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Interviewee: Fergus Barron (b. 1928) Fergus Barron (b. 1928)
Interview location: Dublin
Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-06
Subject: Versatility in the work place: former engineer at Bord Na Móna (part 1)
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Recording date: 2009
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Fergus Barron was born in West Cork and at the age of eight he and his family moved to Ennis. His father, James, was imprisoned during the Civil War, and his Cavan-born mother was a member of Cumann na mBan. Fergus Barron graduated with a degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from University College Cork. At the age of 24, he began work with the E.S.B., and worked at the Department of Posts and Telegraphs in Limerick for 27 years, where he found the level of performance very poor. In 1952 he joined Bord na Móna and his first appointment was to Lanesborough in Co. Longford. Two years later he was moved to Mountdillon as an assistant manager and then to Derrygreenagh. In 1956 he became manager at Lullymore until 1959, when he went to Derrinlough. A year later he was appointed to head office in Dublin where he was in charge of maintenance in sod and milled peat bogs. He later was appointed to the post of personnel manager. In the first section of this double recording he discusses in great detail all these various appointments.
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Interviewee: Fergus Barron (b. 1928) Fergus Barron (b. 1928)
Interview location: Dublin
Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-07
Subject: Post-war years in Ireland: Former engineer at Bord Na Móna (part 2)
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Recording date: 2009
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In this latter part of the recording compiled with Fergus Barron, he discusses the post-war years in Ireland. There was real belief in the necessity to develop the midland bogs by Bord na Móna throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Fergus’s main interest was in the utilisation of hydraulic systems on heavy machinery as a Junior mechanical engineer. He recalls the various types of machinery which came in to the workshops in Mountdillon and Derrygreenagh. He also discusses the effects on the workforce of the milled peat dust, and discusses pollution of the lakes and rivers.
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Interviewee: Larry Concannon (b. 1930) Larry Concannon (b. 1930)
Interview location: Crossmolina, Co. Mayo
Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-19
Subject: Managing Bellacorrick: former manager of works (part 2)
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Recording date: 2009
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In this second section of his recording, Larry Concannon talks about the problems and difficulties he encountered in the removal of bog deal, birch and pine. During his time at Bellacorrick, many urns of butter and tallow were unearthed. In the early days the men were all brought to work in trucks. A hostel had been built initially for the workforce and Larry explained the reasons why it was used only by E.S.B. workers. He also discusses the introduction by the Bord of sod, peat and turf (Foidín) at Bellacorrick and its implications. Larry Concannon retired at the age of 60 and he now lives in one of the twenty-four houses at Crossmolina, built by Bord na Móna workers for the administrative and technical personnel.
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Interviewee: Mikie Moyles (b. 1939) Mikie Moyles (b. 1939)
Interview location: Crossmolina, Co. Mayo
Audio series: Bord Na Móna
Product ID: CDBM-20
Subject: A driving force: former transport supervisor, Bord Na Móna
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Recording date: 2009
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Mikie Moyles is from Crossmolina and he joined Bord na Móna when he reached the age of 17 years. At that time things were very bad economically and he was attempting to get together the financial means to emigrate to America. He settled for a car instead! All the local men employed by Bord na Móna were seasonal workers, which suited them very well because of their small holdings. There was great competition amongst them to progress to driving duties. He recalls working 10 hour shifts from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week during the production period. It was good to have local knowledge of the area and its terrain because of the danger of the sinking of machinery in the bogs. In 2004, Mikie Moyles retired when Bord na Móna and the E.S.B. left the area and he recalls the real disappointment and devastation locally when the news of these closures became known.
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Interviewee: May Desmond (b. 1911) May Desmond (b. 1911)
Interview location: Blackrock, Co. Dublin
Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-24
Subject: Cork city in former days
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Recording date:
Length: 78:19
May Desmond was recorded in a Blackrock, County Dublin, nursing home where she has resided for several years. She was born in 1911 in High Street in Cork City. On her marriage in 1937, she and her husband began their married life in Marble Hall. She has clear childhood memories of the tension and anxiety which pervaded the city during the War of Independence and she recalls seeing the aftermath of the burning of Cork. Her brother was taught by the artist Sean Keating and he later became a student of Harry Clarke and worked on the stained glass windows of Galway cathedral. May’s working life began when she became a secretarial employee of the newly formed Shannon Scheme in 1929. She had fluent German which was vital to her employment. She later worked for Dwyer’s wholesale drapery in Washington Street and she discusses the various departments in the store in fine detail. In 1937 she married Jack Desmond who, with his brothers, ran Desmonds' Printing Works in Cork and who later worked for the Cork Examiner.
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Interviewee: Batt O’Keeffe (b. 1945), former lecturer Batt  O’Keeffe (b. 1945), former lecturer
Interview location:
Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-33
Subject: A teacher and a politician
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Recording date: 2009
Length: 51:13
Batt O’Keeffe was born in Cullen, Co Cork, into a family of six boys and one girl. His father was a relieving officer, cattle dealer and farmer, and his mother ran a small village shop. He was educated at St Brendan’s College, Killarney, of which he has very fond memories, and while there he excelled in Gaelic football and also enjoyed his game of handball. He decided against attending third-level college full-time and began work with the ESB as store manager and administration officer, and in 1966 he began his studies at evening classes, and graduated with a BA prior to taking up a teaching post at the Crawford. He taught English and general subjects to Technical Leaving Certificate classes, a job which he very much enjoyed. The new regime at Bishopstown brought about many positive changes, as new disciplines were introduced and new standards of achievement became possible. Batt O’Keeffe fondly remembers Jim Roche who was the first Principal at the RTC. He also recalls the staff football team and their great social gatherings, his introduction to politics which followed his involvement with his local community in Ballincollig, and he discusses his present position (2009) as Minister for Education and his ambitions for the future of education in Ireland.
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Interviewee: Liam Hodnett (b. 1944), head of Department of Building and Civil Engineering Liam Hodnett (b. 1944), head of Department of Building and Civil Engineering
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Audio series: Cork Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDCKIT-44
Subject: A lifetime in engineering
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Recording date: 2009
Length: 51:42
Liam Hodnett was reared in Turner’s Cross and received his primary education at South Presentation and his secondary education at CBS, Sullivan’s Quay. He was awarded a scholarship to study Civil Engineering at UCC, graduating in 1966. He began his career in Wexford working for the ESB and later worked in Dublin with CIE for four years. He returned to work in Cork for the Harbour Commissioners. He recalls his involvement with the Tivoli works, the Ringaskiddy works and harbour dredging. After two years with the Harbour Commissioners he decided to take a consultancy job in structural engineering with Malachy Walsh and Partners, with whom he worked for four years. In 1976 the position of Head of Department of Building and Civil Engineering at the RTC in Bishopstown became vacant and Liam Hodnett was appointed to the position. He recalls the International Apprenticeship Competition at the RTC and says that this gave education in craftsmanship “a shot in the arm”, and was to create a “landbridge to Europe”. He speaks about the architecture of the 1950s and 1960s when the mantra was “form follows function”, and about the introduction and importance of the course in Architectural Technology. Liam has a strong loyalty to St Finbarr’s GAA club for which he began playing football from the age of 13 and he has much to say about the politics, the structure and the amateur status of the Association.
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Interviewee: CHARLIE McMONAGLE, BORN 1967, and BARNEY McGEEVER, BORN 1932, LETTERKENNY CHARLIE McMONAGLE, BORN 1967, and BARNEY McGEEVER, BORN 1932, LETTERKENNY
Interview location:
Audio series: Donegal county, first series
Product ID: CDDL01-23
Subject: Rural life in Donegal
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Recording date: 2010
Length: 52:02
This recording was compiled in the townland of Scribley, at the home of Barney McGeever, in the company of Charlie McMonagle. Barney’s old thatched home, now derelict, is visited and his young days growing up are recalled. Having finished his schooling, he began work in the mines in Scotland and later returned home. In 1966, he gained employment with the E.S.B., where he remained for 36 years. Charlie Mc Monagle has a passion for dry-stone wall building and he discusses a project carried out in Letterkenny for the Millennium year. This involved restoring a section of a famine wall. These two gentlemen share an appreciation for the rural lifestyle in Donegal.
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Interviewee: PADDY DONEGAN, BORN 1921, FORMER CHAIR CDVEC PADDY DONEGAN, BORN 1921, FORMER CHAIR CDVEC
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Audio series: Dublin Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDDNIT-42
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Recording date: 2010
Length: 73:37 / 55:05
Dublin is the birthplace of Paddy Donegan who served for many years as Chair of the City of Dublin VEC. In his very early days he worked at canvassing for Jim Larkin with his father prior to elections. Following his schooling, he got employment with the ESB during the Emergency, at the Pigeon House, and became secretary of the National Engineering Union. In 1954 he was elected as Assistant General Secretary of the Union, and two years later, became Chairman of the Dublin Council of Trade Unions. He joined the City of Dublin VEC in 1956 and was elected Chairman in 1967. He discusses his interest in the proposed Ballymun project, the setting up of the HEA in which he was very involved as Chairman, the National Council of Educational Awards and the formation of important committees. He also discusses the status of DIT during his tenure and his huge belief in the enthusiasm, resourcefulness and spirit of the people working there. In the second part of the recording Paddy Donegan recalls his time as a trade union official, his background in the Labour movement, policy making, and his involvement with the unions, invariably gaining their support. This was of huge importance to him in decision making. He says that the greatest stumbling block during his tenure as chairman of the City of Dublin VEC was the failure to succeed with the Ballymun project. He worked with the City of Dublin VEC for 32 years, spending 18 years as Chairman. He was awarded two Honorary Doctorates after his retirement.
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Interviewee: PADDY DONEGAN, BORN 1921, FORMER CHAIR CDVEC PADDY DONEGAN, BORN 1921, FORMER CHAIR CDVEC
Interview location:
Audio series: Dublin Institute of Technology
Product ID: CDDNIT-43
Subject:
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Recording date: 2010
Length: 73:37 / 55:05
Dublin is the birthplace of Paddy Donegan who served for many years as Chair of the City of Dublin VEC. In his very early days he worked at canvassing for Jim Larkin with his father prior to elections. Following his schooling, he got employment with the ESB during the Emergency, at the Pigeon House, and became secretary of the National Engineering Union. In 1954 he was elected as Assistant General Secretary of the Union, and two years later, became Chairman of the Dublin Council of Trade Unions. He joined the City of Dublin VEC in 1956 and was elected Chairman in 1967. He discusses his interest in the proposed Ballymun project, the setting up of the HEA in which he was very involved as Chairman, the National Council of Educational Awards and the formation of important committees. He also discusses the status of DIT during his tenure and his huge belief in the enthusiasm, resourcefulness and spirit of the people working there. In the second part of the recording Paddy Donegan recalls his time as a trade union official, his background in the Labour movement, policy making, and his involvement with the unions, invariably gaining their support. This was of huge importance to him in decision making. He says that the greatest stumbling block during his tenure as chairman of the City of Dublin VEC was the failure to succeed with the Ballymun project. He worked with the City of Dublin VEC for 32 years, spending 18 years as Chairman. He was awarded two Honorary Doctorates after his retirement.
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