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Transcripts of life history interview with ‘Barney’ from Cohort B (Born 1945-1954) of the Life Histories and Social Change collection (see Related Materials); Male, Roman Catholic, unmarried. Barney is 1 of 11 living children in his family. He grew up in the mid-east of Ireland, and recalls his father working in a cement factory and his mother maintaining the house, and caring for his disabled brother. Barney openly discusses the death of his father and brother, and his mother’s reaction to the loss. Barney’s interview touches on his time in primary school and attending the technical college when he was a teenager. He also discusses joining the British Army, but abandoning his training due to family responsibilities. Barney recalls his working history in the transportation industry, and in construction labour. He also includes anecdotes of his interactions with the local housing authority, and his resourcefulness in keeping himself and his mother housed in differing economic circumstances. Barney’s interview discusses his political affiliation and involvement, and his perceptions of political participation. Barney also discusses how Irish society has changed since his childhood. 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.