Irish Life & Lore – Audio Recordings and Books

Through our decades of work in the compilation of audio recordings and books, thousands of Irish voices from all regions of the country have been captured and archived for the future. We document Irish local, national and social history, along with her unique culture, customs and traditions.

 

In February 2012, the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht supported us in the compilation of an oral history collection of interviews relating to the 1916 Rising. Now a further 134 recordings have been added. In all, over 200 people have been recorded. These include children, grandchildren and other close relatives of the revolutionaries of 1916.
In February 2012, the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht supported us in the compilation of an oral history collection of interviews relating to the 1916 Rising. Now a further 134 recordings have been added. In all, over 200 people have been recorded. These include children, grandchildren and other close relatives of the revolutionaries of 1916.
In the audio collection of Witnesses to Independence (previously known as ‘Recollections of 1916 and its Aftermath - Echoes from History’) and this accompanying book, Maurice O'Keeffe and Jane O'Hea O'Keeffe capture the atmosphere of our revolutionary period. Those interviewed were good story-tellers. They recalled incidents which impacted vividly on their young minds and imaginations. For the most part the events they remembered were dark.
For the very first time, families from many of Ireland's old country houses will come together to celebrate and commemorate the memory of family members who took up arms in the Great War. Many of these Irish men and women were destined never to see their homes or loved ones again. (Recordings: 56)
The launch of this Collection took place at the Great Southern Hotel,Parknasilla, Co. Kerry, on Monday October 20th 2014. See ‘Project provides insight into Kerry hotel industry’ in The Kerryman, October 15th 2014. (Recordings: 19)
Within the covers of Racing Reflections – The Lives and Times of Irish Racing People, the life experiences of twenty-five extraordinary people are narrated in their own unique voices. (Recordings: 46)
The Great Houses of Ireland. Much has been written in both literature and history about the Great Houses of Ireland and their inhabitants, architecture and effect on Ireland's history. With these collections, Irish Life and Lore present the voices of those who lived in these houses. (Recordings: 121)
This book relates to 45 recordings compiled and produced by Maurice O'Keeffe. Included with the book is an hour-long CD, giving snippets of each of the recordings. The voices on the original recordings, which can be heard on 42 individual CDs, each of approximately one hour in length, are marvellous in their variety and depth of knowledge.
In February 2012, the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht supported us in the compilation of an oral history collection of interviews relating to the 1916 Rising. Now a further 134 recordings have been added. In all, over 200 people have been recorded. These include children, grandchildren and other close relatives of the revolutionaries of 1916.
In February 2012, the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht supported us in the compilation of an oral history collection of interviews relating to the 1916 Rising. Now a further 134 recordings have been added. In all, over 200 people have been recorded. These include children, grandchildren and other close relatives of the revolutionaries of 1916.
In the audio collection of Witnesses to Independence (previously known as ‘Recollections of 1916 and its Aftermath - Echoes from History’) and this accompanying book, Maurice O'Keeffe and Jane O'Hea O'Keeffe capture the atmosphere of our revolutionary period. Those interviewed were good story-tellers. They recalled incidents which impacted vividly on their young minds and imaginations. For the most part the events they remembered were dark.
For the very first time, families from many of Ireland's old country houses will come together to celebrate and commemorate the memory of family members who took up arms in the Great War. Many of these Irish men and women were destined never to see their homes or loved ones again. (Recordings: 56)
The launch of this Collection took place at the Great Southern Hotel,Parknasilla, Co. Kerry, on Monday October 20th 2014. See ‘Project provides insight into Kerry hotel industry’ in The Kerryman, October 15th 2014. (Recordings: 19)
Within the covers of Racing Reflections – The Lives and Times of Irish Racing People, the life experiences of twenty-five extraordinary people are narrated in their own unique voices. (Recordings: 46)
The Great Houses of Ireland. Much has been written in both literature and history about the Great Houses of Ireland and their inhabitants, architecture and effect on Ireland's history. With these collections, Irish Life and Lore present the voices of those who lived in these houses. (Recordings: 121)
This book relates to 45 recordings compiled and produced by Maurice O'Keeffe. Included with the book is an hour-long CD, giving snippets of each of the recordings. The voices on the original recordings, which can be heard on 42 individual CDs, each of approximately one hour in length, are marvellous in their variety and depth of knowledge.

News

» The 1916 Rising Oral History Collections Parts I and II, which is funded by South Dublin, Fingal, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown and County Kildare Councils and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, was presented to the National Library of Ireland on January 21st 2016.
The Collection is comprised of 245 hour-long audio recordings which were compiled with the sons, daughters, grandchildren and other close relatives of those central to events at Easter 1916.  Also included in the project is a 450 page illustrated and indexed volume which provides a synopsis of the content of each of the recordings.

» AUDIO VISUAL PRESENTATIONS
During 2016, presentations will be given by Maurice O'Keeffe on the compilation of the 1916 Rising Collection, which will include sound clips and historical images.
October, University of Oulu, Finland. Nordic Irish Studies Network, October 7-8 2016
Please contact us at: info@irishlifeandlore.com if you are interested in discussing the hosting of a presentation.

» RECORDINGS RECENTLY COMPILED
Royal Dublin Society Collection - Dr Roy Johnston PhD FInstP CIEI; John O'Brien (nephew of artist Patrick Tuohy RHA)
South Dublin Co. Library - Redmond O'Hanlon (The River Dodder)
Offaly Co. Council - Michael Bulfin (Son of Éamonn Bulfin - 1916 Rising)
Offaly Co. Council - Sylvester Donlon, Gallen, Ferbane (Brickmaking)
Donncha Ó Corráin (Irish Medieval History)

25 recordings have now been compiled and catalogued for The Adare Manor and Village oral history collection, which will be completed later in August.  The people recorded include Lady Dunraven, Caroline Marchioness of Waterford, Lady Melissa Brooke, Mollie Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury, Obbie Waller, Ellen O'Brien, Milo Spillane, Michael Ryan, Lizzie O'Dea, the daughters of butler to the Dunravens, the late Robert Leech, and many others.

Battle of the Somme

To mark the centenary of 1 July 1916 – the first day of the Battle of the Somme – we have compiled some sound clips from The Irish Country House and the Great War Collection. Listen to these here.

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