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Raymond O’Sullivan (b. 1954)

Raymond O’Sullivan (b. 1954)

Newmarket, Co. Cork

 

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Raymond O’Sullivan is a shopkeeper in Newmarket and is also a renowned local historian with a real interest in the Anglo-Irish families who lived in the area. The Aldworth family arrived in Newmarket in 1614, and the family history is explored. They settled on the McAuliffe lands, and the initial part of this recording was compiled outside the magnificent old Aldworth house. The next stop was the site of the Priory, the home of John Philpott Curran, father of Sarah Curran, beloved of the patriot Robert Emmet who was executed in Dublin in 1803. There is much local lore associated with the house where strange pseudo religious practices would take place. The Church of Ireland churchyard, where Sarah Curran is reputedly buried is the next location. A quartzstone marks her place of rest. Philip recounts her tragic life story and details her father’s wish that his daughter be buried in her home place.


Number of files: 3
File size(s): 29.91 MB, 10.42 MB, 14.94 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-15
Subject: Anglo-Irish families
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 60:32


Seamus Neenan

Seamus Neenan

Castlecor, Co. Cork

 

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Seamus Neenan is widely known for his great knowledge of his local place, and he has put pen to paper over the years on many subjects relating to local history. This recording is compiled on location, beginning outside the derelict building on the Barry Estate which was the birthplace of Dr Croke, after whom Croke Park is named. Seamus’ father, William Neenan worked on the estate. Greenhall is the next location for the recording, where Seamus Neenan farms, and he discusses the major changes which have come about in farming practices over the years. Across the fields is Poll an Cait, where Seamus relates the folk tale of two sisters and their jealousy in relation to an O’Keeffe chieftain.


Number of files: 6
File size(s): 19.93 MB, 712.13 kb, 5.36 MB, 14.95 MB, 6.19 MB, 21.48 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-17
Subject: The oral tradition
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 75:09


Tadgh Ó Muineacháin (part 1)

Tadgh Ó Muineacháin (part 1)

January 2003

 

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Tadgh takes us to Dromagh Castle, County Cork, and speaks about its history, and that of the landed families of the area.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 51.90 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county (Duhallow), third series
Product ID: CDCK03-28
Subject: The parish of Dromtariffe
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 57:00


Tadgh Ó Muineacháin (part 2)

Tadgh Ó Muineacháin (part 2)

January 2003

 

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A tour to MacCarthy's castle, the largest castle in Ireland to be built by an Irish chieftain, and to Dromtariffe holy well, which has been visited by local people for many generations.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 51.19 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county (Duhallow), third series
Product ID: CDCK03-29
Subject: A tour of McCarthy's Castle, Kanturk and the holy well at Dromtariffe
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 58:00


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


Pat Murphy (aged 75) (part 1)

Pat Murphy (aged 75) (part 1)

Ballinagrane, Borris, Co. Carlow

2007

 

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In the farmyard of Pat Murphy at Ballinagrane, we chatted about local history. His wealth of knowledge of events of the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is clearly evident in this recording. He spoke about the 1798 Rebellion, landlordism, evictions locally and his own father's involvement in the Troubles and he spoke at great length about the McMurrough-Kavanagh family.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 56.27 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Carlow county, first series, Co. Carlow
Product ID: CDCW01-34
Subject: A historian-farmer
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 61:35


Mary Moran (aged 83)

Mary Moran (aged 83)

Castle Garden, Gowran, Co. Carlow

2007

 

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Mary Moran grew up beside the castle in Gowran. In this recording she recalls her impressions and memories of walking through the grounds on her way to and from school. In 1955 she married James Moran, a farmer, and they subsequently bought, through the Land Commission, the castle and grounds which had previously been occupied by Colonel Fowler. Mary also discussed her time in Wexford while working as a poultry and dairy instructor.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 47.64 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Carlow county, first series
Product ID: CDCW01-46
Subject: A historian's life in Gowran
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 52:09


Tommy Clarke (age 78) (part 2)

Tommy Clarke (age 78) (part 2)

St Clare's Road, Carlow, Co. Carlow

2007

 

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This recording begins with a short interview with Tommy Clarke's wife, Breda, who tells a story about her father's life spent as a gardener at a large Carlow estate. Tommy Clarke then reads some information he discovered in the National Library providing information on social aspects on life in Carlow town in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Tommy also recalls his days spent working as a postmaster in Carlow town.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 48.24 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Carlow county, first series
Product ID: CDCW01-50
Subject: Carlow in Medieval times
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 52:48


PETER ACTON, BORN 1950, MANOR VAUGHAN HOUSE, CARRIGART

PETER ACTON, BORN 1950, MANOR VAUGHAN HOUSE, CARRIGART

2010

 

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Peter Acton is nephew of Hedley Vickers Strutt and he manages the estate at Carrigart, where he has resided for two years. This recording is compiled during a tour of Manor Vaughan House and he explains that his mother is a sister of Hedley Strutt, both of whom were born to Hilda Clements who was born and reared at the house. She was a sister of the last Lord Leitrim. Peter discusses the family history and reveals that the property at Carrigart will be inherited by his relative Lord Rayleigh. Originally the estate extended to 52,000 acres. Portraits of the former Earls of Leitrim hang on the walls and Peter recalls their personalities and their times. Peter Acton’s father was the thirteenth Baronet and Peter looks back on his life and achievements.


Number of files: 4
File size(s): 8.51 MB, 3.19 MB, 3.04 MB, 23.98 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Donegal county, first series
Product ID: CDDL01-13
Subject: The Earls of Leitrim
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 69:06


Jim Fay (b. 1933)

Jim Fay (b. 1933)

Blanchardstown, Co. Dublin

2012

 

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Track 1: His father James was a Garda in Blanchardstown, where Jim grew up. The family lived in the gate lodge of an old estate where the Manley family had once trained horses for Queen Victoria. Track 2: Recalled his father’s day-to-day work as a Garda in Blanchardstown in the 1940s. Jim’s interest in politics from an early age. Track 3: Joined the ESB in 1957, based in Fleet Street. Moved to Ferbane, Co. Offaly, to work in the power station there, and later spent some years in Coventry, working with BTH. Track 4: Recalled that his father, with Mark Twomey, formed the first Fine Gael branch in Blanchardstown; Jim joined the political party and recalled some local branch members at the time. Memories of his involvement in property development, and because of his work as a councillor, he witnessed the corruption which was prevalent in planning matters at the time. Track 5: Formed a company, Fay International, with his brother Brendan, and gained contracts for building plants in Iraq. Track 6: Recalled the Iraqi war, and his experiences in Baghdad. Track 7: Reminiscences of his days on the council in the 1970s. Track 8: Discussed the “Main Line of Resistance”, which was a military plan generated by the British and Irish governments during the Emergency years for the defence of this country should the Germans invade.


Number of files: 8
File size(s): 7.17 MB, 6.79 MB, 8.08 MB, 12.64 MB, 1.93 MB, 7.10 MB, 10.59 MB, 5.84 MB
Bitrate: 160 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Fingal (north Dublin), second series
Product ID: CDDNN02-05
Subject: Politics
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore
Length: 53:24


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