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Interviewee: Alice Daly (née Clarke) (b. 1903) (part 2) Alice Daly (née Clarke) (b. 1903) (part 2)
Interview location: Skibbereen, Co. Cork
Audio series: Cork county, first series
Product ID: CDCK01-26
Subject: A tragic family history
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Recording date:
Length: 38:34
Alice Daly was born in Skibbereen in West Cork and in this recording she remembers her brother William Clarke, who enlisted with the British Army and fought and died in World War One. He enlisted at age 17, having given his age as 18. This tragedy was to forecast another for the family as Alice’s father, Royal Irish Constabulary Constable Alexander Clarke was shot dead in Skibbereen on the day of the signing of the Truce on July 11 1921. Alice has clear memories of joining her father as he walked the miles from the Skibbereen barracks to the barracks at Schull, before the latter was shut down. In her early adult life, before her marriage to Denis Daly of Bansha, she would sometimes make the trip back to Skibbereen to visit friends but has always held the place, and her memories of it, in the darker recesses of her mind.
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Interviewee: Mary Rohan (part 1) Mary Rohan (part 1)
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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-11
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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The home of Mary Rohan was the venue for the compilation of this wonderful recording. She has an outstanding recall of past events and a great ability to articulate her story, at the grand age of 101. The recording was made in four sections. This first section deals with the circumstances surrounding her father’s emigration to America, where he took up a job as a longshoreman. He emigrated from Bere Island. His name was Michael Martin Sullivan, and Mary discusses how he acquired the surname of Martin. Her mother’s maiden name was Harrington, and she was also from Bere Island. They met and married in Boston, and returned home to Castletownbere, where they reared a family. Mary remembers being brought to Cork city on the train, before 1916, and visiting the wholesalers where they would buy merchandise for their grocery business in Castletownbere. The family made great sacrifices for their three children in order to send them to boarding school. It is remarkable to listen to Mary as she describes her memories of the outbreak of the Great War.
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Interviewee: Mary Rohan (part 2) Mary Rohan (part 2)
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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-12
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Mary Rohan begins this recording by recalling her memories of the beginning of the Great War and up until the mid 1920s. She describes the mood of the people after the events of 1916, and the split after the formation of the Free State. She talks about being sent to Sion Hill Convent in Dublin for her secondary education in 1920 and her experience of going by train to Dublin was traumatic. Her journey by train was curtailed shortly after leaving Cork and she travelled eventually on a ship out of Queenstown to Dublin. When she finished her education in Sion Hill she studied at UCD for her Higher Diploma in Education, boarding in the Dominican Hall, run by the Loreto nuns. While there, she discovered the theatrical movement, which was flourishing in Dublin and Cork city at the time. There still existed a strong difference of opinion among the people in the aftermath of the Civil War. She was very fortunate at this stage of her life to have met Douglas Hyde, her lecturer, whom she described as ‘a treasure’, and she learnt a lot from him. One of her greatest experiences at this time was her attendance at political meetings including De Valera’s speeches and meetings in Dublin.
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Interviewee: Maeve Fleischmann Maeve Fleischmann
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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-37
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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Two generations of the Fleischmann family were involved with the promotion of the culture of music and singing in the city of Cork. Maeve Fleischmann, daughter of Aloys Fleischmann, recalls the history of her grandfather and his arrival in Cork. This recording was made while sitting in the family home surrounded by many books and manuscripts connected with the work of her father, Aloys. Maeve recalls many anecdotes about her father during her childhood. At that time they lived in a grand house in Goulding’s Glen, originally a mill house, about 20 minutes walk from Patrick’s Hill and she recalls her father working on his compositions. Strangely, not a lot of music was played in the house, but many artistic people came and went. She witnessed her father’s deep devotion to his work, and his ambition to ensure that music teachers would work in every second level school around Ireland. It was fascinating to record a story about Maeve’s grandfather, who was taken prisoner in the First World War, and spent five years of his life in a prison camp in England, leaving her grandmother in Cork to provide for her family by giving piano lessons and playing the organ in the Cathedral. This recording provides a fascinating insight into the history of the Fleischmann family in Cork.
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Interviewee: May Buckley May Buckley
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Audio series: Cork city, first series
Product ID: CDCKCY01-49
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Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
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May Buckley’s memories reach back to the tragic burning of Cork city during the War of Independence, and she clearly remembers playing in the rubble in Patrick Street. May grew up in Sunday’s Well. Her father served with the British Navy in the First World War on HMS Fox. She remembers her father as a visitor to the house in her early days. Her recall of the Black and Tan campaign is described in a very lively manner. She recalls her time working in a cinema in London, and returning to find a job in O’Flynn’s butcher shop in Oliver Plunkett Street. There was a tradition of masonry in her family, and she explained how the masons wore a symbol of their trade, an embroidered apron depicting a trowel and chisel. Mary has donated a number of items relating to the trade to the Cork Museum. Her grandfather and her uncle both worked on the building of the Cathedral in Cobh. May relates chronologically the events of her life in this wonderful recording.
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Interviewee: Denis Hayes (part 1) Denis Hayes (part 1)
Interview location: Kilkenny
Audio series: Cork Theatrical Collection
Product ID: CDCKCY02-35
Subject: Memories of west Cork and the Forestry Commission
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Recording date: 2011
Length: 74:01
Track 1: Denis was born in 1915 in Glandore, west Cork. He discusses the maternal side of his family, the O’Sullivans, who had a public house in the village, which also sold hardware and groceries. His father was a naval officer in the First World War. He describes his days in the National School for Industry, in Leap. Track 2: A discussion on the Ascendancy families in the area, and the relationship between Protestants and Catholics in the area. Track 3: Anecdotal stories about the Black and Tans, the fishing, farming and mining families in the locality. Track 4: In 1936, joining the Forestry Service, after his short teaching career in Dunmanway. Track 5: The different locations he was transferred to during the Emergency period. Track 6: Recalling the family-run sawmills in the midlands, the cutting and carting of large trees from the estates of landed gentry and the planting of fire trees in the 1950s. He recalls a meeting in Shannonbridge held by the Land Commission, attended by Oliver Flanagan. Finally, he discusses his memories of the Eucharistic Congress in 1932, and de Valera’s visit to West Cork.
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Interviewee: Máire Brugha (née McSwiney) (b. 1918) (part 1) Máire Brugha (née McSwiney) (b. 1918)   (part 1)
Interview location: Dublin
Audio series: Fleischmann Collection
Product ID: CDCKFL-01
Subject: An extraordinary life
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Recording date: 2009
Length: 63:50 and 33:09
Máire McSwiney was a very shy three-year old, barefoot and dressed in green, holding a bouquet of flowers in her trembling hands, as she was pushed by her mother onto the stage of the old Cork Opera House to present the bouquet to Tilly Fleischmann. Mrs Fleischmann had just given a piano recital, and her pupil Muriel McSwiney had enlisted her little daughter Máire to perform the floral presentation. Muriel’s sisters-in-law, the McSwineys, had befriended the Fleischmann family during World War I when British propaganda made life very difficult for German nationals in Ireland. Following the death from hunger strike of Máire’s father, Lord Mayor Terence McSwiney in 1920, she and her mother moved to Dublin, and later, when Máire was six, they moved to Germany. Her aunt and guardian, Máire McSwiney, who lived in Cork, would request her friends who were travelling to Germany, to check on her young niece and on one occasion, when the child was boarding at a school in Bavaria, Mrs Tilly Fleischmann, and young graduate Aloys, her son, brought her for a day to Munich. When she was just fourteen, following a traumatic trip back to Dublin, and a High Court bid for custody by her mother, Máire came home to Cork to live with her aunts Máire and Annie. She qualified as a teacher and taught in Dublin where she met and married Ruairí Brugha. In 2005 her fascinating memoir "History’s Daughter" was published.
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Interviewee: Máire Brugha (née McSwiney) (b. 1918) (part 2) Máire Brugha (née McSwiney) (b. 1918)   (part 2)
Interview location: Dublin
Audio series: Fleischmann Collection
Product ID: CDCKFL-02
Subject: An extraordinary life (contd)
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Recording date: 2009
Length: 63:50 and 33:09
Máire McSwiney was a very shy three-year old, barefoot and dressed in green, holding a bouquet of flowers in her trembling hands, as she was pushed by her mother onto the stage of the old Cork Opera House to present the bouquet to Tilly Fleischmann. Mrs Fleischmann had just given a piano recital, and her pupil Muriel McSwiney had enlisted her little daughter Máire to perform the floral presentation. Muriel’s sisters-in-law, the McSwineys, had befriended the Fleischmann family during World War I when British propaganda made life very difficult for German nationals in Ireland. Following the death from hunger strike of Máire’s father, Lord Mayor Terence McSwiney in 1920, she and her mother moved to Dublin, and later, when Máire was six, they moved to Germany. Her aunt and guardian, Máire McSwiney, who lived in Cork, would request her friends who were travelling to Germany, to check on her young niece and on one occasion, when the child was boarding at a school in Bavaria, Mrs Tilly Fleischmann, and young graduate Aloys, her son, brought her for a day to Munich. When she was just fourteen, following a traumatic trip back to Dublin, and a High Court bid for custody by her mother, Máire came home to Cork to live with her aunts Máire and Annie. She qualified as a teacher and taught in Dublin where she met and married Ruairí Brugha. In 2005 her fascinating memoir "History’s Daughter" was published. (This is a continuation.)
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Interviewee: Madoline O’Connell (née Horgan) (b. 1915) (part 1) Madoline O’Connell (née Horgan) (b. 1915)  (part 1)
Interview location: Sunday’s Well, Cork
Audio series: Fleischmann Collection
Product ID: CDCKFL-04
Subject: An enduring friendship
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Recording date: 2009
Length: 50:52 and 39:41
The late Madoline O'Connell grew up at Lacaduv House on the Lee Road in Cork, where she enjoyed a charmed childhood with her three brothers. Her maternal grandfather was Sir Bertram Windle, President of UCC. Her paternal grandfather was an agent in Cork for Charles Stewart Parnell. Madoline has a clear recollection of being brought by her father to watch the city burn during the turbulent occupation by the Black and Tan forces. Madoline’s parents and the elder Fleischmann family were close friends, and her father was instrumental in securing the release of Aloys Fleischmann Snr from captivity when he was held by government order during World War I. Madoline Horgan qualified as a medical doctor in 1939, and shortly thereafter she left to work in Liverpool close to the hospital where her future husband, St John O’Connell worked as an orthopaedic surgeon. When the war ended the couple returned to Cork and Madoline recalls life in the city during that frugal period. She discusses her husband’s huge involvement in the horse industry – he became Chairman, and later President, of the Irish Flat Breeders Association in the 1970s.
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Interviewee: Madoline O’Connell (née Horgan) (b. 1915) (part 2) Madoline O’Connell (née Horgan) (b. 1915)  (part 2)
Interview location: Sunday’s Well, Cork
Audio series: Fleischmann Collection
Product ID: CDCKFL-05
Subject: An enduring friendship (contd)
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe
Recording date: 2009
Length: 50:52 and 39:41
The late Madoline O'Connell grew up at Lacaduv House on the Lee Road in Cork, where she enjoyed a charmed childhood with her three brothers. Her maternal grandfather was Sir Bertram Windle, President of UCC. Her paternal grandfather was an agent in Cork for Charles Stewart Parnell. Madoline has a clear recollection of being brought by her father to watch the city burn during the turbulent occupation by the Black and Tan forces. Madoline’s parents and the elder Fleischmann family were close friends, and her father was instrumental in securing the release of Aloys Fleischmann Snr from captivity when he was held by government order during World War I. Madoline Horgan qualified as a medical doctor in 1939, and shortly thereafter she left to work in Liverpool close to the hospital where her future husband, St John O’Connell worked as an orthopaedic surgeon. When the war ended the couple returned to Cork and Madoline recalls life in the city during that frugal period. She discusses her husband’s huge involvement in the horse industry – he became Chairman, and later President, of the Irish Flat Breeders Association in the 1970s. (This is a continuation.)
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