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Fiona Brennan and Prof. Howard Slaughter

Fiona Brennan and Prof. Howard Slaughter

September 2002

 

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This recording relate details of the life and work of Listowel playwright George Fitzmaurice.


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Audio series: Cork county (Duhallow), third series
Product ID: CDCK03-41
Subject: Playwright George Fitzmaurice
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 50:00


Dan Donovan (part 1)

Dan Donovan (part 1)

 

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Dan Donovan was born in Ballincollig in 1926. His father was an ex-Royal Irish Constabulary man from Glandore in west Cork and his mother was a teacher who came from a family with a very strong teaching tradition. Dan Donovan went to school in Presentation College in Cork, and later taught there. In first recording, Dan speaks about his involvement with the Irish Dramatic Society, about joining the Local Defence Force during the Emergency period and organising the production of plays in the school each year with the students. He fondly recalls Dermot Breen and the growth of the drama festival from the 1940s onwards which evolved into the Everyman Theatre. He also speaks about how his perspective changed after 1959 following the setting up of a company which worked with John B. Keane on the production of ‘Sive’.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-01
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Dan Donovan (part 2)

Dan Donovan (part 2)

 

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In the relaxed atmosphere of Dan Donovan’s home, this recording began with memories of the Fleischmann family. Dr Fleischmann conducted the Cathedral choir all his life, and his wife Tilly was a distinguished concert pianist with whom Dan worked. He also spoke at great length about Dr Aloys Fleischmann’s son Aloys Jnr, who became the youngest Professor of Music in UCC. He was an inspirational man and a wonderful organist with an ambitious outlook. As Dan put it, he was responsible for fostering most of the general culture of the city. Dan speaks about his own involvement, which included his presidency of the Choral Festival, his involvement in the Students’ Arts Society, his Directorship of Music for the Cork Operatic Society, and also his work in the Cork Film Festival. Despite all these activities he still found time to enjoy his sailing.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-02
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Dan Donovan (part 3)

Dan Donovan (part 3)

 

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In this recording Dan Donovan focuses on his teaching career. He recalls his own schooldays at the Presentation Brothers’ School in the Mardyke, from 1932. Teachers such as Connie Buckley made a great impression on him and Dan achieved first place in Ireland in English. He also recalls at great length his student days in UCC, speaks about his teaching career, and the formation of a guild to perform some magnificent plays. The people who came together to achieve this were all fondly remembered. He recalls the followers of the amateur movement, the drama festivals, and the burgeoning interest in choral singing, drama and sculpture.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
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Harold Johnston

Harold Johnston

 

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This recording was compiled in Harold Johnston’s home, which is itself a museum of memorabilia associated with the theatrical movement in Cork. He talks about his own background – he qualified as a chartered accountant in 1943, and joined Hall and Green’s (in the grain business) on the quays, where later Nat Ross (removal services) operated. His total commitment to the Cork Opera House down through the years is quite evident in this recording. He recalls the many performances at the old Opera House, before it burnt down on December 12 1955. It is wonderful to hear his clear recollections of the twice-nightly performances in the old days, with actors and actresses such as Jimmy O’Dea and Maureen Potter and in later years, Jack Cruise and Douglas Fairbanks. He maintains that it was extraordinary that a resident orchestra would play every night in the pit at the old Opera House. He became Chairman of the Opera House after the tenure of Bill Twomey and when he retired, the late Charlie Hennessy took his position, and continued to make a great success of the Opera House during his time. Harold reminisces while browsing through some of his scrapbooks, talking about the highs and lows of the Opera House, and the magnificent work done in the collection of funds to build the present Opera House.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-04
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Jim Queally

Jim Queally

 

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Jim Queally began this recording with a description of the street where he grew up, and his childhood days. He gives a chronological account of his life, talking about his fond childhood memories of touring theatres and watching the ‘fit ups’, the travelling companies which brought entertainment to the rural parts of Ireland. His introduction to theatre came as a volunteer working backstage in the old Playhouse in Limerick. He went on to do poster painting for cinemas, and then emigrated to England for a short time to work as assistant stage manager, and he also played small parts in productions there. Returning to Cork in 1964, he worked as a display manager in Queen’s Old Castle, until he got employment with the Theatre of the South Group. In 1970 he worked as an actor in Bunratty Castle. Recorded are many comical anecdotes associated with this part of his life as he recalled some American visitors to the Castle. He returned to Cork to work for Cash’s as a window display manager in the city. Jim also speaks about his involvement in theatre in more recent times.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
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Charlie Hennessy

Charlie Hennessy

Bon Secours Hospital, Cork

 

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This recording was made in the Bon Secours Hospital, Cork, during the last weeks of Charlie Hennessy’s long and eventful life. His courage and enthusiasm for all things cultural was quite evident in this recording. Charlie Hennessy grew up in George’s Quay. His father was a blacksmith who provided the service of rubbish collection for Cork Corporation. Charlie attended Presentation College, and he recalled his time in education. The recording continued with his great memories of the Cork Opera House, and his position there as Chairman. He said that Cork was a great opera city and recalled that the Opera House would be packed every Monday night. He gave great credit to the James Stack School of Music. Charlie explained how he became the first ‘Cha’, and performed in the stage shows. He had fond memories of the old original Opera House, and of the great outpouring of emotion and feelings of loss when it was burnt down. He also spoke about the trust-fund set up by the Cork people, and of his great ambition to turn the Opera House into a municipal theatre owned by City Hall. This is indeed a most valuable recording, compiled with one of Cork’s most beloved citizens.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-06
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Frank Duggan

Frank Duggan

 

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Frank Duggan’s breakthrough after his amateur career began when he was given the opportunity to perform a comic piece on the television show ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’ from 1969 to 1981. He recalls how he and his partner, Michael Twomey originally came together and he also speaks in great detail about his stage techniques. He recalls that at one time there were seven pantomimes in Cork city being performed simultaneously, as well as a concert every Sunday night. He places a strong emphasis on the Cork accent and its inflexions, and continues by talking about how stage performers have changed so much over the years, as professionalism has taken over from the amateur approach. He describes the day shows and the scriptwriters, who were extremely talented. He also details the reasons why he never became a professional actor.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
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Michael Twomey

Michael Twomey

 

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This recording was compiled in the Everyman Palace Theatre as Michael Twomey provides a history of the Palace Theatre. He recalls his introduction to theatre, which originated with the James Stack School, and his mother’s great interest in his development in the field of acting. He speaks about his own background, and his schooldays with his friend Charlie Hennessy. He has huge admiration for Dan Donovan, Dermot Breen and Father O’Flynn. He also gives a very detailed description of how the ‘Cha and Miah’ team came about, and the formation of the Theatre of the South Group in 1959, a company which he joined. He concludes by talking about the Cork accent, and its nuances and rhythms.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-08
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Billa O'Connell (part 1)

Billa O'Connell (part 1)

 

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This recording was made in George’s Quay, not far from where Billa O’Connell worked with Beamishes as a travelling salesman, and prior to that delivering for Thompsons. He recalls his family’s background in market gardening and the early part of his career as an actor, performing in small halls, and his nervousness before each performance. He performed in pantomime for 51 years. In the Father Mathew Hall at the age of 17, he was first asked to play the dame, a part he was to play over and over again. The aspect of repetition in playing in shows night after night never seemed to dull his interest. He married at the age of 25, and he fondly recalls meeting his future wife. This recording provides descriptions of the slang words associated with acting, the characters, and the work involved in producing the pantomimes. He has a lasting memory of rehearsing for ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ in the Opera House on December 12 1955, the day the Opera House burnt down.


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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-09
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