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Jack Higgins

Jack Higgins

 

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Jack Higgins’s successful journey through public office culminated in his attainment of the position of Cork City Manager in 1995, and it is a fascinating story to record. He joined the civil service after leaving school, and took up a post with Cork Corporation for 10 years, working in various departments, after which he was transferred to other councils around the country. He became City Manager in Limerick in 1987 until his appointment as Cork City Manager in 1995. This recording includes a discussion on the many changes seen in the city, such as the upgrading of Patrick Street, the pedestrianisation of streets and the support of the arts. Since his retirement, Jack has sat on the Board of the Everyman Theatre, as well as on the Board of the Midsummer Festival.


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File size(s): 46.11 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-43
Subject:
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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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


Donal O’Donovan

Donal O’Donovan

Cork city

2009

 

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Track 1: Growing up in the 1930s and 1940s in Cork, the local people, the characters and the community. Track 2: His father’s career in the British Navy. His own career in the County Council and time spent in the Assembly Rooms at the old picture shows. Track 3: His introduction to the performing arts, and his most memorable performances in the slag shows in the early sixties. Track 4: Snippets of some of the performances from that time, with comment. Track 5: A discussion on the outstanding success and long careers of the performers in those stage shows. Track 6: A discussion on more serious drama, staged in the CCYMS Hall. Track 7: A discussion on the School of Music, and on James N. Healy’s great talent. Track 8: Donal’s memorabilia from those days is described.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 85.97 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork Theatrical Collection
Product ID: CDCKCY02-13
Subject: A custodian of Cork’s theatre memories
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 75:06


Eileen Collins and Mary Sheehan

Eileen Collins and Mary Sheehan

Cork city

2009

 

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Track 1: Growing up in North Mall, Cork, in the 1920s and 1930s, and Eileen’s family’s background in the drapery business. Moving to Mount Pleasant. Track 2: Mary Sheehan traces her family and mentions her father, who worked in Queen’s Old Castle draper’s shop. Track 3: The burning of Cork City, and a story about it handed down by Mary’s mother who also worked in Queen’s Old Castle. Track 4: Eileen’s account of her years as an apprentice from 1941 in the drapery trade, working in T. Lyons and Co. In Patrick Street and later moving to the Munster Arcade and then to Queen’s Old Castle. Track 5: Mary’s appointment to the County Council in Mallow. And her involvement in window-dressing. Track 6: Eileen recalls opening her knitwear shop, which she bought from the Pearses. One of her staff members was Michael Twomey’s sister, who inspired her interest in the Opera House performances.


Number of files: 7
File size(s): 3.69 MB, 4.43 MB, 4.09 MB, 10.14 MB, 18.09 MB, 4.18 MB, 10.86 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork Theatrical Collection
Product ID: CDCKCY02-19
Subject: The drapery business in Cork
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 48:26


Jim Corr (b. 1936)

Jim Corr (b. 1936)

City Hall, Cork

2009

 

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This recording was compiled at the Lord Mayor’s chambers in City Hall, Cork. Jim Corr twice served as Lord Mayor of Cork during his 36 years in local government as a Fine Gael councillor. He recalls his schooldays at the Christian Brothers' College and becoming involved in amateur drama productions. He graduated as a qualified teacher from UCC, and spent six years in Nigeria teaching in a Catholic school run by Cork nuns and later in a school run by SMA priests. He speaks of his memories of his return to Cork, and Aloys Fleischmann’s constant attempts to get funding during Jim’s early days in Cork Corporation. He discusses the fight for survival of the National Ballet Company which was ultimately unsuccessful and explains anecdotally the great Fleischmann involvement with the Choral Festival and other musical events in the city.


Number of files: 3
File size(s): 9.26 MB, 17.12 MB, 6.42 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Fleischmann Collection
Product ID: CDCKFL-26
Subject: A politician recalls
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 35:54


Michael Ahern (b. 1942), Department Of Business Studies

Michael Ahern (b. 1942), Department Of Business Studies

2009

 

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Michael Ahern describes the many stages of his life, beginning with his background, and his work with the Ford Motor Company in 1960. He also worked in Denis Coakley Agricultural Wholesalers, Sunbeam (the Cork Spinning Company), Carrigaline Pottery, Smithwick’s Brewery, and Bunzi in Macroom. He managed also to study at night classes in the School of Commerce while continuing to work. He began his teaching career in 1981 at the RTC and so began a very satisfying life’s work. In the same year he joined the Labour Party and was co-opted to Cork County Council in 1995 and held the seat in 1999 and 2004. He speaks about the honour of being elected Lord Mayor of Cork.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 53.20 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-30
Subject: From Ford’s factory to Lord Mayor
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 58:16


Councillor Jim Corr (b. 1934), former chairman of RTC and former Lord Mayor of Cork City

Councillor Jim Corr (b. 1934), former chairman of RTC and former Lord Mayor of Cork City

City Hall, Cork city

2009

 

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This recording was compiled in the Lord Mayor’s chambers at City Hall, Cork. Jim Corr was educated at Greenmount National School and takes great pride in the fact that he is one of five Lord Mayors of Cork who began their education at this school. His grandfather organised Davitt’s first Land League meeting in Irishtown in 1879, and the family has always been involved in politics. Jim Corr had the honour of serving as Lord Mayor of Cork on two occasions. He received his secondary education at Presentation College and later graduated with a B.A. and H.Dip.Ed. from UCC. He and his new wife left for Nigeria where Jim taught for six years, a very grounding experience for the young man. They returned to Cork in 1964 when Jim began his Irish teaching career at Presentation College. In 1973 he was co-opted to Cork Corporation and the following year he stood for the local elections for Fine Gael, and was successful, as he has been at each subsequent election. He very successfully combined his educational responsibilities with his political work and feels that one complemented the other. In 1974 he was appointed to City of Cork VEC, and he discusses the major changes which have come about in the educational field over the years. He also recalls the CEO Paddy Parfrey whom he feels was one of Cork’s best public servants in his real commitment to education. Jim Corr discusses at length the growth and development of the Cork School of Music and its affiliation with the RTC. In 1979 he was first elected Lord Mayor and Cork which was a wonderful honour and achievement for Jim and the Corr family. In 1982 he was elected to Dáil Éireann but at the subsequent election he made the decision to concentrate on his political and educational life in his native city, so he was not a candidate in the general election. To this day he remains committed to his work on Cork City Council and on the board of the VEC.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 45.64 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-48
Subject: An educator and politician
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 49:59


Sean O'Shea (aged 77)

Sean O'Shea (aged 77)

Carlow town, Co. Carlow

2007

 

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This recording began with recollections of Sean O'Shea's early days and his education. He entered the Civil Service in Carlow, having come from Tipperary, and he worked as a housing officer with the Urban Council for 20 years. He recalled the overcrowding of houses after the war years, and his responsibilities in the re-housing of people in the newly built Council estates. We spoke about piped water and septic tanks, which were innovations at the time, and which he helped to introduce locally. During Sean's time he succeeded in paying off a big debt owed by the Council and this was one of the big achievements of his career. Finally, he spoke about the big changes which have taken place since his time as town clerk and the small staff numbers in former times with those in the local authorities today.


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File size(s): 45.20 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
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Audio series: Carlow county, first series
Product ID: CDCW01-27
Subject: Work in the Local Authority for 50 years
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 49:28


John English (aged 72)

John English (aged 72)

Kilkenny Road, Carlow town, Co. Carlow

2007

 

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John English was born and grew up in Wexford town, and is steeped in the tradition of hurling. He joined the civil service and began work for the council in Carlow in 1962. He worked in housing, sanitation, planning and road design. The roads at the time needed a lot of attention and it gave him great satisfaction to see the development of the roads in the county. He worked under six County Managers, and he recalled his colleagues in the council.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 39.35 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
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Audio series: Carlow county, first series
Product ID: CDCW01-42
Subject: A former County Engineer's memories
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 43:04


Teresa English

Teresa English

Kilkenny Road, Carlow town, Co. Carlow

2007

 

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Teresa English, nee Walsh, grew up in Paulstown, Kilkenny. She joined the civil service in 1959 and worked in the Post and Telegraph section, at the switchboard in Carlow Town. The conditions and technology there at the time were very primitive in comparison to communications today. This interview gives a detailed account of the life of a telephone operator nearly fifty years ago, from 1959 to 1967.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 37.00 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
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Audio series: Carlow county, first series
Product ID: CDCW01-43
Subject: Recollections of a telephonist
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 40:30


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