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Donncha Ó Luasa

Donncha Ó Luasa

Ballyvourney, Co. Cork

 

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Donncha Ó Luasa is a teacher in Ballyvourney and he travelled to Gougane Barra to meet with Donal Kelleher, a local bagpipe player to compile this recording. Donal introduces the recording by playing a haunting tune on the pipes, and Donncha recounts the traditional story of the association of St Finbarr and Gougane Barra, and the later story of Fr Denis O’Mahony who built the church on the island. Donal describes the archaeological remains which are testament to the existence of layers of civilisation in this remote area of Ireland. He discusses the family names, principally the O’Learys who arrived after the Norman invasion, and recalls the people whose families are buried here. Donal recites his epic poem which he wrote in dedication to Gougane Barra. At the conclusion of the recording he recalls and describes the importance of the fair days in Ballymakeera and other local towns.


Number of files: 3
File size(s): 54.23 MB, 23.56 MB, 7.03 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-09
Subject: Gougane Barra
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 77:07


John O’Riordan (b. 1918)

John O’Riordan (b. 1918)

Kilbrin, Co. Cork

 

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Local historian Seamus Neenan makes the introduction to retired farmer John O’Riordan, whose family have farmed the land at Kilbrin for generations. The conversation ranges far and wide as John articulates his clear memories of earlier days. He speaks of thatching and the materials used, the dairy, the butter making and the creamery, the fair days, and he traces many local families and discusses their occupations. John recounts an extraordinary story about his mother’s refusal to pay the rent collector, as a gesture of solidarity with other local families during the Land Wars. This resulted in real anxiety and dread for the family, but as a good relationship had been established with the local Royal Irish Constabulary due to the supply by the O’Riordan family of free milk to the policemen, no real action was taken against them. Fieldnames, local poets, pattern days and the dread of the onset of tuberculosis were all discussed on this valuable recording.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 15.73 MB, 6.55 MB, 6.13 MB, 7.28 MB, 30.89 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-16
Subject: Local farming traditions
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 72:52


Margaret O’Connell (née Walsh) (b. 1917)

Margaret O’Connell (née Walsh) (b. 1917)

Mallow, Co. Cork

 

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The four year old girl was playing happily with her siblings in the sandpit beside her home in Cappoquin, when a group of men dressed in black ran into the yard, shouting and waving their guns. The children cowered in terror as the Black and Tans ordered the family to get out of the house and stand in line against a wall. Margaret Walsh recalls being lifted up by her distraught mother and being brought to stand with the other family members. They were threatened with being shot in what was a mock execution in reprisal for Republican activity in the area. This memory is seared into the brain of Margaret O’Connell as she is recorded at her home in Mallow 87 years later. She has lived in Mallow for the greater part of her life, and here she recalls the fair days in the town on the first Thursday of each month. She discusses the old street names and the people of the town and their various occupations.


Number of files: 4
File size(s): 20.21 MB, 12.43 MB, 3.92 MB, 6.98 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-23
Subject: Dark memories of the Black and Tans
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 47:38


Liz Dennehy (née Angland)

Liz Dennehy (née Angland)

Cullen, Co. Cork

 

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Liz Angland was brought up in Newmarket in the house known as Allen’s Mansion built in 1803, which her father had purchased along with the lands some years previously. She remembers the happy childhood years there, the breeding and rearing of horses, and the prizewinning jumper named ‘Miss Rita’. When Liz was 35 years old a marriage was arranged for her with Tim Dennehy, a farmer from Derraghcullen, and her dowry was £600. On her marriage she went to live in a thatched house at Cullen, where also lived her mother-in-law and her brother-in-law. She had a happy life there and reared four boys and two girls. She discusses the old customs, beliefs, superstitions and traditions of that time, religious practices, food stuffs such a black puddings and their production, the arrival of electricity, days out in Cork city and fair days in Newmarket. She returns in memory to her childhood days at Allen’s Mansion and the visits by the Allen family to their former home in Newmarket.


Number of files: 4
File size(s): 13.86 MB, 16.50 MB, 9.45 MB, 22.12 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-29
Subject: A life of diversity
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 67:47


John O'Mahony, Tadgh Wallace Cronin (part 3)

John O'Mahony, Tadgh Wallace Cronin (part 3)

March 2003

 

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A visit to Tadgh, who lives on his ancestral farm, built in 1848, and who relates many interesting stories of faction fighting, fairs, farming and other matters.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 66.9 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county (Duhallow), third series
Product ID: CDCK03-08
Subject: Memories of old Ballydesmond
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 73:00


Sean Radley

Sean Radley

March 2003

 

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Sean Radley, renowned local historian, takes Maurice on a tour of Millstreet, County Cork, including a horse fair in the town.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 49.08 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county (Duhallow), third series
Product ID: CDCK03-22
Subject: Fair day at Millstreet
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 53:00


Robin O'Connell and Martin MacMahon (Part 1)

Robin O'Connell and Martin MacMahon (Part 1)

Meelick, Co. Clare

November 2002

 

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Stories and memories told with great turn of phrase and wit, relating to sports, emigration, fairs and poitin making.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 51.13 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Clare county, second series
Product ID: CDCL02-34
Subject: Humour and song from Meelick
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 56:00


Francie Kennelly, Patrick Caugh, Tim Joe Griffin, Michael Mahoney, Lizzy Curtin, Patsy Brady, Leonard D'Arcy, Martin Walsh, Michael Falsey

Francie Kennelly, Patrick Caugh, Tim Joe Griffin, Michael Mahoney, Lizzy Curtin, Patsy Brady, Leonard D'Arcy, Martin Walsh, Michael Falsey

Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare

March 2005

 

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Some of the stories told at the care centre referred to fair days, the supernatural, the Troubles, customs and beliefs. Music was played on pipes and tin whistle. Local ballads and well-known songs were sung. Unfortunately, since this recording was made Lizzy Curtin and Martin Walsh have passed away.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 44.24 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Clare county, third series
Product ID: CDCL03-22
Subject: A day of storytelling, music and song (Part 2)
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 48:25


Ambrose Roche (aged 91)

Ambrose Roche (aged 91)

February 2003

 

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An auctioneer in the city of Galway gives a unique insight into Galway city in the early twentieth century. His memories include the Black and Tans, sporting events, fairs and carnivals.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 50.9 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Galway county, first series
Product ID: CDGY01-02
Subject: Urban lore of Galway city
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 60:00


Cha Chanders (b. 1935)

Cha Chanders (b. 1935)

Athy, Co. Kildare

2009

 

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Cha Chanders was born in St John’s Lane in Athy, but after his mother’s death when he was seven, he was reared by his grandparents in St Martin’s Terrace. All his people worked for Minch Norton’s malthouse in the town. He describes in fascinating detail the work undertaken by his grandfather, his father and himself in the malthouse, loading the sixteen-stone bags onto the canal boats. The Guinness trucks which would arrive from Dublin were recalled, as were the working conditions which prevailed. The dust which pervaded the workplace and the lack of protective masks wreaked havoc on the workers’ health and Cha explains that the health of his grandfather and his father was compromised as a result, just as is his own. He has wonderful recollections about the town of Athy in earlier times, the fair days and market days, the craft of basket weaving, and collecting turf in a barrow to be wheeled out of the bog onto the road for loading.


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File size(s): 54.16 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Kildare county, first series
Product ID: CDKD01-29
Subject: A family tradition in milling
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 59:19


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