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John Turrell (b. 1950)  and Jane Whitaker

John Turrell (b. 1950) and Jane Whitaker

Wicklow and Dublin

2009

 

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In 2006, work by archaeologists began on the excavation of a unique site on the south east portion of Ballykean bog, south of Daingean, Co. Offaly. In 2004, the site was discovered by a team of archaeologists while fieldwalking the bog. Archaeologist Jane Whitaker was present on site on the day this recording was compiled. She was there on behalf of the Archaeological Survey of Ireland, which is part of the Department of the Environment. On the day of the recording, the site was about to be closed, having been excavated since 2006. Jane Whitaker introduces John Turrell, the archaeologist who is the director and licence holder at the site. He has been in charge of the site since 2006, and has the responsibility of writing up the excavation report. Both archaeologists describe the site of a large habitation, which measures 22 metres in diameter and is surrounded by palisade posts and has an internal house structure – a crannóg style building in a bog environment. It dates from between 600-700 AD. Garret Sheehan, a well known archaeologist who has carried out over 200 surveys on the bogs since 1999, explains that this site is the most exciting and fascinating of them all.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 10.95 MB, 8.63 MB, 12.55 MB, 11.96 MB, 8.85 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-27
Subject: A crannóg unearthed
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Dick O'Sullivan (b. 1930s)

Dick O'Sullivan (b. 1930s)

Punchestown Racecourse, Naas

2012

 

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Track 1: His background growing up in Tralee and his education there. Veterinary college. His marriage to Carmel Green in 1963. Track 2: Being Head of Veterinary Services for Kerry in 1983 having worked as an Inspector and Superintendent in the veterinary industry. Changing direction from the public to the private sector. Developing new skills in choosing good people to work for him when he joined Kerry Group. Moving to five different positions within the company. Track 3: Being posted to Mexico and Brazil, taking charge of a new operation for Kerry Group. Returning home in 2000, being appointed by Horse Racing Ireland as a consultant to Leopardstown Racecourse. Track 4: Appointed Chief Executive of Irish Thoroughbred Marketing. Moving to Punchestown Racecourse in 2002 and his role as Managing Director. A description of the rescue strategy put in place. Track 5: The historical importance of Punchestown, which is home to National Racing and the National Hunt Festival. Its running over the years. Track 6: An explanation of how Punchestown Racecourse is a self-funding commercial operation. The staff who work there. Track 7: A discussion on Punchestown Racecourse, and its operation as a commercial enterprise. Track 8: His Non-Executive Chairmanship of Bord na gCon, and the great challenges he faced in its reorganisation. Limerick greyhound track and its commercial operation is discussed. Track 9: Irish Thoroughbred Marketing and its work in promoting the sale of Irish thoroughbreds. Track 10: The high points and the challenges faced in his career.


Number of files: 9
File size(s): 7.7 MB; 8.9 MB; 6.1 MB; 5.8 MB; 12.2 MB; 11.7 MB; 2.7 MB; 5.4 MB; 11.1 MB; 9.3 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Horse Racing Ireland Oral History Collection
Product ID: CDHRI01-09
Subject: Racecourse managing director
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe - Irish Life and Lore
Length: 71:07


James P. Cullen (b. 1945) (part 1)

James P. Cullen (b. 1945) (part 1)

New York, USA

2009

 

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Track 1: His background in the townland of Cormelia, near the Blueball, County Offaly. Discussed the meeting and marriage of his parents in New York. His mother was widowed as a young woman, and difficult circumstances compelled her to send James to Ireland for a short time to her sister, Bridget Keegan and her husband. At the age of four, he returned to his mother, and lived at 41st Street, Queens, New York. Track 2: His education in Queens. His first job as a newspaper boy at the age of nine, and his continuing education. Track 3: His graduation in Law and becoming a barrister. Visiting Ireland in 1969, and witnessing the outbreak of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Track 4: His draft to the United States Army, where he was attached to the Law section. His military experience and assignments, and his rise through the ranks to the post of Brigadier General and Chief Justice Advocate for the army. His views on the Vietnam War, and how Americans perceived it at this time.


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File size(s): 20.69 MB
Bitrate: 160 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Offaly county, fifth series
Product ID: CDOF05-01
Subject: A life in the military
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe - Irish Life and Lore
Length: 18:05


James P. Cullen (b. 1945) (part 2)

James P. Cullen (b. 1945) (part 2)

New York, USA

2009

 

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Track 1: His marriage and career as senior partner in one of the largest law firms in Manhattan. His real estate interests. His visits to Northern Ireland and his efforts to promote peace, and also his experience as a founding member in 1979 of the Brehon Law Society. Track 2: A number of cases on which he has worked, in respect of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Providing the background to certain events which occurred as a result of IRA activities in Columbia, South America. Track 3: Recalled his role in further events in Northern Ireland. Track 4: His involvement in 1998 in the Good Friday Agreement. His career path to high office in the United States Army. Track 5: His role in negotiations to promote peace in Northern Ireland, including discussions with Paul O'Dwyer. Track 6: His law practice, his business in Manhattan, and his specialty, which is air rights. Organising deals for schools and hospitals.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 22.41 MB
Bitrate: 160 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Offaly county, fifth series
Product ID: CDOF05-02
Subject:
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe - Irish Life and Lore
Length: 19:36


James P. Cullen (b. 1945) (part 3)

James P. Cullen (b. 1945) (part 3)

New York, USA

2009

 

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Track 1: His involvement since 2004 in efforts to have Guantanamo Bay detention camp closed. Track 2: His views on contemporary American politics. rack 3: His views on the war in Iraq. Track 4: His past engagement with British Intelligence in respect of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 11.95 MB
Bitrate: 160 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Offaly county, fifth series
Product ID: CDOF05-03
Subject:
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe - Irish Life and Lore
Length: 10:27


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