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Brendan Goggin (b. 1944), former Registrar In CIT (part 3)

Brendan Goggin (b. 1944), former Registrar In CIT (part 3)

2009

 

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Brendan Goggin speaks about his appointment as Registrar of CIT and his role in the post up to his retirement in 2008. He talks of the academic developments in CIT during that time as well as the development of student services and CIT’s facilities. Reference is made to the incorporation of the Crawford College of Art and the Cork School of Music into the College as a result of the Regional Colleges Act in 1992. He speaks of the academic planning to provide a basis for the new School of Music building and also refers the establishment of the National Maritime College of Ireland as a school of CIT. Brendan also refers to his role in many other aspects of CIT life, such as the developing relations with other higher education institutions including UCC, his role in promoting the arts in CIT and his selection of the motto on the Institute’s crest.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-17
Subject: The role of registrar
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 67:15


Bernard Casey (b. 1935), former lecturer in the School of Music

Bernard Casey (b. 1935), former lecturer in the School of Music

2009

 

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Bernard Casey spent 55 years in the School of Music, initially as a student and subsequently as a teacher. He witnessed many changes in the buildings, the staff, the teaching methods and in the types of musical instruments taught. In this recording, he recalls how his own interest in and love of music was initiated. He learned the clarinet as a student in the School of Music and he describes the pre-1950s old building, and later the move to the new building in Union Quay. There he studied for a diploma in music, while working in his own family business in the city. He recalls the one-day-a-week school in Wellington Road, while building Union Quay, and also the fact that if you wanted to learn to read music you needed to attend the School of Music or by joining the many bands, such as the Barrack Street Band, and the Butter Exchange Band. Frank Treacy was the teacher in the 1950s, and taught night classes there. Bernard recalls the directors of the School of Music down through the years, Bernard Curtis, Bridget Doolan, John Murphy and Geoffrey Spratt, and the great innovations they brought to the School. The rules, regulations and conditions at the school over the years were recalled and also the amalgamation with the RTC.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-18
Subject: Long memories of the School of Music
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 49:28


Declan Townsend (b. 1938), former lecturer, School of Music (part 1)

Declan Townsend (b. 1938), former lecturer, School of Music (part 1)

2009

 

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Declan Townsend recalls his early days growing up in Tralee where his family was deeply rooted in the tradition of music. He describes his family’s move to Cork, his education in the fifties at school on Sullivan’s Quay, and his entrance to the School of Music. His parents became part of the Cork Symphony Orchestra, under the conductorship of Aloys Fleischmann and Declan also joined the orchestra at the young age of 14. He talks about his studentship in music in UCC, where he completed his B.Mus. degree and where he was taught by Aloys Fleischmann and Sean Neeson. He began to teach violin for the County Music Scheme, and explains how the Scheme came into being. He talks at great length about his own contribution in writing music for the orchestras at Cork School of Music and Cork Youth Orchestra, one of which was toured by the National Youth Orchestra under 18s, and speaks about the marvellous driving force Bridget Doolan brought to the School of Music, and her recruitment of some excellent staff during her time.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-19
Subject: A passion for music
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 79:20


Declan Townsend (b. 1938), former lecturer, School of Music (part 2)

Declan Townsend (b. 1938), former lecturer, School of Music (part 2)

2009

 

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In this recording, Declan Townsend discusses the growth in quality of the students in the School of Music over the years, and he also recalls his time as a music reviewer for the ‘Irish Examiner’ which has spanned fifteen years. Having suffered a ‘burnout’ in 1995, he vacated his post of Head of Department, and returned to teaching for a further six years. He took early retirement in 2001 and submitted his letter of resignation in the summer of that year. He says that despite his total commitment to the School from 1974 to 2001, and the contribution he made to its development, his letter was not acknowledged by either the Director of CIT or the Chairman of the Governing Body, which is a source of immense sadness to him.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-20
Subject: A passion for music
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 36:17


Geoff Steiner-Scott (b. 1948), principal of the Crawford College of Art and Design

Geoff Steiner-Scott (b. 1948), principal of the Crawford College of Art and Design

Cork

2009

 

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This recording was compiled in Geoff Steiner-Scott’s art studio. Now retired, he spends many enjoyable hours creating art which he previously did not have time to do. He discusses his American background, and his study of Art History and Fine Art at Rutgers University. In 197 he came to Ireland, where he found that the visual arts had been receiving less attention than they merited. He joined the visual art committee at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin and began his teaching career in the National College of Art and Design, where he learnt much about the third level education system in Ireland. He recalls his arrival in Cork and taking up his position as Assistant Lecturer in Printmaking with the Crawford Municipal School of Art on January 1st 1977, one of a new group of teachers. This was really a new beginning in Cork for the visual arts and he speaks eloquently about the many challenges and changes which occurred in the early years. The school was initially situated in Emmet Place, and later moved to Sharman Crawford Street in 1979. He recalls that his students were “talented, excited and open to everything.” New artistic techniques were introduced and a new curriculum came on stream. The course had been structured around the Art Teachers Certificate, not an ideal structure as no tuition was required in order to sit the exams. The system did not really train people for careers as artists. By 1974, the National Council for Educational Awards had begun to put new qualifications in place in all areas of study. The National Diploma in Art and the old Art Teachers Certificate were running in tandem for some time, and these were to become the forerunners to the B.A. in Fine Art or Ceramic Design, and the Higher Diploma in Arts for Art and Design Teachers.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-27
Subject: A re-awakening of the visual arts
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 53:11


Dick Langford (b. 1941), former CEO, Cork City VEC (part 2)

Dick Langford (b. 1941), former CEO, Cork City VEC (part 2)

2009

 

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Dick Langford took up duty as CEO of Cork VEC in 1978. He has much to say about education in the VEC schools in Cork during this time, and he points out the many and complex reasons for the delay in the establishment of Cork RTC. He talks at length about his brief on his arrival in Cork and his encounters with academic staff. While the National Institute of Higher Education (NIHE) in Limerick, now the University of Limerick, was established under the aegis of a planning board in 1970, the first Governing Body was appointed in 1975. Dick Langford was invited to sit on this board, at a most interesting and challenging time. His tenure as CEO in Cork was colourful and intense at times. He discusses the School of Music and its development over the years and he feels that the hosting of the International Apprentice Competition, now known as the International Skills Olympics was a major factor in the bonding and teamworking of the institutions of learning in Cork.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-35
Subject: A life in education
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 29:20


Councillor Jim Corr (b. 1934), former chairman of RTC and former Lord Mayor of Cork City

Councillor Jim Corr (b. 1934), former chairman of RTC and former Lord Mayor of Cork City

City Hall, Cork city

2009

 

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This recording was compiled in the Lord Mayor’s chambers at City Hall, Cork. Jim Corr was educated at Greenmount National School and takes great pride in the fact that he is one of five Lord Mayors of Cork who began their education at this school. His grandfather organised Davitt’s first Land League meeting in Irishtown in 1879, and the family has always been involved in politics. Jim Corr had the honour of serving as Lord Mayor of Cork on two occasions. He received his secondary education at Presentation College and later graduated with a B.A. and H.Dip.Ed. from UCC. He and his new wife left for Nigeria where Jim taught for six years, a very grounding experience for the young man. They returned to Cork in 1964 when Jim began his Irish teaching career at Presentation College. In 1973 he was co-opted to Cork Corporation and the following year he stood for the local elections for Fine Gael, and was successful, as he has been at each subsequent election. He very successfully combined his educational responsibilities with his political work and feels that one complemented the other. In 1974 he was appointed to City of Cork VEC, and he discusses the major changes which have come about in the educational field over the years. He also recalls the CEO Paddy Parfrey whom he feels was one of Cork’s best public servants in his real commitment to education. Jim Corr discusses at length the growth and development of the Cork School of Music and its affiliation with the RTC. In 1979 he was first elected Lord Mayor and Cork which was a wonderful honour and achievement for Jim and the Corr family. In 1982 he was elected to Dáil Éireann but at the subsequent election he made the decision to concentrate on his political and educational life in his native city, so he was not a candidate in the general election. To this day he remains committed to his work on Cork City Council and on the board of the VEC.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-48
Subject: An educator and politician
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 49:59


Eileen Graham (b. 1939); Margaret Curtis Clayton (b. 1941); Catherine Moroney (b. 1947); Sadie Allen (b. 1940); Monica Curtis (b. 1950)

Eileen Graham (b. 1939); Margaret Curtis Clayton (b. 1941); Catherine Moroney (b. 1947); Sadie Allen (b. 1940); Monica Curtis (b. 1950)

Cork College of Music, Union Quay, Cork

2009

 

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This recording was compiled at the Cork School of Music, with the daughters of Bernard Curtis, (1909–1995). Dr Curtis was a former Director of the School of Music at 13 Union Quay, a position to which he was appointed in 1936. His daughters remember him with great fondness and recall his career in this recording. His favourite instruments were the piano and the organ, which he played in Holy Trinity Church for many years. He had a long and distinguished career, and overcame many challenges along the way. He will be best remembered for many developments in the School of Music including his introduction and support of the Suzuki Method of teaching and for his great enthusiasm for education and for music.


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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-51
Subject: Bernard Curtis remembered
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 51:42


Paul Connolly (b. 1944)

Paul Connolly (b. 1944)

Naas, Co. Kildare

2009

 

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The Osprey Hotel in Naas was the venue for this recording with Paul Connolly. The hotel was build on the site of The Apprentice School, which was a boarding school for boys run by the Army to educate and teach crafts to the students, aged 15 – 17 years from all over the country. Paul Connolly relates the circumstances which led to his attendance there as a student of mechanical engineering. He speaks about the schedule at the school, the various departments, such as mechanical engineering, woodworking and electrical. The school prepared its students for a trade as well as for an army career. In 1999 a reunion of his old class was organised, and it was fascinating for Paul to rediscover his comrades and to hear about their life experiences. In 1965 Paul bought himself out of the army and joined Aer Lingus as an aircraft fitter. In this recording he recounts all the aircraft which were in use by Aer Lingus in the 1960s, when all the maintenance work on the aircraft was undertaken manually. In 1968 the Viscount aircraft was replaced by the Boeing 737, which marked the beginning of the enormous changes which were to occur in Aer Lingus over the following years.


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Audio series: Kildare county, first series
Product ID: CDKD01-16
Subject: The apprentice school
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 52:33


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