Mothers of Modern Ireland

Early Days

1st July 2008

It was warm and bright when we set off for Wales but I for one was wearing a jumper and took my blanket in to the car with me as it was early and being a passenger I had the luxury of 4 hours sleep ahead of me albeit an uncomfortable one. Fitting the kit in the car was a challenge, a bit like playing Jenga in the early hours of the morning except the stakes were higher. There were things nearly forgotten but thankfully remembered at the last minute. Tom, for instance had not thought to pack his pass port; never a good idea when travelling abroad and Shane was almost going to drive away without his business cards, we have had many a debate on the value of business cards but in my humble opinion one can never do without them! I’m glad to say that that I have little to tell of the journey as I slept very well and awoke in Pembroke to enjoy a quaint little car boot sale, where I purchased two very lovely books and a little pig (who has since become our mascot) and a fried breakfast with the team before we all made our way to the dock. Needless to say our equipment attracted the attention of the boys at customs and we all had to provide ID and explain our trip! Explain our trip we did and very well too, at this stage we can all reel off the story of ‘Mothers of Modern Ireland’ as if we’d been thinking of it all our lives. It is impossible at this stage not to get passionate about this project even when pitching it in the plainest terms. We have been sponges absorbing everything on camera both film and pictures ever since our departure from the welsh coast. We filmed our advance in to the Irish sea and our approach to the country itself although we did this with difficulty as we neglected to bring the tripod with us when we left the car and as any seasoned (or unseasoned) ferry taker will know once the ship has set sail there is no access to the hold. Not for passengers anyway. I am only beginning to understand the full scope and meaning of this project since arriving. It has always meant a lot to us but seeing how much it means to others both the ladies we interview and the people we don’t, has made me realise that this is more than mine or our project, it’s theirs. They all want this ‘living’ history to be recorded so they can share it with the country today and the country tomorrow. We have started our Journey in Tipperary, our first Granny, Phyllis Green was telling us the shots we needed to get and directing from the inside as it were. Tom had his orders meted out to him and Shane was made redundant! I’m very much looking forward to meeting our other Ladies. If they are all blessed with Phyllis’s energy we can sit back and let the Grannies do the talking!

- Hannah