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Dan Keating (b. 1902)

Dan Keating (b. 1902)

2005

 

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I have had the pleasure of knowing Dan Keating for many years and because I had recorded his recollections in the past, I was aware that he was a mine of information on events in this country during the early days of the 20th century. I travelled to Dan's home in March 2005 and immediately we settled ourselves, it became obvious that he was anxious to return in memory to the turbulent days of his early youth in rural Kerry. Dan was born in January 1902 and at the age of 14 years, he remembers hearing about a large contingent of Volunteers which had gathered at the Rink in Tralee on Easter Sunday 1916. One of the organisers was Paddy Cahill, who was later to be involved in the Lispole Ambush. In 1921 Dan Keating joined the IRA Boherbee B Company. He named for me the different IRA divisions in Tralee and their respective leaders. He spoke about the several British Regiments occupying the Barracks in the town - The Scottish Borderers, the Essex Regiment and the Lancashire Regiment ("The Lancs") - and he maintained that "The Lancs" treated the people more humanely than some of their counterparts. Dan was involved in the Castlemaine Ambush in June 1921 where five RIC men were killed and several others wounded and spoke of his memories of that day. The previous April Denny O'Loughlin had been shot by the IRA in Knightley's Bar in Lower Bridge Street, Tralee, and Dan says that he and Jimmy "Nuts" O'Connor and Percy Hanafin were "fingered" for this and went on the run. They spent a lot of their time in safe houses around Firies where there was always a welcome for them. While the famed Kerry footballer, John Joe Sheehy of Tralee was still on the run in 1924, his friend from North Kerry, Con Brosnan, a Free State Army Officer, went to Dublin to plead with headquarters to allow him a week without capture before and after the All-Ireland Final. The Kerry team which went on to win the Final that year was captained by one John Joe Sheehy.


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Audio series: Witnesses to Independence
Product ID: CD1916-18
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Jim Queally

Jim Queally

 

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Jim Queally began this recording with a description of the street where he grew up, and his childhood days. He gives a chronological account of his life, talking about his fond childhood memories of touring theatres and watching the ‘fit ups’, the travelling companies which brought entertainment to the rural parts of Ireland. His introduction to theatre came as a volunteer working backstage in the old Playhouse in Limerick. He went on to do poster painting for cinemas, and then emigrated to England for a short time to work as assistant stage manager, and he also played small parts in productions there. Returning to Cork in 1964, he worked as a display manager in Queen’s Old Castle, until he got employment with the Theatre of the South Group. In 1970 he worked as an actor in Bunratty Castle. Recorded are many comical anecdotes associated with this part of his life as he recalled some American visitors to the Castle. He returned to Cork to work for Cash’s as a window display manager in the city. Jim also speaks about his involvement in theatre in more recent times.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-05
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Grania O'Brien

Grania O'Brien

Whitegate, Co. Clare

 

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Grania O'Brien is a direct descendant of the O'Brien clan of Thomond. She has many interesting and fascinating stories to tell in this interview in Whitegate, Co. Clare.


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Audio series: Clare county, first series
Product ID: CDCL01-03
Subject: The history of the O'Brien clan.
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 47:03


Elizabeth McCarthy  (b. 1926)

Elizabeth McCarthy (b. 1926)

Killarney, Co. Kerry

2014

 

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Track 1; Elizabeth McCarthy is a native of Cloyne in East Cork, and she explains that she began her career at the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon, Co. Clare, in 1947. She recalls her varied responsibilities at this time and the clientele of the hotel. Track 2: She arrived in Killarney to work at the Great Southern Hotel in 1950, having spent two seasons working at the Towers Hotel in Glenbeigh. She recalls her colleagues in Killarney, their leisure activities and her duties at the hotel. Track 3: She remembers the season she spent working at the Great Southern Hotel in Kenmare, and her meeting with Lady Grosvenor who asked her to take up employment at the new Castlerosse Hotel which opened in 1960. She recalls her time there and names her colleagues in the workplace. Track 4: Her memories of visiting Kenmare House in Killarney during the ownership of Stuart Robinson are described, as are her memories of Lady Grosvenor, her newly-built residence and the demesne. The gate-lodge keeper, Con Casey, is also recalled as also is the arrival of coach tours to Killarney. Track 5: Looking through old photographs, she points out individual colleagues from the Great Southern Hotel in Killarney in former days, and she discusses their uniforms and the socials held there at Christmas time and on other occasions.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 9.36 MB, 6.32 MB, 12.38 MB, 11.30 MB, 6.94 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
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Audio series: The Kerry Hospitality Industry
Product ID: CDKHI01-10
Subject: Great Southern Hotel and Castlerosse Hotel, Killarney
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore
Length: 50:32


The Earl (b. 1936) and Countess of Rosse (part 1)

The Earl (b. 1936) and Countess of Rosse (part 1)

Birr Castle, Birr, Co. Offaly

2012

 

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Track 1: Conversation with Lady Rosse in the small library, in which she described her background and her introduction to Birr Castle. Track 2: Meeting Lord Rosse in the main library, where he described the importance of the intact library kept by his forefathers, and the unfortunate fire which damaged a significant number of books. The earldom of the Rosse family and how the title was bestowed. Memories of his forebears' achievements. Track 3: Lord Rosse described the Gothic architecture of the music salon. Discussed his education and his twenty-year-long career with the United Nations programme on social and economic developments. Track 4: Looking from the window of the Gothic Room, Lord Rosse described the landscape, in particular the buildings and the river. Track 5: His title and responsibility for maintaining Birr Castle and estate, which he inherited in 1980. Explained that the estate once encompassed twenty-four thousand acres, and the reasons why this is now reduced to one eighth of that size. Track 6: Memories of members of the household staff, and the survival of the castle through the years, including its time as a billet for Free State soldiers. Track 7: The importance of his title and what it means to him to be an Irishman. Track 8: Moving into the seventeenth century part of the castle, Lady Rosse indicated the wax bust of Queen Victoria, recalling the story of how this came into the family. Track 9: Lord Rosse indicated a secret passageway into the hall, which leads up the stairway. He described the challenges of returning to health after contracting tuberculosis as a young man. Track 10: Demonstrated the room which is dedicated to the family archive collection. Here Lord and Lady Rosse indicated the family records which go back to the sixteenth century, and the visitors' book, showing the names of historians who spent many hours here.


Number of files: 10
File size(s): 7.06 MB; 6.58 MB; 6.73 MB; 2.78 MB; 8.17 MB; 9.09 MB; 9.13 MB; 5.43 MB; 11.16 MB; 9.32 MB
Bitrate: 160 kbps
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Audio series: Offaly Oral History Collection - In Conversation With ...
Product ID: CDOF06-04
Subject: Birr Castle and the Parsons family
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe - Irish Life and Lore
Length: 1:05:59


The Earl (b. 1936) and Countess of Rosse (part 2)

The Earl (b. 1936) and Countess of Rosse (part 2)

Birr Castle, Birr, Co. Offaly

2012

 

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Track 1: Exploration of family records, Lord and Lady Rosse indicated some of the old estate maps, including a survey of the estate from the 1850s. Track 2: The planned town of Birr and the castle. Memories of Lord Rosse's uncles, who served in the Irish Guards. Track 3: The family name - Parsons - and family connections. Track 4: Lord and Lady Rosse identified family portraits in the castle corridors. In the dining room, Lord Rosse recalled family gatherings and the rituals and restrictions imposed on children at mealtimes. Track 5: The small library, Lord Rosse discussed the national treasure which is the castle, and the importance of keeping the castle contents intact for his son, who will inherit.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 17.17 MB; 8.93 MB; 11.45 MB; 7.38 MB; 4.78 MB
Bitrate: 160 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Offaly Oral History Collection - In Conversation With ...
Product ID: CDOF06-05
Subject: Birr Castle and the Parsons family
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe - Irish Life and Lore
Length: 43:29


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