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Pat Kelleher (b. 1939), former director of CIT (part 1)

Pat Kelleher (b. 1939), former director of CIT (part 1)

2009

 

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Pat Kelleher was born in Limerick where his father was stationed at Edward Street Garda Station. Some years after the death of his father, when Pat was 17 years old, the family moved to Galway. Pat describes his own background in education and his professional experiences up until 1963 where he joined the staff of the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute, operating under the City of Cork VEC. He discusses the origins and the development of the Regional Technical College (RTC), his time spent as a member of staff of the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute and his introduction to Cork’s technical education system. He recalls the people who worked with him in the Crawford, the move to Bishopstown and his time as a director of the RTC. He also speaks about other colleges, such as the National Marine College at Ringaskiddy. He describes the establishment of the Biomedical Science laboratory and recalls the introduction of Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering and Computing, the academic structures when the new RTCs were set up in the early 1970s and the introduction of expert teachers. In 1971 Pat Kelleher helped organise a conference on technical education as part of his involvement in the Cork Scientific Council of which he was treasurer, and he describes this mammoth logistical undertaking. He has a real love of music, which he discusses in this recording.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-01
Subject: A pioneer in education
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 61:52


Pat Kelleher (b. 1939) (part 2)

Pat Kelleher (b. 1939) (part 2)

2009

 

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This recording with Pat Kelleher focuses on his time as Director of CIT from 1988 to 2004. He recalls his early days teaching at the Crawford Institute beginning in November 1963, and the development of new aspects of technical education for the Diploma in Chemical Technology. This diploma was a forerunner to recent developments in the links between UCC and CIT He speaks about his time as Head of the Chemistry Department when Paddy Parfery was CEO of the City of Cork VEC. He describes Paddy as an austere and brilliant man with a great sense of strategy. He speaks of his own contribution to the training of students at a time when the Celtic Tiger was creating huge demand for qualified employees in the workforce. It is most interesting to hear him talk about his new focusses in retirement.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-02
Subject: A driving force in education
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 42:02


Terry Layton (b. 1920), former lecturer In Engineering and Technical Drawing (part 1)

Terry Layton (b. 1920), former lecturer In Engineering and Technical Drawing (part 1)

2009

 

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Terry Layton was born in Wellington Bridge where his parents had been shopkeepers, and this recording begins as he speaks about his background, his decision to volunteer to join the British Navy in 1939 and his feelings at being rejected due to previous injury. After a period in the Southern Press Tool Company he attended a teacher training course in Dublin. He recalls his days as a student in the Crawford, and undertaking a course in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. At the beginning of his teaching career in 1948 he was appointed to teach engineering at the Crawford. He recalls the members of staff there and their departments, and well remembers the very positive atmosphere which prevailed. Subsequently he was transferred to the Marine Engineering class and he speaks about the developments in Nautical Studies. The move to Bishopstown is recalled in detail, and he also discusses his membership of the Cork City branch of the TUI, of which he was chairman.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-03
Subject: Recollections of the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute Institute
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 78:58


Terry Layton (b. 1920), former lecturer In Engineering and Technical Drawing (part 2)

Terry Layton (b. 1920), former lecturer In Engineering and Technical Drawing (part 2)

2009

 

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This recording begins with memories of past members of staff in the Crawford. Terry Layton speaks anecdotally about the characters, the general regulations, day and evening classes, fees and the use of the Irish language. An overview of some of the departments is provided, including Engineering (mechanical, electrical and motor-car) and the School of Building and Furniture. This recording finishes with Terry’s own definite views on the changes in teaching practices over his lifetime.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-04
Subject: Recollections of the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute Institute
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 62:49


Christy McCarthy (b. 1925), former lecturer In Motor Car Engineering

Christy McCarthy (b. 1925), former lecturer In Motor Car Engineering

2009

 

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Christy McCarthy was born and reared in Clashanure, Ovens. In this recording he speaks at great length about his memories and stories relating to his father’s involvement in steam threshing for the local farmers. Christy explains how difficult times were in the 1930s. He describes the workings of the internal combustion engine and explains how his great interest in motor-car engineering was engendered at a very early stage in his life. He recalls his time as a student in the Crawford, from 1944 and in 1946 he began work as a welder at the Ford Marina Plant in Cork, remaining there until 1949. He studied at teachers’ training college at Ringsend in Dublin from 1949 to 1951 and began work at the Crawford in 1952 when David Daly was CEO and Teddy Murphy the School Principal. He worked under Paddy McCarthy at the Motor Engineering Department. This recording concluded with Christy McCarthy’s memories of the relocation of his department to Bishopstown in 1974, and the changes and developments in motor engineering over the following years.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-05
Subject: A passion for engineering
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 58:57


Terry Layton (b. 1920), former lecturer In Egineering and Technical Drawing, and Christy McCarthy (b. 1925), former lecturer In Motor Car Engineering

Terry Layton (b. 1920), former lecturer In Egineering and Technical Drawing, and Christy McCarthy (b. 1925), former lecturer In Motor Car Engineering

Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork city

2009

 

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Terry Layton and Christy McCarthy agreed to be recorded at their old place of work. Terry Layton began teaching at the Crawford in 1948, and Christy McCarthy in 1952 and both men taught there until 1974. This was their first visit to the Crawford since they transferred to Bishopstown. The recording begins at the rear entrance, down the corridors and into the classrooms, while discussions take place about the many aspects of the technical college which was housed there in earlier times. Nowadays, the building is occupied by the Crawford College of Art and Design, and many changes have taken place over the years, but these did not affect the clear memories of the former teachers. Passing the Principal’s office, Christy and Terry speak about principals John F. King, Jim Barry, Teddy Murphy and J. P. Roche, who continued his tenure as principal at the RTC. Also recalled were David Daly CEO and Paddy Parfrey CEO. The Library was used as a staff room in earlier days. The Library is now in the ‘Exam Hall’ where ceili dancing would be enjoyed on special occasions. The recording continues at the metal workshop where Christy McCarthy spent much of his time, initially as a student, and processes upstairs to the drawing rooms where Terry Layton taught. Before the recording concluded, many other rooms which had housed various departments in the old establishment were visited and memories recaptured.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-06
Subject: The Crawford revisited
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 70:50


Eamonn Wall (b. 1940), lecturer In Biochemical Science and Medical Laboratory Science (part 1)

Eamonn Wall (b. 1940), lecturer In Biochemical Science and Medical Laboratory Science (part 1)

2009

 

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Eamonn Wall is indeed a man who has inspired learning in the field of science. He was born and grew up in Blackpool, Cork, and his father worked as a trade union official. His love of science began in the North Monastery, where his mentor was Mr Heffernan, who taught history and geography. Later, Eamonn attended the Crawford Institute, where he studied Industrial Science, with the help of a bursary. He began a career in Medical Laboratory Science in St Finbarr’s Hospital in Cork and later worked at the Children’s Hospital in Temple Street, Dublin, for two years and then moved to the Mater Hospital, where he worked for three years, subsequently receiving his fellowship from the Institute of the Medical Laboratory Scientists. In this recording, he speaks about the importance of laboratory testing in the 1960s, a challenging time in the science field, which was really breaking ground at this time in Ireland. All his education up to this time had been theoretical rather than practical. The following two years at University College Hospital, in London provided him with great experience, and while there he also got involved in part-time teaching in Paddington Polytech. He speaks in great detail about coming back to Ireland, and teaching at Kevin Street, Dublin, for nine years before arriving back in Cork to work at the new RTC in 1975. He describes the years that followed, up until the present day.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-07
Subject: A challenging career
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 47:55


Eamonn Wall (b. 1940), lecturer In Biochemical Science and Medical Laboratory Science (part 2)

Eamonn Wall (b. 1940), lecturer In Biochemical Science and Medical Laboratory Science (part 2)

2009

 

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In this recording with Eamonn Wall, the focus is on his involvement in the GAA at the CIT campus. Ever since his arrival at the RTC he had an involvement in hurling and football, which played a central role in the students’ development. He speaks about the successful staff football team, and about the history of the Sigerson (football) and Fitzgibbon (hurling) Cups, as well as the Ashbourne Cup for camogie. He himself was involved, from the early days, in organising the football teams. Fulltime sports officers and coaches are now in place for more than ten years who bring their skills and abilities to the organisation and development of games to CIT. When RTC Cork first opened its fledgling campus, sports facilities were not a priority as they consisted of two tennis courts and an all weather hockey pitch. Through the far sighted and enlightened efforts of the former Director Dr Pat Kelleher and former Registrar Brendan Goggin, lands were purchased which allowed for the development of the modern facilities now available for all sports activities. Eamonn Wall discusses the bonding between the students and the staff, and strongly feels that sport pulls people together. He also speaks of the breaking down of barriers between the Institutes of Technology and Universities, due to the establishment of new structures for GAA games in higher education.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-08
Subject: A passion for sport
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 38:27


Tadhg Connolly (b. 1926), former Education Officer, VEC (part 1)

Tadhg Connolly (b. 1926), former Education Officer, VEC (part 1)

2009

 

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Tadhg Connolly was born in Cork city and he initially recalls his school days at O’Sullivan’s Quay. He trained as a vocational teacher at Bolton Street, Dublin, and in 1951 he began to teach woodwork at the Crawford Institute. He speaks about his various teaching assignments and the new School of Furniture which was set up in 1963, of which he was in charge. It is most interesting to hear Tadhg Connolly discuss the many changes in teaching practice during this time. The educational structure was the responsibility of the Vocational Education Committee, and the Chief Executive Officer and the Principals of the various institutions put this into effect. Tadhg speaks in great detail about the history of vocational schools from the 1930’s onwards, and he also explains how the Vocational Education Act (1930) provided for the education of boys and girls who had left school at the age of 14. In 1967 he was appointed Principal of Scoil Eoin Naofa and in 1972 was assigned as Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer in preparation for the planning and building of the new RTC. He returns to the topic of the School of Furniture, which was housed in St John’s Church along with courses on building technology, which were later to be accommodated at the new RTC development.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-09
Subject: Breaking ground in vocational education
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 63:26


Tadhg Connolly (b. 1926), former Education Officer, VEC (part 2)

Tadhg Connolly (b. 1926), former Education Officer, VEC (part 2)

2009

 

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Tadhg Connolly began this recording by recounting in fascinating detail the history of CIT beginning with the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute in 1912. He discusses teaching training courses, established in 1966 and the logistics involved in running these courses. He recalls the vocational courses, the staff at the Crawford Institute and their work, general regulations and evening classes. An International Apprentice Competition was staged in Cork in 1979 a major event in Tadgh Connolly’s academic life and he describes his great involvement in the competition.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-10
Subject: Breaking ground in vocational education
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 66:22


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