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Mark Nugent (b. 1940)

Mark Nugent (b. 1940)

Dublin

2009

 

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At the age of 19, Offaly man Mark Nugent joined Bord na Móna and his first job was digging railway drains at Derrygreenagh Bog. In 1959 he joined the union when Christy Rochford was the local organiser. In the early days piece work was the norm and this was the incentive for hard work. Mark Nugent recalls the work conditions, the improvements over the years and the bonuses which were given. He also recalls his time as shop steward and discusses the pecking order which prevailed among the management and staff at the Bord. He maintains that the workers felt that being employed by Bord na Móna was a source of pride and became a way of life rather than just a job.


Number of files: 4
File size(s): 5.80 MB, 6.97 MB, 10.46 MB, 23.69 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-05
Subject: A shop steward remembers: former shop steward Bord Na Móna
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Connie and Joe Fahy, Dan Jones (part 1)

Connie and Joe Fahy, Dan Jones (part 1)

 

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It is fascinating to place on record the life stories of three Cork masons. These recordings are unique because they deal with the lives of two families, who for generations were involved in the building business. We look at the life of a mason, starting with his apprenticeship, and his use of his working tools. Samples of the barlog (masons’ dialogue) are recorded. The characters in the trade are recalled, as are the journey masons. Also discussed are the lean times and the good times in the masonry trade.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 45.90 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-50
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Connie and Joe Fahy, Dan Jones (part 2)

Connie and Joe Fahy, Dan Jones (part 2)

 

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Connie Fahy, the oldest in the group of three masons, has seen all the changes in the craft over the last half-century, and proudly speaks about the buildings in the city in whose construction he had been involved. Joe Fahy speaks about his craft as a bricklayer, and about the sources of the bricks and their differences in colour. Dan Jones’s contribution to the recording is an account of the difficulties of working outdoors in all weathers, and the dreadful drenchings they were subjected to. He discusses the men’s loyalty to the contractor in the production of the very best work.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 29.03 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-51
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Paddy Madden and Jim Fahy

Paddy Madden and Jim Fahy

Ballyphehane, Cork

 

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This recording was compiled in Paddy Maddens’ home at Ballyphehane in the company of Jim Fahy. The trade of the mason is discussed in a very enlightening manner, and all the changes which have taken place are outlined. The recording includes stories about block-laying, drystone walls and stonework in general, paving, tiling, kerbing, packing concrete, sewer work and gutters. The trade union, the language spoken among the masons (barlog), occupational hazards, and the sing-songs during work are all discussed and which provide a most informative insight into the lives of the masons.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 51.65 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-52
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Walter Coleman (aged 56), John Byrne (aged 54) and Beatrice Byrne (aged 50)

Walter Coleman (aged 56), John Byrne (aged 54) and Beatrice Byrne (aged 50)

Charlotte Street, Carlow town, and Dublin Street, Carlow town, Co. Carlow

2007

 

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I met Walter Coleman at Charlotte Street where his grandfather started a motor business in 1903. The building is the same as it was in those days and now houses a bike business. The Colemans have been in business in the town since 1859. My journey then took me to the Byrne family in Dublin Street, where stories were recalled about the old shopkeepers along Dublin Street in earlier days.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 49.93 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Carlow county, first series
Product ID: CDCW01-44
Subject: Carlow Town's old stock
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 54:39


Seamus Claffey (b. 1931)

Seamus Claffey (b. 1931)

Ferbane, Co. Offaly

2012

 

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Track 1: Being a member of the fifth generation of the Claffey family to operate a business in the Main Street in Ferbane. Grandfather and great-grandfather were blacksmiths and also plough makers and farriers. Described the forge, a long, thatched building with outbuildings and stables. Recalled the stables which were used to rest the horses overnight. Track 2: Recalled a number of local tradespeople of Ferbane – tailors, harness-makers and coach builders. Memories of his father, a horse dealer during the years of the Great War. The high rate of infant mortality in the 1930s, which included a number of his own siblings. Track 3: Memories of ‘The Emergency’ in Ireland, food rationing, horse traffic only on the roads, business in general in Ferbane being stable, due to the proximity of the bogland and the need for farriers. Track 4: Discussed the time when his grandfather began an undertaking business, using horse-drawn hearses, as did his father. Seamus himself subsequently took over this business. Track 5: The general health and nutrition of people down through five decades of the twentieth century, and the outbreak of tuberculosis, which devastated the lives of so many.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 10.68 MB, 11.44 MB, 4.34 MB, 8.33 MB, 6.76 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Offaly county, seventh series
Product ID: CDOF07-01
Subject: Blacksmith, undertaker
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore
Length: 45:14


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