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Interviewee: CHRISTY HUGHES, AGE 89, FORGE PORTERSTOWN ROAD, CLONSILLA CHRISTY HUGHES, AGE 89, FORGE PORTERSTOWN ROAD, CLONSILLA
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Audio series: Fingal (north Dublin), first series
Product ID: CDDNN01-61
Subject: Memories of an undertaker
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Recording date: 2008
Length: 44:21
Christy Hughes worked for 60 years in the undertaking business. Much of this recording deals with the earlier part of his life, and his recollections of his uncle Thomas Murphy, an officer with the IRA during the 1916-22 period. He also talked about his time working for the McCulloughs from the time he left school until 1939. He then worked on the railway in maintenance for four years. His long memories of Porterstown were recounted and he also spoke about many aspects of the undertaking business.
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Interviewee: Michael McWey (b. 1931) Michael McWey (b. 1931)
Interview location: Kildare town, Co. Kildare
Audio series: Kildare county, first series
Product ID: CDKD01-07
Subject: A family business
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Recording date: 2009
Length: 62:42
Michael McWey ran an auctioneering and undertaker’s business in Kildare town. He is a member of the Fine Gael party, and is probably the longest serving councillor in County Kildare. He discusses in detail his work on Kildare County Council. He has an early memory of the Republican prisoners whom de Valera’s government had imprisoned arriving at the Curragh Camp. He is proud to have handed on his business to the safekeeping of the next generation.
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Interviewee: CATHAL McENTEE, KELLS, BORN 1951 CATHAL McENTEE, KELLS, BORN 1951
Interview location:
Audio series: Meath county, first series
Product ID: CDMH01-46
Subject: A family business
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Recording date:
Length: 39:54
Cathal McEntee was born on New Market Street, Kells. He works from his ancestral home there where the McEntee family has run a bar, grocery and undertaking business since 1899. In this recording Cathal discusses his schooldays, the town of Kells in the 1960s and 70s, the old coffin-making shed at the rear of his family’s premises during his father’s time. Following his father’s death, he returned to Kells to run the family business, having previously spent some time working as a newspaper compositor. He discusses the changes which have come about in the undertaking business and he talks about some of the more memorable burials which took place in the area over the years.
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Interviewee: Tom Lawless, age 72 and May Lawless, age 71, Tullamore Tom Lawless, age 72 and May Lawless, age 71, Tullamore
Interview location:
Audio series: Offaly county, second series
Product ID: CDOF02-43
Subject: A remarkable family story
Recorded by: Maurice O'Keeffe
Recording date: June 2007
Length: 48:15
In the comfort of the Lawless home, I spoke to Tom and May Lawless about how the Lawlesses first came to the area, establishing a shop/grocery/pub/hardware merchant's, in a place known as Blueball, which was a half-way house. Tom's grandfather came from Ballygar, Co Galway, where he was an R.I.C sergeant. He quickly established the business, after his marriage. Tom - the grandfather - married again after the death of his first wife, and altogether had 19 children. The eldest son Tom came to Tullamore town and married into the Moran shop and hardware business. He was deeply involved in the 1916-1922 Troubles. He had a very successful hurling career, winning four championships in Dublin, and one All-Ireland with Tullamore. His eldest son Tom married May, who grew up in Edenderry. Tom and May now ran a very successful pub and undertaking business in the town with their son Tom running the undertakers.
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Interviewee: Seamus Claffey (b. 1931) Seamus Claffey (b. 1931)
Interview location: Ferbane, Co. Offaly
Audio series: Offaly county, seventh series
Product ID: CDOF07-01
Subject: Blacksmith, undertaker
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore
Recording date: 2012
Length: 45:14
Track 1: Being a member of the fifth generation of the Claffey family to operate a business in the Main Street in Ferbane. Grandfather and great-grandfather were blacksmiths and also plough makers and farriers. Described the forge, a long, thatched building with outbuildings and stables. Recalled the stables which were used to rest the horses overnight. Track 2: Recalled a number of local tradespeople of Ferbane – tailors, harness-makers and coach builders. Memories of his father, a horse dealer during the years of the Great War. The high rate of infant mortality in the 1930s, which included a number of his own siblings. Track 3: Memories of ‘The Emergency’ in Ireland, food rationing, horse traffic only on the roads, business in general in Ferbane being stable, due to the proximity of the bogland and the need for farriers. Track 4: Discussed the time when his grandfather began an undertaking business, using horse-drawn hearses, as did his father. Seamus himself subsequently took over this business. Track 5: The general health and nutrition of people down through five decades of the twentieth century, and the outbreak of tuberculosis, which devastated the lives of so many.
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