Irish Life & Lore – Audio Recordings and Books
Through our decades of work in the compilation of audio recordings and books, thousands of Irish voices from all regions of the country have been captured and archived for the future. We document Irish local, national and social history, along with her unique culture, customs and traditions.
» The 1916 Rising Oral History Collections Parts I and II, which is funded by South Dublin, Fingal, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown and County Kildare Councils and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, was presented to the National Library of Ireland on January 21st 2016.
The Collection is comprised of 245 hour-long audio recordings which were compiled with the sons, daughters, grandchildren and other close relatives of those central to events at Easter 1916. Also included in the project is a 450 page illustrated and indexed volume which provides a synopsis of the content of each of the recordings.
The Field Hospital at Merrion Square and the Defence of Trinity College at Easter 1916 Oral History Collection was launched on Thursday, March 24th, at the dlr Lexicon. During the Rising, No. 40 Merrion Square Dublin was converted into a field hospital by ENT specialist Sir
Robert Woods, who lived with his family at No. 39 and ran his medical practice. His daughter Molly later married Professor Gilbert Waterhouse who was involved in the defence of Trinity College during the Rising, as a member of the Officer Training Corps.
During the following years, No. 39 Merrion Square became the location of the British Embassy until it was attacked and burned in February 1972 in the wake of the Bloody Sunday killings in Derry. The building is now owned by the ESB.
This project is comprised of four audio recordings compiled with Robert Woods, grandson of Robert Woods sr., Dorothy Dunlop, daughter of Gilbert and Molly Waterhouse, H.E. Dominick Chilcott, British Ambassador to Ireland and Wendy Doak, an employee of the British Embassy who witnessed its destruction in 1972. A 45 minute audio visual video and illustrated catalogue in hard copy accompany the audio recordings.
» AUDIO VISUAL PRESENTATIONS
During 2016, presentations will be given by Maurice O'Keeffe on the compilation of the 1916 Rising Collection, which will include sound clips and historical images.
April 13 Ballyroan Library, South Co. Dublin, Presentation 7pm
April 15 Blackpool Library, Cork, Presentation 11am
April 15 Bishopstown Library, Cork, Presentation 2.30pm
April 21 Clondalkin Library, South Co. Dublin, Presentation 7pm
April 22 Tory Top Library, Ballyphenane, Cork, 12.15pm
April 24 Lusk, Round Tower GAA Club, 4.30pm
April 27 City Library, John's Quay, Kilkenny, 7pm
April 28 Loughboy Shopping Centre, Kilkenny Libraries, morning (schools)
May 18 Cork Co. Library HQ, Carrigrohane Rd, 1pm
May 26-28 XV International Conference of the Spanish Association for Irish Studies, University of Zaragoza, Spain
June 8 Cavan Co. Library, time to be confirmed
August 22-28 Heritage Week, Roscommon Library (details to follow)
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Listen to sound clips from the 1916 Rising Oral History Collection each day on the Irish Independent digital edition at this link: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/1916/
Work has just begun on a new oral history project for the RDS, for which a selected number of members will be recorded. More details to follow.