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Brendan Goggin

Brendan Goggin

2008

 

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Brendan Goggin retired this year (2008) from the Cork Institute of Technology having spent 15 years as Registrar there. The recording focused initially on the topic of Brendan’s background. His family was involved in the P.J. Goggin and Co. milling business on Deane Street, in the production of calf meal. He describes the farming community and the milling business, and its direction with the farming community. His father died young, leaving his mother with eight children to rear in demanding circumstances. Brendan recalls his schooldays, when he experienced teaching excellence at the local national school in Mayfield and the Christian Brothers College in the city centre which he attended. He talks in great detail about his time as a student in UCC, and his involvement there with the Students’ Union. He witnessed dramatic changes in society and a huge stir within the college. Professor Fr James Good was removed by the Roman Catholic Bishop from his post of teaching Medical Ethics because of his views. Brendan also speaks about his own teaching career in the Cork Regional Technical College (later CIT), which spanned nearly four decades.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-36
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Pat Kelleher (b. 1939), former director of CIT (part 1)

Pat Kelleher (b. 1939), former director of CIT (part 1)

2009

 

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Pat Kelleher was born in Limerick where his father was stationed at Edward Street Garda Station. Some years after the death of his father, when Pat was 17 years old, the family moved to Galway. Pat describes his own background in education and his professional experiences up until 1963 where he joined the staff of the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute, operating under the City of Cork VEC. He discusses the origins and the development of the Regional Technical College (RTC), his time spent as a member of staff of the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute and his introduction to Cork’s technical education system. He recalls the people who worked with him in the Crawford, the move to Bishopstown and his time as a director of the RTC. He also speaks about other colleges, such as the National Marine College at Ringaskiddy. He describes the establishment of the Biomedical Science laboratory and recalls the introduction of Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering and Computing, the academic structures when the new RTCs were set up in the early 1970s and the introduction of expert teachers. In 1971 Pat Kelleher helped organise a conference on technical education as part of his involvement in the Cork Scientific Council of which he was treasurer, and he describes this mammoth logistical undertaking. He has a real love of music, which he discusses in this recording.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-01
Subject: A pioneer in education
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 61:52


Pat Kelleher (b. 1939) (part 2)

Pat Kelleher (b. 1939) (part 2)

2009

 

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This recording with Pat Kelleher focuses on his time as Director of CIT from 1988 to 2004. He recalls his early days teaching at the Crawford Institute beginning in November 1963, and the development of new aspects of technical education for the Diploma in Chemical Technology. This diploma was a forerunner to recent developments in the links between UCC and CIT He speaks about his time as Head of the Chemistry Department when Paddy Parfery was CEO of the City of Cork VEC. He describes Paddy as an austere and brilliant man with a great sense of strategy. He speaks of his own contribution to the training of students at a time when the Celtic Tiger was creating huge demand for qualified employees in the workforce. It is most interesting to hear him talk about his new focusses in retirement.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-02
Subject: A driving force in education
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 42:02


Terry Layton (b. 1920), former lecturer In Engineering and Technical Drawing (part 1)

Terry Layton (b. 1920), former lecturer In Engineering and Technical Drawing (part 1)

2009

 

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Terry Layton was born in Wellington Bridge where his parents had been shopkeepers, and this recording begins as he speaks about his background, his decision to volunteer to join the British Navy in 1939 and his feelings at being rejected due to previous injury. After a period in the Southern Press Tool Company he attended a teacher training course in Dublin. He recalls his days as a student in the Crawford, and undertaking a course in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. At the beginning of his teaching career in 1948 he was appointed to teach engineering at the Crawford. He recalls the members of staff there and their departments, and well remembers the very positive atmosphere which prevailed. Subsequently he was transferred to the Marine Engineering class and he speaks about the developments in Nautical Studies. The move to Bishopstown is recalled in detail, and he also discusses his membership of the Cork City branch of the TUI, of which he was chairman.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-03
Subject: Recollections of the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute Institute
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 78:58


Terry Layton (b. 1920), former lecturer In Engineering and Technical Drawing (part 2)

Terry Layton (b. 1920), former lecturer In Engineering and Technical Drawing (part 2)

2009

 

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This recording begins with memories of past members of staff in the Crawford. Terry Layton speaks anecdotally about the characters, the general regulations, day and evening classes, fees and the use of the Irish language. An overview of some of the departments is provided, including Engineering (mechanical, electrical and motor-car) and the School of Building and Furniture. This recording finishes with Terry’s own definite views on the changes in teaching practices over his lifetime.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-04
Subject: Recollections of the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute Institute
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 62:49


Christy McCarthy (b. 1925), former lecturer In Motor Car Engineering

Christy McCarthy (b. 1925), former lecturer In Motor Car Engineering

2009

 

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Christy McCarthy was born and reared in Clashanure, Ovens. In this recording he speaks at great length about his memories and stories relating to his father’s involvement in steam threshing for the local farmers. Christy explains how difficult times were in the 1930s. He describes the workings of the internal combustion engine and explains how his great interest in motor-car engineering was engendered at a very early stage in his life. He recalls his time as a student in the Crawford, from 1944 and in 1946 he began work as a welder at the Ford Marina Plant in Cork, remaining there until 1949. He studied at teachers’ training college at Ringsend in Dublin from 1949 to 1951 and began work at the Crawford in 1952 when David Daly was CEO and Teddy Murphy the School Principal. He worked under Paddy McCarthy at the Motor Engineering Department. This recording concluded with Christy McCarthy’s memories of the relocation of his department to Bishopstown in 1974, and the changes and developments in motor engineering over the following years.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-05
Subject: A passion for engineering
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 58:57


Terry Layton (b. 1920), former lecturer In Egineering and Technical Drawing, and Christy McCarthy (b. 1925), former lecturer In Motor Car Engineering

Terry Layton (b. 1920), former lecturer In Egineering and Technical Drawing, and Christy McCarthy (b. 1925), former lecturer In Motor Car Engineering

Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork city

2009

 

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Terry Layton and Christy McCarthy agreed to be recorded at their old place of work. Terry Layton began teaching at the Crawford in 1948, and Christy McCarthy in 1952 and both men taught there until 1974. This was their first visit to the Crawford since they transferred to Bishopstown. The recording begins at the rear entrance, down the corridors and into the classrooms, while discussions take place about the many aspects of the technical college which was housed there in earlier times. Nowadays, the building is occupied by the Crawford College of Art and Design, and many changes have taken place over the years, but these did not affect the clear memories of the former teachers. Passing the Principal’s office, Christy and Terry speak about principals John F. King, Jim Barry, Teddy Murphy and J. P. Roche, who continued his tenure as principal at the RTC. Also recalled were David Daly CEO and Paddy Parfrey CEO. The Library was used as a staff room in earlier days. The Library is now in the ‘Exam Hall’ where ceili dancing would be enjoyed on special occasions. The recording continues at the metal workshop where Christy McCarthy spent much of his time, initially as a student, and processes upstairs to the drawing rooms where Terry Layton taught. Before the recording concluded, many other rooms which had housed various departments in the old establishment were visited and memories recaptured.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-06
Subject: The Crawford revisited
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 70:50


Tadhg Connolly (b. 1926), former Education Officer, VEC (part 2)

Tadhg Connolly (b. 1926), former Education Officer, VEC (part 2)

2009

 

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Tadhg Connolly began this recording by recounting in fascinating detail the history of CIT beginning with the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute in 1912. He discusses teaching training courses, established in 1966 and the logistics involved in running these courses. He recalls the vocational courses, the staff at the Crawford Institute and their work, general regulations and evening classes. An International Apprentice Competition was staged in Cork in 1979 a major event in Tadgh Connolly’s academic life and he describes his great involvement in the competition.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-10
Subject: Breaking ground in vocational education
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 66:22


Larry Poland (b. 1934), former Head of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (part 1)

Larry Poland (b. 1934), former Head of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (part 1)

2009

 

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Larry Poland initially recalls his early schooling in Bandon, County Cork, followed by his days at Presentation Brothers College in Cork. He discusses his time at UCC and his graduation with a primary degree. He recalls the history of UCC and the Crawford during the 1920s when they worked jointly on a degree course for electrical and mechanical engineers. After World War II, the Crawford conducted a radio course until the early 1950s. A marine engineering course for Irish Shipping was established at the Crawford in the 1950s and it was the forerunner of the National Maritime Institute in Ringaskiddy. After graduation Larry spent a most interesting three months in 1958 as a student engineer with Aer Lingus and following graduation was appointed to the Crawford to lead a then small Electrical Engineering department. During his interview by the VEC, he was asked by the CEO if he could develop a telecommunications course, and he assured him that he could indeed. He humorously recalls his rather heated discussions with the powers that be about the budget for the new course, discussions that were eventually to prove successful.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-11
Subject: Advances in engineering technology
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 49:40


Larry Poland (b. 1934), former Head of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (part 2)

Larry Poland (b. 1934), former Head of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (part 2)

2009

 

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This recording with Larry Poland begins as he discusses the advances in courses up to doctoral level in the Institute of Technology in 1992. He talks about the great success stories of some of his students, his own input into the setting up of EMC in Cork, and the involvement of the IDA in the setting up of new companies in the Cork region and elsewhere in Ireland during the 1980s and 1990s. He also discusses his great interest in music.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-12
Subject: Advances in engineering technology
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 35:14


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