Since 1990, over 3,000 hours of audio recordings have been produced by Maurice and Jane O'Keeffe of Tralee, Co. Kerry, for their Irish Life and Lore Series. It was realised that the preservation of the unique oral heritage and the voices of Ireland was of the utmost importance, and so the work began.
The audio recordings have been compiled into Collections of approximately 40 sets, according to the area or the topic with which they are concerned. Each Collection is accompanied by an illustrated and indexed catalogue. All the audio recordings are produced in digital MP3 format, with catalogue in PDF. The recordings are also available on disk (CDs and DVDs) or they may be downloaded.
The work is normally commissioned by Irish Local Authorities, public bodies or institutions, private companies or individual groups.
The subjects covered in the recordings range far and wide, depending on the people recorded, and the places and times in which they have lived. A great many of the elderly people recorded over the past twenty years have now passed away, but their unique voices discussing their life experiences have been preserved for the future, through the work of the Irish Life and Lore Series.
Interviews from counties now recorded
are: Carlow, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Limerick, Offaly, Meath, Tipperary and Wexford.
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Focussing on particular areas, books have been published using the recordings and also related photographs.
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