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Mary Farrell (aged 90)

Mary Farrell (aged 90)

Roscatt, Tullow

2007

 

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Local historian Tommy Kirwan introduced me to Mary Farrell at her home, situated on a narrow boreen, which runs through an old estate. Mary's recording begins with her memories of her upbringing in the early days of the last century in Ballinkellan. Her father was a sheep herder and had very little money. She moved to Baltinglass, where she stayed with her grandmother and she recalls stealing turnips and eating them on her way to school. She later found a position working as a cook for the local landlord, Samuel Cope, in Castlemore, and describes her work there. Finally, she recalls the division of the estate by the Land Commission, following from which her father was allocated six acres.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 51.01 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
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Audio series: Carlow county, first series
Product ID: CDCW01-18
Subject: Memories of Tullow town and its vicinity
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 55:50


Kitty Maher (aged 93)

Kitty Maher (aged 93)

Gowran Nursing Home

2007

 

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Meeting Kitty Maher was indeed a great privilege. She began the recoding by recalling her days working for Major Kavanagh in the Big House. She entered domestic service at the age of 15, having grown up in a small country farmhouse near Graiguenamanagh. She describes the lifestyle of the Major and his wife, the butler, the maids, the cooks, the chauffeur, the nannies and the governesses. While looking at a photograph of the Major's family, she told stories about each individual. She worked in Borris House for twenty-five years, and for twenty years continued to look after Mrs Kavanagh at Gowran, where she moved after the death of the Major. She recalled witnessing the sudden death of the Major as he arrived back home one day from hunting.


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File size(s): 42.10 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
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Audio series: Carlow county, first series
Product ID: CDCW01-25
Subject: A scullery maid in Borris House
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 46:05


Nellie Ryan (née Murphy) (b. 1937)

Nellie Ryan (née Murphy) (b. 1937)

Howth Castle, Co. Dublin

2012

 

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Track 1: Spent her childhood in Kilkenny and Wexford and, at the age of 14, undertook a domestic course in Waterford Convent. In 1953, at the age of 15½, got employment with the St Lawrence family at Howth Castle. Recalled her welcome by Miss Margery who instructed her to assist the cook. Track 2: Recalled day-to-day life for domestic staff at the castle; among Nellie’s duties was to prepare the ingredients for the menus. Recalled the time when Christopher Gaisford St Lawrence and his parents arrived to live in the castle, following the death of Christopher’s uncle Tom. The development of the estate at this time. A sad story involving a family member in earlier times, who was abducted and never returned home, and the continued tradition of setting an extra place at table each day, and keeping the castle gates open at all times. Track 3: Recalled that she met her future husband, Jim Ryan, at a local dance in 1960; continued to work at the castle following her marriage; described her many tasks, including laundry, waxing floors, and polishing silver. Track 4: Memories of two elderly aunts of the family, who would sit by the fire each evening, working on embroidery. Recalled the shock and sadness at the sudden death of Tom St Lawrence, the last of his line. Track 5: A tour of the castle, discussing the uses of the various rooms, describing the furnishings and visiting the private chapel.


Number of files: 6
File size(s): 5.40 MB, 9.51 MB, 4.30 MB, 3.83 MB, 4.55 MB, 12.93 MB
Bitrate: 96 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Fingal (north Dublin), second series
Product ID: CDDNN02-10
Subject: The Big House
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore
Length: 55:32


Sarah Tracey (née Slattery) (b. 1916)

Sarah Tracey (née Slattery) (b. 1916)

Ballymore Eustace

2009

 

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The Slattery family came from Harristown and Sarah Tracey’s grandfather was First Huntsman to Lord la Touche in Harristown House. Sarah has clear memories of her early days in Ballymore Eustace, the forge, the local bar and groceries, drapers, the post office and the thatched houses. She recounts the names of all the family owned businesses in the town. She recalls the activities of the Black and Tans in her native area, and also her own early days in employment as housekeeper for a Jewish family in Dublin. She remembers the advent of the creameries around the countryside, and the employment provided by the big estates. Sarah’s mother came originally from Carrickmacross and she brought with her the tradition of lace work, and sold her craftwork to the local people.


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File size(s): 64.35 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
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Audio series: Kildare county, first series
Product ID: CDKD01-26
Subject: Memories of Ballymore Eustace
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 70:28


Bridie Meaney (née Bambrick) (b. 1922)

Bridie Meaney (née Bambrick) (b. 1922)

Rathcash, Clara, Co. Kilkenny

2009

 

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Bridie Meaney is a Carlow woman who grew up at Bawnree She was the only girl in the family and she had nine brothers. She recalls the hard times during her childhood, and her early days working as a domestic in Paulstown as a young teenager having left primary school. Bridie married James Meaney, a builder, in 1950 and the couple had nine children. She remembers the hungry fifties, when she would thumb a lift to Kilkenny for provisions, and to sell her eggs. Every fortnight she would purchase a stone of sugar and fourteen pounds of butter for her large family. The family owned a small plot of land on which they kept two cows, a pig and bonhams, and the poultry.


Number of files: 3
File size(s): 6.20 MB, 19.30 MB, 5.60 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Kilkenny (Clara parish), third series
Product ID: CDKK03-21
Subject: A large family
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 34:02


Ned Byrne (b. 1940)

Ned Byrne (b. 1940)

Higginstown, Co. Kilkenny

2009

 

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During this recording, Ned Byrne produced a deed map dating from 1886 when his grandfather, Edward Byrne bought the farm at Higginstown. Ned traces back his family and discloses that his grandfather Edward married three times. Ned recalls walking the cattle to Fair Green in Kilkenny city on fair days in his teenage years. Eggs and butter produced by the family would also be sold in Kilkenny, and to the Butler family at the castle, where his mother worked. Ned Byrne was involved in building for some years, until he took over the farm at Higginstown.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 10.02 MB, 13.94 MB, 7.12 MB, 12.44 MB, 17.47 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Kilkenny (Clara parish), third series
Product ID: CDKK03-25
Subject: Building and farming
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 66:52


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