Greystones Library

The heavens opened as I drove into Greystones earlier today for the latest road show. I wondered if the downpour would turn people off, but happily there was a great turnout — and by the time I’d finished, the sun had come out!

A piece of Nelson’s Pillar, brought by Claire Kelly.


It was a great afternoon, and I was blown away by the amount of items people brought along: diaries, letters, photographs, an array of dress patterns, a chamber pot, and even a piece of Nelson’s Pillar! After a lively conversation about life in the 1960s, a queue formed as numerous women waited to have their items digitised for inclusion in the People’s Archive I’m creating.

The stories attached to some of the items were wonderful. Particularly striking was Claire Kelly’s photograph of the airport in Ibiza in 1960/61. Not only was the airport tiny, but it was also such an unusual destination for Irish travel in the 1960s — I’m very much looking forward to a follow up interview!

I am extremely grateful to Amye Quigley and the staff at the Greystones Library for hosting the event, and for doing such a great job with publicising it.

Next up: Monaghan.