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.

» The Field Hospital at Merrion Square and the Defence of Trinity College at Easter 1916 Oral History Collection The Field Hospital at Merrion Square and the Defence of Trinity College at Easter 1916 Oral History Collection was launched on Thursday, March 24th, at the dlr Lexicon.  During the Rising, No. 40 Merrion Square Dublin was converted into a field hospital by ENT specialist Sir Robert Woods, who lived with his family at No. 39 and ran his medical practice.  His daughter Molly later married Professor Gilbert Waterhouse who was involved in the defence of Trinity College during the Rising, as a member of the Officer Training Corps. 
During the following years, No. 39 Merrion Square became the location of the British Embassy until it was attacked and burned in February 1972 in the wake of the Bloody Sunday killings in Derry. The building is now owned by the ESB.
This project is comprised of four audio recordings compiled with Robert Woods, grandson of Robert Woods sr., Dorothy Dunlop, daughter of Gilbert and Molly Waterhouse, H.E. Dominick Chilcott, British Ambassador to Ireland and Wendy Doak, an employee of the British Embassy who witnessed its destruction in 1972.   A 45 minute audio visual video and illustrated catalogue in hard copy accompany the audio 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.
April 13        Ballyroan Library, South Co. Dublin, Presentation 7pm
April 15        Blackpool Library, Cork, Presentation 11am
April 15        Bishopstown Library, Cork,  Presentation 2.30pm
April 21        Clondalkin Library, South Co. Dublin, Presentation 7pm
April 22        Tory Top Library, Ballyphenane, Cork, 12.15pm
April 24        Lusk, Round Tower GAA Club, 4.30pm
April 27        City Library, John's Quay, Kilkenny, 7pm
April 28        Loughboy Shopping Centre, Kilkenny Libraries, morning (schools)
May 18         Cork Co. Library HQ, Carrigrohane Rd, 1pm
May 26-28    XV International Conference of the Spanish Association for Irish Studies, University of Zaragoza, Spain
June 8          Cavan Co. Library, time to be confirmed
August 22-28 Heritage Week, Roscommon Library (details to follow)

Please contact us at: info@irishlifeandlore.com if you are interested in discussing the hosting of a presentation.
Listen to sound clips from the 1916 Rising Oral History Collection each day on the Irish Independent digital edition at this link: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/1916/

Work has just begun on a new oral history project for the RDS, for which a selected number of members will be recorded.  More details to follow.

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