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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


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 O’Riordan (b. 1918)

John O’Riordan (b. 1918)

Kilbrin, Co. Cork

 

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Local historian Seamus Neenan makes the introduction to retired farmer John O’Riordan, whose family have farmed the land at Kilbrin for generations. The conversation ranges far and wide as John articulates his clear memories of earlier days. He speaks of thatching and the materials used, the dairy, the butter making and the creamery, the fair days, and he traces many local families and discusses their occupations. John recounts an extraordinary story about his mother’s refusal to pay the rent collector, as a gesture of solidarity with other local families during the Land Wars. This resulted in real anxiety and dread for the family, but as a good relationship had been established with the local Royal Irish Constabulary due to the supply by the O’Riordan family of free milk to the policemen, no real action was taken against them. Fieldnames, local poets, pattern days and the dread of the onset of tuberculosis were all discussed on this valuable recording.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 15.73 MB, 6.55 MB, 6.13 MB, 7.28 MB, 30.89 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-16
Subject: Local farming traditions
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 72:52


Michael Slattery and Pat and Lawrence Slattery (part 2)

Michael Slattery and Pat and Lawrence Slattery (part 2)

Ballygownan, Kilfenora, Co. Clare

October 2006

 

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Sitting around the open hearth, the conversation evolved. The sayings, the poems, the songs, the place-names, both in English and in Irish, were a pleasure to hear.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 29.34 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Clare county, third series
Product ID: CDCL03-11
Subject: The Home of the Slatterys
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 32:06


Thomas Kirwin (aged 64) (part 1)

Thomas Kirwin (aged 64) (part 1)

Ballymurphy, Tullow, Co. Carlow

2007

 

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During this tour of Tullow and its vicinity, Thomas Kirwin describes the fair green and its activities in the past, the townlands names and their meanings, old street names now long gone, the varied occupations of the people and the class distinctions which prevailed in former times.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 51.75 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Carlow county, first series
Product ID: CDCW01-47
Subject: A historical tour of Tullow and its vicinity
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 56:38


Peter Gorry (b. 1931) (Part 2)

Peter Gorry (b. 1931) (Part 2)

Rathangan, Co. Kildare

2010

 

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Track 1: Peter Gorry discusses local fieldnames and on a visit to his museum he describes many of the artefacts which were part of the vernacular house in the past, and also some prehistoric items. Track 2: He explains the location of many local springs, explains more fieldnames and discusses the sport of hunting, snaring, poaching and the lamping of rabbits. Track 3: The changes that have taken place in Peter’s locality over the last fifty years in furnishings and the size of families are discussed. His responsibility in looking after the graveyard and the local cillín (burial place of unbaptised children).


Number of files: 3
File size(s): 13 MB, 15.8 MB, 24.6 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Kildare county, first series
Product ID: CDKD01-21
Subject: Memories of old Tullylost
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 58:27


George Byrne (b. 1911) (part 2)

George Byrne (b. 1911) (part 2)

Ballykelly, Lackagh, Co. Kildare

2009

 

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George Byrne farmed at Ballykelly for most of his adult life. The major sources of income were beet, corn and milk. He describes in detail the growing, thinning and harvesting of the beet, and its transport. He recalls the setting up of the creameries and explains that prior to this, each farming family would make their own butter. When the creameries began to operate in 1929 an arrangement was made where one farmer would collect the milk from all the neighbouring farms for delivery to the creamery. George lists many of the local field names, and the reasons for each individual name, which was fascinating to record. This list proves the importance of the oral tradition, as it was through word of mouth that these field names were preserved.


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File size(s): 33.46 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Kildare county, first series
Product ID: CDKD01-25
Subject: Farming traditions
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 36:39


Johnny Bell (b. 1930)

Johnny Bell (b. 1930)

Ballindrum, Athy, Co. Kildare

2009

 

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Kilmead is the native place of Johnny Bell and in this recording he recounts a fascinating history of his family’s arrival from County Meath. His grandfather was a herdsman and his two granduncles were a horseman and a steward, and they all settled locally. Johnny worked for local farmers all his life, ploughing with horses and undertaking general farm work. He declares that he worked as hard as any man from the age of 16. His father worked as a prison officer in Mountjoy Jail during the Civil War and his mother’s people, the Kellys, were strong Republicans and members of the local Fife and Drum Band who would perform at election rallies for Fianna Fáil in the 1920s and 1930s. Johnny discusses local cures, field names and their meanings, the tradition of blacksmithing, his love of farming, and problems with the distribution of land by the Land Commission.


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File size(s): 65.63 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Kildare county, first series
Product ID: CDKD01-35
Subject: A life in farming
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 71:52


Joshua Rose (b. 1940)

Joshua Rose (b. 1940)

Donadea, Co. Kildare

2009

 

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Joshua Rose is a bachelor farmer who lives on the outskirts of Clane, beside the castle wall. He recalls his father’s origins in Edenderry, and his purchase of lands at Clane from the Cooper family, who were Quakers. The Cooper family had an annual tradition of erecting a tent in the haggard at the farm, for use as a place of prayer and Christenings at the well by the Quakers. One of Joshua Rose’s earliest memories is of watching soldiers from the Army standing on a lorry-load of turf in Maynooth as they threw the sods down to the local womenfolk who gathered them in their aprons, during the Emergency Period. The great changes which have come about in farming practices over the last couple of generations is discussed, as is the reclamation of land, local placenames and their meanings.


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File size(s): 40.60 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
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Audio series: Kildare county, first series
Product ID: CDKD01-36
Subject: Clane and its vicinity
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 44:28


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