Mothers of Modern Ireland

Let's hear it for the ladies!

6th July 2008

A week has passed, more, since we set off from Mill Hill, and I feel like I have been here for a very long time. The boys and I are moving incredibly fast and are working every hour we can. If this project wasn't so rewarding I might be tired by now, but all I can think at this moment is how can these ladies get any more interesting!

Every time I come out of an interveiw I think it can't possibly get any better, then I meet the next lady and I can't keep up! I feel small in front of these women, they are so strong and have so much experience. These women are incredible, and I can't wait to share them with the rest of the world. I'm hoping I'll be able to meet them all again sometime - without a camera in tow!

We have be made to feel so welcome by them all. We're always fed and watered and never allowed to go without having seconds! Since last Saturday, I have enjoyed numerous cups of hot water (I don't drink tea), several bicuits, two apple pies, some brack and a wonderful salad from the English Market, and I have been given a lovely cup by Rosemary - hand-painted by the lady herself! Most importantly though, we have left every house so far with an invaluable sense of the past and a bag full of priceless information. Thank you all ladies for your hospitality!

- Hannah