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James Cosgrove

Interviewed by Tamara Cosgrove

Tamara: How long have you lived in the area?
James: 73 years, since I was born.

Tamara: What’s a fond memory you have of living here?
James: Going out for my first dance as a teenager.

Tamara: Have you seen this community come back from hard times before?
James: Yes, there is less emmigration now unlike earlier years where young people had to emigrate. Now, they can live in their own parish if they want and even work from home, if possible.

Tamara: What are some things that have helped you through lockdown and what brings you joy?
James: Things that helped me was spending time with family, watching TV and reading the local and national papers.

Tamara: What does community mean to you? What sort of things are you doing now to stay connected to your community and family?
James: Community means knowing your neighbours and being a good neighbour when you can. I stay connected by occasional visits to neighbours, while still being mindful of Covid. I also drop in to visit my family and grandchildren.

Tamara: What message do you want to share for yourself and this community in 10 years time?
James: For myself: stay healthy and mobile. For the community: keep up with the improvements and expand the amenities such as the pitch and clubhouse. Keep the community litter-free. The roads have improved a lot in the parish and community, which is great to see and drive on.

Pictured below is a drawing Tamara submitted as a creative response to her interview with James inspired by their community in Dromard.