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Dick and Sheila Healy and Charlie Ginnane (Part 1)

Dick and Sheila Healy and Charlie Ginnane (Part 1)

Cork city

2009

 

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Track 1: Growing up in Cork city in the 1930s and 40s, their school days and their introduction to the performing arts. Track 2: A discussion on the first ‘Mikado’, which Dick Healy stage managed and which was staged in Cork Opera House in 1951. Track 3: Charlie discusses his time in the ballet company, which he joined in 1947. Track 4: Sheila recalls her memories of the Gilbert and Sullivan shows, in which she was involved from 1954, and also the burning of the Cork Opera House. Track 5: Learning the craft and their mentors who were involved with them. Track 6: A discussion on the satirical shows performed in the early sixties. Track 7: Memories of the enormous interest in the performing arts and the local element in the material used. Track 8: A discussion on The Southern Theatre Group. Track 9: Dick discusses his career in the Gilbert and Sullivan company and his service in the Local Defence Force (LDF) during the Emergency period. Track 10: Charlie’s working career in Dunlop’s. Track 11: Sheila’s passion for costume design and dress-making. A discussion on the James N. Healy archive, now deposited in Cork County Library.


Number of files: 6
File size(s): 19.61 MB, 8.69 MB, 4.82 MB, 14.57 MB, 5.78 MB, 9.82 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork Theatrical Collection
Product ID: CDCKCY02-07
Subject: A legacy of theatrical memories
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 55:14


Harry and Angela Bolton (Part 1)

Harry and Angela Bolton (Part 1)

Cobh, Co. Cork

2009

 

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Track 1: Henry talks about his background growing up in the 1930s and 1940s in Blackrock, Cork, his work with the County Council as a civil engineer, and his introduction to the theatre. Track 2: His time in the engineering department in Ford’s factory, Cork. Track 3: The beginning of the Gilbert and Sullivan shows in Cork, inspired by Brother Fitzpatrick and John Daly. Track 4: A discussion on his time with the Southern Theatre Group, its beginnings and its later name change to the Theatre of the South. Track 5: Anecdotal stories relating to James Stack. Track 6: A discussion on the musical societies in Cork. Henry met his future wife Angela Sisk, when they were both acting in the Gilbert and Sullivan shows.


Number of files: 6
File size(s): 16.00 MB, 6.74 MB, 7.67 MB, 18.27 MB, 4.94 MB, 8.12 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork Theatrical Collection
Product ID: CDCKCY02-10
Subject: A love of theatre
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 53:53


Peter Lawless (b. 1927)  (part 1)

Peter Lawless (b. 1927) (part 1)

Blessington Road, Tallaght

2010

 

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Peter Lawless was recorded with his wife Maureen at their home in Blessington Road, Tallaght. Initially Peter recalls his employers prior to his days at Urneys, including the Turf Development Board and Clondalkin Concrete. He grew up in the Old Bawn Road, and his father Peter worked in haulage, drawing sand from the banks of the River Dodder. Peter himself worked at Urneys for ten years in the milk plant initially and later as a gardener for the Gallagher family, owners of the factory. He recalls the sanatorium in Brittas in the 1950s to which he delivered the daily newspapers, and the conditions there for the people who suffered from tuberculosis.


Number of files: 4
File size(s): 16.34 MB, 12.62 MB, 17.66 MB, 9.21 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin county (south), second series
Product ID: CDDNS02-01
Subject: Urney Chocolates
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 61:06


Willie Roche and Bernie Roche

Willie Roche and Bernie Roche

Tallaght

2010

 

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Willie Roche grew up in Bohernabreena and he began work with Urneys in 1915, joining several friends and family in the factory. Bernie Roche (née Carroll) was born in Balrothery, where many generations of the Carroll family had lived. She recalled the fact that many of the local people gained employment at Urneys. Her father was employed as a boilerman there, and in 1959 she began work at Urneys with her two sisters. Willie and Bernie discuss the management of the factory, the workplace, and the takeover by H. W. Grace. Willie recalls the various jobs he undertook at Urneys including working in the dairy and the milk production. He describes the social life among the employees of the factory which provided wonderful entertainment until the closure in the early 1980s.


Number of files: 3
File size(s): 9.73 MB, 10.76 MB, 26.11 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin county (south), second series
Product ID: CDDNS02-03
Subject: Urney Chocolates
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 51:00


Maurice Kelly (b. 1938)

Maurice Kelly (b. 1938)

Walkinstown Road, Tallaght

2010

 

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Maurice Kelly, better known as Sonny, grew up in Bohernabreena. His father worked at the nearby quarry and Sonny tells some very interesting stories about his days there. Sonny joined Urneys at the age of 17, and worked there until 1981. He was employed at the chocolate plant where they made chocolate crumb. Factory life during these decades is clearly described in all its variety, as Sonny moved to various departments. Sports played a major part in his life at the factory and he says it was a very good place to work, due partly to the social aspects of employment there. Sonny recalls many of the staff by name, and later discusses life in Walkinstown where he moved with his wife in 1962.


Number of files: 3
File size(s): 6.35 MB, 2.89 MB, 39.64 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin county (south), second series
Product ID: CDDNS02-04
Subject: Urney Chocolates
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 53:29


Margaret Williams (b. 1924)

Margaret Williams (b. 1924)

Tallaght North

2010

 

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This recording was compiled at the home of Margaret Williams, where she was accompanied by her daughters Carmel, Bernie, Emily and Mary and a neighbour Helen Keogh. All of these ladies have worked at Urneys. Margaret Williams grew up in Capel Street, and the family later moved to Cabra. She married her late husband Joe and they moved to the cottages in Tallaght in 1951, when Joe got employment at Urneys. While browsing through old photographs illustrating good times and the social life associated with Urneys, this company of ladies recall their memories of the factory.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 7.61 MB, 9.18 MB, 18.20 MB, 2.24 MB, 7.69 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin county (south), second series
Product ID: CDDNS02-05
Subject: Urney Chocolates
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 49:09


Willie Murphy (b. 1932) and Lilly Murphy (b. 1940)

Willie Murphy (b. 1932) and Lilly Murphy (b. 1940)

Tallaght North

2010

 

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Willie and Lilly Murphy both spent most of their working lives at Urneys, where they met. Willie explains that he was adopted as a baby, and was reared by the Corcoran family. At the age of fifteen he joined Urneys where he worked in the Labels Department. He describes the work there, the designing and creating of attractive packaging for the product. Lilly (née Cantwell) joined Urneys in 1954 at the age of fourteen. She worked in the Moulding Room, making chocolates, until 1965. This recording is very descriptive, and paints an oral picture of factory life in a very positive environment in a world very different from that of today.


Number of files: 4
File size(s): 5.36 MB, 6.60 MB, 18.97 MB, 7.09 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin county (south), second series
Product ID: CDDNS02-06
Subject: Urney Chocolates
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 41:36


Maírín Gallagher (b. 1951)

Maírín Gallagher (b. 1951)

Tallaght Library, Co. Dublin

2010

 

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Maírín Gallagher (née McGrath), now resident in Sagra, Spain, was recorded at Tallaght Library. Her mother was Kathleen Fitzgerald from Ventry, Co Kerry. Kathleen qualified as a teacher from Carysfort College in Dublin and later was appointed Headmistress to The Virgin Mary School in Ballymun, where she spent all her teaching life. As a young girl, Maírín would often assist her mother in her duties at the school. Following her graduation from Trinity College, Maírín worked as a chemical supplier in Cork Street for Jim Hayes, who introduced her to Redmond Gallagher, whom she later married. Maírín Gallagher is joined by Ciara Nolan (née Gallagher), granddaughter of Redmond Gallagher, during the recording at Tallaght Library. Life in the Gallagher family, up until Redmond’s death in 2006, is discussed in light-hearted detail. Redmond’s early life at Urneys, his passion for cars and car racing, his various enterprises involving racehorses and cattle, over many years is affectionately explored.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 6.47 MB, 9.70 MB, 7.38 MB, 10.67 MB, 9.91 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin county (south), second series
Product ID: CDDNS02-07
Subject: Urney Chocolates
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 48:18


Kate Little (b. 1923)

Kate Little (b. 1923)

Ballyboden Village

2010

 

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Kate Little begins the recording by recalling her father, her grandfather and great-grandfather, who together built Rathfarnham Church. She was born in Hollypark, the eldest of six children and she grew up in Grange. While looking through her old photographs she recalls her early adult life and discloses that she managed a local group of musicians who played in concerts and musicals. During her childhood, Margaret Pearse, sister of Pádraic Pearse was “like a second mother” to her, who would buy her boots every Christmas. Kate worked in the Pye Radio Factory in Dundrum for 22 years, and she discusses factory life – the management, staff and working conditions, and she describes the progression from radiograms to television sets. She later worked for the Health Board, caring for people with special needs, having previously spent some time working as a cook with the Augustinians. Kate tells an extraordinary story of an event in Ireland’s bleak history. Her grandmother, who lived with the family when Kate was a child, was a young girl during the Famine in 1848. As she walked along a road one day, she plucked a living child from the arms of his dead mother and brought him home, where he was reared with the family, who named him Bill.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 7.33 MB, 5.59 MB, 20.46 MB, 29.74 MB, 7.76 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin county (south), second series
Product ID: CDDNS02-14
Subject: A varied and productive life
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 77:35


Mary Kelly (b. 1917)

Mary Kelly (b. 1917)

Ballyboden

2010

 

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Mary Kelly (née Clare), grew up in Sandyford, and at the age of fourteen she left school to begin work for a company who manufactured car seats in Grange. She later took employment at a laundry, where she remained for eight years. She moved to Liverpool and married her late husband, Des Kelly, there during the war years. She clearly describes conditions in Liverpool in those dark days. The couple returned to Dublin during the 1950s and settled at Pearse Park. The great community spirit which existed there in those days was very much evident as Mary describes her life there. There were many challenges in her life, and she worked very hard to rear her family.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 9.60 MB, 22.93 MB, 9.76 MB, 6.49 MB, 12.49 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin county (south), second series
Product ID: CDDNS02-15
Subject: A life of courage
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 67:04


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