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dc.creatorSdlht/ Nancy Mclucas
dc.date2009-05-26
dc.date.accessioned2021-04-02T14:29:05Z
dc.date.available2021-04-02T14:29:05Z
dc.identifierDG26/31/1/1
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12734/52674
dc.descriptionInterview with John McColm and Bob Grierson, farmers who had grown potatoes in the Stranraer area. The focus of this interview is the Irish potato squads who came to work on the farms in the west of Scotland from May to October each year. The men recall that the Irish workers were hard-working, good people who sent a high proportion of their £5 weekly wage back home to Ireland. The workers were engaged by gaffers, including Mr Kilcoyne, who picked up the workers in Glasgow before transporting them about from farm to farm. The men discuss living conditions, wages, recreation, religion and the potato market and recall that the Railway Hotel in Achill Island, which was a popular destination for wealthy English people, probably helped to develop the practice of the Irish workers heading to the UK to work at the potato harvest. Towards the end of the interview, the men discuss how the development of potato lifting machinery eventually led to the demise of the potato squads.
dc.format.extent32m13s
dc.subjectMovement
dc.subjectEducation
dc.subjectWorld war 2
dc.subjectCustom and belief
dc.subjectHealth
dc.subjectDomestic life
dc.subjectOral history
dc.subjectLower drummore
dc.subjectEthnology
dc.subjectShops and businesses
dc.subjectPotatoes
dc.subjectWar
dc.subjectFieldwork
dc.subjectRecreation
dc.subjectAudio recordings
dc.subjectSocial history
dc.subjectStranraer
dc.subjectBiography
dc.subjectFarming
dc.subjectKirranrae
dc.subjectLifecycle
dc.subjectWorking life
dc.subjectCairngarroch
dc.subjectAchill island
dc.subjectGirvan
dc.subjectSeasonal labour
dc.subjectWorking life
dc.subjectCommunity
dc.subjectTravel and transport
dc.subjectMaterial culture
dc.subjectAgriculture
dc.subjectTales and anecdotes
dc.subjectGlenside
dc.subjectArts and crafts
dc.subjectHistory
dc.subjectSport
dc.subjectDrummore
dc.titleDG26-31 Interviews of Bob Grierson and John McColm AIP
dc.typeAudio


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