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Dan Donovan (part 2)

Dan Donovan (part 2)

 

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In the relaxed atmosphere of Dan Donovan’s home, this recording began with memories of the Fleischmann family. Dr Fleischmann conducted the Cathedral choir all his life, and his wife Tilly was a distinguished concert pianist with whom Dan worked. He also spoke at great length about Dr Aloys Fleischmann’s son Aloys Jnr, who became the youngest Professor of Music in UCC. He was an inspirational man and a wonderful organist with an ambitious outlook. As Dan put it, he was responsible for fostering most of the general culture of the city. Dan speaks about his own involvement, which included his presidency of the Choral Festival, his involvement in the Students’ Arts Society, his Directorship of Music for the Cork Operatic Society, and also his work in the Cork Film Festival. Despite all these activities he still found time to enjoy his sailing.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-02
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Harold Johnston

Harold Johnston

 

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This recording was compiled in Harold Johnston’s home, which is itself a museum of memorabilia associated with the theatrical movement in Cork. He talks about his own background – he qualified as a chartered accountant in 1943, and joined Hall and Green’s (in the grain business) on the quays, where later Nat Ross (removal services) operated. His total commitment to the Cork Opera House down through the years is quite evident in this recording. He recalls the many performances at the old Opera House, before it burnt down on December 12 1955. It is wonderful to hear his clear recollections of the twice-nightly performances in the old days, with actors and actresses such as Jimmy O’Dea and Maureen Potter and in later years, Jack Cruise and Douglas Fairbanks. He maintains that it was extraordinary that a resident orchestra would play every night in the pit at the old Opera House. He became Chairman of the Opera House after the tenure of Bill Twomey and when he retired, the late Charlie Hennessy took his position, and continued to make a great success of the Opera House during his time. Harold reminisces while browsing through some of his scrapbooks, talking about the highs and lows of the Opera House, and the magnificent work done in the collection of funds to build the present Opera House.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
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Charlie Hennessy

Charlie Hennessy

Bon Secours Hospital, Cork

 

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This recording was made in the Bon Secours Hospital, Cork, during the last weeks of Charlie Hennessy’s long and eventful life. His courage and enthusiasm for all things cultural was quite evident in this recording. Charlie Hennessy grew up in George’s Quay. His father was a blacksmith who provided the service of rubbish collection for Cork Corporation. Charlie attended Presentation College, and he recalled his time in education. The recording continued with his great memories of the Cork Opera House, and his position there as Chairman. He said that Cork was a great opera city and recalled that the Opera House would be packed every Monday night. He gave great credit to the James Stack School of Music. Charlie explained how he became the first ‘Cha’, and performed in the stage shows. He had fond memories of the old original Opera House, and of the great outpouring of emotion and feelings of loss when it was burnt down. He also spoke about the trust-fund set up by the Cork people, and of his great ambition to turn the Opera House into a municipal theatre owned by City Hall. This is indeed a most valuable recording, compiled with one of Cork’s most beloved citizens.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
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Billa O'Connell (part 1)

Billa O'Connell (part 1)

 

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This recording was made in George’s Quay, not far from where Billa O’Connell worked with Beamishes as a travelling salesman, and prior to that delivering for Thompsons. He recalls his family’s background in market gardening and the early part of his career as an actor, performing in small halls, and his nervousness before each performance. He performed in pantomime for 51 years. In the Father Mathew Hall at the age of 17, he was first asked to play the dame, a part he was to play over and over again. The aspect of repetition in playing in shows night after night never seemed to dull his interest. He married at the age of 25, and he fondly recalls meeting his future wife. This recording provides descriptions of the slang words associated with acting, the characters, and the work involved in producing the pantomimes. He has a lasting memory of rehearsing for ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ in the Opera House on December 12 1955, the day the Opera House burnt down.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
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Mary Rohan (part 4)

Mary Rohan (part 4)

 

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Mary Rohan arrived back in Cork city with her husband, John Rohan, during the Emergency period, provided much fascinating information about the management of domestic affairs at that time, and the careful utilisation of everyday items. She recalls her husband’s work in a chemist’s shop in Oliver Plunkett Street, later managing it and eventually becoming its owner. It was interesting to record stories about the ‘glimmerman’, whose job it was to look out for the illegal use of the gas supply. She recalled her visits regularly to the Opera House, which provided great entertainment and was a distraction from mundane everyday life. She recalls the garden allotments which were allocated to neighbours in Montenotte for the growing of vegetables where the size of the plot was proportionate to the number in the family. This recording brought to an end an incredible and most valuable collection of memories from Mary Rohan, a truly wonderful lady.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
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Pat Fleming

Pat Fleming

Everyman Palace Theatre, MacCurtain Street, Cork

 

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This recording took place in the Everyman Palace Theatre, where Pat Fleming is now front of house manager. He recalls his introduction to theatre fifty years ago, when he joined the Cork Operatic Society, one of the oldest musical group in Ireland. He goes on to recall Sean Donnelly, who set up a secondary school in the early fifties, where Pat received his education. He declares that there was an outpouring of interest in amateur singing and acting in Cork from the fifties onwards. He himself sang with the choir in the Opera Society, which consistently put on two shows annually. He came to the Opera House as Manager in 1975, and remained there until 1982. He speaks about the turbulent times there, though it managed to stage a performance for 50 weeks of the year. It was fascinating to record the coming together of the Ballet Company, the Folk Dance Group and the Operative Society, which provided the dancers and the choreography for the productions at various venues around the city.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-29
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Monica Hegarty Murphy (part 1)

Monica Hegarty Murphy (part 1)

 

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Monica Hegarty, better known as ‘Mon’, looks back on a long and illustrious career. A wonderful conversationalist, she recalls Father O’Flynn’s elocution classes in the Loft, and the attendance there. This school instilled in many a love for theatre, and being a gifted comedienne, she imitated Father O’Flynn’s actions while dealing with the wives of troublesome husbands in the Northside. She spoke about Father O’Flynn’s great ability to switch at ease from Shakespearian plays to Cork satire. Monica worked tirelessly in operatic productions and panto in the city, and later she worked as a secretary to the manager in the Opera House for a number of years.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-31
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Gretta Owens (née Sexton) (part 2)

Gretta Owens (née Sexton) (part 2)

 

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Gretta Owens’s love of poetry was clearly evident in this recording, as she recited some of her favourite poems. She declares that her life was rich, though with little money, but with a strong devotion to religion. She recalls a story about the Famine, when her grandparents were evicted from their property and found shelter in a cowshed, rearing their children there for five years. Gretta also speaks about her performances on stage at the old Opera House, and the little note which she would receive from James Stack after each performances, with a small sum of money included.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
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Dick and Sheila Healy and Charlie Ginnane (Part 1)

Dick and Sheila Healy and Charlie Ginnane (Part 1)

Cork city

2009

 

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Track 1: Growing up in Cork city in the 1930s and 40s, their school days and their introduction to the performing arts. Track 2: A discussion on the first ‘Mikado’, which Dick Healy stage managed and which was staged in Cork Opera House in 1951. Track 3: Charlie discusses his time in the ballet company, which he joined in 1947. Track 4: Sheila recalls her memories of the Gilbert and Sullivan shows, in which she was involved from 1954, and also the burning of the Cork Opera House. Track 5: Learning the craft and their mentors who were involved with them. Track 6: A discussion on the satirical shows performed in the early sixties. Track 7: Memories of the enormous interest in the performing arts and the local element in the material used. Track 8: A discussion on The Southern Theatre Group. Track 9: Dick discusses his career in the Gilbert and Sullivan company and his service in the Local Defence Force (LDF) during the Emergency period. Track 10: Charlie’s working career in Dunlop’s. Track 11: Sheila’s passion for costume design and dress-making. A discussion on the James N. Healy archive, now deposited in Cork County Library.


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File size(s): 19.61 MB, 8.69 MB, 4.82 MB, 14.57 MB, 5.78 MB, 9.82 MB
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Audio series: Cork Theatrical Collection
Product ID: CDCKCY02-07
Subject: A legacy of theatrical memories
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 55:14


Dick and Sheila Healy and Charlie Ginnane (Part 2)

Dick and Sheila Healy and Charlie Ginnane (Part 2)

Cork city

2009

 

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Track 1: Dick discusses his background, and his association with the Gilbert and Sullivan shows for 30 years. Track 2: The dedication and work involved by both Sheila and Dick in performances. Track 3: The staff and who helped to create the great performances of those days by the Gilbert and Sullivan company.


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File size(s): 3.65 MB, 11.70 MB, 13.09 MB, 10.09 MB, 4.06 MB, 11.72 MB, 4.44 MB, 9.10 MB, 9.97 MB, 4.39 MB
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Audio series: Cork Theatrical Collection
Product ID: CDCKCY02-08
Subject: A Legacy of Theatrical Memories.
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 71:45


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