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Cáit Ní Bhuachalla (b. 1923)

Cáit Ní Bhuachalla (b. 1923)

Renaniree, Ballyvourney, Co. Cork

 

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Caít ní Bhuachalla was born into a family of thirteen children. Her father was a hill farmer who worked large tracts of mountain at Fohiree. The family home was situated beside an old route which ran between Ballyvourney and Kilgarvan in County Kerry, and Cáit fondly recalls the ‘Knights of the Road’ who regularly travelled the route. Cáit is a very talented lady who has gathered, over many years, a wonderful store of sean nós songs, and during the recording she sings a few of these with great gusto. She is proud of the fact that the late Taoiseach Jack Lynch’s people came originally from her own townland of Fohiree, Ballyvourney.


Number of files: 3
File size(s): 23.33 MB, 14.70 MB, 18.18 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-01
Subject: An old home revisited
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 61:32


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


Cáit Ní Bhuachalla (b. 1923) and Donal McSweeney (b. 1931), (part 1)

Cáit Ní Bhuachalla (b. 1923) and Donal McSweeney (b. 1931), (part 1)

Renaniree, Ballyvourney, and Gortnafunshion, Ballyvourney, Co. Cork

 

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Donal McSweeney’s home at Gurtnafunshion is the venue for this extraordinarily humourous and entertaining recording. The descriptive narrative is almost without equal, as Cáit Ní Bhuachalla recounts the names of forty-one displaced people who travelled the roads offering basic services and requesting food and shelter. She recalls their personalities, their origins, their nicknames and the circumstances of their displacement. Cáit recalls her very early years, and her immersion in the local customs and beliefs of her native area. Donal McSweeney farms the land at Gurtnafunshion, and is a mine of information on his native place. He discusses matchmaking, local cures, beliefs and superstitions. His grand-uncle Gerry McSweeney was a gifted writer of lyrics, and Cáit Ní Bhuachalla, having sweetly sung ‘An Riocht Naofa’ was amazed to learn that the song lyrics had been written by the grand-uncle of her neighbour Donal McSweeney.


Number of files: 2
File size(s): 29.24 MB, 22.57 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-03
Subject: The Knights of the Road
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 54:04


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


Donncha Ó Luasa

Donncha Ó Luasa

Ballyvourney, Co. Cork

 

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Donncha Ó Luasa is a teacher in Ballyvourney and he travelled to Gougane Barra to meet with Donal Kelleher, a local bagpipe player to compile this recording. Donal introduces the recording by playing a haunting tune on the pipes, and Donncha recounts the traditional story of the association of St Finbarr and Gougane Barra, and the later story of Fr Denis O’Mahony who built the church on the island. Donal describes the archaeological remains which are testament to the existence of layers of civilisation in this remote area of Ireland. He discusses the family names, principally the O’Learys who arrived after the Norman invasion, and recalls the people whose families are buried here. Donal recites his epic poem which he wrote in dedication to Gougane Barra. At the conclusion of the recording he recalls and describes the importance of the fair days in Ballymakeera and other local towns.


Number of files: 3
File size(s): 54.23 MB, 23.56 MB, 7.03 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-09
Subject: Gougane Barra
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 77:07


Michael O’Leary (b. about 1932) and John Sheehan (part 2)

Michael O’Leary (b. about 1932) and John Sheehan (part 2)

Nohovaldaly, Co. Cork

 

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Throughout this recording we are treated to fine renditions of jigs, reels and polkas in the Sliabh Luachra tradition, played melodiously by John Sheehan on his box. Discussion between John and Michael O’Leary centres around the cultivation of the poorer lands around their native place, and the necessity for foot ploughing, an activity which is described in detail. Leaving farming practices to one side, the gentlemen take off on a tangent as they recall their successful partnership of former days as they promoted showbands and organised dances around the country during the era of the ‘Ballroom of Romance’.


Number of files: 3
File size(s): 12.58 MB, 16.59 MB, 14.58 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-19
Subject: Recollections of farming and showbands
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 47:53


Dan O’Connell (b. 1921)

Dan O’Connell (b. 1921)

Knocknagree, Co. Cork

 

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One of North Cork’s great landmarks, the O’Connell Pub in Knocknagree, was owned by the legendary Dan O’Connell until it was sold in 2007. It was here that Dan was recorded the previous year. O’Connell’s pub had been the venue for wonderful sessions of music and dance since the 1960s, presided over by Dan O’Connell who had a passion for stepdancing and for the rhythm and rhyme associated with Sliabh Luachra music and dance. Dan declares that Sliabh Luachra music was composed for dancing and explains that it was “a waste of music if someone wasn’t dancing – the music was gone for nothing”. He recalls his old friend Danny Abbey who was a great character who lived close by at “Abbey’s Green Isle”, and who composed the lyrics for the jig in the Jenny Lind set: “with my red rosy cheeks, and my dark curly hair,/ I clouted the road on my way to the fair,/ With my hands in my pockets I whistled a jig/ To humour the road for myself and my pig.” Every tune had a rhyme, and students of the sets were encouraged not to listen to the music but to listen to the rhyme. The first set dancing session at O’Connell’s took place on St Stephens night of 1965 and the musicians gracing the proceedings on that momentous occasion were the wondrous box player Johnny O’Leary and Denis 'The Weaver' Murphy, whose unique fiddle playing was a joy to hear. Dan O’Connell was a born teacher who would lead the dance and who guided many novices on their first tentative steps. For forty years, Dan O’Connell’s pub was a mecca for musicians and dancers, and Dan himself presided over it all with dedication and grace.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 21.84 MB, 11.84 MB, 10.22 MB, 7.25 MB, 15.14 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-31
Subject: A legend in his time
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 72:33


Julia Mary Murphy

Julia Mary Murphy

September 2002

 

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Julia Mary remembers her early life in rural County Cork, and her musician husband.


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File size(s): 52.39 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
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Audio series: Cork county (Duhallow), third series
Product ID: CDCK03-02
Subject: Denis "Weaver" Murphy remembered
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 57:00


John Sheahan (part 1)

John Sheahan (part 1)

May 2003

 

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John Sheahan tells the history of Shrone shrine and its holy well. He also plays the melodeon and fiddle. The interview includes some of the local people from the area.


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File size(s): 47.21 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
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Audio series: Cork county (Duhallow), third series
Product ID: CDCK03-04
Subject: The ancient city of Shrone
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 62:00


John Sheahan (part 2)

John Sheahan (part 2)

February 2003

 

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John recalls house dances in Sliabh Luachra during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. He plays some local traditional tunes on the melodeon.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 56.26 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county (Duhallow), third series
Product ID: CDCK03-05
Subject: Music of Sliabh Luachra
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 61:00


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