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William Geary (1899-2004) (Part 1)

William Geary (1899-2004) (Part 1)

Bayside, New York, USA

2004

 

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Track 1: William Geary recalls his youth, growing up on the farm in Ballyagran, and he also decribes the hiring fairs. He discusses his father's untimely death when William was eight. Track 2: He joined the Atlantic Wireless School in Cahirciveen in 1919 to train as a wireless operator under Principal Maurice Fitzgerald, and he later joined the Birmingham Shipping Line as wireless operator and travelled the world for three years. Track 3: A description of daily life on board ship. Track 4: In 1921, William returned to Ballyagran where he drilled the local Volunteers and he joined the Garda Siochána in 1922, first stationed in Kildare where, he explains, there was strong reaction among his colleagues to the fact that former RIC officers were gaining senior posts in the Gardaí. He describes his memories of being present at Dublin Castle for its formal handover by the British in 1922. He also recalls hearing in Dublin the first gunfire of the Civil War. His transfer on promotion to Clones, Co. Monaghan, and subsequently to the Phoenix Park, Dublin are recalled. Track 5: Serving in Newport, Co. Tipperary, in 1924 and later in Templemore are remembered, as is a bank robbery by the IRA in Roscrea, his arrest of the culprits and his sense that, after this, he was a marked man. He was transferred to Kilrush, Co. Clare, in 1926, where he witnessed much disturbance by an active unit of the IRA in the area, under T.J. Ryan. Track 6: He describes the experience, in 1928, of being summoned to Garda Headquarters in Dublin for a meeting with Chief Superintendent Nelligan and General O'Duffy, during which he was accused of providing information to the IRA in return for a bribe. He was subsequently dismissed from the Gardaí Siochána by the Executive Council.


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Audio series: Witnesses to Independence
Product ID: CD1916-07
Subject: Dismissal from the Gardaí Siochána
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 60:30


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.


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File size(s): 16.61 MB, 11.02 MB, 5.24 MB, 12.74 MB, 1.89 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
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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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Mary Rohan (part 2)

Mary Rohan (part 2)

 

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Mary Rohan begins this recording by recalling her memories of the beginning of the Great War and up until the mid 1920s. She describes the mood of the people after the events of 1916, and the split after the formation of the Free State. She talks about being sent to Sion Hill Convent in Dublin for her secondary education in 1920 and her experience of going by train to Dublin was traumatic. Her journey by train was curtailed shortly after leaving Cork and she travelled eventually on a ship out of Queenstown to Dublin. When she finished her education in Sion Hill she studied at UCD for her Higher Diploma in Education, boarding in the Dominican Hall, run by the Loreto nuns. While there, she discovered the theatrical movement, which was flourishing in Dublin and Cork city at the time. There still existed a strong difference of opinion among the people in the aftermath of the Civil War. She was very fortunate at this stage of her life to have met Douglas Hyde, her lecturer, whom she described as ‘a treasure’, and she learnt a lot from him. One of her greatest experiences at this time was her attendance at political meetings including De Valera’s speeches and meetings in Dublin.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-12
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Máirín Quill

Máirín Quill

 

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Máirín Quill lived the life of a politician during the turbulent years of the Haughey era. In this recording she recalls her childhood growing up in Kilgarvan, County Kerry. She talks about her uncle, Michael Quill and her father Daniel Quill, who were both deeply involved in the Troubles of the 1920s. She recalls sitting and listening to many stories about these two men, told around the fireside. Having finished school she qualified as a teacher, and taught in Cork. She stood for election for Fianna Fáil in 1977, and gives the reasons why she was also put on the ticket for the 1979 election. Her time with Fianna Fáil was short lived, and she outlines the reasons why she joined the new Progressive Democrats Party, of which she is very proud. In this recording she gives a descriptive account of the highs and lows associated with her life in politics.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-42
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Paddy Mullaney

Paddy Mullaney

Moveen, Co. Clare

 

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Paddy Mullaney, who has since passed away, lived in the most westerly part of County Clare in the townland of Moveen - a beautiful place. Earlier this year I travelled to Moveen to record Paddy at his home. Surrounded by his friends, we spoke about the Irish Civil War, matchmaking in the area and finally, I discovered what was used instead of a horse to cultivate the lands of west Clare.


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Audio series: Clare county, first series
Product ID: CDCL01-33
Subject: The Civil War, matchmaking and farming traditions
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 51:34


Jimo and Joan Crowe (both in their 80s) (part 1)

Jimo and Joan Crowe (both in their 80s) (part 1)

Knocknagulla, near Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare

November 2002

 

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A recording in the Crowes' ancestral home. Topics discussed included pishogues, evictions, the Troubles.


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Audio series: Clare county, second series
Product ID: CDCL02-16
Subject: Customs and beliefs
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 54:00


Kieran Lillis (age 94) (part 2)

Kieran Lillis (age 94) (part 2)

Kilmihil, Co. Clare

April 2002

 

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Kieran, who comes from a teaching family, talks about the changes in teaching methods during the twentieth century, ending with memories of the Troubles in Kilmihil.


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Audio series: Clare county, second series
Product ID: CDCL02-23
Subject: Schooldays
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 57:00


Meda Ryan

Meda Ryan

2002

 

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Author Meda Ryan discusses her writings and research on the lives of some famous people, including Biddy Early, Michael Collins, General Liam Lynch and Tom Barry.


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File size(s): 49.40 MB
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Audio series: Clare county, second series
Product ID: CDCL02-25
Subject: An author discusses her subjects
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 54:00


Sean McGrath (part 3)

Sean McGrath (part 3)

Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare

October 2006

 

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Sean discusses in great detail one of Eamon de Valera's visits to County Clare. A description of how politics impinged on the lives of the local farmers can also be heard.


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Audio series: Clare county, third series
Product ID: CDCL03-03
Subject: The Fenian movement, land agitation and the Troubles after 1916
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 42:59


Francie Kennelly, Patrick Caugh, Tim Joe Griffin, Michael Mahoney, Lizzy Curtin, Patsy Brady, Leonard D'Arcy, Martin Walsh, Michael Falsey

Francie Kennelly, Patrick Caugh, Tim Joe Griffin, Michael Mahoney, Lizzy Curtin, Patsy Brady, Leonard D'Arcy, Martin Walsh, Michael Falsey

Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare

March 2005

 

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Some of the stories told at the care centre referred to fair days, the supernatural, the Troubles, customs and beliefs. Music was played on pipes and tin whistle. Local ballads and well-known songs were sung. Unfortunately, since this recording was made Lizzy Curtin and Martin Walsh have passed away.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 44.24 MB
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Audio series: Clare county, third series
Product ID: CDCL03-22
Subject: A day of storytelling, music and song (Part 2)
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 48:25


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