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Cáit Ní Bhuachalla (b. 1923) and Donncha Ó Luasa

Cáit Ní Bhuachalla (b. 1923) and Donncha Ó Luasa

Renaniree, Ballyvourney, Co. Cork

 

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In this recording Cáit Ní Bhuachalla is joined by Donncha O Luasa on a trip to Gougane Barra, and the chat, the banter, the storytelling and the singing are a joy to hear. Old photographs of local people and places which hang in the restaurant at Gougane Barra are examined in detail, and the people featured, including Cáit’s own family, are discussed and traced. The Buckley family came originally from Kilmichael, and intermarried with the Lynch family from Fohiree. Cáit relates an interesting story from the nineteenth century about a young lady of the Lynch family who, on the eve of her wedding, was required to spend the night with the landlord, as was the custom. He was met with resistance from her family, which led to their eviction. Donncha Ó Luasa gives a stirring recitation of an epic poem about the march of Donal O’Sullivan Beare and his troops from Beara in 1603.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 45.79 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-02
Subject: A visit to Gougane Barra
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 47:48


Donal McSweeney (b. 1931) (part 1)

Donal McSweeney (b. 1931) (part 1)

Gortnafunshion, Ballyvourney, Co. Cork

 

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Donal McSweeney is widely respected as a wonderful local historian, who in June 2009 was acknowledged by President Mary McAleese for his very worthy contribution to the archive of Irish local placenames. In this recording he reiterates the vital importance of the oral tradition in the preservation of local customs and practices. He discusses the strong association of place names with early pagan gods and goddesses and Christian saints. He recounts some local legends, followed by local stories about cattle fairs at Ballyvourney on the twenty-third of each month and market days on Wednesdays.


Number of files: 2
File size(s): 28.31 MB, 19.46 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-05
Subject: A renowned local historian
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 49:54


Joe Creedon

Joe Creedon

Inchigeela, Co. Cork

 

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This recording was initially compiled at Creedon’s Hotel, Inchigeela, where Joe Creedon introduces Peggy Sweeney and other members of the Listowel Drama Group who are enjoying their visit to West Cork. Later, on location at the old graveyard in Inchigeela, Joe Creedon strolls among the headstones, and recalls the people who lie at peace at this spot, and their families. Occasionally Joe breaks into gentle song and verse which have associations with the local families and familiar places. He traces his own Creedon ancestors and recalls some of the great characters from the area around his native village.


Number of files: 2
File size(s): 20.90 MB, 6.88 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-08
Subject: The old graveyard at Inchigeela
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 73:32


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
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-10
Subject: Memories of Coolea
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 69:57


John Joe Kavanagh (b. 1935)  (part 1)

John Joe Kavanagh (b. 1935) (part 1)

Kilshanny, Mallow, Co. Cork

 

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John Joe Kavanagh is a retired school teacher who taught at Dromahane for 30 years. He is a native of Brandon Creek in West Kerry, and has an amazing store of knowledge about his native place. On a tour of his adopted locality, the recording begins at Kilshanny Church of Ireland Churchyard where the old headstones are examined and the old families recalled. The meaning of the placename is explained as is the lore of the local saint. Next stop on the tour is at Carraig Bower, the seat of the Bolsters, who were millers, and who are recalled here. John Joe paid tribute to the late Daniel Healy, a local man who passed on his great knowledge of the families and the traditions of the area.


Number of files: 3
File size(s): 8.61 MB, 12.80 MB, 17.75 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-11
Subject: Local history
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 42:54


John Joe Kavanagh (b. 1935)  (part 2)

John Joe Kavanagh (b. 1935) (part 2)

Kilshanny, Mallow, Co. Cork

 

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At Dromahane Castle, the seat of the O’Callaghan family, retired school teacher John Joe Kavanagh recalls the old family and speaks at length about the family members over many generations. The recording continues along the road towards the St. Gobnait’s cell, locally known as Abbey’s Well, where famine victims found their rest. John Joe Kavanagh provides a most revealing description of this holy place. Across the fields stands a treble ring fort called Liss an Uisce, in the townland of Laharn, where John Joe recounts the fascinating lore associated with this ancient site.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 44.65 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-12
Subject: Local history
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 48:52


Willie Larkin, Raymond O’Sullivan  and Norma Bowman

Willie Larkin, Raymond O’Sullivan and Norma Bowman

Tullylease, Newmarket, and Kanturk, Co. Cork

 

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The site of the sixteenth century St Beircheart’s Church in Tullylease, now in ruins, is the location for this recording with Willie Larkin, Raymond O’Sullivan and Norma Bowman. St Beircheart, known locally as St. Ben is an early Christian saint. Each of the people featured in this fine recording brought to it their own area of expertise – Willie Larkin explains the niceties of the local lore, Raymond O’Sullivan is an expert on local history and Norma Bowman provides details of the rich archaeology in the area. Willie explains that Tullylease was the last place in Ireland in which Druidic pagan customs were practiced, until the arrival of St Bericheart. Near the ruined church can be seen a bullán which has always been known locally as the Hind Stone, which has a strong association with old beliefs.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 25.10 MB, 8.42 MB, 10.91 MB, 10.32 MB, 10.61 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-13
Subject: St Beircheart
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 71:32


Fr Robert Ford and Seamus O’Sullivan

Fr Robert Ford and Seamus O’Sullivan

Fermoy, Co. Cork and Broadford, Co. Limerick

 

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Fr Robert Ford is the retired parish priest of Tullylease, who has great knowledge to impart about St Beircheart and the very strong devotion to the saint which has been evident down through the generations. He describes the connection between the cross slab in Tullylease and those at Lindisfarne, in fascinating detail. Seamus O’Sullivan had a diverse view on St Patrick’s supposed visit to the area, and a most interesting and enlightening discussion ensued. Fr Forde speaks about the uniqueness of Tullylease and its hinterland and recalls the strong tradition of stonemasonry which existed here in the middle ages.


Number of files: 4
File size(s): 11.44 MB, 10.94 MB, 14.36 MB, 10.62 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-14
Subject: Local history
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 51:50


Raymond O’Sullivan (b. 1954)

Raymond O’Sullivan (b. 1954)

Newmarket, Co. Cork

 

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Raymond O’Sullivan is a shopkeeper in Newmarket and is also a renowned local historian with a real interest in the Anglo-Irish families who lived in the area. The Aldworth family arrived in Newmarket in 1614, and the family history is explored. They settled on the McAuliffe lands, and the initial part of this recording was compiled outside the magnificent old Aldworth house. The next stop was the site of the Priory, the home of John Philpott Curran, father of Sarah Curran, beloved of the patriot Robert Emmet who was executed in Dublin in 1803. There is much local lore associated with the house where strange pseudo religious practices would take place. The Church of Ireland churchyard, where Sarah Curran is reputedly buried is the next location. A quartzstone marks her place of rest. Philip recounts her tragic life story and details her father’s wish that his daughter be buried in her home place.


Number of files: 3
File size(s): 29.91 MB, 10.42 MB, 14.94 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-15
Subject: Anglo-Irish families
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 60:32


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


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