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John Collins  (b. 1919)

John Collins (b. 1919)

Dun Laoghaire

2009

 

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John Collins grew up in Dun Laoghaire, where he spent most of his life. In his recording he recalls his involvement with the Associated Seed Growers during the Emergency period, his later involvement with the County Production Section, and later still, with the Turf Development Board. He witnessed the inception of Bord na Móna, and the setting up of its administrative structure. John Collins began work for Bord na Móna in the Accounts Department in Dublin at the age of 28. He details the circumstances of his later appointment as Assistant to the Chief Engineer Paddy Cogan, and the work that this position entailed. He spent almost all of his long working life with Bord na Móna and much time in the later years working with the unions.


Number of files: 6
File size(s): 9.86 MB, 10.19 MB, 9.36 MB, 16.61 MB, 7.86 MB, 14.06 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-02
Subject: Integrity in business: former deputy chief executive and secretary, Bord Na Móna
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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John Clohessy (b. 1920)

John Clohessy (b. 1920)

Robertstown, Co. Kildare

2009

 

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Clare is the birthplace of John Clohessy, who joined the army during the Emergency years. When Bord na Móna was recruiting staff in 1944, he obtained a position with them and began work in Timahoe. After a short time he was transferred to Killinthomas where he was placed in charge of the orderlies. He was later moved to Mucklon. He describes the Nissen huts and the food, and he recalls the pastimes such as handball and football. He was promoted to stock-keeper in charge of all requirements, and the dishing out rations. He recalls the work clothes and the motor bikes for the gangers. He retired in 1985, having spent 42 years with the Bord.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 3.88 MB, 11.12 MB, 7.33 MB, 19.17 MB, 10.86 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-04
Subject: Stock keeper
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Thomas Murtagh (b. 1929)

Thomas Murtagh (b. 1929)

Ferbane

2009

 

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Thomas Murtagh grew up in Longford and at an early age he began work with the fuel importers, weighing in lorries of turf and coal at the Phoenix Park during the Emergency Period. He later got a job with Bord na Móna and was appointed as a Wage Clerk at Timahoe in 1951 when the workforce totalled 1,850 people. All the men were doing piecework and he recalls the supervisors who would keep an account of the scale of the work. The local people would bring their loads of turf to Dublin, as they worked independently of Bord na Móna. Thomas Murtagh discusses the management and staff at Timahoe. In 1961 he was promoted to Costing Standards at Ballivor where he spent four years and then he was assigned to Boora where 1,000 tonnes of peat were cut each day. In 1972 he began his days at Turraun Bog.


Number of files: 2
File size(s): 30.34 MB, 11.03 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-13
Subject: A varied career: former accounts inspector, Bord Na Móna (part 1)
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Albert (Bertie) Baker (b. 1919)

Albert (Bertie) Baker (b. 1919)

Newbridge

2009

 

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Bertie Baker was born in Kildare and joined the army during the Emergency as a driver of the Command Staff. In 1946 he began his work with Bord na Móna and remained with the Bord until 1984. He began his career with the Bord as a driver of an artic from the docks in Dublin, carrying heavy machinery to all the Bord na Móna works. He also drove a C.I.E. bus which was used for recruitment of men to work for the Bord. He describes in detail a six-cylinder A.E.C. which he drove for many years and recalls that it did the princely mileage of five miles to the gallon! Bertie Baker was one of the first Bord na Móna employees at Boora in October 1946 and he was based there till 1972. He also recalls the early days as he drove apprentices to vocational school in Athlone, carrying them in the back of his lorry – not an easy tack he says! Christopher Daly, a Kerryman from Kilcummin, is recalled as a brilliant champion turf-cutter, who would throw up as many as 90 sods in 60 seconds.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 47.28 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-17
Subject: Driving in the early days
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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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’.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 68.45 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-01
Subject:
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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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.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 60.10 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-14
Subject:
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Betty Murphy (Part 2)

Betty Murphy (Part 2)

Wilton, Cork city

2009

 

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Track 1: While looking through old memorabilia, she discusses some of the actors and actresses who performed in Cork down through the years. Track 2: The people who worked to make the Gilbert and Sullivan shows in Cork a success. Track 3: Other performances at different venues around the city and the dress designers. Track 4: Betty’s recollections of the Emergency period in Cork City and her family’s tannery business. Track 5: Other businesses in the city. Track 6: A discussion on the talent of James Stack and his driving force, and some additional family stories, to do with wartime experiences and sport.


Number of files: 6
File size(s): 19.63 MB, 8.70 MB, 4.83 MB, 14.53 MB, 5.77 MB, 9.75 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork Theatrical Collection
Product ID: CDCKCY02-06
Subject: Music, song and dance
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 55:11


Denis Hayes (part 1)

Denis Hayes (part 1)

Kilkenny

2011

 

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Track 1: Denis was born in 1915 in Glandore, west Cork. He discusses the maternal side of his family, the O’Sullivans, who had a public house in the village, which also sold hardware and groceries. His father was a naval officer in the First World War. He describes his days in the National School for Industry, in Leap. Track 2: A discussion on the Ascendancy families in the area, and the relationship between Protestants and Catholics in the area. Track 3: Anecdotal stories about the Black and Tans, the fishing, farming and mining families in the locality. Track 4: In 1936, joining the Forestry Service, after his short teaching career in Dunmanway. Track 5: The different locations he was transferred to during the Emergency period. Track 6: Recalling the family-run sawmills in the midlands, the cutting and carting of large trees from the estates of landed gentry and the planting of fire trees in the 1950s. He recalls a meeting in Shannonbridge held by the Land Commission, attended by Oliver Flanagan. Finally, he discusses his memories of the Eucharistic Congress in 1932, and de Valera’s visit to West Cork.


Number of files: 7
File size(s): 9.41 MB, 13.03 MB, 8.40 MB, 15.10 MB, 18.02 MB, 10.03 MB, 10.81 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork Theatrical Collection
Product ID: CDCKCY02-35
Subject: Memories of west Cork and the Forestry Commission
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 74:01


Ted Crosbie (part 1)

Ted Crosbie (part 1)

Cork city

2009

 

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Track 1: His ancestral background and the family involvement with the ‘Cork Examiner’. The politics of the Crosbies and the burning of the newspaper offices in the 1920s. Track 2: A description of Woodlands House, Montenotte, where he was brought up. The Whitaker family, his mother’s people. Track 3: Joining the engineering department of the newspaper in 1949. Track 4: The Emergency period in Cork, and his father’s involvement in manoeuvres. Track 5: He discusses his first cousin George Crosbie, who joined the newspaper in 1948, the directorship at that time, and an account of printing in those days. Track 6: The introduction of the computer to the business, and the retraining of staff. This interview has been published in the Irish Life and Lore pubication "Chronicles of Cork".


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 13.13 MB, 19.73 MB, 5.84 MB, 6.40 MB, 21.37 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork Theatrical Collection
Product ID: CDCKCY02-37
Subject: The ‘Cork Examiner’ newspaper
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 58:03


Peter Kealy (aged 82)

Peter Kealy (aged 82)

Dranagh, St Mullins, Co. Carlow

2007

 

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Peter Kealy's farm cottage stands on the foothills of the Blackstairs Mountains. The recording took place as we walked through Peter Kealy's farm. The local folktales were told in abundance and Peter sang local ballads which contained stories handed down from generation to generation. He has a passion for hurling which he played for the county for 15 years in the 1940s and 1950s. The self-sufficiency of the small farmer on the hillside was described as were the pastimes in the difficult years of the Emergency period.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 45.78 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Carlow county, first series
Product ID: CDCW01-15
Subject: A hill farmer
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 50:07


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