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Bridie Duffy

Interviewed by Leah Duffy

Leah: How long have you lived in the area?
Bridie: 88 years.

Leah: What’s a fond memory you have of living here?
Bridie: Meeting up with the neighbours for a céilí. Playing out in the fields with my brothers and sisters. No fancy gadgets like there are now.

Leah: Have you seen this community come back from hard times before?
Bridie: Yes. When I was younger, I lived through poor times. There was the second World War on.

Leah: What are some things that have helped you through lockdown and what brings you joy?
Bridie: I read a lot and do a lot of crosswords which helped me. Going out on day-outings. Going out for dinner. Meeting with friends.

Leah: What does community mean to you? What sort of things are you doing now to stay connected to your community and family?
Bridie: I am interested in my grandchildren playing football. I visit my family. Community means a lot- everyone coming together to help out.

Leah: What message do you want to share for yourself and this community in 10 years time?
Bridie: To still be in good form and have good health. That all will be back to normal through time.

Pictured below is Leah’s creative response to her interview with Bridie.