Request to be Interviewed

If you would like to be interviewed by the Irish COVID-19 Oral History Project research team, please fill out the form below.

Please note that interviews depend on the availability of interviewers and it may take some time. Due to high demand, there is currently a 2-3 weeks waiting list to get interviewed.

Step 1: Schedule Interview and Review Informed Consent

Step 2: Conduct the Interview

The questions we ask cover a range of topics that will help future researchers better understand how people experienced the COVID-19 pandemic.

Remember that some of the details of your life and the situation right now may seem trivial or obvious, but they might not be so obvious to someone looking at the archives one hundred years from now. Do not assume the person listening to this recording in the future understands what it is like to go through what you are going through right now so try to be as descriptive as you can..

Oral histories are most beneficial when interviewees provide as much information and detail as possible. However, please remember that any answers you give will be included in a publicly accessible database, so please do not share any information that you would not like to be publicly available.

The questions we will ask cover a wide range of topics, here are some examples:

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  • What is the date and time?
  • What is your name, and what are the primary things you do on a day-to-day basis (for example, your job, your extracurricular activities/hobbies, etc.)?
  • Where do you live, and what is it like to live there?

  • When was the first time you learned about the coronavirus known as COVID-19? What do you remember about that first time?
  • How did family and friends react to the unfolding news?
  • Are there any particular sources you used to find out information?
  • What decisions have you had to make (if any) to protect yourself and your family?
  • If you had to go into quarantine or social isolation, what did you prioritise in your preparations?
  • Did you have trouble tracking down any important household items?

  • How have your thoughts changed since first hearing about the pandemic?
  • What issues have most concerned you about the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What are the concerns of other members of your family/friends?

  • What is your job or profession? If you are a student, what are you currently studying right now?
  • Has COVID-19 affected your job? In what ways? If a student, how has your coursework or class structure changed during this pandemic?
  • If working/studying from home: What is it like working and/or studying from home?
  • What concerns do you have about the effects of COVID-19 on your employment and the economy more broadly?
  • Has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the employment of people you know? In what ways?

  • What are you missing most now that COVID-19 has affected daily life and routines?
  • Have you had important events put on hold, changed or cancelled?
  • Have you marked these events in the meantime?
  • How are you passing your free time at home during the pandemic?
  • Are you pursuing your hobbies or have you picked up any new ones?
  • How are you staying in contact with friends and loved ones if you cannot get together face-to-face?
  • Have you come across any funny or sad stories?
  • What new terms or phrases have you come across since the outbreak?
  • For some people, the outbreak has prompted them to look at other events such as the Spanish Flu, polio or TB outbreaks. Have you any family stories related to such events? If so, can you share them?

  • How has COVID-19 affected you and/or your family’s day-to-day activities?
  • How are you managing day-to-day activities in your household?
  • Has the COVID-19 outbreak affected how you associate and communicate with friends and family? In what ways?
  • What have been the biggest challenges that you have faced during the COVID-19 outbreak?
  • What have you, your family, and friends done for recreation during COVID-19 (feel free to include details about shows, games, books, etc.)?

  • How has the COVID-19 outbreak affected your community (Remember, you may be part of many communities including school, club, church, job, etc. You are welcome to speak about all of these communities)?
  • How are people around you responding to the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Have you seen the people around you change their opinions, day-to-day activities, or relationships in response to the pandemic?
  • “Self isolation” and “flattening the curve” have been two key ideas that have emerged during the pandemic. How have you, your family, friends, and community responded to requests to “self isolate” and “flatten the curve”?
  • Has COVID-19 changed your relationships with family, friends, and community? In what ways?
  • Can you describe any events you have witnessed or heard of that capture your community’s response to the virus (example: community activism, organised activities such as bingo, gym classes)?

  • What have been your primary sources of news during the pandemic?
  • Have your news sources changed during the course of the pandemic?
  • What do you think are important issues that the media may or may not be covering?

  • How have leaders and government officials in your community responded to the outbreak?
  • Do you have any thoughts on how other jurisdictions are responding to the crisis differently?

  • Has your experience transformed how you think about your family, friends, and community? In what ways?
  • Knowing what you know now, what do you think that individuals, communities, or governments need to keep in mind for the future?
  • What do you think is important for people to remember about this moment in global and Irish history?
  • If you were asked to pick one object or artefact (apart from obvious ones such as masks or hand sanitisers) to represent life during COVID, what would it be?
  • Do you have any final thoughts?

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