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Violet Howe (née Lovell (b. 1928)

Violet Howe (née Lovell (b. 1928)

Howe Strand, Kilbrittain, Co. Cork

2011

 

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Track 1: Violet Howe traces the Howe family back to 1677, and discusses their continued survival in West Cork over the centuries. She also describes the building which previously stood on the site of the present 19th century structure. Track 2: Violet speaks about her marriage to the late James Howe in the early 1950s. She also talks about her own ancestors, and she discusses their property inheritance. Track 3: The members of the Howe family who fought in the First World War are discussed. Track 4: Violet’s father-in-law, John Howe, married Evelyn Mary Warren Heard and Violet discusses their personalities and the running of their property. Track 5: The staff members who worked at Glounavirane House, and the affects of the First World War on the Howe family. Track 6: The politics in the area during the Troubles, and the reasons why the house survived at that time. Track 7: Her own family, the Lovells, who lived at Abbey Mahon House, and her days growing up there. Track 8: Meeting her future husband James Howe. Memories of the town of Bandon, Kilbrittain Castle and the men who worked on the estate. Track 9: The Land Commission and stories of local smuggling. Looking through old family photographs.


Number of files: 12
File size(s): 8.10 MB, 8.15 MB, 3.31 MB, 2.60 MB, 7.18 MB, 10.88 MB, 7.12 MB, 3.28 MB, 5.80 MB, 5.32 MB, 10.39 MB, 14.07 MB
Bitrate: 160 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Great Houses of Ireland, second series
Product ID: CDGH02-01
Subject: Glounavirane House, Howe Strand, Kilbrittain, Co. Cork
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe - Irish Life and Lore
Length: 72:22


Rex Lovell and Erica Lovell (b. 1928)

Rex Lovell and Erica Lovell (b. 1928)

Timoleague, Co. Cork

2011

 

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Track 1: A discussion on the Lovell family at Abbey Mahon, and their ground rents in Cork city. The Lovells at Brinny and Kilpatrick, and Rex Lovell’s inheritance of the farm at Abbey Mahon. Track 2: Thomas Lovell was the first of the family to come to Abbey Mahon, having purchased it from the Hartnetts. Rex reads from old Deeds. An account of farming 100 acres in his father’s time, and horse-breeding. Track 3: Erica and Rex Lovell speak about growing up on the farm during the Emergency period. Track 4: Rex’s wife, Helen continues to read from old Deeds. Track 5: Rex talks about his siblings and their occupations. Helen discusses her family, the Wilcoxes, and describes her time teaching in a grammar school in Bandon for seven years in the 1960s. Track 6: Rex’s ‘Victorian’ upbringing as his father was born in 1891. The Troubles and the tensions felt by the Protestant community in the area at that time. The participation in World War I by his mother’s brother. Track 7: Where the family stood during the Troubles, and how they protected their land and property. Track 8: A discussion on sport, hunting, point-to-point racing and hockey. Track 9: Readings from a letter written in 1926 relating to draining of the land.


Number of files: 7
File size(s): 24.67 MB, 7.25 MB, 12.12 MB, 9.21 MB, 7.94 MB, 10.89 MB, 7.79 MB
Bitrate: 160 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Great Houses of Ireland, second series
Product ID: CDGH02-02
Subject: Abbey Mahon House, Timoleague, Co. Cork
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe - Irish Life and Lore
Length: 70:25


Nan Conner (b. 1926) (Part 1)

Nan Conner (b. 1926) (Part 1)

Ballineen, Co Cork

2011

 

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Track 1: Growing up in the 1920s and 1930s the various locations in which her family lived before their arrival at Manch. Track 2: The steward’s house at Manch, where Nan lives today, and a discussion on the out-buildings. Also, the original house, Connerville, and its fate, are described. Track 3: Why the Conners arrived in Manch from Carrigafoyle, North Kerry, and the size of the estate at that time. Track 4: The Encumbered Estate Act and its effects. The tenants on the land. Nan’s mother’s family, the Grahams in Scotland, and her paternal and maternal uncles and aunts are discussed. Track 5: Nan describes her father Henry’s career as a barrister, and his work as a District Judge. Track 6: Anecdotal stories about Nan’s time as farm manager, and her involvement in sport. Track 7: Her father’s return from World War I. Track 8: Her father’s membership of the Gentleman’s Cork County Club.


Number of files: 8
File size(s): 7.72 MB, 3.63 MB, 6.23 MB, 11.97 MB, 7.84 MB, 6.02 MB, 12.53 MB, 4.79 MB
Bitrate: 160 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Great Houses of Ireland, second series
Product ID: CDGH02-03
Subject: Manch House, Ballineen, Co. Cork
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe - Irish Life and Lore
Length: 53:39


Nan Conner (b. 1926) (Part 2)

Nan Conner (b. 1926) (Part 2)

Ballineen, West Cork

2011

 

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Track 1: Nan Conner discusses her local cousins. The origins of the family title are explained. Track 2: She talks about her father who was the head of the Longfield family. Track 3: A discussion on the Land Commission, and the financial situation on the estate in those days. The introduction of mechanised farming is recalled. Track 4: Other aspects of farming the land. Track 5: Eoin ‘The Pope’ O’Mahony, the great antiquarian who was a regular visitor to the house. Track 6: Her memories of writer and artist Edith Somerville.


Number of files: 6
File size(s): 4.45 MB, 6.00 MB, 5.07 MB, 13.60 MB, 15.97 MB, 5.31 MB
Bitrate: 160 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Great Houses of Ireland, second series
Product ID: CDGH02-04
Subject: Manch House, Ballineen, Co. Cork
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe - Irish Life and Lore
Length: 44:29


Patience Fawsitt (née Conner (b. 1924)

Patience Fawsitt (née Conner (b. 1924)

Laurel Mount House, Co. Cork

2011

 

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Track 1: Memories of Patience Fawsitt’s young days, and leaving Mallow to come to Manch. Her father’s occupation as a District Judge. Track 2: A discussion on the portraits of her ancestors and her father’s service with the RFC in World War I. Track 3: The Troubles of 1916-22. Her father’s political views. Why Manch House was saved from burning. Track 4: Antiquarian Eoin ‘The Pope’ O’Mahony’s close friendship with the family. Her cousins, the Longfields, the Lucases and the Bowens, and the house she now lives in and its original owners are discussed. Track 5: Memories of the Economic War and a discussion on the maternal side of her family, the Purcells of North Cork. Track 6: Her maternal family, with comments from her sister Anne. Also, the North Kerry O’Connors who changed their name, and their arrival in West Cork.


Number of files: 7
File size(s): 5.46 MB, 4.83 MB, 7.54 MB, 6.04 MB, 6.29 MB, 3.07 MB, 7.22 MB
Bitrate: 160 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Great Houses of Ireland, second series
Product ID: CDGH02-05
Subject: Manch House, Ballineen, Co. Cork
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe - Irish Life and Lore
Length: 35:56


Oriana Conner (née Verschoyle), Campbell (Part 1)

Oriana Conner (née Verschoyle), Campbell (Part 1)

Manch House, Ballineen, Co. Cork

2011

 

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Track 1: Oriana Conner grew up in Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin. She recalls her first meeting with her future husband, Cornelius Conner. Track 2: Her introduction to Henry Longfield Conner. She discusses the older building, Connerville. Track 3: Her marriage to Cornelius, and moving to Manch. Track 4: The duels which took place at Kilcaskin Castle in former days. Track 5: The character of her father-in-law, a discussion on the size of the estate, and the threat by the Land Commission to purchase the land after the death of her father-in-law. Track 6: The running of the farm, and the building up of the livestock. The difficulties with the entailment in the family. Track 7: The family portraits. Track 8: An explanation of how the line descended from the O’Connors of Carrigafoyle in North Kerry. The family tomb in Ballineen. Track 9: A discussion on the family heirlooms. Track 10: The reasons why the spelling of the family’s surname was changed.


Number of files: 10
File size(s): 6.97 MB, 7.31 MB, 5.49 MB, 9.54 MB, 7.16 MB, 10.31 MB, 4.76 MB, 12.70 MB, 2.39 MB, 8.44 MB
Bitrate: 160 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Great Houses of Ireland, second series
Product ID: CDGH02-06
Subject: Manch House, Ballineen, Co. Cork
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe - Irish Life and Lore
Length: 65:46


Oriana Conner (née Verschoyle), Campbell (Part 2)

Oriana Conner (née Verschoyle), Campbell (Part 2)

Manch House, Ballineen, Co. Cork

2011

 

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Track 1: Kilcaskin Castle viewed from the tower in the Manch House. The servants’ quarters, and anecdotal stories of the house bells. Oriana Conner reads from an inscribed plaque, dedicated to Arabella Denny. Track 2: The old water-pump in the basement. Track 3: A discussion on other paraphernalia, which has always been part of the house. Track 4: Oriana’s own family’s reunion, and the Conner Clan reunion, are discussed. A brief account of the Verschoyle family history.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 8.56 MB, 5.17 MB, 1.83 MB, 24.23 MB, 10.37 MB
Bitrate: 160 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Great Houses of Ireland, second series
Product ID: CDGH02-07
Subject: Manch House, Ballineen, Co. Cork
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe - Irish Life and Lore
Length: 44:11


Neil Travers (b. 1935)

Neil Travers (b. 1935)

Crosshaven, Co. Cork

2011

 

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Track 1: Neil Travers describes his early life and his education. He recalls his grandparents, his father’s involvement in the Boer War and the First World War, and his later occupation. Track 2: His father, who was invalided out of the First World War. The burning of Timoleague House and the building of a new house on a nearby site. Track 3: Following his early education, he attended an agricultural college in England, before returning home. In 1965 he moved to Crosshaven after his marriage. Track 4: Taking over Timoleague House after his father’s death and being involved in market gardening. Track 5: His paternal grandfather, Spencer Travers, was killed by a bull on his farm, Neil recalls this tragedy and discusses farming practices on his grandfather’s farm. Track 6: His family’s connections, and their membership of the Cork County Club in the South Mall in Cork city. Track 7: A discussion on the town of Bandon, the Protestant community there and their persistence. Rural electricity came to Timoleague in 1937, and Neil explains its early arrival.


Number of files: 8
File size(s): 7.17 MB, 7.67 MB, 8.02 MB, 6.38 MB, 9.78 MB, 3.49 MB, 4.64 MB, 14.12 MB
Bitrate: 160 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Great Houses of Ireland, second series
Product ID: CDGH02-08
Subject: Timoleague House, Co. Cork
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe - Irish Life and Lore
Length: 54:15


Rosaleen Tonson Rye (b. 1932) (Part 1)

Rosaleen Tonson Rye (b. 1932) (Part 1)

Crookstown, Co. Cork

2001

 

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Track 1: Rosaleen Tonson Rye discusses the history of Ryecourt Estate, the entailment of the property of her father John Coghill Tonson Rye, and his arrival from England in 1931 at the age of twenty-one to take over the 700 acre estate. Track 2: Her grandfather Reginald, his role in World War I, and his death as a result of the Black Flu. A discussion on her maternal family, the Coghills of Rathmore House, Kinsale, and the period when Ryecourt was looked after by agents. Track 3: Rosaleen discusses her education, growing up in the 1930s and 1940s and she recalls some of the tenants who lived on the estate. Track 4: Looking through old photographs and family papers and diaries, Rosaleen recalls her governesses and living in a temporary house, built by her father after the burning of Ryecourt during the Troubles. Track 5: The family’s long association with hunting in the area, and her own involvement in the sport. Track 6: The sport of hunting, and her father’s passion for it, and also for horse racing. His time serving in World War I. The main source of income on the estate came from Castlemore Lime Quarry. Track 7: Her father’s stance on Irish nationality. A vivid account of the interior of Ryecourt, as it was. A discussion on connections with the Herberts of Muckross, and the Baldwin and Poole families. Track 8: The dedicated family cemetery on the estate, and local animosity towards the family during the Troubles. Three houses of the gentry in the locality were burnt at that time. Track 9: Memories of the old single gauge train which went through the estate, and the horse cars carrying the burnt lime from the kiln. The draining of a 120-acre bog, now planted in forestry, and the running of the farm after her parents’ death in 1981.


Number of files: 9
File size(s): 5.97 MB, 6.41 MB, 5.52 MB, 5.81 MB, 8.43 MB, 13.81 MB, 12.86 MB, 10.88 MB, 18.04 MB
Bitrate: 160 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Great Houses of Ireland, second series
Product ID: CDGH02-09
Subject: Ryecourt, Crookstown, Co. Cork
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe - Irish Life and Lore
Length: 77:30


Rosaleen Tonson Rye (Part 2)

Rosaleen Tonson Rye (Part 2)

Crookstown, Co Cork

2011

 

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Track 1: Rosaleen Tonson Rye discusses a fascinating old family scrap album, which had belonged to her great-grandmother, Mrs Stopford, around 1896. She discusses her great-grandmother’s marriage to her great-grandfather Col. Stopford. Track 2: Great detail on the background of her paternal and maternal families. Track 3: A brief history of the Muskerry Hounds, begun by one of her ancestors in 1742. Her own involvement since she was nine years old, and her father’s success in the breeding and training of horses. Track 4: Her childhood days, and visits to the Leader family. Track 5: A description of the gardens and buildings at Ryecourt in their heyday.


Number of files: 4
File size(s): 17.28 MB, 2.66 MB, 27.62 MB, 9.57 MB
Bitrate: 160 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Great Houses of Ireland, second series
Product ID: CDGH02-10
Subject: Ryecourt, Crookstown, Co Cork
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe - Irish Life and Lore
Length: 50:06


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