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TOM DUFF, BORN 1945, FORMER ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

TOM DUFF, BORN 1945, FORMER ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

2010

 

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Tom Duff was initially a lecturer in Bolton Street and served as Academic Registrar of the Institute from 1985 until his retirement in 2009. He is a native of Belfast, and in the recording he discusses his background and early education. Having attended the Royal Naval College in Portsmouth for three years as an apprentice, he returned to Belfast and worked as a draughtsman for some years. He then began his studies in Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University, and from 1972 he worked with Harland and Wolff where he remained for three years. He then lectured and was later appointed Head of the Engineering Department at the Regional Technical College in Dundalk. He discusses his work as Academic Registrar in great detail in this interview. His responsibilities included the co-ordination and management of the Academic Council as well as involvement with the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland. He discusses the transition from the City of Dublin VEC to the DIT and the challenges this entailed. The changes which came about in his post over the years, and the highs and lows experienced during his career as he sees them, are all examined in this recording.


Number of files: 6
File size(s): 13.14 MB, 3.52 MB, 10.55 MB, 3.00 MB, 9.19 MB, 9.08 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDDNIT-01
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 53:02


ROBBIE BURNS, BORN 1943, FORMER HEAD OF SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT OF BUSINESS FACULTY

ROBBIE BURNS, BORN 1943, FORMER HEAD OF SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT OF BUSINESS FACULTY

2010

 

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Robbie Burns is a native of Larne, where he received his initial education, and in 1962 he began his studies in Applied Mathematics and the Sciences in Queen’s University. On graduation, he gained employment with the Smurfit organisation and in 1978 he was appointed to a post in the College of Commerce, Rathmines. He started the first digital computer class for business students in the college using the PDP II computer, and the students numbered 25 initially. It was a Certificate course, and the students then went forward to a Diploma course. He discusses the fact that this was supported by European funding, and that his course marked the beginnings of commercial computing, in what were exciting and challenging times in education. In 1987 he was appointed Head of the School of Management, and he discusses his time in this post until his retirement in 2008. He also gives his views on the City of Dublin VEC involvement with the nascent National Institute of Higher Education on the Ballymun project and the subsequent formation of DIT.


Number of files: 8
File size(s): 6.40 MB, 6.05 MB, 8.17 MB, 2.46 MB, 4.26 MB, 2.32 MB, 10.22 MB, 14.66 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDDNIT-02
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 59:40


TOMMY SCOTT, BORN 1941, FORMER ASSISTANT HEAD OF SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

TOMMY SCOTT, BORN 1941, FORMER ASSISTANT HEAD OF SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

2010

 

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Tommy Scott grew up in central Dublin. In this recording he details his early education and his love of science. In 1960 he was employed by the Rotunda Hospital as a laboratory technician, and three years later he moved to a technician’s post in the Royal College of Surgeons. He attended classes in Biochemical Sciences at the Children’s Hospital in Crumlin and qualified in Microbiology. Two years later he was appointed senior technician in the College of Surgeons. In 1967 he became a senior technologist in the Federated Voluntary Hospitals, working in the Adelaide and Mercy Hospitals, and at this time he began his tenure as a part-time lecturer in microbiology in Kevin Street. He discusses the issues of importance in Kevin Street, the transition to DIT and the great courses and the great changes which occurred during the 1980s. In 1997, he was appointed Assistant Head of School, where he remained until his retirement.


Number of files: 8
File size(s): 5.75 MB, 2.13 MB, 8.88 MB, 4.58 MB, 5.92 MB, 9.48 MB, 11.38 MB, 21.84 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDDNIT-03
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 76:33


TOM AMBROSE, BORN 1933, FORMER ASSISTANT HEAD OF DEPARTMENT MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

TOM AMBROSE, BORN 1933, FORMER ASSISTANT HEAD OF DEPARTMENT MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

2010

 

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Newcastlewest, Co Limerick is the birthplace of Tom Ambrose. He recalls his early days, his initial education, and his graduation in Mathematical Science from UCD. In 1956, he began work in London for De Havilland Limited, where he remained for two years, and in 1957 he returned to Ireland and gained employment as a teacher in Electrical Engineering in Kevin Street. At that time in Ireland, technicians were in huge demand. He discusses the structure of the academic system in the college at that time. He also lectured in Mathematics and Physics at UCD, by special permission of Hugh de Lacy, Principal of Kevin Street. He provides his views on Dr Patrick Hillery and Donagh O’Malley, and the changes these men instigated in education in Ireland in the 1960s. He retired in 1996 having spent 39 years in the academic field.


Number of files: 9
File size(s): 4.80 MB, 9.96 MB, 7.99 MB, 7.62 MB, 7.11 MB, 3.30 MB, 4.47 MB, 3.08 MB, 9.76 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDDNIT-04
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 62:27


NELL KANE, BORN 1918, FORMER TEACHER, COLLEGE OF MUSIC, CHATHAM ROW (Part 1)

NELL KANE, BORN 1918, FORMER TEACHER, COLLEGE OF MUSIC, CHATHAM ROW (Part 1)

2010

 

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Nell Kane was recorded in Wicklow town, where she lives. She discusses her early life, growing up in Dublin, and attending, at the age of ten, the Municipal School of Music. She gained her Diploma in Music from Trinity College of Music London and she began her part-time teaching career at Mount Mellerary. She later taught at Muckross Park, Sion Hill, Cross and Passion Kilcullen and Christian Brothers in Crumlin. Her instruments were the cello, the viola and the violin. She formed an orchestra which went on to win a cup at Feis Ceoil. She taught in the College of Music on a part-time basis until her 79th year. She discusses the appreciation of music which has always existed in Dublin, though in the past, more appreciation but less opportunity existed. She also recalls her membership of the Legion of Mary during her youth in Dublin. In the second section of the recording Nell Kane explains that she was a founder member of the Students’ Union. She also discusses the Irish language, and Irish music, and discusses her views during her earlier days. In the 1950s she was appointed the first teacher in a new music initiative to teach music in schools in rural Co Wicklow. She discusses this in great and interesting detail. She also recalls her own orchestra and playing for a broadcast from the Radio Éireann studios in Henry Street. The strike which lasted for 13 weeks in 1976 in the College of Music is also recalled in this recording.


Number of files: 7
File size(s): 7.97 MB, 2.88 MB, 4.56 MB, 10.16 MB, 9.18 MB, 3.95 MB, 12.86 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDDNIT-05
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 56:25 / 44:17


NELL KANE, BORN 1918, FORMER TEACHER, COLLEGE OF MUSIC, CHATHAM ROW (Part 2)

NELL KANE, BORN 1918, FORMER TEACHER, COLLEGE OF MUSIC, CHATHAM ROW (Part 2)

2010

 

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Nell Kane was recorded in Wicklow town, where she lives. She discusses her early life, growing up in Dublin, and attending, at the age of ten, the Municipal School of Music. She gained her Diploma in Music from Trinity College of Music London and she began her part-time teaching career at Mount Mellerary. She later taught at Muckross Park, Sion Hill, Cross and Passion Kilcullen and Christian Brothers in Crumlin. Her instruments were the cello, the viola and the violin. She formed an orchestra which went on to win a cup at Feis Ceoil. She taught in the College of Music on a part-time basis until her 79th year. She discusses the appreciation of music which has always existed in Dublin, though in the past, more appreciation but less opportunity existed. She also recalls her membership of the Legion of Mary during her youth in Dublin. In the second section of the recording Nell Kane explains that she was a founder member of the Students’ Union. She also discusses the Irish language, and Irish music, and discusses her views during her earlier days. In the 1950s she was appointed the first teacher in a new music initiative to teach music in schools in rural Co Wicklow. She discusses this in great and interesting detail. She also recalls her own orchestra and playing for a broadcast from the Radio Éireann studios in Henry Street. The strike which lasted for 13 weeks in 1976 in the College of Music is also recalled in this recording.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 7.09 MB, 9.49 MB, 5.66 MB, 2.90 MB, 15.34 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDDNIT-06
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 56:25 / 44:17


MONICA BONNIE, BORN 1938, FORMER TEACHER OF PERCUSSION, COLLEGE OF MUSIC, CHATHAM ROW (Part 1)

MONICA BONNIE, BORN 1938, FORMER TEACHER OF PERCUSSION, COLLEGE OF MUSIC, CHATHAM ROW (Part 1)

2010

 

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Monica Bonnie was recorded in Rathmines, and she initially recalls her early childhood stage performances, which she began at the age of four. She learned the piano at the Municipal School of Music in Chatham Row from the age of five, where her father Joe taught percussion. She discusses her father’s performances in Dublin, and on his death, Monica was asked to take his place as a teacher of percussion at the Municipal School of Music in 1961. That year, she was one of a group of musicians who travelled to the Congo to entertain the Irish troops there. She discusses her teaching skills, and the various media of music taught at the school. She remembers all the individual music teachers who worked there down the years, and she discusses the class distinction which existed between those who had attended the Royal Irish Academy, and the attendees at the School of Music. In the second section of the recording, Monica Bonnie recalls her childhood in Collins Avenue, Beaumont, where she grew up with her two siblings. She discusses the fabric of the buildings at Chatham Row, and she also explains that her father Joe Bonnie taught Larry Mullen, drummer with U2. He also gave him direction in his life in the early days, pointing him in the direction of his later huge success in the music world. Monica also discusses her many performances in theatre, and the enormous and detailed work in production.


Number of files: 7
File size(s): 10.66 MB, 3.89 MB, 1.29 MB, 22.45 MB, 5.96 MB, 4.00 MB, 14.13 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDDNIT-07
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 68:15 / 47:14


MONICA BONNIE, BORN 1938, FORMER TEACHER OF PERCUSSION, COLLEGE OF MUSIC, CHATHAM ROW (Part 2)

MONICA BONNIE, BORN 1938, FORMER TEACHER OF PERCUSSION, COLLEGE OF MUSIC, CHATHAM ROW (Part 2)

2010

 

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Monica Bonnie was recorded in Rathmines, and she initially recalls her early childhood stage performances, which she began at the age of four. She learned the piano at the Municipal School of Music in Chatham Row from the age of five, where her father Joe taught percussion. She discusses her father’s performances in Dublin, and on his death, Monica was asked to take his place as a teacher of percussion at the Municipal School of Music in 1961. That year, she was one of a group of musicians who travelled to the Congo to entertain the Irish troops there. She discusses her teaching skills, and the various media of music taught at the school. She remembers all the individual music teachers who worked there down the years, and she discusses the class distinction which existed between those who had attended the Royal Irish Academy, and the attendees at the School of Music. In the second section of the recording, Monica Bonnie recalls her childhood in Collins Avenue, Beaumont, where she grew up with her two siblings. She discusses the fabric of the buildings at Chatham Row, and she also explains that her father Joe Bonnie taught Larry Mullen, drummer with U2. He also gave him direction in his life in the early days, pointing him in the direction of his later huge success in the music world. Monica also discusses her many performances in theatre, and the enormous and detailed work in production.


Number of files: 7
File size(s): 2.00 MB, 11.21 MB, 2.86 MB, 8.72 MB, 2.93 MB, 7.77 MB, 7.69 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDDNIT-08
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 68:15 / 47:14


FRANK HENEGHAN, BORN 1931, FORMER PRINCIPAL/DIRECTOR, COLLEGE OF MUSIC/CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC AND DRAMA; DIRECTOR OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS DIT (Part 1)

FRANK HENEGHAN, BORN 1931, FORMER PRINCIPAL/DIRECTOR, COLLEGE OF MUSIC/CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC AND DRAMA; DIRECTOR OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS DIT (Part 1)

2010

 

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Frank Heneghan was Principal/Director of the College of Music from 1973 – 1995. He discusses his background in Tralee, and his early education there. He graduated with an engineering degree from UCD in 1955, and following this he studied for a Music degree there and graduated two years later. He gained employment from 1957 – 1973 as a design engineer with Metropolitan-Vickers in Manchester, and then returned to Ireland where he took up the post of Principal of the College of Music. In this recording, he discusses the structural changes in the College in the 1980s, and the location of a section of the College to Adelaide Road. He discusses the full-time and part-time teachers individually, their work conditions, their teaching practices and their skills. He explains the systems employed by the NUI and by DIT in awarding degrees in earlier days. In 1979 a Joint Committee was established with the aim of bringing together the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Dublin College of Music, and Frank Heneghan explains why this did not succeed. In the second section of the recording, Frank Heneghan outlines the background to music education in Ireland in general. He has a passion for the promotion of music as a subject, and discusses its establishment as a third level subject in the 1980s. He recalls his involvement in bringing in foreign music educators to the College of Music in the 1980s, and he discusses the evolution of the DCVEC until its designation as DIT in 1993. Frank Heneghan retired from the College of Music in 1996 and became Director of Cultural Affairs at DIT.


Number of files: 7
File size(s): 9.63 MB, 9.28 MB, 16.69 MB, 8.59 MB, 3.80 MB, 14.63 MB, 9.67 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDDNIT-09
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 79:07 / 62:36


FRANK HENEGHAN, BORN 1931, FORMER PRINCIPAL/DIRECTOR, COLLEGE OF MUSIC/CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC AND DRAMA; DIRECTOR OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS DIT (Part 2)

FRANK HENEGHAN, BORN 1931, FORMER PRINCIPAL/DIRECTOR, COLLEGE OF MUSIC/CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC AND DRAMA; DIRECTOR OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS DIT (Part 2)

2010

 

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Frank Heneghan was Principal/Director of the College of Music from 1973 – 1995. He discusses his background in Tralee, and his early education there. He graduated with an engineering degree from UCD in 1955, and following this he studied for a Music degree there and graduated two years later. He gained employment from 1957 – 1973 as a design engineer with Metropolitan-Vickers in Manchester, and then returned to Ireland where he took up the post of Principal of the College of Music. In this recording, he discusses the structural changes in the College in the 1980s, and the location of a section of the College to Adelaide Road. He discusses the full-time and part-time teachers individually, their work conditions, their teaching practices and their skills. He explains the systems employed by the NUI and by DIT in awarding degrees in earlier days. In 1979 a Joint Committee was established with the aim of bringing together the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Dublin College of Music, and Frank Heneghan explains why this did not succeed. In the second section of the recording, Frank Heneghan outlines the background to music education in Ireland in general. He has a passion for the promotion of music as a subject, and discusses its establishment as a third level subject in the 1980s. He recalls his involvement in bringing in foreign music educators to the College of Music in the 1980s, and he discusses the evolution of the DCVEC until its designation as DIT in 1993. Frank Heneghan retired from the College of Music in 1996 and became Director of Cultural Affairs at DIT.


Number of files: 7
File size(s): 4.10 MB, 12.09 MB, 5.97 MB, 2.57 MB, 13.16 MB, 9.58 MB, 9.73 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDDNIT-10
Subject:
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 79:07 / 62:36


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