Bronagh McAtasney is from Newry and was born in 1967. In 2013, Bronagh started to tweet daily snippets from her 1981 diary on @NrnIrnGirl1981 and gained a wide range of followers keen to hear what was on a 13 year old’s mind each day.
In 2015 she was awarded an Artist Career Enhancement grant from Arts Council NI to develop the project. Bronagh has allowed her diary to be accessed through PRONI and is a key contributor to the ‘In Her Words’ exhibition which was launched by PRONI in 2019.
Currently, Bronagh is studying for a MA in Public History at Queen's University. I have had the privilege of reading Bronagh’s diary and choosing my favourite quotes to share for this project.
Researcher: Colette McCafferty
PRONI Reference for Diary: T3983/1
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