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Dan Donovan (part 1)

Dan Donovan (part 1)

 

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Dan Donovan was born in Ballincollig in 1926. His father was an ex-Royal Irish Constabulary man from Glandore in west Cork and his mother was a teacher who came from a family with a very strong teaching tradition. Dan Donovan went to school in Presentation College in Cork, and later taught there. In first recording, Dan speaks about his involvement with the Irish Dramatic Society, about joining the Local Defence Force during the Emergency period and organising the production of plays in the school each year with the students. He fondly recalls Dermot Breen and the growth of the drama festival from the 1940s onwards which evolved into the Everyman Theatre. He also speaks about how his perspective changed after 1959 following the setting up of a company which worked with John B. Keane on the production of ‘Sive’.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-01
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Paddy Rochford (b. 1926) (part 2)

Paddy Rochford (b. 1926) (part 2)

Stillorgan

2010

 

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In this second recording Paddy Rochford discusses his working life with the New Ireland Assurance Company, delving into the origins of the company, and mapping its growth and development over many years. He recalls the Lemass era in Ireland, and he also discusses his later promotion within the company to Officer of Personnel. He served as a member of the Local Defence Force (LDF) during the Emergency, and he provides a clear account of his experiences of those days.


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Audio series: Dublin county (south), second series
Product ID: CDDNS02-11
Subject: A life working in Insurance
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 46:03


Noel Clarke (b. 1926) (part 1)

Noel Clarke (b. 1926) (part 1)

Smithstown, Taghadoe, Co. Kildare

2009

 

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Noel Clarke’s forefathers came originally from Scotland, and his grandfather came to Banagher to work as a gardener at Lord Rosse’s estate. In 1914 following an argument with his own father, Noel Clarke’s father joined the British Army and fought in World War I. At war’s end he was employed as a motor mechanic at Dawson’s in Maynooth, and two years later he started his own garage business in the town. Noel has great memories of his youth in Maynooth and attending primary school run by the nuns in St Patrick’s seminary. He always had a keen interest in radio, and during World War II he kept constantly in touch with unfolding events. During these years of war, Noel’s father worked at servicing farm machinery as no cars were being sold. He became group leader of the Local Defence Force (LDF) and Noel witnessed much of the activity of the local force. After the war, the economic climate began to improve and people generally regained their interest in cars. Noel has a clear recollection of the models of cars which gained favour at this time.


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Audio series: Kildare county, first series
Product ID: CDKD01-22
Subject: An old garage business
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 45:33


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