Thursday, 31 May 2012

Cecilia Rd, Clarendon Park

Cecilia Rd, Clarendon Park

Teresa Delaney’s parents came to Leicester in 1964. 
Joseph Michael Delaney, from Dublin and Ann, nee O’Toole from Cooladine, Wexford had previously lived in Armagh and Germany where Joseph served with the British Army. 

They came to Leicester to stay with Joseph’s mother,Winnie, at 14 Cecilia Rd, Clarendon Park and later moved to Tudor Rd. 

In between these two addresses the children Teresa, Ann, Deidre and Lee were taken into care and lived at the Carmel Catholic Children’s Home in Kirby Muxloe. There were several other Irish children there and the Irish nuns ensured that there was Irish dancing and enough cultural support for the children to feel at home. In fact Teresa said that she felt more Irish there than she ever had!

Teresa Delaney is now Senior Community Librarian at New Parks Centre Library.

Thanks to Colin Hyde for the photo: East Midlands Oral History Archive

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