Geraldine Watts, b. 1930
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Geraldine Watts, b. 1930


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Track 1: Background in Belfast, maiden name Magrath, the only family of this name in the city. Her early education; entered Trinity College Dublin as a result of the British Education Act 1949, which gave free tuition to third level students who had achieved sufficiently high results in the Senior Certificate. She studied English and German. Track 2 : In those days, college life was extremely formal and somewhat remote from everyday life in Dublin. Her membership of the Modern Languages Society and the Gramophone Society. Also a member of the Fabian Society, she collaborated on a survey, which was subsequently published in a College magazine, of the living conditions of residents in disadvantaged areas of Dublin. Track 3: Memories of her husband, Bill Watts, whom she met when both were students of Modern Languages. In 1953, he was appointed Junior Lecturer in Botany at Hull University, while she herself secured a teaching post in a girls’ Grammar School. They were married some six months later. Track 4: In 1955, her husband secured a lectureship in Trinity College Dublin, while she taught at a second-level girls’ school for one year before leaving to raise their family. Track 5: Her husband was awarded a Fellowship, and became involved in College Administration, as College Officer and on the Board. The challenges he faced in this capacity. Track 6: Returned to teaching part-time in the Secretarial Department of Alexandra College, teaching English there until 1982, and later French and German. Became Secretary to the Council for the Status of Women in the early 1970s.

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Trinity College, Dublin, Collection



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48 hours

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7.70 MB, 13.09 MB, 13.46 MB, 9.39 MB, 9.09 MB, 9.41 MB, 16.96 MB, 6.96 MB

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Graduate and widow of former Provost

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Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore