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Brendan Goggin

Brendan Goggin

2008

 

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Brendan Goggin retired this year (2008) from the Cork Institute of Technology having spent 15 years as Registrar there. The recording focused initially on the topic of Brendan’s background. His family was involved in the P.J. Goggin and Co. milling business on Deane Street, in the production of calf meal. He describes the farming community and the milling business, and its direction with the farming community. His father died young, leaving his mother with eight children to rear in demanding circumstances. Brendan recalls his schooldays, when he experienced teaching excellence at the local national school in Mayfield and the Christian Brothers College in the city centre which he attended. He talks in great detail about his time as a student in UCC, and his involvement there with the Students’ Union. He witnessed dramatic changes in society and a huge stir within the college. Professor Fr James Good was removed by the Roman Catholic Bishop from his post of teaching Medical Ethics because of his views. Brendan also speaks about his own teaching career in the Cork Regional Technical College (later CIT), which spanned nearly four decades.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 65.59 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-36
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Ted Crosbie (part 1)

Ted Crosbie (part 1)

Cork city

2009

 

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Track 1: His ancestral background and the family involvement with the ‘Cork Examiner’. The politics of the Crosbies and the burning of the newspaper offices in the 1920s. Track 2: A description of Woodlands House, Montenotte, where he was brought up. The Whitaker family, his mother’s people. Track 3: Joining the engineering department of the newspaper in 1949. Track 4: The Emergency period in Cork, and his father’s involvement in manoeuvres. Track 5: He discusses his first cousin George Crosbie, who joined the newspaper in 1948, the directorship at that time, and an account of printing in those days. Track 6: The introduction of the computer to the business, and the retraining of staff. This interview has been published in the Irish Life and Lore pubication "Chronicles of Cork".


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 13.13 MB, 19.73 MB, 5.84 MB, 6.40 MB, 21.37 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork Theatrical Collection
Product ID: CDCKCY02-37
Subject: The ‘Cork Examiner’ newspaper
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 58:03


Ted Crosbie (part 2)

Ted Crosbie (part 2)

Cork city

2009

 

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Track 1: Print media today, and the enormous changes which have come about. Track 2: The changes in photographic technology. Track 3: His conversations with Margaret Thatcher. Track 4: His views on the internet today. His great interest in the performing arts and his close association with the late Charlie Hennessy.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 5.72 MB, 6.28 MB, 6.29 MB, 7.01 MB, 19.43 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork Theatrical Collection
Product ID: CDCKCY02-38
Subject: The ‘Irish Examiner’ and personal recollections
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 39:02


Larry Poland (b. 1934), former Head of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (part 2)

Larry Poland (b. 1934), former Head of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (part 2)

2009

 

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This recording with Larry Poland begins as he discusses the advances in courses up to doctoral level in the Institute of Technology in 1992. He talks about the great success stories of some of his students, his own input into the setting up of EMC in Cork, and the involvement of the IDA in the setting up of new companies in the Cork region and elsewhere in Ireland during the 1980s and 1990s. He also discusses his great interest in music.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 32.16 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-12
Subject: Advances in engineering technology
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 35:14


Larry Poland (b. 1934), former Head of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (part 3)

Larry Poland (b. 1934), former Head of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (part 3)

2009

 

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Larry Poland began part-time technician courses for the repair of radios and televisions in the 1960s and points out that there were very few televisions in Ireland at that time. It is interesting to hear him describe the changeover from black and white television technology to colour. Other courses included apprentice, to technician, to higher technician, to honours bachelor degrees, to master degrees, to doctoral qualifications as well as post-doctoral activities. He recalls his involvement with the VEC and its CEO Paddy Parfrey. It is fascinating to hear him speak about his position as a senior figure in the College after the setting up of the RTC, and the move to Bishopstown. He has a profound interest in the arts, particularly music, and has great knowledge of the science and technology associated with music.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 65.58 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-13
Subject: The establishment of technical courses at the RTC
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 71:49


TOM DUFF, BORN 1945, FORMER ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

TOM DUFF, BORN 1945, FORMER ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

2010

 

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Tom Duff was initially a lecturer in Bolton Street and served as Academic Registrar of the Institute from 1985 until his retirement in 2009. He is a native of Belfast, and in the recording he discusses his background and early education. Having attended the Royal Naval College in Portsmouth for three years as an apprentice, he returned to Belfast and worked as a draughtsman for some years. He then began his studies in Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University, and from 1972 he worked with Harland and Wolff where he remained for three years. He then lectured and was later appointed Head of the Engineering Department at the Regional Technical College in Dundalk. He discusses his work as Academic Registrar in great detail in this interview. His responsibilities included the co-ordination and management of the Academic Council as well as involvement with the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland. He discusses the transition from the City of Dublin VEC to the DIT and the challenges this entailed. The changes which came about in his post over the years, and the highs and lows experienced during his career as he sees them, are all examined in this recording.


Number of files: 6
File size(s): 13.14 MB, 3.52 MB, 10.55 MB, 3.00 MB, 9.19 MB, 9.08 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDDNIT-01
Subject:
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 53:02


ROBBIE BURNS, BORN 1943, FORMER HEAD OF SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT OF BUSINESS FACULTY

ROBBIE BURNS, BORN 1943, FORMER HEAD OF SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT OF BUSINESS FACULTY

2010

 

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Robbie Burns is a native of Larne, where he received his initial education, and in 1962 he began his studies in Applied Mathematics and the Sciences in Queen’s University. On graduation, he gained employment with the Smurfit organisation and in 1978 he was appointed to a post in the College of Commerce, Rathmines. He started the first digital computer class for business students in the college using the PDP II computer, and the students numbered 25 initially. It was a Certificate course, and the students then went forward to a Diploma course. He discusses the fact that this was supported by European funding, and that his course marked the beginnings of commercial computing, in what were exciting and challenging times in education. In 1987 he was appointed Head of the School of Management, and he discusses his time in this post until his retirement in 2008. He also gives his views on the City of Dublin VEC involvement with the nascent National Institute of Higher Education on the Ballymun project and the subsequent formation of DIT.


Number of files: 8
File size(s): 6.40 MB, 6.05 MB, 8.17 MB, 2.46 MB, 4.26 MB, 2.32 MB, 10.22 MB, 14.66 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDDNIT-02
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 59:40


TOMMY SCOTT, BORN 1941, FORMER ASSISTANT HEAD OF SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

TOMMY SCOTT, BORN 1941, FORMER ASSISTANT HEAD OF SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

2010

 

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Tommy Scott grew up in central Dublin. In this recording he details his early education and his love of science. In 1960 he was employed by the Rotunda Hospital as a laboratory technician, and three years later he moved to a technician’s post in the Royal College of Surgeons. He attended classes in Biochemical Sciences at the Children’s Hospital in Crumlin and qualified in Microbiology. Two years later he was appointed senior technician in the College of Surgeons. In 1967 he became a senior technologist in the Federated Voluntary Hospitals, working in the Adelaide and Mercy Hospitals, and at this time he began his tenure as a part-time lecturer in microbiology in Kevin Street. He discusses the issues of importance in Kevin Street, the transition to DIT and the great courses and the great changes which occurred during the 1980s. In 1997, he was appointed Assistant Head of School, where he remained until his retirement.


Number of files: 8
File size(s): 5.75 MB, 2.13 MB, 8.88 MB, 4.58 MB, 5.92 MB, 9.48 MB, 11.38 MB, 21.84 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDDNIT-03
Subject:
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 76:33


TOM AMBROSE, BORN 1933, FORMER ASSISTANT HEAD OF DEPARTMENT MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

TOM AMBROSE, BORN 1933, FORMER ASSISTANT HEAD OF DEPARTMENT MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

2010

 

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Newcastlewest, Co Limerick is the birthplace of Tom Ambrose. He recalls his early days, his initial education, and his graduation in Mathematical Science from UCD. In 1956, he began work in London for De Havilland Limited, where he remained for two years, and in 1957 he returned to Ireland and gained employment as a teacher in Electrical Engineering in Kevin Street. At that time in Ireland, technicians were in huge demand. He discusses the structure of the academic system in the college at that time. He also lectured in Mathematics and Physics at UCD, by special permission of Hugh de Lacy, Principal of Kevin Street. He provides his views on Dr Patrick Hillery and Donagh O’Malley, and the changes these men instigated in education in Ireland in the 1960s. He retired in 1996 having spent 39 years in the academic field.


Number of files: 9
File size(s): 4.80 MB, 9.96 MB, 7.99 MB, 7.62 MB, 7.11 MB, 3.30 MB, 4.47 MB, 3.08 MB, 9.76 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDDNIT-04
Subject:
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 62:27


NELL KANE, BORN 1918, FORMER TEACHER, COLLEGE OF MUSIC, CHATHAM ROW (Part 1)

NELL KANE, BORN 1918, FORMER TEACHER, COLLEGE OF MUSIC, CHATHAM ROW (Part 1)

2010

 

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Nell Kane was recorded in Wicklow town, where she lives. She discusses her early life, growing up in Dublin, and attending, at the age of ten, the Municipal School of Music. She gained her Diploma in Music from Trinity College of Music London and she began her part-time teaching career at Mount Mellerary. She later taught at Muckross Park, Sion Hill, Cross and Passion Kilcullen and Christian Brothers in Crumlin. Her instruments were the cello, the viola and the violin. She formed an orchestra which went on to win a cup at Feis Ceoil. She taught in the College of Music on a part-time basis until her 79th year. She discusses the appreciation of music which has always existed in Dublin, though in the past, more appreciation but less opportunity existed. She also recalls her membership of the Legion of Mary during her youth in Dublin. In the second section of the recording Nell Kane explains that she was a founder member of the Students’ Union. She also discusses the Irish language, and Irish music, and discusses her views during her earlier days. In the 1950s she was appointed the first teacher in a new music initiative to teach music in schools in rural Co Wicklow. She discusses this in great and interesting detail. She also recalls her own orchestra and playing for a broadcast from the Radio Éireann studios in Henry Street. The strike which lasted for 13 weeks in 1976 in the College of Music is also recalled in this recording.


Number of files: 7
File size(s): 7.97 MB, 2.88 MB, 4.56 MB, 10.16 MB, 9.18 MB, 3.95 MB, 12.86 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Dublin Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDDNIT-05
Subject:
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length: 56:25 / 44:17


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