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Through our decades of work in audio recordings and books, thousands of rare voices have been captured. In rich accents from all regions of Ireland, we document the country's local, national and social history as well as her unique culture, customs, beliefs and traditions.

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The Irish Country House and the Great War

This important new collection of 56 audio recordings was launched on July 30 2014 at the National Library, Dublin.

The Irish Country House and the Great War – 56 interviews available for purchase now.

  The Irish Country House and the Great War Collection
  1. Introduction
  2. Johnny Bellingham
  3. Ted Newenham
  4. Desmond Corban-Lucas
  5. Lord Rosse
  6. Honor Lee
  7. William V. O'Sullivan
  8. Helen Morgan
  9. Susan Kellett
  10. Thomas Pakenham
Jane O'Keeffe, Maurice O'Keeffe, Minister Aodhan O Riordain, Dominick Chilcott British Ambassador
Audience at the launch at the National Library of Ireland
HE Dominick Chilcott, British Ambassador, at the launch
Dorothea Findlater (nee De Courcy Wheeler)
Kevin Myers at the launch
Maurice O'Keeffe at the launch

The Kerry Hospitality Industry Collection

Our latest oral history series is the Kerry Hospitality Industry Collection.

  Kerry Hospitality Collection
  1. Kerry Hospitality Industry

The 1916 Rising Oral History Collection

The 1916 Rising Oral History Collection: catalogue

SKU: CAT-1916
Price: €26 Catalogue (text and colour photos) (incl €6 postage & packaging)

In February 2012, the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht and South Dublin County Council supported us in the compilation of an oral history collection of interviews relating to the 1916 Rising. This fascinating project has now been completed and was launched by Minister Jimmy Deenihan TD at Dublin Castle on 13th November 2013.

In all, 99 people were recorded. These include children, grandchildren and other close relatives of the revolutionaries of 1916. Valuable historical and personal information can now be accessed through this oral history collection. Not alone are personal experiences during Easter Week 1916 described in detail, explanations of the reasons why people participated in the Rising are also provided. Also heard are personal views on the sacrifice involved, the pain endured and the post-traumatic stress suffered in some cases. The absence of discussion by the revolutionaries on their involvement, in later years, is discussed, and the sense of responsibility to their historical legacy felt by their descendants, is explored.

Also included in the oral history collection are some early interviews of central figures in the Rising. These recordings were donated to the project by their families, who also generously contributed many historical documents and photographs.

Postcard: The Sinn Fein revolt in Dublin

Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht/ An Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta

Details of all those recorded for The 1916 Rising Oral History Collection – 111 interviews – along with a brief synopsis of the content of each tracked recording, are now available for purchase on disk and MP3 download.

Also available is a disk containing the Categorised Audio Visual Clips.

Great Houses of Ireland

Great Houses of Ireland

Voices from the Great Houses of Cork and Kerry, by Jane O'Keeffe. Published by Mercier Press, 2013.

The Great Houses of Cork and Kerry, first Collection (51 interviews) is now available for purchase by download or on CDs. This series was launched at Fota House in 2011.

The Great Houses of Ireland, second Collection (70 interviews) is now available for purchase by download or on CDs. It was compiled in the counties of Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Tipperary; this project was also generously funded by FEXCO. The launch took place in April 2012 at the National Library of Ireland.


Urban Districts of Tralee and Killarney

The two Collections on the Urban District of Killarney and the Urban District of Tralee are now completed and may be browsed online. Town Councillors and also people from both towns have been recorded. The Tralee Collection was launched on 10th May at Tralee Town Hall and the Killarney Collection was launched at Killarney Town Hall on 19th May 2014.

Listen to some sound bites from the Reflections on the Urban District of Killarney here.

Urban District of Killarney Urban District of Tralee


» Oral history collections, which were completed from January to July 2014, and funded by Tralee and Killarney Urban District Councils and the The Kerry Hospitality Industry Collection are now available to purchase by download or on CD.

» In January 2014, the W. & R. Jacobs Collection, funded by South Dublin Libraries, was launched at the Library, where it is now available; browse the Collection here.

» Work is progressing well on an oral history project on Clondalkin Paper Mills, funded by South Dublin Libraries.

» From the archives – work is progressing on Witnesses to Independence (previously known as ‘Recollections of 1916 and Its Aftermath’), a collection of recordings done in the early 2000s with those who witnessed the 1916 Rising and its aftermath. Read more and listen to some brief excerpts from these interviews.

» Dr Helene O'Keeffe is working on her book To Speak of Easter Week, to be published by Mercier Press in Autumn 2015.  The book, supported by the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, will relate to the recordings compiled for the 1916 Rising Oral History Collection.

» Forty-six interviews in the Horse Racing Ireland Oral History Collection are now available for purchase.

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