Migration and Belonging in Irish Literature and Film
Religion, Migration and Church Abuse Scandals in the Media: Testimonies of Two Irish Religious Sisters
ABSTRACT In this chapter, two sisters are interviewed and recount details of their early lives as women religious and their subsequent experiences of migrating to London in the 1960s. The pseudonymous interviewees provide fascinating details of what it was like to live in that place during that period and to occupy an identity that was often problematic and subject to hostile attitudes as the Irish conflict extended to the British capital. As both sisters now reside once more in Ireland, their journey and return express an important aspect of Irish life as it once was and will perhaps never be again.
This chapter is based on the oral testimony of two sisters from County Roscommon, Ireland, who, when in their teens, independently chose to commit to a religious life.1 At the time of the interview they were seventy-two and seventy years of age and both now reside, once more, at home in Ireland. The older sister chose, at the point of entry to the novice stage of religious training, to leave the order she was in and eventually married and raised a family. The younger sister has spent the whole of her adult life as an active member of a religious order. Both lived their working lives in England, primarily London, and both trained as nurses working within the NHS. ← 93 | 94 →
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