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Fiona Brennan and Prof. Howard Slaughter

Fiona Brennan and Prof. Howard Slaughter

September 2002

 

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This recording relate details of the life and work of Listowel playwright George Fitzmaurice.


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Audio series: Cork county (Duhallow), third series
Product ID: CDCK03-41
Subject: Playwright George Fitzmaurice
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 50:00


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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Dan Donovan (part 3)

Dan Donovan (part 3)

 

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In this recording Dan Donovan focuses on his teaching career. He recalls his own schooldays at the Presentation Brothers’ School in the Mardyke, from 1932. Teachers such as Connie Buckley made a great impression on him and Dan achieved first place in Ireland in English. He also recalls at great length his student days in UCC, speaks about his teaching career, and the formation of a guild to perform some magnificent plays. The people who came together to achieve this were all fondly remembered. He recalls the followers of the amateur movement, the drama festivals, and the burgeoning interest in choral singing, drama and sculpture.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-03
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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
Product ID: CDCKCY01-04
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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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
Product ID: CDCKCY01-09
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John O'Shea (part 1)

John O'Shea (part 1)

 

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John O’Shea recalls his background in this recording. He was raised in Summerhill South, and he describes his early childhood and listening to gramophone records being played repeatedly by his father. John himself went on to build up a large collection of records which he carefully acquired over the years. Educated by the Presentation Brothers in Chriost Rí, his first encounter with the theatre came about when he was brought to the Grand Variety Concerts, in all the venues in the city. It is interesting to hear him speak about the Film Society, of which he and his father were members. He joined a theatre company, and travelled with them to drama festivals in various towns and cities. He speaks about the other theatre companies in Cork, and his own contribution to a drama group in UCC. He returned to teach in the same school in which he was educated, which he declares was a great experience. John ponders his lost opportunities, which would have brought him directly into the acting world as a producer. However, he is proud to have been involved in sixty productions over ten busy years.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-15
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John O'Shea (part 2)

John O'Shea (part 2)

 

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John O’Shea saw a need to amalgamate Cork City’s theatre companies to form one drama group, The Father Mathew Hall, which originated in the CCYMS, Castle Street, and which moved later to the Capuchin Hall, and finally to the Palace Theatre. John detailed the circumstances which led to the use of each venue, the logistics involved, and how the company sought to re-establish themselves in the successive locations. This could not have happened without the financial support of the business people of Cork he declares, in particular the Barrys. He talks about his reasons for retiring from the stage, and how the Palace Theatre, once known as the Playhouse, now has a good reputation for musicals, opera and dance as well as for stand-up comedy. This is a very informative recording with John O’Shea, which details many important aspects of the history of theatre in Cork city.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-16
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Humphrey Twomey and Pat Holohan (part 1)

Humphrey Twomey and Pat Holohan (part 1)

 

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This recording was compiled in Humphrey Twomey’s home, where a very comprehensive collection of theatre programmes dating back to 1943, provided valuable aides to recollections of stage performances in pantomimes and drama down through the years in Cork city. The recording began with details of Humphrey’s collection of memorabilia of Fr James Christopher O’Flynn, who ran elocution classes in the city. He has many anecdotes to relate about this fine man. Both Humphrey Twomey and Pat Holohan grew up in Ballyhooley Road, and they both attended pantomimes from 1943 onwards. A discussion on those early productions recalled the great atmosphere which surrounded theatre productions at that time. Also discussed are the early productions which took place in the CCYMS.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-17
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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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