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Transcripts of life history interview with ‘Martin’ from Cohort B (Born 1945-1954) of the Life Histories and Social Change collection (see Related Materials); Male, Roman Catholic, married, father, and grandfather. Martin grew up in a rural environment in the Mid-West. His early life revolved around activity on the family farm, and the surrounding agricultural community. The family farm was inherited from his mother’s side, and he discusses the strong influence of his mother and grandmother on his upbringing. Martin’s interview covers his early education to his leaving school at 16, and pursuing agriculture as a career. Martin recounts the changes in the farming industry when Ireland joined the European Union, and changes to rural life since Ireland became more prosperous. His interview also delves into the emergence of a consumer society in Ireland, and his perceptions of the ‘real Ireland’. All names have been anonymised. Access to the transcript is through application to the Irish Qualitative Data Archive and is restricted to bona fide researchers and teachers, and to students that are currently registered at a third-level academic institution.