Nuala likes to go out for coffee.

Nuala O’Connor

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