In this extract Betty Watson speaks about the lack of educational opportunities available to her during her life. However she says that she recognised this deficit and she returned to education in her adult life.

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And do you regret that?

No, I just think it’s sad that I didn’t see for myself, you know? It’s a little bit of a sad part of it, that I didn’t see...see that then, but when I went back to education I really…what happened was in the early 80’s there was no employment in Dublin and I had a lad did his Leaving Cert and he was at home, and I went back to do a basic English class, and he used to do the dinner…I had my father and my mother-in-law used to come to me as well everyday, as well as my children, so my life was so full of all that, I didn’t have room for anything else, but and it’s only on reflection that I see the sadness of what I missed out on. Now I didn’t miss out on it cause I mean I’ve achieved what I wanted to achieve in the end. But my son used to make the dinner everyday at 1 o clock and I’d run home from school, and I’d be at school, so the roles were reversed for a little while, and it’s that, during that period of 18 to two years that he was at home, that I began to get the…the chance to do what I wanted to do, and then it became a habit. When he went to work, I used to set the dinner up, put it in the oven or pre do the dinner every other night then…because I’d got the taste


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"Betty Watson talks about the lack of educational opportunities available to her during her early life.." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #154 (accessed February 21 2018, 7:22 am)