Q: Did you have any dolls?
Yes, but the same one would have to do for years.
Q: Did you have any toy tractors or bicycles?
Yes, the boys in the family would make them out of timber.
Q: What would you play on a typical evening?
We used play Rounders most evenings.
Q: Did you play any games that aren’t played now?
They’re all played now but with different names.
Q: Did you go to other children’s houses to play?
Yes, usually to our neighbours’ houses.
Q: Was there a swimming pool near you?
No, I don’t know where the nearest pool was. We used head down to the beach from a swim.
Q: Did you play x’s and o’s?
Yes, that was one of my favourite games.
Q: What was your favourite game when you were a child?
My favourite game was skipping. I got a skipping rope for my Birthday.
Q: What kind of rope did you have?
It was called a súgan.
Q: Whom did you play the games with at home?
My brothers, sisters and cousins, if they came to visit .We spent every evening playing with the neighbours.
Q: What type of shoes did you wear playing games?
We wore sandals in the Summer, but we had boots for Winter.
Q: Where did you get the shoes from?
I got them from family in America. I can still remember the excitement of seeing that parcel arrive.
Q: Could you tell me some of the rules to one of these games?
Rounders: Played with a stone, pass from one to the other and if you drop it you’re out.
Q: Where did you get your clothes from?
Clothes were handed down from the older children to the younger ones.
Q: Around how long did skipping last?
We often played for a couple of hours. It’s no wonder we were very fit.
Q: Were there slides and roundabouts in the playground?
No, we had no official playground. We had homemade swings, made from ropes, bits of branches and old tyres.
Q: Did you play football a lot?
Yes, I did. We used be practicing all the time. One of my friends had a ball so we used all play with him.
Q: What kind of board games did you play with?
We loved playing chess and draughts. We would use buttons as draught pieces.
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