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Harris M.S. Miller (b. 1918)

Harris M.S. Miller (b. 1918)

2009

 

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When Todd Andrews took responsibility for C.I.E., he rang “Dusty” Miller and informed him that he was to go to America and Canada on a promotional tour in his place. He recalls his very successful trip on that occasion and the great interest in Bord na Móna and its work. In 1966, in a change of career direction following some disillusionment with Bord na Móna, “Dusty” worked on a three year project as deputy director to Professor Paddy Lynch on a study of Irish technical colleges. He then set up the Irish Science Council and later worked for four years with the Investment Bank of Ireland. The last segment of his most interesting working life was spent in the Irish subsidiary of the French company, Total Oil.


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File size(s): 12.49 MB, 13.67 MB, 4.66 MB, 7.21 MB, 11.50 MB
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Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-12
Subject: A varied and colourful career: former technical development supervisor, Bord Na Móna (part 2)
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Albert (Bertie) Baker (b. 1919)

Albert (Bertie) Baker (b. 1919)

Newbridge

2009

 

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Bertie Baker was born in Kildare and joined the army during the Emergency as a driver of the Command Staff. In 1946 he began his work with Bord na Móna and remained with the Bord until 1984. He began his career with the Bord as a driver of an artic from the docks in Dublin, carrying heavy machinery to all the Bord na Móna works. He also drove a C.I.E. bus which was used for recruitment of men to work for the Bord. He describes in detail a six-cylinder A.E.C. which he drove for many years and recalls that it did the princely mileage of five miles to the gallon! Bertie Baker was one of the first Bord na Móna employees at Boora in October 1946 and he was based there till 1972. He also recalls the early days as he drove apprentices to vocational school in Athlone, carrying them in the back of his lorry – not an easy tack he says! Christopher Daly, a Kerryman from Kilcummin, is recalled as a brilliant champion turf-cutter, who would throw up as many as 90 sods in 60 seconds.


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Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-17
Subject: Driving in the early days
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Dan Donovan (part 1)

Dan Donovan (part 1)

 

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Dan Donovan was born in Ballincollig in 1926. His father was an ex-Royal Irish Constabulary man from Glandore in west Cork and his mother was a teacher who came from a family with a very strong teaching tradition. Dan Donovan went to school in Presentation College in Cork, and later taught there. In first recording, Dan speaks about his involvement with the Irish Dramatic Society, about joining the Local Defence Force during the Emergency period and organising the production of plays in the school each year with the students. He fondly recalls Dermot Breen and the growth of the drama festival from the 1940s onwards which evolved into the Everyman Theatre. He also speaks about how his perspective changed after 1959 following the setting up of a company which worked with John B. Keane on the production of ‘Sive’.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-01
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Dan Donovan (part 2)

Dan Donovan (part 2)

 

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In the relaxed atmosphere of Dan Donovan’s home, this recording began with memories of the Fleischmann family. Dr Fleischmann conducted the Cathedral choir all his life, and his wife Tilly was a distinguished concert pianist with whom Dan worked. He also spoke at great length about Dr Aloys Fleischmann’s son Aloys Jnr, who became the youngest Professor of Music in UCC. He was an inspirational man and a wonderful organist with an ambitious outlook. As Dan put it, he was responsible for fostering most of the general culture of the city. Dan speaks about his own involvement, which included his presidency of the Choral Festival, his involvement in the Students’ Arts Society, his Directorship of Music for the Cork Operatic Society, and also his work in the Cork Film Festival. Despite all these activities he still found time to enjoy his sailing.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-02
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Pat Fleming

Pat Fleming

Everyman Palace Theatre, MacCurtain Street, Cork

 

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This recording took place in the Everyman Palace Theatre, where Pat Fleming is now front of house manager. He recalls his introduction to theatre fifty years ago, when he joined the Cork Operatic Society, one of the oldest musical group in Ireland. He goes on to recall Sean Donnelly, who set up a secondary school in the early fifties, where Pat received his education. He declares that there was an outpouring of interest in amateur singing and acting in Cork from the fifties onwards. He himself sang with the choir in the Opera Society, which consistently put on two shows annually. He came to the Opera House as Manager in 1975, and remained there until 1982. He speaks about the turbulent times there, though it managed to stage a performance for 50 weeks of the year. It was fascinating to record the coming together of the Ballet Company, the Folk Dance Group and the Operative Society, which provided the dancers and the choreography for the productions at various venues around the city.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-29
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Agnes and Liam McCarthy (part 1)

Agnes and Liam McCarthy (part 1)

 

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Agnes McCarthy grew up in Rock Mill, Kildorrery and in the initial part of this recording, she talks about her upbringing during very difficult times. Her father, Mr Stackpool, was a strong farmer and the Stackpool home was blown up by the British Crown forces in 1921 during the Troubles. She was then sent with her sister to Presentation Sisters boarding school in Crosshaven, and afterwards to Loreto School in Fermoy. Agnes speaks about her sadness at having no real opportunities in life. Her mother had died and her father was never at home, so at the age of 18 she moved to Cork city to work in St Finbarr’s Hospital. Her son Liam took up the story, and spoke about growing up in a small house in Church Avenue with nine siblings. His father Tom McCarthy had a good job, as a tradesman. Some years later Agnes opened a small shop, which became a hub of activity in the area. Liam recalls his involvement in the Gilbert and Sullivan Musical Society and he also sang in the choir of Aloys Fleischmann.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-33
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Loretta McNamara

Loretta McNamara

 

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Loretta McNamara is better known to her friends as ‘Lol’ and this recording was compiled at her home, as she reminisced looking through her collection of photographs and programmes associated with the theatre in Cork city. She speaks of her fond memories of performing, and she clearly remembers her first Feis, and her enthusiasm at a very young age for her future as an actress. Growing up in Blarney Street, she later found work in the bookshop of Mercier Press, which was a landmark in the town at that time. She spent 38 years of her life working there, rising to the position of Director. She spoke about the branch of the business at University College Cork, which she managed for 21 years and she had much to say about the challenging academic atmosphere within the college. Lol was quite outspoken about many issues throughout this recording, providing frank accounts of her own views on the work of theatre in the city.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-44
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Dan Donovan (b. 1926)

Dan Donovan (b. 1926)

Turner’s Cross, Cork

2009

 

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Dan Donovan was recorded in his home in Turner’s Cross and he initially related a funny story about Kruger Kavanagh’s invitation to Aloys Fleischmann to sing one night in Ballyferriter. Dan has many happy memories of Aloys Fleischmann during his college days, and discusses the great work done by Aloys and Joan Denise Moriarty in major productions with the Cork Orchestral Society. These productions amounted to an enormous cultural expansion in the city, which could not have come about without the voluntary approach to the work. Dan worked as compere for many years at the Cork Choral Festival, which is a major and very important cultural event annually.


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File size(s): 12.19 MB, 3.69 MB, 8.40 MB, 2.04 MB, 6.61 MB, 31.47 MB
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Audio series: Fleischmann Collection
Product ID: CDCKFL-23
Subject: A genius in drama and theatre
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 70:28


Liam Hodnett (b. 1944), head of Department of Building and Civil Engineering

Liam Hodnett (b. 1944), head of Department of Building and Civil Engineering

2009

 

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Liam Hodnett was reared in Turner’s Cross and received his primary education at South Presentation and his secondary education at CBS, Sullivan’s Quay. He was awarded a scholarship to study Civil Engineering at UCC, graduating in 1966. He began his career in Wexford working for the ESB and later worked in Dublin with CIE for four years. He returned to work in Cork for the Harbour Commissioners. He recalls his involvement with the Tivoli works, the Ringaskiddy works and harbour dredging. After two years with the Harbour Commissioners he decided to take a consultancy job in structural engineering with Malachy Walsh and Partners, with whom he worked for four years. In 1976 the position of Head of Department of Building and Civil Engineering at the RTC in Bishopstown became vacant and Liam Hodnett was appointed to the position. He recalls the International Apprenticeship Competition at the RTC and says that this gave education in craftsmanship “a shot in the arm”, and was to create a “landbridge to Europe”. He speaks about the architecture of the 1950s and 1960s when the mantra was “form follows function”, and about the introduction and importance of the course in Architectural Technology. Liam has a strong loyalty to St Finbarr’s GAA club for which he began playing football from the age of 13 and he has much to say about the politics, the structure and the amateur status of the Association.


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File size(s): 47.21 MB
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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-44
Subject: A lifetime in engineering
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 51:42


Sean MacNamara

Sean MacNamara

Grange, Co. Clare

September 2002

 

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Grange ancient stone circle provided the perfect atmosphere to record the energies of our past ancestors.


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Audio series: Clare county, second series
Product ID: CDCL02-36
Subject: A mythical and magical place
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 74:00


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