Great Houses of Ireland
There are now two collections of interviews relating to the history of Great Houses in Ireland. A third series of interviews is in preparation.
The Great Houses of Cork and Kerry, first Collection, comprising 51 interviews are available for download. This series was launched at Fota House in 2011.
The Great Houses of Ireland, second Collection (70 interviews) is now available for purchase. It was compiled in the counties of Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Tipperary; this project was also generously funded by FEXCO. The launch was on April 18 2012 at the National Library of Ireland.
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Published by Mercier Press.
Over the past three years, Maurice and Jane O'Keeffe of Irish Life and Lore have been compiling in audio the oral history of the families connected with the Great Houses of Ireland. The audio archive was launched at the National Library of Ireland in April 2012, and is now housed at the Library, at Trinity College and in other libraries around Ireland.
Utilising information gathered in the archive, Voices from the Great Houses: Cork and Kerry, has been written by Jane O'Keeffe and published by Mercier Press. This work was also kindly supported by Fexco Financial Services and by the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht. For more about this book ...
Mr Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht launched the book on April 6 2013 at Muckross House, Killarney, Co. Kerry.
The book launch is part of an event organised for The Gathering Ireland 2013. The event at Muckross House marked an important occasion in Irish social history as it will bring together many of the families of the Irish Great Houses.