Doherty, Kevin (1 of 21).  Tesco - an Oral History

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  • Subjects

    Retail trade and distribution; Supermarkets; Tesco

  • Recording date

    2004-01-16, 2005-03-01, 2005-03-30, 2005-09-16

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home

  • Interviewees

    Doherty, Kevin, 1946- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Agulnik, Deborah (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    "Part 1 [Tape 1 Side A] Born Walthamstow 1946. Father Irish, one of 9 children, came to England age 20. Kevin Doherty [KD] one of 9 children. Poverty in father’s family. Trips to family farm in Roscommon. Deaths of grandparents. Father’s family. Visiting the farm. Meeting family in Ireland. Father’s grandparents and Mother’s grandparents. Going to confession in Ireland. Father dressing up as a priest. Coming to England and getting job in pub. Uncles and aunts and their lives. KD’s haymaking in Roscommon. Family visits to the farm. Father’s work as lorry driver and chauffeur – his working hours. Environment around the farm. KD’s sense of Irish identity. Tracing heritage. Mother’s grandparents and sister. Busyness of parents – mother’s schedule and keeping household clean. Mother’s birth in Walthamstow. Description of house lived as child. Father’s view of his father in law. Maternal grandfather’s work as furniture maker in factory. Buying things second hand. Nuns helping parents. Visiting second hand clothing shops. Brother sleep-walking. Admiration for parents. Father coming to Walthamstow – meeting mother in pub. Mother becoming a convert to Catholicism. KD’s Catholicism and beliefs and values. Growth in feeling for God. KD’s church going habits and efficacy of prayer. Meeting wife. Wanting wife to become a Catholic. Balancing work and family priorities. KD’s description of heaven. KD’s own death. Luckiness in life. Love for parents. Appreciation of parents close to death. Mother’s siblings. Mother’s childhood. Parents’ worrying about daughter marrying an Irishman. Mother working in toy factory.

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    Life story interview with Kevin Doherty (1946-), former chief executive officer of Tesco Poland.

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