Mary: The Samaritans Told Me It Was A Phase

When Mary began to realise that she was lesbian in Cork in the early 1970s she found it very difficult to find any information or supports.

She contacted the telephone helpline, the Samaritans - they told her it was 'just a phase.'

"i found the situation very stressful and lonely and I ended up being hospitalised."

 In the end Mary moved to London where she found a lesbian group.  "I was so delighted to meet other lesbians and discover that we were normal."

Mary came back to Cork in the 1980s and more was happening.  She got involved in the lesbian discussion group in the Quay Co-op.