Dickens nee Bates, Anne
Date of Birth: Neamstown, Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford
Place of Birth: 25th January 1947
Date Interviewed: 13th May 2011
Summary: Anne Dicken’s earliest memories are of her father going off to sea to fish with his brothers. She describes how the women of Kilmore Quay were like “single parents” with the men away fishing. The women gathered in each other’s homes for fireside chats. To her child’s eyes Wexford town was like a “metropolis” with Woolworths store the “greatest place”. She and a friend caused a sensation in the nineteen-seventies when they went into a local pub where the men were drinking – “you could hear a pin drop”! Times were changing and soon it became acceptable for a woman to enter a pub. Anne mentions an incident when shots were fired across the bows of French and Spanish trawlers fishing off Kilmore. Anne is the daughter, wife, mother, and mother-in-law of Kilmore Quay fishermen.