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Paddy McEvilly (b. 1928)

Paddy McEvilly (b. 1928)

Dublin

2009

 

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Paddy McEvilly is a native of Castlebar, and following his schooling, he got a scholarship to U.C.D., graduating with a Degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. He spent a year working in the Department of Posts and Telegraphs and in 1952 he joined Bord na Móna. He spent some time initially as Junior Engineer in Timahoe and later in Bellacorrick in Co. Mayo. In 1950 he moved to Derrygreenagh in the Midlands and two years later to Mount Lucas, where he managed the operation for 15 years. He speaks at length about the production, harvesting and marketing, the staff and the social life in Edenderry. Following his time in the Midlands he was moved to Bord na Móna headquarters in Dublin where he worked as Product Manager, heading up the Briquette Division. Part of his brief was to become involved in the resolution of industrial disputes, which was a difficult period in his working life. From 1979 to his retirement in 1987 as Managing Director, he worked closely with all the site managers around the country, but two disastrous years of poor weather in 1985 and 1986 created enormous difficulties. On his retirement from Bord na Móna in 1987 he was appointed Director of the Odlums Group.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 8.22 MB, 6.45 MB, 4.16 MB, 30.01 MB, 17.27 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-01
Subject: A life of great endeavour: former managing director, Bord Na Móna
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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John Collins  (b. 1919)

John Collins (b. 1919)

Dun Laoghaire

2009

 

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John Collins grew up in Dun Laoghaire, where he spent most of his life. In his recording he recalls his involvement with the Associated Seed Growers during the Emergency period, his later involvement with the County Production Section, and later still, with the Turf Development Board. He witnessed the inception of Bord na Móna, and the setting up of its administrative structure. John Collins began work for Bord na Móna in the Accounts Department in Dublin at the age of 28. He details the circumstances of his later appointment as Assistant to the Chief Engineer Paddy Cogan, and the work that this position entailed. He spent almost all of his long working life with Bord na Móna and much time in the later years working with the unions.


Number of files: 6
File size(s): 9.86 MB, 10.19 MB, 9.36 MB, 16.61 MB, 7.86 MB, 14.06 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-02
Subject: Integrity in business: former deputy chief executive and secretary, Bord Na Móna
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Tom O’Donnell (b. 1935)

Tom O’Donnell (b. 1935)

Dublin

2009

 

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Tom O’Donnell is a Mayoman, born and reared in Castlebar. In 1954 at the age of 18, he began work with Bord na Móna at Oweninny, near Crossmolina. In 1956 he was transferred to Dublin as trainee draughtsman at Head Office, and attended Bolton Street College by night, graduating with a qualification in building construction. His working life with Bord na Móna involved designing railways, bridges and roads through the bog lands. He qualified as a chartered engineer through the adult education mature route. He discusses the policy of centralisation at Bord na Móna in 1989. He retired in 2000.


Number of files: 6
File size(s): 7.73 MB, 11.42 MB, 5,88 MB, 4.08 MB, 17.37 MB, 19.30 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
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Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-03
Subject: Infrastructure design: former surveyor and technical assistant with Bord Na Móna
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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John Clohessy (b. 1920)

John Clohessy (b. 1920)

Robertstown, Co. Kildare

2009

 

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Clare is the birthplace of John Clohessy, who joined the army during the Emergency years. When Bord na Móna was recruiting staff in 1944, he obtained a position with them and began work in Timahoe. After a short time he was transferred to Killinthomas where he was placed in charge of the orderlies. He was later moved to Mucklon. He describes the Nissen huts and the food, and he recalls the pastimes such as handball and football. He was promoted to stock-keeper in charge of all requirements, and the dishing out rations. He recalls the work clothes and the motor bikes for the gangers. He retired in 1985, having spent 42 years with the Bord.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 3.88 MB, 11.12 MB, 7.33 MB, 19.17 MB, 10.86 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-04
Subject: Stock keeper
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Mark Nugent (b. 1940)

Mark Nugent (b. 1940)

Dublin

2009

 

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At the age of 19, Offaly man Mark Nugent joined Bord na Móna and his first job was digging railway drains at Derrygreenagh Bog. In 1959 he joined the union when Christy Rochford was the local organiser. In the early days piece work was the norm and this was the incentive for hard work. Mark Nugent recalls the work conditions, the improvements over the years and the bonuses which were given. He also recalls his time as shop steward and discusses the pecking order which prevailed among the management and staff at the Bord. He maintains that the workers felt that being employed by Bord na Móna was a source of pride and became a way of life rather than just a job.


Number of files: 4
File size(s): 5.80 MB, 6.97 MB, 10.46 MB, 23.69 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-05
Subject: A shop steward remembers: former shop steward Bord Na Móna
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Fergus Barron (b. 1928)

Fergus Barron (b. 1928)

Dublin

2009

 

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Fergus Barron was born in West Cork and at the age of eight he and his family moved to Ennis. His father, James, was imprisoned during the Civil War, and his Cavan-born mother was a member of Cumann na mBan. Fergus Barron graduated with a degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from University College Cork. At the age of 24, he began work with the E.S.B., and worked at the Department of Posts and Telegraphs in Limerick for 27 years, where he found the level of performance very poor. In 1952 he joined Bord na Móna and his first appointment was to Lanesborough in Co. Longford. Two years later he was moved to Mountdillon as an assistant manager and then to Derrygreenagh. In 1956 he became manager at Lullymore until 1959, when he went to Derrinlough. A year later he was appointed to head office in Dublin where he was in charge of maintenance in sod and milled peat bogs. He later was appointed to the post of personnel manager. In the first section of this double recording he discusses in great detail all these various appointments.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 16.61 MB, 11.02 MB, 5.24 MB, 12.74 MB, 1.89 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-06
Subject: Versatility in the work place: former engineer at Bord Na Móna (part 1)
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Fergus Barron (b. 1928)

Fergus Barron (b. 1928)

Dublin

2009

 

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In this latter part of the recording compiled with Fergus Barron, he discusses the post-war years in Ireland. There was real belief in the necessity to develop the midland bogs by Bord na Móna throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Fergus’s main interest was in the utilisation of hydraulic systems on heavy machinery as a Junior mechanical engineer. He recalls the various types of machinery which came in to the workshops in Mountdillon and Derrygreenagh. He also discusses the effects on the workforce of the milled peat dust, and discusses pollution of the lakes and rivers.


Number of files: 3
File size(s): 21.95 MB, 13.21 MB, 3.21 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-07
Subject: Post-war years in Ireland: Former engineer at Bord Na Móna (part 2)
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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P. J. Coffey (b. 1935)

P. J. Coffey (b. 1935)

Newbridge

2009

 

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P. J. Coffey was born and reared in Killarney and graduated from University College Dublin in 1964 with a degree in Science, Chemistry and Mechanics. Prior to this he has worked for a short period with the Department of Posts and Telegraphs. He was appointed to Bord na Móna in Newbridge and worked in the scientific laboratory. He discusses the major importance of the library there and the great work done by John Cooke, who was in charge of the library. P. J. Coffey’s brief was to ensure that the water was of a high quality in the briquette factories. He recalls his research work in Finland and Russia during his career with Bord na Móna. Products which P. J. and Jim Dalton initiated for sale by Bord na Móna were also detailed.


Number of files: 3
File size(s): 19.56 MB, 20.93 MB, 14.51 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-08
Subject: An innovative career: former science officer, Bord Na Móna
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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James Martin (b. 1915)

James Martin (b. 1915)

Dublin

2009

 

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Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick is the birthplace of Jimmy Martin, who at 22 years of age, graduated as a mechanical engineer from University College Dublin. He began work with the Turf Development Board in 1946. He has in his possession some early drawings, illustrations and photographs of the machinery to be used in the production of milled peat in the midland bogs, and he recalls his determination to have peat briquettes produced from these bogs. With the assistance of his daughter Mary, he discusses his tenure as assistant manager at Lullymore, the Nissen huts, the migrants, the mechanisation of the work on the bogs, and the purchase of 500 Massey Ferguson tractors in the early days.


Number of files: 7
File size(s): 6.73 MB, 6.11 MB, 6.17 MB, 2.59 MB, 6.65 MB, 8.02 MB, 30.20 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-09
Subject: Bord na Móna – the early days: former engineer with Bord Na Móna
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Val Martin (b. 1922)

Val Martin (b. 1922)

Ballinasloe

2009

 

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Val Martin came originally from Portumna and graduated from University College Galway with a Civil Engineering degree in 1943. He discusses the post-war road programmes on which he worked with Galway County Council, as a temporary engineer. He also supervised the Forced Peat Cutting, both in Galway and Clare and he was employed by Bord na Móna in 1947 at Newbridge. His job was to oversee the hostels and the wellbeing of the workers. In 1948 when the coalition government came to power, they downgraded Bord na Móna and many staff were left go including Val Martin. After a brief period of work once again with Galway and Clare County Councils, he was reinstated with Bord na Móna and assigned to Boora Bog. He discusses his innovative work there and production in detail and his later assignment to Mountdillon. Later still he was moved to Headquarters Production Control in Dublin and his responsibilities included the entertainment of overseas visitors and travel to places such as Indonesia and Java to give papers on the work of Bord na Móna.


Number of files: 6
File size(s): 19.56 MB, 11.56 MB, 9.49 MB, 4.23 MB, 5.07 MB, 21.28 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-10
Subject: A long and varied career: former civil engineer, Bord Na Móna
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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