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William Geary (1899-2004) (Part 3)

William Geary (1899-2004) (Part 3)

Bayside, New York, USA

2004

 

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Track 1: William Geary describes the reconstruction of his family home, originally a Cromwellian officer's residence. The farming practices in Ballyagran, and the breeding and training of horses are described as is the powerful role played by the Catholic Church in society at the time. Formal arrangements and settlements for matrimony are also discussed. Track 2: Memories are described of the local creamery and butter making, the journeyman tailors, who would visit a family home for two weeks and make any clothing that was necessary. He also recalls his teacher, Daniel Quill, and the system of learning by rote. Track 3: Daily life prior to the Troubles is described, with law and order maintained by the Constabulary in the barracks at Newcastlewest. He recalls his ancestral background and his grandfather, who was born in 1815 and was a wealthy man. Track 4: Fr Hurley, the local parish priest,is recalled and the pomp and ceremony of religious observance at the time are described. His uncle, Michael Geary, who paid his tuition fees at the Atlantic Wireless School is remembered, as is the challenge of getting from his home to the school. Track 5: As a student he boarded with Miss O'Reilly in Cahirciveen and he describes his memories of people and places at this time. His colleagues, the crew members of the Birmingham City Line, and the cabin he occupied are all recalled.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 70.94 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
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Audio series: Witnesses to Independence
Product ID: CD1916-09
Subject: Life in a rural village
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 114:51


Mikie Moyles (b. 1939)

Mikie Moyles (b. 1939)

Crossmolina, Co. Mayo

2009

 

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Mikie Moyles is from Crossmolina and he joined Bord na Móna when he reached the age of 17 years. At that time things were very bad economically and he was attempting to get together the financial means to emigrate to America. He settled for a car instead! All the local men employed by Bord na Móna were seasonal workers, which suited them very well because of their small holdings. There was great competition amongst them to progress to driving duties. He recalls working 10 hour shifts from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week during the production period. It was good to have local knowledge of the area and its terrain because of the danger of the sinking of machinery in the bogs. In 2004, Mikie Moyles retired when Bord na Móna and the E.S.B. left the area and he recalls the real disappointment and devastation locally when the news of these closures became known.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 13.18 MB, 6.71 MB, 7.41 MB, 15.73 MB, 9.98 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
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Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-20
Subject: A driving force: former transport supervisor, Bord Na Móna
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Cáit Ní Bhuachalla (b. 1923) and Donal McSweeney (b. 1931), (part 1)

Cáit Ní Bhuachalla (b. 1923) and Donal McSweeney (b. 1931), (part 1)

Renaniree, Ballyvourney, and Gortnafunshion, Ballyvourney, Co. Cork

 

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Donal McSweeney’s home at Gurtnafunshion is the venue for this extraordinarily humourous and entertaining recording. The descriptive narrative is almost without equal, as Cáit Ní Bhuachalla recounts the names of forty-one displaced people who travelled the roads offering basic services and requesting food and shelter. She recalls their personalities, their origins, their nicknames and the circumstances of their displacement. Cáit recalls her very early years, and her immersion in the local customs and beliefs of her native area. Donal McSweeney farms the land at Gurtnafunshion, and is a mine of information on his native place. He discusses matchmaking, local cures, beliefs and superstitions. His grand-uncle Gerry McSweeney was a gifted writer of lyrics, and Cáit Ní Bhuachalla, having sweetly sung ‘An Riocht Naofa’ was amazed to learn that the song lyrics had been written by the grand-uncle of her neighbour Donal McSweeney.


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File size(s): 29.24 MB, 22.57 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
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Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-03
Subject: The Knights of the Road
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 54:04


Donal O’Sullivan and Maura O’Sullivan

Donal O’Sullivan and Maura O’Sullivan

Coolea, Co. Cork

 

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This recording was compiled at the O’Sullivan home, in Coolea, where the family has lived for generations. Donal worked in forestry locally in earlier days and Maura took care of her parents till they passed away. The conversation ranged over many topics, including the local tight-knit community of great conversationalists and great neighbours and local folk memory about wells and the use of water. Placenames were discussed and explained and superstitions and beliefs were described, as were the natural materials used in the building of dwellings. The old faming traditions and the meitheal were recalled in this wonderfully diverse recording.


Number of files: 2
File size(s): 42.19 MB, 21.63 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
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Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-10
Subject: Memories of Coolea
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 69:57


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


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


Michael O’Leary (b. about 1932) and John Sheehan (part 2)

Michael O’Leary (b. about 1932) and John Sheehan (part 2)

Nohovaldaly, Co. Cork

 

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Throughout this recording we are treated to fine renditions of jigs, reels and polkas in the Sliabh Luachra tradition, played melodiously by John Sheehan on his box. Discussion between John and Michael O’Leary centres around the cultivation of the poorer lands around their native place, and the necessity for foot ploughing, an activity which is described in detail. Leaving farming practices to one side, the gentlemen take off on a tangent as they recall their successful partnership of former days as they promoted showbands and organised dances around the country during the era of the ‘Ballroom of Romance’.


Number of files: 3
File size(s): 12.58 MB, 16.59 MB, 14.58 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-19
Subject: Recollections of farming and showbands
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 47:53


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


Tobias Roche (age 84)

Tobias Roche (age 84)

January 2003

 

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An interview with 84-year-old Tobias in his ancestral home, telling stories of farming life and of local characters.


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File size(s): 49.91 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
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Audio series: Cork county (Duhallow), third series
Product ID: CDCK03-01
Subject: The lore of Ballydesmond
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 54:00


Dan Joe O'Keeffe

Dan Joe O'Keeffe

March 2003

 

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Dan Joe relates stories of his family and of the O'Keeffe family history.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 45.38 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county (Duhallow), third series
Product ID: CDCK03-03
Subject: The O'Keeffe Clan of Duhallow, Co. Cork
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 56:00


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