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John Collins  (b. 1919)

John Collins (b. 1919)

Dun Laoghaire

2009

 

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John Collins grew up in Dun Laoghaire, where he spent most of his life. In his recording he recalls his involvement with the Associated Seed Growers during the Emergency period, his later involvement with the County Production Section, and later still, with the Turf Development Board. He witnessed the inception of Bord na Móna, and the setting up of its administrative structure. John Collins began work for Bord na Móna in the Accounts Department in Dublin at the age of 28. He details the circumstances of his later appointment as Assistant to the Chief Engineer Paddy Cogan, and the work that this position entailed. He spent almost all of his long working life with Bord na Móna and much time in the later years working with the unions.


Number of files: 6
File size(s): 9.86 MB, 10.19 MB, 9.36 MB, 16.61 MB, 7.86 MB, 14.06 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-02
Subject: Integrity in business: former deputy chief executive and secretary, Bord Na Móna
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Length:


James Martin (b. 1915)

James Martin (b. 1915)

Dublin

2009

 

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Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick is the birthplace of Jimmy Martin, who at 22 years of age, graduated as a mechanical engineer from University College Dublin. He began work with the Turf Development Board in 1946. He has in his possession some early drawings, illustrations and photographs of the machinery to be used in the production of milled peat in the midland bogs, and he recalls his determination to have peat briquettes produced from these bogs. With the assistance of his daughter Mary, he discusses his tenure as assistant manager at Lullymore, the Nissen huts, the migrants, the mechanisation of the work on the bogs, and the purchase of 500 Massey Ferguson tractors in the early days.


Number of files: 7
File size(s): 6.73 MB, 6.11 MB, 6.17 MB, 2.59 MB, 6.65 MB, 8.02 MB, 30.20 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-09
Subject: Bord na Móna – the early days: former engineer with Bord Na Móna
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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John ‘Davey’ Nolan (b. 1926)

John ‘Davey’ Nolan (b. 1926)

Lyrecrompane, Co. Kerry

2009

 

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In 1938 The Turf Development Board began work at Lyrecrompane and in 1946 local man John ‘Davey’ Nolan began his working life there. He was initially employed as a labourer at Carrigcannon and shortly afterwards he was promoted to driver at Lyrecrompane. During this recording Davey walked through afforested land which was the location in the earlier days of Lyrecrompane Bog and he describes the area which encompassed the highest blanket bog which was owned by Bord na Móna. He also provides details of the local placenames and their meanings. He recalls that during his time with the Bord the workforce comprised of a couple of hundred men and included some Travellers at various times. ‘Davey’ Nolan spent 37 years driving the locos up and down the bogland and he remembers clearly the management and staff with whom he worked over those years.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 8.83 MB, 6.29 MB, 11.84 MB, 9.69 MB, 14.65 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-22
Subject: Thirty-seven years with the Bord: former locomotive driver, Bord Na Móna
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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John Daly (b. 1934), and Kathleen Dennehy, nee Daly (b. 1937)

John Daly (b. 1934), and Kathleen Dennehy, nee Daly (b. 1937)

Kilcummin and Miltown, Co. Kerry

2009

 

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Christopher Daly was a Kerryman born in Kilcummin in 1921. He joined the Turf Development Board in his early days and was to become a famous turf cutter, who was known for his skill and strength. Christopher’s brother John declares that at the height of his powers Christopher could throw up 98 sods of turf a minute during the course of his day’s work. Both of Christopher’s siblings, John and Kathleen, were recorded in the old Daly home in Kilcummin, near Killarney. They explain that Christopher was the oldest of nine children in the family and when John Daly was seven years old, Christopher went to live with his maternal grandparents, the Lawlors in Gueeveguilla. A few years later he bade farewell to his family, and left for the midlands to join the Turf Development Board, and was never to return to his native county. His two siblings recall the day a letter from Christopher arrived at the Daly home in Kilcummin, telling of his decision to marry a lady who was working at Newbridge headquarters, and who was of the Protestant faith. When approval for the marriage was withheld by his parents and grandparents, Christopher married his fiancée, and they left for England, never to return home again.


Number of files: 5
File size(s): 2.44 MB, 7.69 MB, 4.92 MB, 11.87 MB, 4.88 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-26
Subject: The late Christopher Daly
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Willie Hayes (aged 84)

Willie Hayes (aged 84)

Kilcoltrim, Borris, Co. Carlow

2007

 

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I visited the home of the Hayeses, a house built in 1911 by the local council. I spoke to Willie Hayes and his wife Maura, and recorded many stories about the house itself, where Sinn Féin courts used to sit. In the early 1940s, Willie moved up to north Offaly and Kildare to work for the Turf Development Board, during the months of February to October. Here he met many contemporaries from all over the country. We also spoke about emigration from the local area, and Willie's time in the Labour Party, which he joined at the age of 16.


Number of files: 1
File size(s): 39.55 MB
Bitrate: 128 kbps
Download time limit: 48 hours

Audio series: Carlow county, first series
Product ID: CDCW01-36
Subject: The memories of a small farmer
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Length: 43:17


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