The Life Histories Archive is an open-access resource for the study of narrative life experiences. It is part of a research project in the School of Linguistic, Language and Communication Sciences and the School of Histories and Humanities, Trinity College Dublin, which is funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS). The Life Histories Archive project has thematically structured a collection of stories, taken from 24 autobiographies, of a sample of women and men from Dublin and Belfast.
This exhibit showcases the life stories, images and documents of Mary Dynan. Mary was born and reared in Cloughmills, Co. Antrim in the 1940's. Her stories provide a rich and entertaining account of life in Cloughmills and the landscape and culture of Co. Antrim. In particular, Mary describes the Gaelic culture and folklore associated with Antrim with reference to Irish music and song.
Mary attended St. Louis Secondary school in Kilkeel and she shares her many memories of this time with
Married and family life were significant features of the recollections gathered for this archive. The autobiographers described with vivid detail their wedding clothes, flowers and celebrations. Their descriptions of family life documented the highs and lows of their long and winding pathways through life's course. They acknowledged their gratitude and love for parents, siblings, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.