The Premier County of Tipperary
Edited by Jane O'Hea O'Keeffe.
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. Topics covered include local history, national history, music and dancing, farming traditions, archaeology, religion, customs and traditions, boating and fishing on Lough Derg, island life in all its variety and isolation, pisheógs and superstitions and so much more.
Though the voices were recorded in Tipperary, there is some information of Kerry interest there too. Retired teacher John Knightly, now resident in Cashel, was born in Annascaul, where his father was station master for 20 years. John had a very famous godfather - Antarctic explorer Tom Crean, who was a great friend of his father. John recalls, on his recordings with Maurice, his boyhood adventures with Tom, who was always known as "Funny Crean" to the Knightly family. Indeed, if John's mother would spot "Funny" Crean on his way to visit the family in the late evening, she would lock the door, as the visitor would cause "ructions" among the children, who would never be put to bed!
Knightly has a vivid childhood memory of a small plane landing at Inch beach, carrying the nephew of Scott of the Antarctic, who was coming to call on Tom Crean at Annascaul. He also recalls the story of the visit of Ernest Blythe to the Dingle peninsula to perfect his Irish, in the early years of the 20th century. Due to the poverty of the people, he had some difficulty getting a place to stay, until he wrote to An Seabhac in Dublin, and the letter was read by Tom Ashe from Kinard. Tom contacted Blythe to tell him that his brother Greg had left for America, and that his bed in the loft was available. Blythe was to stay in Kinard for about six months, perfecting his Irish, and developing a great and enduring love of the area.
John also recalls the men from the Blasket Islands coming by train from Dingle to Annascaul, to harvest the willows for the making of lobster pots. They would spend a few days cutting and binding the willows, would load them onto the train for Dingle, and onwards by namhógs back to the Blaskets.
John Knightly's father often told his the story of the boarding of a ship from the Limerick Steamship Company, by the IRA in Ventry, in the early 1920s. The ship was carrying Guinness and flour and was brought to Dingle and unloaded by her captors. A railway engine and two carriages brought the cargo to Annascaul, and men from Miltown and Castlemaine with horses and wagons loaded up the flour and swiftly went on their way. The precious barrels of Guinness were taken by night to Moriarty's pub in Annascaul. The operation was spotted by the parish priest of Annascaul, who announced from the pulpit the following Sunday - "the other night, a funeral passed by my house at Redcliffe, a funeral of the seventh commandment!".
The book includes an hour-long CD, giving audio clips of each of the recordings. 159 pages.
Price: Out of Print
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.
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.
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.
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