The Kerry Hospitality Industry Collection
Our latest oral history series is the Kerry Hospitality Industry Collection.
The 1916 Rising Oral History Collection
Price: €26 Catalogue (text and colour photos) (incl €6 postage & packaging)
In February 2012, the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht and South Dublin County Council 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 TD 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. Valuable historical and personal information can now be accessed through this oral history collection. Not alone are personal experiences during Easter Week 1916 described in detail, explanations of the reasons why people participated in the Rising are also provided. Also heard are personal views on the sacrifice involved, the pain endured and the post-traumatic stress suffered in some cases. The absence of discussion by the revolutionaries on their involvement, in later years, is discussed, and the sense of responsibility to their historical legacy felt by their descendants, is explored.
Also included in the oral history collection are some early interviews of central figures in the Rising. These recordings were donated to the project by their families, who also generously contributed many historical documents and photographs.
Great Houses of Ireland
Voices from the Great Houses of Cork and Kerry, by Jane O'Keeffe. Published by Mercier Press, 2013.
The Great Houses of Cork and Kerry, first Collection (51 interviews) is now available for purchase by download or on CDs. This series was launched at Fota House in 2011.
The Great Houses of Ireland, second Collection (70 interviews) is now available for purchase by download or on CDs. It was compiled in the counties of Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Tipperary; this project was also generously funded by FEXCO. The launch took place in April 2012 at the National Library of Ireland.
Urban Districts of Tralee and Killarney
The two Collections on the Urban District of Killarney and the Urban District of Tralee are now completed and may be browsed online. Town Councillors and also people from both towns have been recorded. The Tralee Collection was launched on 10th May at Tralee Town Hall and the Killarney Collection was launched at Killarney Town Hall on 19th May 2014.
Listen to some sound bites from the Reflections on the Urban District of Killarney here.