Bronagh McAtasney

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

Bio & Researcher's Note

Bronagh McAtasney Diary Entries

30th January, 1981
Me & Mummy went shopping...
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7th February, 1981
Nothing else really happened...
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1st March, 1981
Start of hunger strike...
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4th April, 1981
Finally found a pair of shoes for my kilt...
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5th May, 1981
I feel sorry for the Sands family...
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25th May, 1981
Maybe in years to come when you're reading this there will be no troubles...
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9th June, 1981
Mummy let me go to a punk disco tonight up in the Bosco…
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9th July, 1981
Lots of trouble in N. Ireland today but only a little in Newry...
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29th July, 1981
Diana Spencer was gorgeous...
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2nd August, 1981
There were binlids in Newry...
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7th September, 1981
C. finally got me a pen pal...
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14th October, 1981
Bomb still out Belfast Road...
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4th November, 1981
Today we actually seen the Pope, really close...
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19th December, 1981
Me & Ethna went to do our Christmas shopping...
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31st December, 1981
I know now that maybe I should have written more in this diary...
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