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Raymond O’Sullivan (b. 1954)

Raymond O’Sullivan (b. 1954)

Newmarket, Co. Cork

 

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Raymond O’Sullivan is a shopkeeper in Newmarket and is also a renowned local historian with a real interest in the Anglo-Irish families who lived in the area. The Aldworth family arrived in Newmarket in 1614, and the family history is explored. They settled on the McAuliffe lands, and the initial part of this recording was compiled outside the magnificent old Aldworth house. The next stop was the site of the Priory, the home of John Philpott Curran, father of Sarah Curran, beloved of the patriot Robert Emmet who was executed in Dublin in 1803. There is much local lore associated with the house where strange pseudo religious practices would take place. The Church of Ireland churchyard, where Sarah Curran is reputedly buried is the next location. A quartzstone marks her place of rest. Philip recounts her tragic life story and details her father’s wish that his daughter be buried in her home place.


Number of files: 3
File size(s): 29.91 MB, 10.42 MB, 14.94 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-15
Subject: Anglo-Irish families
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 60:32


Madoline O’Connell (née Horgan)

Madoline O’Connell (née Horgan)

Cork City

2010

 

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Track 1: Tracing her father’s ancestors, and growing up in the 1910s and 1920s in the Big House. Her mother’s untimely death when Madoline was five years old. She traces her mother’s side of the family, and her education, boarding school and UCC in the 1930s are recalled. Track 2: Her interest in anatomy and her graduation in medicine. Track 3: Emigration to England in 1940, soon after the outbreak of war. Travelling to Worcester. Meeting her husband-to-be. Her medical work. Track 4: Returning to Ireland in 1950 and starting work as an orthopaedic surgeon in St Finbarr’s Hospital, Cork. Track 5: Social life in Cork City in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Track 6: A discussion on the Economic War in the 1930s and how it affected the O’Connell’s farm in Macroom. Track 7: Family photograph albums, and a discussion on Madoline’s family home. Track 8: Madoline traces her family connections to the Somervilles.


Number of files: 8
File size(s): 13.83 MB, 19.44 MB, 10.24 MB, 4.92 MB, 11.59 MB, 5.14 MB, 7.59 MB, 10.13 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork Theatrical Collection
Product ID: CDCKCY02-32
Subject: Lady medical doctor
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 72:20


Denis Hayes (part 1)

Denis Hayes (part 1)

Kilkenny

2011

 

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Track 1: Denis was born in 1915 in Glandore, west Cork. He discusses the maternal side of his family, the O’Sullivans, who had a public house in the village, which also sold hardware and groceries. His father was a naval officer in the First World War. He describes his days in the National School for Industry, in Leap. Track 2: A discussion on the Ascendancy families in the area, and the relationship between Protestants and Catholics in the area. Track 3: Anecdotal stories about the Black and Tans, the fishing, farming and mining families in the locality. Track 4: In 1936, joining the Forestry Service, after his short teaching career in Dunmanway. Track 5: The different locations he was transferred to during the Emergency period. Track 6: Recalling the family-run sawmills in the midlands, the cutting and carting of large trees from the estates of landed gentry and the planting of fire trees in the 1950s. He recalls a meeting in Shannonbridge held by the Land Commission, attended by Oliver Flanagan. Finally, he discusses his memories of the Eucharistic Congress in 1932, and de Valera’s visit to West Cork.


Number of files: 7
File size(s): 9.41 MB, 13.03 MB, 8.40 MB, 15.10 MB, 18.02 MB, 10.03 MB, 10.81 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork Theatrical Collection
Product ID: CDCKCY02-35
Subject: Memories of west Cork and the Forestry Commission
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 74:01


Denis Hayes (part 2)

Denis Hayes (part 2)

Kilkenny

2011

 

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Track 1: Recollections of the National School of Industry in Leap. Track 2: The village of Glandore: the business and their proprietors. Track 3: Fishing in the early years of the 20th century, and the export of mackerel abroad. Track 4: A discussion on the barter system, engaged in by local farmers. Track 5: Local people wearing clogs in the 1920s. Track 6: His first visit to Cork city in 1929 and his first impressions and a very detailed account of the occupations of the people of Glandore. Track 7: The changes in farming and fishing over the years. Track 8: Remembering Glandore House and its original owners, and its subsequent ownership by a religious order.


Number of files: 10
File size(s): 8.31 MB, 14.34 MB, 1.83 MB, 4.46 MB, 9.60 MB, 12.27 MB, 6.68 MB, 3.78 MB, 18.34 MB, 4.41 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork Theatrical Collection
Product ID: CDCKCY02-36
Subject: Further memories of West Cork
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 73:19


Hugh Cobbe (b. 1942)

Hugh Cobbe (b. 1942)

Newbridge House, Fingal, Co. Dublin

2012

 

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Track 1: Born in Surrey, England, his father served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) during the Second World War. Following his father’s death when Hugh was six years old, he was brought up in Malahide. In the early 1950s the family moved to Newbridge House; Hugh inherited this property from his uncle Tommy in 1963, at the age of 20. Discussed the history of the various building periods to be observed at the house. Track 2: Discussed the reasons for the absence of a title in the family; recalled the story of his grandfather, a member of the House of Lords, who was Member of Parliament for Swords in County Dublin. Track 3: His maternal ancestry and their nationalist stance in Ireland. Track 5: The responsibilities and financial cost of Newbridge House and the formation of the Trust which took over its management; the agreement with the local council to open the property to the public and the right of the family to remain there. Track 6: Discussed his passion for classical music. Track 7: His attachment to Newbridge House and his sense of place in Ireland.


Number of files: 6
File size(s): 8.77 MB, 5.33 MB, 5.75 MB, 6.97 MB, 4.00 MB, 19.25 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Fingal (north Dublin), second series
Product ID: CDDNN02-02
Subject: The Big House
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore
Length: 55:10


Nellie Ryan (née Murphy) (b. 1937)

Nellie Ryan (née Murphy) (b. 1937)

Howth Castle, Co. Dublin

2012

 

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Track 1: Spent her childhood in Kilkenny and Wexford and, at the age of 14, undertook a domestic course in Waterford Convent. In 1953, at the age of 15½, got employment with the St Lawrence family at Howth Castle. Recalled her welcome by Miss Margery who instructed her to assist the cook. Track 2: Recalled day-to-day life for domestic staff at the castle; among Nellie’s duties was to prepare the ingredients for the menus. Recalled the time when Christopher Gaisford St Lawrence and his parents arrived to live in the castle, following the death of Christopher’s uncle Tom. The development of the estate at this time. A sad story involving a family member in earlier times, who was abducted and never returned home, and the continued tradition of setting an extra place at table each day, and keeping the castle gates open at all times. Track 3: Recalled that she met her future husband, Jim Ryan, at a local dance in 1960; continued to work at the castle following her marriage; described her many tasks, including laundry, waxing floors, and polishing silver. Track 4: Memories of two elderly aunts of the family, who would sit by the fire each evening, working on embroidery. Recalled the shock and sadness at the sudden death of Tom St Lawrence, the last of his line. Track 5: A tour of the castle, discussing the uses of the various rooms, describing the furnishings and visiting the private chapel.


Number of files: 6
File size(s): 5.40 MB, 9.51 MB, 4.30 MB, 3.83 MB, 4.55 MB, 12.93 MB
Bitrate: 96 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Fingal (north Dublin), second series
Product ID: CDDNN02-10
Subject: The Big House
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore
Length: 55:32


Christopher Gaisford St Lawrence (b. 1930)

Christopher Gaisford St Lawrence (b. 1930)

Howth, Dublin

2012

 

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Track 1: Background in England and, on the death of his uncle, inherited Howth Castle Estate, at the age of 25. Track 2: Recalled in detail the dairy at Howth, the quality of the milk, the herdsmen, the mode of transport used to supply the milk locally and the area supplied. Track 3: The development of a golf course in 1973, the first municipal golf course in Ireland. Memories of his late wife Penelope Crewe. Track 4: Recalled the family’s ownership of Baldoyle Racecourse and his days stewarding there. Track 5: Discussed ground rents in the last century, and the right of estate tenants to buy their land. The sale of a portion of the farmland, in order to retain the estate’s viability.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 5.47 MB, 19.14 MB, 9.85 MB, 10.60 MB, 15.52 MB
Bitrate: 160 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Fingal (north Dublin), second series
Product ID: CDDNN02-11
Subject: Howth Castle
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore
Length: 53:22


Larry Slevin (b. 1926)

Larry Slevin (b. 1926)

Clane, Co. Kildare

2009

 

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A native of Clane, as were all before him, Larry Slevin spent all his adult life working as a groom at Blackhall Stud. His father drove a bread van for Boland’s Bakery during Larry’s childhood. John Noonan facilitated this recording at Hazelwood Nursing Home, where Larry recites some old local rhymes, and recalls his long working life with Lord Astor. He remembers the hay mangers, people who used to transport loads of hay on horses and drays with side boards all the way to Dublin. Larry declares that one could barely see the horses’ heads protruding from the hay loads. He mentions Josie Doyle, who would come to Clane on her ass and car to sell sweets and Chester cake, and also recalls Aggie Weir who ran a boarding house in the village for ‘tramps.’ He remembers some local people who had the gift of curing ailments such as shingles, which was known as ‘wildfire.’ Larry’s mother was an unusual lady in that she sometimes dreamed of the funeral of a local person, and before too long, the person in question would leave this world! Larry’s grandfather was captain of the local football team in 1887, a very successful team in its heyday. The team wore white flour bags fashioned into football jerseys, which lead to the Kildare team’s present name the 'Lillywhites.’


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File size(s): 49.03 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Kildare county, first series
Product ID: CDKD01-18
Subject: Memories of Blackhall estate
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 53:42


Noel Clarke (b. 1926) (part 1)

Noel Clarke (b. 1926) (part 1)

Smithstown, Taghadoe, Co. Kildare

2009

 

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Noel Clarke’s forefathers came originally from Scotland, and his grandfather came to Banagher to work as a gardener at Lord Rosse’s estate. In 1914 following an argument with his own father, Noel Clarke’s father joined the British Army and fought in World War I. At war’s end he was employed as a motor mechanic at Dawson’s in Maynooth, and two years later he started his own garage business in the town. Noel has great memories of his youth in Maynooth and attending primary school run by the nuns in St Patrick’s seminary. He always had a keen interest in radio, and during World War II he kept constantly in touch with unfolding events. During these years of war, Noel’s father worked at servicing farm machinery as no cars were being sold. He became group leader of the Local Defence Force (LDF) and Noel witnessed much of the activity of the local force. After the war, the economic climate began to improve and people generally regained their interest in cars. Noel has a clear recollection of the models of cars which gained favour at this time.


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File size(s): 41.59 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Kildare county, first series
Product ID: CDKD01-22
Subject: An old garage business
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 45:33


Sarah Tracey (née Slattery) (b. 1916)

Sarah Tracey (née Slattery) (b. 1916)

Ballymore Eustace

2009

 

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The Slattery family came from Harristown and Sarah Tracey’s grandfather was First Huntsman to Lord la Touche in Harristown House. Sarah has clear memories of her early days in Ballymore Eustace, the forge, the local bar and groceries, drapers, the post office and the thatched houses. She recounts the names of all the family owned businesses in the town. She recalls the activities of the Black and Tans in her native area, and also her own early days in employment as housekeeper for a Jewish family in Dublin. She remembers the advent of the creameries around the countryside, and the employment provided by the big estates. Sarah’s mother came originally from Carrickmacross and she brought with her the tradition of lace work, and sold her craftwork to the local people.


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File size(s): 64.35 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Kildare county, first series
Product ID: CDKD01-26
Subject: Memories of Ballymore Eustace
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 70:28


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