Irish Life & Lore from Ireland

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.

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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. This fascinating project has now been completed and was launched by Minister Jimmy Deenihan at Dublin Castle on 13th November 2013. In all, 99 people were recorded. These include children, grandchildren and other close relatives of the revolutionaries of 1916. (Recordings: 111)
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. This fascinating project has now been completed and was launched by Minister Jimmy Deenihan at Dublin Castle on 13th November 2013. In all, 99 people were recorded. These include children, grandchildren and other close relatives of the revolutionaries of 1916. (Recordings: 111)
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. This fascinating project has now been completed and was launched by Minister Jimmy Deenihan at Dublin Castle on 13th November 2013. In all, 99 people were recorded. These include children, grandchildren and other close relatives of the revolutionaries of 1916. (Recordings: 111)
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. This fascinating project has now been completed and was launched by Minister Jimmy Deenihan at Dublin Castle on 13th November 2013. In all, 99 people were recorded. These include children, grandchildren and other close relatives of the revolutionaries of 1916. (Recordings: 111)
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

» Fieldwork is continuing on the 1916 Rising Collection Part II, which is funded by South Dublin, Fingal, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Councils, Kildare County Council and the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

» Offaly Collection: The Industrial Heritage, funded by Offaly Co. Council will be launched on Sunday 23rd August in Pullough.

» On Tuesday 15th September, a presentation on 'The Irish Country House and the Great War' collection will be given at Kilbhne Castle.

» At the RDS in Dublin at 6.30pm on 28th October, a presentation on our work will be given.

» Dr Helene O'Keeffe is working on her book To Speak of Easter Week, to be published by Mercier Press in Autumn 2015.  The book, supported by the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, will relate to the recordings compiled for the 1916 Rising Oral History Collection.

» Forty-six interviews in the Horse Racing Ireland Oral History Collection are now available for purchase.

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