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John Clohessy (b. 1920)

John Clohessy (b. 1920)

Robertstown, Co. Kildare

2009

 

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Clare is the birthplace of John Clohessy, who joined the army during the Emergency years. When Bord na Móna was recruiting staff in 1944, he obtained a position with them and began work in Timahoe. After a short time he was transferred to Killinthomas where he was placed in charge of the orderlies. He was later moved to Mucklon. He describes the Nissen huts and the food, and he recalls the pastimes such as handball and football. He was promoted to stock-keeper in charge of all requirements, and the dishing out rations. He recalls the work clothes and the motor bikes for the gangers. He retired in 1985, having spent 42 years with the Bord.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 3.88 MB, 11.12 MB, 7.33 MB, 19.17 MB, 10.86 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-04
Subject: Stock keeper
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Kieran Egan (b. 1928) and Daniel Egan (b. 1930)

Kieran Egan (b. 1928) and Daniel Egan (b. 1930)

Ballinahown, Co. Offaly

2009

 

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Kieran Egan and Daniel Egan are natives of Ballinahown and are neighbours. Daniel Egan began work with Bord na Móna in his early twenties. He was given a German shovel in the Blackwater Bog, where he proceeded to dig trenches. He recalls the topography of the area before the advent of Bord na Móna and the huge uplift in the economic lives of the people once the Bord was set up. Kieran Egan began his work with the Bord as a seasonal worker in 1965. He was managing the rail line, and describes in detail what his job entailed. He also worked on heavy machinery, such as the Harrow and the Miller, from 6pm to 6am. Both gentlemen recall the years before Bord na Móna was set up and the involvement of the army in cutting and loading turf and its delivery to Athlone.


Number of files: 4
File size(s): 11.79 MB, 10.76 MB, 7.09 MB, 8.40 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-15
Subject: The foot men of Bord na Móna (part 1)
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Denis Healy, John Lewis and Barry O’Brien

Denis Healy, John Lewis and Barry O’Brien

Ballydehob, Co. Cork

 

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Barry O’Brien’s public house, The Irish Whip in Ballydehob, is the venue for this recording. Johnny Lewis of Ballydehob begins the discussion by outlining his memories of Danno Mahony’s background. Danno Mahony was the world-renowned for his success in the sport of wrestling in the 1930s. Denis Healy of Kilgarvan discusses the tradition of wrestling in the Cork-Kerry border areas, a tradition which included the Casey brothers from Sneem, County Kerry. Danno Mahony joined the Irish Army as a young man, and he achieved honours as a weight-lifter and wrestler – he was named Irish Champion in both sports. At the age of 22 he left for America to further his sporting career. His training methods, his diet and his successes at competition in America are discussed. Barry O’Brien, also of Ballydehob, explains the circumstances of Danno Mahony’s tragic death and is joined by his two friends in discussing the tragedy which ended a life of great sporting achievement.


Number of files: 4
File size(s): 19.76 MB, 7.68 MB, 15.05 MB, 10.62 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-30
Subject: Memories of a great wrestler
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 58:09


Lt. Col. Brendan Power (b. 1951)

Lt. Col. Brendan Power (b. 1951)

Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin

2009

 

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Brendan Power is director of the Defence Forces School of Music at Cathal Brugha Barracks in Dublin. He recalls his schooldays in Clonmel during which he attended music lessons. His love of music brought him to UCC in 1969 from where he graduated with a B. Mus. Degree having begun initially to study dentistry and changing course after two years. He had attended public lectures given by Prof. Fleischmann, and his area of study undertook a major change in direction as a result. He worked as a teacher for one year in Clonmel after graduating, and then joined the Army in 1978. He spent two and a half years in Dublin, and then was appointed to Athlone, where he spent eight years as a band conductor. He was then appointed conductor to the Army No. 1 Band, with responsibility for the three bands at the military barracks. He discusses the recruitment and training of band members at the barracks.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 33.34 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Fleischmann Collection
Product ID: CDCKFL-19
Subject: An Army musician
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 36:29


Máire Ní Murchadha

Máire Ní Murchadha

Cork

2009

 

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Maíre Ní Murchadha is former Head of RTÉ Cork. She was born in Dublin where her father served as an Army Officer. When Maírín was young the family moved to Cork. Her introduction to Radio Éireann came in 1960 in Dublin, and later that year she was appointed to Cork city. Four years later she became a presenter/producer at the station. She discusses the outside broadcasts of children’s programmes which she produced and presented in Cork, in her words – ‘social documentaries’, and the great assistance afforded to her by Fr James Good. Maíre Ní Murchadha was the first female producer/presenter to win a Jacobs Award. The radio studios in the early days were situated over the School of Music and Maíre was instrumental in providing a voice on radio for the gifted students. Her introduction to Prof. Fleischmann came about when she produced and presented a series of programmes called "The Echo Boys" in the 1970s, and she discusses her work in recording and broadcasting the choirs during the Choral Festivals over many years. She retired from RTÉ in 1993.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 3.88 MB, 5.20 MB, 13.95 MB, 10.46 MB, 17.36 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Fleischmann Collection
Product ID: CDCKFL-38
Subject: A life in broadcasting
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 55:38


The late Col. Seán Clancy

The late Col. Seán Clancy

Dublin and Clonlara

January 2006

 

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A return visit to a retired Colonel in the Irish Army, then in his 105th year. He gave a clear account of his time in the Irish Army, and the lead into the Treaty. Some of the questions on this recording were put by Seán's friend Bill Comfort.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 36.02 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Clare county, third series
Product ID: CDCL03-27
Subject: The last survivor of the War of independence who took the Treaty side (part 3)
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 39:26


The late Col. Seán Clancy

The late Col. Seán Clancy

Dublin and Clonlara

January 2006

 

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A continuation of Seán Clancy's recollections of events which took place around the country during the time of the Troubles, including a story about Eamon de Valera.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 27.74 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Clare county, third series
Product ID: CDCL03-28
Subject: The last survivor of the War of independence who took the Treaty side (part 4)
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 30:21


James Tallon (aged 89) and Sheila Tallon (aged 82)

James Tallon (aged 89) and Sheila Tallon (aged 82)

Tallon, Ballyshane, Hacketstown, Co. Carlow

2007

 

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Having driven about a mile through the old estate in Ballyshane to the home of the Tallons I recorded stories and memories associated with the large estates and their subdivision by the Land Commission. James Tallon also spoke about his memories of the Civil War and his days in the Irish Army during the Emergency period. Later he worked as a rent collector from 1954.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 48.93 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Carlow county, first series
Product ID: CDCW01-31
Subject: Land allocation
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 53:33


JOHN GORMAN, AGE 66, HORSELEAP, WESTMEATH

JOHN GORMAN, AGE 66, HORSELEAP, WESTMEATH

2008

 

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John Gorman joined the Irish Army in Athlone at the age of 16 years. The following year he was sent to the Congo on an Irish Peacekeeping Mission with the 35th Infantry Battalion, under the command of Pat Quinlan from Waterville, Co. Kerry. He describes his experiences during the Battle of Jadotville, which he strongly feels was an unjustified embarrassment to the United Nations and to the Irish government. He has been tirelessly campaigning for many years to have the excellent leadership of his Commanding Officer, Pat Quinlan, recognised.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 50.94 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin county (south), first series
Product ID: CDDNS01-29
Subject: Memories of service in The Congo
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 55:48


Luke Mullins (b. 1922)

Luke Mullins (b. 1922)

Newbridge, Co. Kildare

2012

 

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Track 1: Growing up in Doninga, Co. Kilkenny, during the economic war in the 1930s; followed by the years of ‘the Emergency.’ Track 2: His decision to join the Irish Army, stationed in Curragh camp; the individuals who were detained there for the duration. Track 3: The army horses which were stabled at the Curragh. Membership of the Naas Harriers and memories of hunting events. Track 4: On leaving the army, being offered the position of Secretary of Galway racecourse, where he was to remain for twenty years, moving to management; his work to improve the racecourse. Recalling the ownership of the land in Ballybrit and the names of staff members of the time. Track 5: Sourcing funding for the improvement of the racecourse; financial challenges of the early days. Track 6: His observation that his army experience conferred the discipline which he applied to his work. Working closely with Lord Killanin, who was chairman of Galway racecourse at the time. Attracting the top National Hunt horses to the Galway Races. Anecdotes of the tradition of turf accountants at the races.


Number of files: 4
File size(s): 6.56 MB; 21.55 MB; 24.53 MB; 11.51 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Horse Racing Ireland Oral History Collection
Product ID: CDHRI01-27
Subject: Part 1 – Racecourse Manager
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore
Length: 69:40


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