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Dan Keating (b. 1902)  with Nollaig Ó Gadhra, Galway (part 1)

Dan Keating (b. 1902) with Nollaig Ó Gadhra, Galway (part 1)

Castlemaine, Co. Kerry

2005

 

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Track 1: Nollaig Ó Gadhra’s family history and the Flynn connection is explained and he then poses questions to Dan Keating relating to his background, his schooldays, and his work for publican Jerry McSweeney in Tralee. Dan describes his memories of the British recruitment campaign in Kerry during World War I, the Fenian movement and the invitation issued to him by Jerry Moyles to join the Volunteers. Track 2: The events of the 1916 Rising and the subsequent roundup of Volunteers in Tralee is described by Dan. Track 3: Dan’s memories of Thomas Ashe’s death in 1917 and of attending his funeral are recorded. Track 4: The Black and Tans’ campaign in Kerry and his involvement in a number of military engagements, under the command of Colin Humphrey. Track 5: The War of Independence, Austin Stack’s promotion of the Sinn Fein Courts, and the Sinn Fein judges of that time. Track 6: The Truce and how news travelled locally, and his own anti-Treaty stance, which never wavered are described by Dan who also recalled times he spent in Listowel, Limerick and Tipperary during the Civil War. Track 7: Dan Keating’s imprisonment, the executions of men he knew and the refusal by the U.S. authorities of a passport to allow him to travel to America. Track 8: His passion for Gaelic football and his unbroken attendance at every All-Ireland Final since 1919 are described.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 70.40 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Witnesses to Independence
Product ID: CD1916-19A
Subject: A life of Republicanism
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 68:14


Dan Keating (b. 1902)  with Nollaig Ó Gadhra, Galway (part 2)

Dan Keating (b. 1902) with Nollaig Ó Gadhra, Galway (part 2)

Castlemaine, Co. Kerry

2005

 

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Track 1: Dan Keating discusses his continued involvement in Republicanism, recalls the IRA in Kerry after the Truce and his memory of the first Sinn Féin address in 1926. Track 2: Dan was organising the IRA in Munster at the outbreak of World War II, and he explains that he was instrumental in bringing George Plant back into the movement. Dan was again interned in Portlaoise prison and he recalls the other inmates and the execution of some prisoners. Track 3: He describes his acquaintance with George Plant, whom he first met in the 1930s. His memories of fundraising for the Republican cause, being pro German, and the expectation of a German invasion are set out. He explains that members of the Kerry teams of 1929 and 1931, who played in America, returned with Thompson machine guns in their luggage. He recalls an incident while in Portlaoise prison when he was challenged by other Republicans. Track 4: His acquaintance with Dan Breen is described and he discusses the 1960s and his memories of Clann na Poblachta. His personal views of politicians of the time, including Charles Haughey and Neil Blaney, are explained. Track 5: He describes his support for the Provisional IRA in 1969 and his views on its leaders at the time. The split in the IRA in the 1980s is explored and he explains why he became a patron of Republican Sinn Féin from that time.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 35.59 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Witnesses to Independence
Product ID: CD1916-19B
Subject: A life of Republicanism
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 38:50


Harris M.S. Miller (b. 1918)

Harris M.S. Miller (b. 1918)

2009

 

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Harris “Dusty” Miller is a native of Kent. He qualified in 1939 with a B.Sc. in Engineering from Woolwich Polytechnic. That year he joined the British Army and he discusses his wartime career, during which he worked in General Mountbatten’s headquarters. He met his future, a Cork lady named Neville, in Burma and he subsequently came to Ireland having obtained a position with Bord na Móna in 1946 as a Technical Development Supervisor. He recalls his job interview board, which included Aodhagan O’Rahilly, Todd Andrews, Robert Barton and T.S. Wheeler. He was assigned to the Experimental Station at Newbridge. Paddy Cogan, General Manager, accompanied Harris Miller as they travelled around the bogs. He also travelled overseas, and clearly recalls his trips to Russia, where he accessed information on the production of milled peat for the home market. He set up an International Peat Committee and remembers overseas visitors coming to the first symposium on the subject in Dublin. He is proud to discuss the development of a unique tractor and the Móna Jack Burner, which he feels is his major contribution to Bord na Móna.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 7.14 MB, 9.73 MB, 5.95 MB, 11.00 MB, 11.03 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-11
Subject: A witness to innovation: former technical development supervisor, Bord Na Móna (part 1)
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Alice Daly (née Clarke) (b. 1903) (part 2)

Alice Daly (née Clarke) (b. 1903) (part 2)

Skibbereen, Co. Cork

 

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Alice Daly was born in Skibbereen in West Cork and in this recording she remembers her brother William Clarke, who enlisted with the British Army and fought and died in World War One. He enlisted at age 17, having given his age as 18. This tragedy was to forecast another for the family as Alice’s father, Royal Irish Constabulary Constable Alexander Clarke was shot dead in Skibbereen on the day of the signing of the Truce on July 11 1921. Alice has clear memories of joining her father as he walked the miles from the Skibbereen barracks to the barracks at Schull, before the latter was shut down. In her early adult life, before her marriage to Denis Daly of Bansha, she would sometimes make the trip back to Skibbereen to visit friends but has always held the place, and her memories of it, in the darker recesses of her mind.


Number of files: 3
File size(s): 16.34 MB, 4.86 MB, 14.06 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-26
Subject: A tragic family history
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 38:34


May Buckley

May Buckley

 

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May Buckley’s memories reach back to the tragic burning of Cork city during the War of Independence, and she clearly remembers playing in the rubble in Patrick Street. May grew up in Sunday’s Well. Her father served with the British Navy in the First World War on HMS Fox. She remembers her father as a visitor to the house in her early days. Her recall of the Black and Tan campaign is described in a very lively manner. She recalls her time working in a cinema in London, and returning to find a job in O’Flynn’s butcher shop in Oliver Plunkett Street. There was a tradition of masonry in her family, and she explained how the masons wore a symbol of their trade, an embroidered apron depicting a trowel and chisel. Mary has donated a number of items relating to the trade to the Cork Museum. Her grandfather and her uncle both worked on the building of the Cathedral in Cobh. May relates chronologically the events of her life in this wonderful recording.


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File size(s): 54.89 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-49
Subject:
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Donal O’Donovan

Donal O’Donovan

Cork city

2009

 

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Track 1: Growing up in the 1930s and 1940s in Cork, the local people, the characters and the community. Track 2: His father’s career in the British Navy. His own career in the County Council and time spent in the Assembly Rooms at the old picture shows. Track 3: His introduction to the performing arts, and his most memorable performances in the slag shows in the early sixties. Track 4: Snippets of some of the performances from that time, with comment. Track 5: A discussion on the outstanding success and long careers of the performers in those stage shows. Track 6: A discussion on more serious drama, staged in the CCYMS Hall. Track 7: A discussion on the School of Music, and on James N. Healy’s great talent. Track 8: Donal’s memorabilia from those days is described.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 85.97 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork Theatrical Collection
Product ID: CDCKCY02-13
Subject: A custodian of Cork’s theatre memories
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 75:06


Paddy Comerford

Paddy Comerford

Cork city

2009

 

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Track 1: Growing up in the northside of Cork city in the 1930s and 40s. He was brought up by his grand-aunt and grandmother. In 1947 he joined the British Navy, but soon afterwards began work for the Cork Examiner. Track 2: His introduction to the theatrical scene in Cork. Taking part in the Artful Dodger’s Pantomime, and joining the Southern Theatre Group. Track 3: Learning the craft of acting and his passion for the work. Track 4: Great performances over the decades, and the community which was involved in the performing arts. Track 5: A discussion on his comic sketches, and where he got his material from. Track 6: The preparation for the shows, and the different characters he played in pantomime. Superstitions in the theatre world. Track 7: He explains the benefits of a live pantomime performance. Track 8: Observations on theatre comedy today.


Number of files: 6
File size(s): 20.41 MB, 2.96 MB, 5.39 MB, 14.90 MB, 14.57 MB, 7.73 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork Theatrical Collection
Product ID: CDCKCY02-14
Subject: Comedy in the performing arts
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 57:34


HANORA “MILES” OVENS, BORN 1919, RAMELTON (Part 1)

HANORA “MILES” OVENS, BORN 1919, RAMELTON (Part 1)

2010

 

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Hanora Miles was born in Northampton, England. Her father was a military man who served with the South Staffordshire Regiment during the First World War. Hanora’s mother’s family were French Quakers and when Hanora was very young the family moved to Aghangaddy House in Ramelton. She describes this historical house and its history, her own sheltered childhood and the raids on the house by the IRA in those days. She recalls the way of life — her family dressing for dinner each evening and the lavish hospitality afforded by her parents. Her father’s family were the Hicksons of Fermoyle House in Kerry and Hanora spent many holidays there. She was constantly in adult company and consequently learnt a lot about the traditions and the history of her family. She owns a magnificent collection of dolls’ houses which she began to collect during her childhood.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 11.07 MB, 18.62 MB, 14.81 MB, 11.83 MB, 12.48 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Donegal county, first series
Product ID: CDDL01-07
Subject: The ascendancy
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 75:18


HANORA “MILES” OVENS, BORN 1919, RAMELTON (Part 2)

HANORA “MILES” OVENS, BORN 1919, RAMELTON (Part 2)

2010

 

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In the second recording, Hanora’s father Robert Montgomery Ovens is recalled as she discusses her Kerry cousins and the turbulent Civil War days when her father acted as unofficial mediator between the Republicans and the Free State personnel. During the 1920s, many of their close friends and relatives of the Ovens family had to leave Ireland in great haste but the family stayed at their home. Hanora describes the Earls of Leitrim in Carrigart as great friends of the family in former times.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 11.66 MB, 7.15 MB, 11.55 MB, 9.31 MB, 6.15 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Donegal county, first series
Product ID: CDDL01-08
Subject: The ascendancy
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 50:09


THE HON. HEDLEY VICKERS STRUTT, BORN 1915, MANOR VAUGHAN HOUSE, CARRIGART (Part 1)

THE HON. HEDLEY VICKERS STRUTT, BORN 1915, MANOR VAUGHAN HOUSE, CARRIGART (Part 1)

2010

 

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The Hon. Hedley Strutt was recorded at his home at Carrigart, the ancestral home of the Earls of Leitrim. He discusses his family history, the Elizabethan and Cromwellian periods, and his ancestor Clements who fought with Cromwell in Ireland. He discusses his own military career — he served as an officer in the Scots Guards. His family, the Strutts, are traced and he recalls his grandfather, a great inventor who designed a component used in electric light bulbs. Hedley Strutt’s mother, Hilda Clements, was born and reared at Manor Vaughan House and he discusses his early family life and the fact that he and his siblings were all looked after by a nanny.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 17.01 MB, 10.99 MB, 5.11 MB, 15.62 MB, 2.75 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Donegal county, first series
Product ID: CDDL01-09
Subject: A family history
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 56:20


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