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Horse Racing Ireland Collection book

Irish Life & Lore proundly presents our latest publication Racing Reflections – The Lives and Times of Irish Racing People, supported by Horse Racing Ireland. This book contains a selection of 25 profiles based on interviews carried out by Maurice O'Keeffe for the Horse Racing Ireland Oral History Collection. The highly illustrated profiles included are Alan Lillingston, Barbara Collins, Cahir O'Sullivan, Francis Flood, Jacqueline O'Brien, Jim Berney, Clem Magnier, Johnny Kierans, Luke Mullins, John Burns and Rosaleen Tonson Rye, Marguerite Weld, Dermot Weld, Michael Kinane, Norman Colfer, Mick O'Toole, Phonsie O'Brien, Christopher Gaisford-St Lawrence, Sonia Rogers, Stan Cosgrove, Tunney Galvin, Valentine Lamb, William Robinson, Tommy Murphy, Paddy Woods, Betty Galway-Greer.

From the back cover: ‘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. Tales of energetic and purposeful youth are recounted, followed by both positive and negative experiences of the complicated world of the horse breeder, trainer, jockey and owner. Good days and bad are recalled, and the excitement and the thrill of winning is lived once again in vivid memory.’
‘Racing is in the blood of the Irish people, a passion which passes through the generations with ease, and which continues to produce world leaders in breeding, training and racing. The Irish landscape is uniquely suited to horse breeding, but it is the human factor which sets us apart, with a horse sense that ranges from basic good husbandry to an almost mystical identity with the thoroughbred racehorse. The stories within these pages are a gateway into that remarkable world, told with generosity and openness, capturing a past which has led us to our modern position as a world leader in the most interesting sport and industry of them all.’

207pp. 142 colour and black/white photographs. By Margaret Lantry and Jane O'Keeffe. Foreword by Denis Brosnan, Chairman, Horse Racing Ireland. €5 from the sale of each book will be contributed to the Jockeys Accident Fund (in Ireland).

The Horse Racing Ireland Oral History Collection – 46 interviews available for purchase now.

Horse Racing Ireland

ISBN:978-0-9574611-0-9    SKU: BK-RACING
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Voices from Great Houses - Cork and Kerry

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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.

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€19.99

Chronicles of Cork

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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. 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.

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€15.00

Recollections of 1916 and its aftermath

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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.

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€15.00

The Premier County of Tipperary

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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.

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€15.00

A Pictorial History of Tralee

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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.

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€35.00

Written in Stone: the Graffiti of Kilmainham Jail

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.

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Ancient Barony of Duhallow

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.

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The Old Kerry Journal, volume 1

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The Old Kerry Journal

December 2006. Volume 1.

Compiled by Russell McMorran and Maurice O'Keeffe.

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€10.00

Old Kerry Journal volume 2

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The Old Kerry Journal

June 2008. Volume 2.

Compiled by Russell McMorran and Maurice O'Keeffe

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€10.00