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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleSheehy-Skeffington, Mrs André
Ref No8SUF/B/161
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 33
Date12 Jul 1977
Extent17:52 mins
DescriptionInterview took place at Hazelbrook Cottage, 69 Terenure Road, West Dublin 6. Interviewee is the daughter-in-law of Mrs Hannah Sheehy-Skeffington.

Interview summary:
0:00 mins:
Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington; her Catholic education; her relationship with her husband Frank Skeffington and her son Francis [Mrs A Sheehy-Skeffington's husband]. Hanna's recreational tastes and relationship with her daughter-in-law. Her concealment of her emotions. Their politics. Her relationship to Irish nationalism. Republicanism after 1916 took priority over her feminism. Her hostility to De Valera's policy towards women. Her religious views. Her attitude to men. Her enthusiasm for theatre and cinema. Her stoic approach to life. Her attitude to property and housework. Her financial circumstances. Her sisters Mrs Tom Kettle, Mrs Cruise O'Brien. Her attitude to old age. Her attitudes to drink, vivisection and smoking. Her appearance and clothing. Her private support for birth control. Hanna's visit to USA. Frank's execution by a British officer in 1916. The effect of this on political beliefs of Hanna. Fianna Fail Party executive.

15:00 mins:
Hanna's resignation from Fianna Fail. Candidate at General Election 1937. Municipal councillor. Visit to Russia 1929. Prison sentence in 1933 for crossing into Ulster to address a meeting. Influence on her of her uncle Father Eugene Sheehy, a Fenian priest. Her control over her emotions. Her liking for travel.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 60
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