The Chronicles of Cork - An Oral Record features ten of the people recorded for the three Cork Collections. The book is edited by Jane O'Keeffe and published in June 2010.
Our own personal geographies, combined with our unique histories, form the building blocks of the people we become. In these Chronicles, Cork is the keystone.
Ted Crosbie recalls his business and sporting life, while Fr James Good discusses his extraordinary career in Cork and his missionary work in Kenya. The late Charlie Hennessy, though very unwell, generously detailed his great love of his native city and of the arts. Terry Layton and Christy McCarthy humourously revisit their long careers as teachers at the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute, and later at the RTC in Bishopstown. Rosalie Moloney, former principal of St Angela's College, looks at the history of this fine school on St Patrick's Hill. Prof. John A. Murphy provides excellent detail of his early life, and of his distinguished career at UCC, and Joe O'Driscoll, retired boatbuilder, recalls the “artists in wood” with whom he worked. Maighréad Ó Murchadha discusses her life with her late husband, sculptor Seamus Murphy, and their friendship with the Fleischmann family, while Gretta Sexton relives her thrilling evenings of theatrical performance at various venues around Cork, and the great encouragement of producer Jim Stack. Finally, former teacher and politician Máirín Quill discusses her wholehearted adoption by the people of Cork, and her long political career. 206 pages.
Voices from Great Houses – Cork and Kerry
Edited by Jane O'Keeffe. The contextualised voices of the descendants of the families who lived, or still live, in some of the Great Houses in Cork and Kerry may be heard through the pages of the book, as they discuss their family history and their immediate predecessors, their family experiences during the War of Independence and the Civil War, their love for their Irish heritage, their feelings of sometimes being displaced, and many other fascinating subjects.
Recollections of 1916 and its Aftermath
This project consists of 33 CDs of recollections of the 1916-1922 period, recorded and edited by Maurice O'Keeffe. The interviewees are people who lived through that period, or their direct descendants, who speak of the experiences of their parents, who lived in various parts of Ireland. The CDs are accompanied by a book entitled Recollections of 1916 and its Aftermath, written by Jane O'Hea O'Keeffe, Tralee, which details aspects of each recording and provides many illustrations of photographs and letters not previously available in the public arena.
The Premier County of Tipperary - Living Voices
The book relates to 45 recordings compiled and produced by Maurice O'Keeffe, over the past five years. Included with the book is an hour-long CD, giving snippets of each of the recordings. This book is written by Jane O'Hea O'Keeffe.
A Pictorial History of Tralee
This book contains over 100 photographs of Tralee and its vicinity, the majority of which have never been published before. The pictures are accompanied by a lucid and informative commentary which ranges from the Neolithic to the first half of the 20th century. The main developments in the history of the town, since its foundation in the 13th century, are covered in some detail. There is also a great deal of new material on such diverse topics as the Slieve Mish, the May Boys, the 19th-century merchant princes, and the Mount Hawk Races. You can also read about the three Spa fishermen who were awarded medals for a heroic rescue in Tralee Bay, and "The Liberator" - the Tralee-bred horse who came second and third in five attempts at the Grand National. A Pictorial History of Tralee (not related to the recordings) is a collaboration by Russell McMorran and Maurice O'Keeffe. The book is a limited edition and is in hardback format with a dust jacket.
Written in Stone: the Graffiti of Kilmainham Jail
An important cultural artefact, recording a highly vulnerable and rapidly disappearing part of our history. The book, by Niamh O'Sullivan, includes images of the graffiti left on the walls of Kilmainham Jail by its ordinary inmates and by political prisoners during the War of Independence, Civil War and even further back in Irish history, including messages left by some British troops imprisoned during the Great War.
Racing Reflections – the Lives and Times of Irish Racing People
By Margaret Lantry and Jane O'Keeffe, was published in late November 2012. This lavishly illustrated book is based on interviews with trainers, jockeys, breeders and other involved with Ireland's horse racing industry. €5 from the sale of each book will be contributed to the Jockeys Accident Fund (in Ireland).
The Ancient Barony of Duhallow - Living Voices
For generations past, the rich culture, tradition and heritage of Duhallow has been cherished and preserved by the people who live there, amidst the stories, music and folklore of this ancient and beautiful place. Now that wonderful oral tradition is permanently preserved on this comprehensive collection of 45 CDs, along with the accompanying book. From Mass Rocks to matchmaking, from battlefields to sportsfields, from skellig lists to songsmiths - they are all told with great skill, humour and pathos by the custodians of the living past of ancient Duhallow.
The Old Kerry Journal
December 2006. Volume 1.
Compiled by Russell McMorran and Maurice O'Keeffe.
The Old Kerry Journal
June 2008. Volume 2.
Compiled by Russell McMorran and Maurice O'Keeffe