Brady, Angela (2 of 10)

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  • Recording date

    2013-05-02, 2013-05-13, 2013-10-02, 2013-12-13, 2014-02-05, 2014-10-08

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    Royal Institute of British Architects, London

  • Interviewees

    Brady, Angela, (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Dillon, Niamh (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 2: Angela Brady [AB] Born in Dublin. Angela Brady [AB] mentions her maternal grandmother Julia, AB talks about her grandmother’s upbringing in Bray. Co. Wicklow: her grandmother’s character, AB thinks that the family weren’t very political, she was a keen traveller. [00:04:22] AB on her grandmother’s and mother’s artistic life – AB on her mother’s life: she has been a painter all her life, AB remembers her mother’s easel and the smell of oil paint. [00:07:11] AB memories of her father’s parents: her father grew up in Blackrock, South Dublin, memories of having Sunday lunch with her grandparents. [00:10:16] The importance of Sunday lunch: how much of the food was homemade or home-grown. [00:12:08] AB remembers her maternal grandparents’ grand house in Bray – smells in her grandparents’ house – her French furniture and luxurious fittings. [00:16:06] AB’s grandmother’s Morris Minor – her grandmother later lived with AB’s family and sometimes the children played jokes on her. [0:18:44] AB’s grandmother’s stroke and her interest in rehabilitation – AB on the attitudes towards older people. [00:20:41] Describes their modernist family house in Blackrock [00:23:11] their large garden and tennis court, Blackrock was a middle class area. AB talks about the political situation in the 1960s and 1970s and how it put people off coming to Ireland. AB mentions the very few people of other nationalities in Dublin. AB mentions how in the country it was more Irish. [00:26:41] Difference between town and country in Ireland – origins of the name Brady, mentions the religious divide in Ireland. [00:28:01] Mentions her paternal grandmother was Protestant from Northern Ireland and converted to marry AB grandfather. Their next door neighbours were Protestant – mentions her grandmother’s daily prayers – the importance of religion to her family – how they went to mass every Sunday. Her father’s disapproval of AB aesthist boyfriend – AB open view of religion now. [00:32:52] AB explains why her children were brought up as Catholics and sent to Catholic schools – mentions how the Church has been a good client. [00:34:43] The importance of having a good education in her father’s family: how his family were very sporty. [00:37:31] AB’s father’s education: Willow Park, Blackrock College and Royal College of Surgeon’s – his work in Crumlin, going to the annual Surgeon’s day at the hospital. [00:40:58] Different attitudes to boys and girls: helping in the house, learning instruments, [00:43:11] AB talks about discipline in their home, how manners were instilled into them. Giving to charity. [00:46:09] AB describes mealtimes in their house [00:48:03] Different expectations for boys – AB was shy as a child and had two gorgeous older sisters. Describes what her parents’ looked like – going on foreign holidays. [00:50:50] AB awareness of class difference as a child – speaking Irish as a child. Going into town to her father’s club – [00:54;15] AB talks about her awareness of Irish emigration. [00:56:04] Her father competed in clay pigeon shooting the Olympics in 1968 and 1972 – going shooting with her parents’ at the weekends. Talks about father at the Olympics in Munich. [01:0045] AB's father’s modesty. Seeing Eamon de Valera as an old man at mass – St. Patrick’s parade in Dublin. [01:03:32] AB on her parents’ lack of political involvement – AB on the double standards in issues around divorce and abortion in Ireland [01:09:06] How AB was encouraged to travel by her parents – Ireland’s positive attitude to Europe – attitudes towards England, the Irish in the construction industry (Murphy’s, Clancys, etc). [01:11:09] The high level of Irish education and how it affected emigration. [01:14:19] How AB’s parents chose the Holy Child school –mentions her older sister was an interior designer, she discusses women in architecture [01:21:24] talks about taking the school bus to school. AB memories of primary school.

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