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Interviewee: Chris Branley (Part 1) Chris Branley (Part 1)
Interview location: Rathcormack, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-01
Subject: Memories of the Mine
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 43:38
Chris Branley was born in Glencar, Co Sligo, in November 1927. In this recording he recalls working for Benbulben Barytes Company in the barytes mine making twenty five shillings a week at the age of fifteen. Chris brings us back in time to the 1800s and early 1900s describing Barton’s quarry and the back-breaking work involved in bringing the barytes down in sacks from the mountain. Barytes was always needed in times of war and Chris gives great detail on its many uses at the time which included paint pigments and a pharmaceutical ingredient. Work was done in three shifts in the mines, and the process of mining the barytes is also discussed. Chris shares his memories of his parents who ran the farm where he grew up. His father had also worked in the mines and when he died in 1935 his family of seven children were left devastated. At the end of this recording Chris begins to discuss his parents’ involvement in the IRA.
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Interviewee: Chris Branley (Part 2) Chris Branley (Part 2)
Interview location: Rathcormack, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-02
Subject: Memories of the Mine
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 45:55
In the second recording, Chris Branley recalls his father’s IRA involvement and the effect this had on his family. He also relates several stories and shares a great insight into the Civil War in Ireland, his parents’ involvement and the events which took place in the Sligo area at that time. He shares a story about his mother, who died in 1993, burning her own hand-written documentation of the hard times she and her husband endured during the Troubles, and he recalls the day six men were shot on the mountain in North Sligo. His love for the country and his deep nationalistic spirit are evident in this recording.
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Interviewee: Mick Brennan (Part 1) Mick Brennan (Part 1)
Interview location: Grange, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-03
Subject: A Blacksmith’s Life
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 41:14
The late Mick Brennan was born in 1924. He attended Benbulben School and in this conversation he recounts his early school memories. He comes from a long line of blacksmiths stretching back to the time of his great-grandfather. Mick explains that his father Jack also worked as a blacksmith. He lived in the townland of Derry near Grange, County Sligo and was a blacksmith in the army for a few years before coming to Derry. There were many forges operating in the area at one time and Mick recalls some of the people involved. He discusses the making of the iron tyre for the donkey carts and the tricky process this entailed. He recalls the procedure of crafting the iron tyre in the turf fire, and how he could tell by the colour of the metal when it was time to pull it out. Mick also remembers and names various wheelwrights in the Ballyshannon and Sligo areas and he tells us about the scythes which people brought to be turned and sharpened – each scythe had to be fitted to its owner. He also recalls growing up on a small farm, and working on the bog long ago.
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Interviewee: Mick Brennan (Part 2) Mick Brennan (Part 2)
Interview location: Grange, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-04
Subject: A Blacksmith’s Life
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 40:29
In the second recording, the late Mick Brennan discusses the welding of gates and he takes pride in the quality of his gates compared to those of today. The blacksmith was a most important person in the community he explains. The process of shoeing a horse is discussed, as is the danger involved, through destroying a horse due to infection. Crooks, tongs and turf spades were also crafted in the forge. There was great skill involved in the welding and cooling of metal because of its tempering. Towards the end of the recording he recalls the country hall dances and musicians in the area, in days long ago.
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Interviewee: Molly Cawley (Part 1) Molly Cawley (Part 1)
Interview location: Ballymote, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-05
Subject: A Family Business
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 44:09
Molly Cawley was born and reared in Ballymote, Co. Sligo, where her father was a house builder and carpenter. He had a hardware shop and a large workshop, and made windows and donkey carts. She has many stories to relate about the building of houses long ago. Molly fondly recalls the workshop where timber was seasoned for doors and windows which lasted a lifetime. Also related are stories of how people painted their donkey carts long ago, with materials like red lead. Turf barrows, spades and shovels as well as screws, hinges and nails were some of the items sold in the hardware shop. Molly remembers the Ballymote cattle fair, and discusses a typical day at the fair in vivid detail. She fondly recalls her mother who loved to knit, and Molly herself learned to knit and sew in school, and she emphasises the importance at that time of knowing how to mend and patch clothes.
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Interviewee: Molly Cawley (Part 2) Molly Cawley  (Part 2)
Interview location: Ballymote, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-06
Subject: A Family Business
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 38:48
In the second recording, Molly Cawley recalls making dresses and skirts in school. She always had an interest in the crafts, making a variety of garments at vocational school. She discusses sourcing the wool for knitting long ago and the old methods used to make things like socks. Another early memory which Molly shares is of going to the country house dances. Molly has a great love of the country life which she describes in vivid detail.
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Interviewee: Patrick Clancy Patrick Clancy
Interview location: Bunduff, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-07
Subject: Saddlemaking
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 67:10
Patrick Clancy is a native of Bunduff. His father had a great love for horses, a passion which was inherited by all his sons. Patrick recalls becoming an apprentice saddler when he was very young, and making his first harness at thirteen. Also recalled are his schooldays which he fondly remembers. Patrick shares great detail on the various techniques he learnt as an apprentice saddler and he explains that immense skill was needed to craft these essential items. He says that he could never have foreseen how quickly the horse and cart would be replaced and a whole way of living wiped out.
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Interviewee: Keith Clarke (Part 1) Keith Clarke (Part 1)
Interview location: Moneygold, Grange, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-08
Subject: A Beekeeper and Butcher
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2010
Length: 43:38
Keith Clarke grew up in Rosses Point where he was born in 1956. He is a beekeeper and a butcher, with a long established business in Grattan Street, Sligo. The business is family owned, inherited from his father, who set it up in 1956. Keith joined the business after leaving school at the age of 14 and he recalls his father buying sheep and cattle at the local fair. He discusses the farming practices and the bargaining methods used at fairs at the time. Also recalled are the origins of the local mart in the 1970’s and the tactics of the buyers and sellers at the marts. Keith discusses the reduction in the number of butcher shops in Sligo town due to competition from supermarkets and he provides great insight into the process of slaughtering and butchering cattle.
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Interviewee: Keith Clarke (Part 2) Keith Clarke (Part 2)
Interview location: Moneygold, Grange, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-09
Subject: A Beekeeper and Butcher
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2010
Length: 41:01
In this second recording, Keith tells a story about a purchase he made one Sunday long ago. He discusses beekeeping and says he was always fond of a nice piece of honey, but it was very expensive so he decided to start making his own honey. He began by buying two hives from a schoolteacher in Ballina, who taught him everything about beekeeping. He describes how beekeeping works, including the process of cultivating the honey. Bees are very sensitive to the weather and Keith also explains that he is accustomed to bee stings. He goes on to talk about the queen of a hive, and how the bees decide on a new queen. Keith is a member of the Irish Beekeepers Association and he produces honey for his business ‘Knocknarea Honey’.
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Interviewee: Michael Cronnolly Michael Cronnolly
Interview location: Killasser, Co. Mayo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-10
Subject: An Instrument Maker
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 80:08
In this recording compiled in Killasser, Michael Cronnolly tells us that he was reared on nineteen acres of farmland, and in adult life he worked for the County Council for thirty-nine years. He recalls the work with the horse and cart and he details the making and maintenance of the roads in the years before the availability of tarmac. He remembers people collecting stones and rocks from their land, which they sold for use on the roads, and he has vivid memories of people breaking up the stones with hammers along the side of the road. Also recalled are his school days when he brought a sod of turf under his arm every day to school and he wore no shoes. He describes the beating with the stick and the torture in school at the time, and is glad to see corporal punishment banished. Clothes at that time were handed down five or six times he recalls, and he shares great detail on life long ago in a time where everything was hand made and every family was self-sufficient. He remembers people buying poitín at weekends for their entertainment, and he recalls making gallons of poitín himself. In this recording he details the complicated process of making the brew. He needed a wooden barrel, pounds of sugar, yeast from the bakery and some stale bread and it took three or four weeks for the sugar to turn to alcohol. He then describes how it was distilled and the fact that the first glass was always offered to the fairies. All of this was done well away from home in a shed. Poitín was also a great cure and it often cured cattle of pneumonia. Michael always had an interest in music and when he was twenty-three he decided to make his own flute which took six months to make. He describes this process in great detail and his use of oak wood from the spoke of a cart. Michael now makes traditional Irish five piece flutes and he says there is a distinctive sound from a wooden flute that is ideally suited to Irish music. Towards the end of the recording Michael plays some lovely tunes on the flute including ‘Old Ballymote’ and ‘Three Lovely Lassies’.
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Interviewee: Paddy Devaney Paddy Devaney
Interview location: Carrowkeel, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-11
Subject: A Fine Ploughman
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 80:11
This recording is compiled in Carrowkeel or the ‘Coach Valley’ where Paddy Devaney and his wife Minnie provide details of their lives. Paddy was born on a small farm, of about two or three cows, in 1924. He recalls working with his father, cutting oats with a scythe before he eventually worked his way up to the plough. He remembers when his father bought a horse plough that it was a big investment for a small farmer at the time. Paddy worked with this plough until he was in his twenties and he explains how they progressed from ploughing with horses to small tractors. He explains that the tractor was difficult to accept for some farmers, who thought it made the ground hard, but it was eventually adopted once they saw that it did the same work as the horse. Paddy tells us he was ploughing in competitions until he was eighty-four years old. He discusses the whole process, from the initial ploughing to the sowing, the fertilisation and the shaking of potatoes into the soil. He describes how the potatoes were sprayed to prevent blight and weeds by using mixtures of bluestone and washing soda. Also discussed is the making of the trampcock and he remembers the market that was held once a week at which he sold potatoes and hay. Paddy remembers Sligo town in the old days, with the old buildings, narrow streets and no cars. Other topics discussed include the country house dances in the area, how people were matchmaking long ago and the deadly wind of 1961. Also recalled are memories of the straw boys and the wren boys of County Sligo.
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Interviewee: Walter Dickson Walter Dickson
Interview location: Tawley, Co. Leitrim.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-12
Subject: A Stonemason Remembers
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 71:36
Walter Dickson is from Tawley in Co. Leitrim. He began his working life as a small farmer, as did his father. He discusses lapping the hay and how this was done. He also did some thatching as a young lad and shares some details on the process. He recalls a local wheelwright and describes the procedure of making a wheel for a cart. Also remembered is the entertainment at night with the gramophone and the dancing. Walter recalls Mary’s Bridge which was built in 1817 and talks about the legend behind it. He maintains that people long ago were happier than they are now and remembers that people had more time for each other. He recalls learning the craft of stonemasonry forty-five years ago. He describes how the stone would “wear your fingers off” and that the pay was small, nobody had much money. He began working with field stone and moved on to sandstone from quarries. He talks about the quarries in the area at the time. Stonework took great skill and Walter was involved in making many fences and ditches and did a fair share of dry stone walling. He remembers the last stone house built in the locality which was in the middle of the 1950s.
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Interviewee: Pat James Duffy (Part 1) Pat James Duffy (Part 1)
Interview location: Killavil, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-13
Subject: A Local Historian/Folklorist
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 68:27
Pat James Duffy, a great storyteller and writer, was born in 1930 in Killavil. His ancestors were shoemakers by trade, and Pat James tells many tales about their trade and craftsmanship. He recalls spending many happy Sunday evenings playing a game called ‘throwing the bullet’ which he describes vividly. He discusses the great craftsmanship involved in making scythes and explains the importance of having a good edge. He also shares stories of many old superstitions and cures. He discusses the fair in Ballymote and the start in the early hours of the morning, getting the cattle out on the road and the people singing and driving bargains at the fair.
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Interviewee: Pat James Duffy (Part 2) Pat James Duffy (Part 2)
Interview location: Killavil, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-14
Subject: A Local Historian/Folklorist
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 65:43
In the second recording Pat James discusses the luck penny that the buyer got when buying cows at the market long ago. The farmer had to be keen at the markets when buying otherwise he could be fooled by the sellers who were there every day. He explains that the wheelwright was an important man in the area, as he could repair spinning wheels, which were vital pieces of equipment. Also discussed are the disputes regarding the names of the townlands in the area in his father’s time, when the names were changed by mapmakers. Pat James shares many stories of people from the area long ago and ghost stories about some local houses. His great love of folklore and stories is clearly evident in this recording.
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Interviewee: Paddy Egan Paddy Egan
Interview location: Ballymote, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-15
Subject: A Wheelwright/Coachbuilder
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 72:15
Paddy Egan has worked with wood all his life and his father was a carpenter who had a workshop in town. Paddy loved the workshop when he was young and he began his apprenticeship there at the age of sixteen. Making a donkey cart involved six or seven days work and it was a big order in those days. Paddy describes the whole process of making the wheel of the cart and declares that if you could make a wheel you could make anything. He remembers three workshops in the town at that time and recalls the competition between them. Every man made a wheel in a different way. Paddy describes making the spokes of oak and the fellows of ash and he stresses the importance of the axle being balanced just right for the ass. The workshop made carriages, traps and landaus and also put the handles on turf spades and other implements. If somebody had a trap, you knew they had a few acres of land he says. Paddy’s craftsmanship may be summed up by his belief that the important thing was how well you did a job, not how long it took to complete it.
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Interviewee: Micheál Flatley Micheál Flatley
Interview location: Aughris, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-16
Subject: A Stonemason, Local Historian and Folklorist
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 75:12
Micheál Flatley has a great reputation as a stonemason. His father and grandfather also worked with stone in an age where people had to do a bit of everything because money was scarce. Micheál discusses the craft of the stonemason. He always had a great admiration for stonework because it is so technical and much professional tuition is required to master it. The dry stone wall takes more skill to build than a mortar wall, he says. Micheál recalls some Halloween traditions and the games played in earlier times. A bath of water had coins put into it, which had to be taken out by mouth and an apple hung from a string had to be bitten without use of one’s hands. He also has memories of the travelling folk from the country who exchanged tin cans for a bit of food and hay for their ponies. Micheál discusses the holy wells and the tradition of people leaving three pebbles in a mound which eventually grew into a cairn. We hear of the folklore of monasteries, the Vikings and stories of forts and fairies.
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Interviewee: Lizzie Gallagher (Part 1) Lizzie Gallagher (Part 1)
Interview location: Moneygold, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-17
Subject: The Weaver’s Craft
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 47:50
Born a hundred years before this recording was compiled, Lizzie Gallagher is a native of Moneygold. She was the third eldest of five children and she has no memories of her father who died when she was very young. Lizzie recalls her grandfather quite well however and she says there were no schools in the area when he was a child. She learned from her mother the art of spinning wool and knitting. She notes how her mother was a very dedicated and hard worker who supported the entire family. Lizzie has great memories of her mother but recalls her great loneliness when Lizzie’s father died. Lizzie started spinning at the age of eighteen. She recalls her childhood, going to school barefoot and the churning of the butter at home. She says one always gave a tinker something when they came around at that time.
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Interviewee: Lizzie Gallagher (Part 2) Lizzie Gallagher (Part 2)
Interview location: Moneygold, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-18
Subject: The Weaver’s Craft
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 36:49
In the second recording, Lizzie Gallagher remembers the tinkers who would call to her home in former days and she recalls her school days, saying that children stayed in school until they were around fourteen because there was no secondary school education. The fear of the stick made you learn long ago, she maintains. She describes the teachers as being very cruel. Also recalled are the dances long ago in Grange Hall and she also has memories of the Civil War, and Brideogs. She celebrated her 100th birthday recently surrounded by many friends.
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Interviewee: Martina Gillan Martina Gillan
Interview location: Castle Street, Sligo
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-19
Subject: Jewellery Designer
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 54:00
Martina Gillan is an integral part of the arts and crafts in Sligo town where she runs her craft shop ‘The Cat and The Moon’. She comes from a farming background and she decided to undertake a course in jewellery making, being influenced by Newgrange. Martina exports many of her designs which are very popular in America. Much of her work is original and she explains that she wants to give meaning to each piece rather than having it just look pretty. Her business has grown though word of mouth, and her shop provides exhibition space for artists and other craftspeople. Martina is a fearless businesswoman who is very passionate about her work and who thoroughly enjoys her working environment.
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Interviewee: Joe Gowran (Part 1) Joe Gowran (Part 1)
Interview location: Drumcliff South, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-20
Subject: Traditional Woodland Skills
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 48:12
Joe Gowran was born in Cork and now lives in Drumcliff South. He enjoyed a very happy childhood. He disliked not working during the mid-eighties when jobs were scarce and one day, when out for a walk, a man who was cutting down cherry trees mentioned a woodland management course in Leitrim which Joe decided to pursue. He was accepted on the course which focused on biodiversity and conservation in woodlands. Joe discusses his expertise on various trees and their uses. Hedgerow management is also discussed, as is his great knowledge of and love for various woodlands. He also discusses stone ditches and their structure in great detail.
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Interviewee: Joe Gowran (Part 2) Joe Gowran (Part 2)
Interview location: Drumcliff South, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-21
Subject: Traditional Skills and Wall-building
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 41:53
In the second recording, Joe Gowran describes the process of wattling with willow, and how it was done. He talks about the use of wattle buildings in the past and the speed with which they could be made. They vanished in time because it was difficult to collect rent from the tenants of these buildings because they could pick up and go at any time, in contrast to those who lived in a stone dwelling. Joe describes how they would smoke houses long ago by closing all the doors, so that the smoke would neutralise the smell of the sheep wool in the walls. He talks about dry stone wall maintenance today and the decline of forestry due to land values. He also gives his view on the Rural Environmental Protection Scheme (REPS). His love of nature and woodland management is very clear in this recording.
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Interviewee: Johnny Hannon Johnny Hannon
Interview location: Monasteraden, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-22
Subject: A Basket Weaver
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 58:44
Johnny Hannon was born in a thatched house in Monasteraden and grew up on a farm. He explains how Monasteraden got its name and he recalls a time in the local area when everybody knew everybody. He also recalls a game called ‘pitch and toss’ which was played when he was young. Johnny remembers the mowing machines and the mowing of meadows with the scythe and describes a typical day mowing. He talks about his hobby of basket weaving and says that everybody could make a basket when he was young and there was a creel outside every back door at one time. He made his first basket when he was around eleven years old. There was a lot of skill involved in making a creel and it was put to great use for holding potatoes and also turf in the bog. Johnny details the process of making the creel with the ‘sally rods’ or willow. He makes many baskets from different types of willow for ornamental use and he loves his past time. He has won a country craft award for making creels and has featured in a programme called ‘Hidden Treasures’ on RTÉ television.
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Interviewee: Packie Harrison (Part 1) Packie Harrison (Part 1)
Interview location: Creevymore, Cliffony, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-23
Subject: A Farmer and Thatcher
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 58:31
The late Packie Harrison was born in 1923 on Saint Patrick’s Day. His schooldays over, his first job was with the County Council where he was put to breaking stones with a small hammer. In this recording, Packie describes working for the Council, digging drainage for the roads by hand, in the days before diggers. He talks about the donkeys and how useful they were as workers and he discusses the breeding and castrating of the asses and the procedures used. Packie also thatched with scollops and he describes in detail how this was done. He recalls some professional thatchers in the locality at the time and remembers many craftsmen in the area in days gone by, including blacksmiths and tailors.
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Interviewee: Packie Harrison (Part 2) Packie Harrison (Part 2)
Interview location: Creevymore, Cliffony, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-24
Subject: A Farmer and Thatcher
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 40:20
In the second recording, the late Packie Harrison recalls being involved in erecting the electricity poles in the area long ago and also remembers the tarring of the roads. His first memory of the mummers at Christmas time when he was young is described and he details this tradition and the people who performed. Packie recalls that if a person died in the townland, everyone had to give money to the family of the dead and there was no work for three days following the death. He recalls the country dances long ago and a typical night at McGloins. There was lots of drink to be had at these dances which lasted until eight in the morning. At the end of this recording the interviewer Joe McGowan sings a Packie Joe Kelly song that he remembers ‘The Road Round the Horseshoe’.
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Interviewee: Seamus Hession Seamus Hession
Interview location: Sligo
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-25
Subject: A Coffin Maker
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 62:26
Seamus Hession, born in 1948, is a born and bred Sligo man. His father, who came from Mayo, had a furniture shop and was a cabinetmaker in the 1940s. He made boxes and stairs and eventually moved on to the making of coffins. When Seamus became involved in the business, he started work at the bottom, sweeping floors and gathering shavings. He details the process of making a coffin from start to finish, from getting the right wood, to planing and sanding and finally putting the coffin together and finishing it off with a sealer and lacquer. Also discussed are the different sizes of coffins and the demand for each type, as well as the difference between a casket and a coffin. At the end of this recording, Seamus shares a few dramatic ghost stories.
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Interviewee: Rosaleen Holland Rosaleen Holland
Interview location: Drumcliff, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-26
Subject: A Weaver and Liomra
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 36:18
Rosaleen Holland is from Drumcliff, Co Sligo. Her craft involves the making of liomra – the Irish word for fleece, made from raw sheep’s wool. The first liomra she saw was made by her mother. She remembers her father was very skilled and could make anything from coffins, to tables, to mending shoes. Craftwork is in the family. Rosaleen remembers her mother making fleeces, and she describes the whole process, from sourcing the wool to buying and making the dyes. Rosaleen took up the craft and now makes mats and wall-hangings which she sends to America, Australia and England. She is a member of the ICA which promotes old Irish past times and skills. She talks extensively and enthusiastically about the work undertaken by the members of the ICA. Rosaleen Holland talks about her passion for the ICA and the camaraderie between the women. She recalls her application to join the Garda Siochána in 1960. She was the only woman who applied and describes the interview process. She has very fond memories of Achill Island and going to dances which she enjoyed greatly. Also recalled were the exciting parcels from America, which contained old and new clothes. She has a great love for people and for life which shines though in this recording. She loves being alive, she declares.
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Interviewee: George and Violet Hunter George and Violet Hunter
Interview location: Carraroe, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-27
Subject: Butter Making and Milk Products
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 74:06
George and Violet Hunter are dairy farmers. George lived in a thatched house when he was younger and describes his childhood with his parents who were also dairy famers; he grew up in a family of twelve. They had ten or twelve cows and George began milking them when he was around seven years old. He recalls supplying local businesses with milk as they delivered it door to door. It was difficult in those days due to the absence of fridges. You could get everything in a grocery shop at that time, except milk, he says. He discusses the process of churning butter long ago with the cream and the milk. Violet makes butter at Heritage Days, keeping up the old traditions and showing people how it was done. She also grew up on a farm and there were nine in her family. She recalls her mother churning as she watched her, which is how she learned. There is a great love for Violet’s butter in the area. George describes the changes in the methods of milking from the early days right through to today, from milking by hand, to using the milking machine.
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Interviewee: Joe Keane Joe Keane
Interview location: Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-28
Subject: A Tailor
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 76:23
Joe Keane was born in Roscommon and grew up in Ballyhaunis, where he still resides. His father was a journeyman tailor and he travelled around from town to town. Making suits was a highly skilled job and a suit would last three years, he says. Joe explains that he would have been a mechanic, but because his father needed help he decided to become a tailor. He discusses the materials produced by cottage industries and factories and says that suits were thicker then because there wasn’t as much heating to be had. He remembers three tailor shops in Ballyhaunis at one time. These made men’s clothes while a dressmaker catered for the women. The tools he used were the measuring tape, triangular chalk, scissors and shears. He details the skilled work of measuring people to make a perfect suit and declares that it had to be perfect or he would be disgraced! He tells an interesting story of how one man’s suit lasted twenty-seven years before he came in for a replacement.
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Interviewee: Colm Kelly Colm Kelly
Interview location: Monasteraden, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-29
Subject: A Woodworker and Farmer
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 71:43
Colm Kelly is from Monasteraden. He begins the recording by recalling the fact that tractors were just arriving when he was young and the donkey and cart was becoming scarce. He believes the days of old were better because people had more time for each other. In the 1960s, he emigrated to England in search of work and his brother bought him his first fiddle while he was living in London. He later became homesick and tired of city life, he returned to Ireland where he took over the farm. Colm joined a monastery where he stayed for four years. He describes life at the monastery; getting up early, praying and giving himself over to God. He discusses his woodworking skills, and some pieces he had made, including art pieces and coffee tables. He describes an art piece he created out of a piece of bog oak, which he believes dates back to 1000 BC.
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Interviewee: Ted Kelly Ted Kelly
Interview location: Ballintogher, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-30
Subject: The Straw Craft
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 79:58
The late Ted Kelly is from Ballintogher where he grew up on a small farm with his two brothers and sisters. He worked with his father on the farm and his father also did straw work and thatching. Ted discusses life on the farm, ploughing the fields with the horses and the sowing of oats and rye every year. He discusses the pigs on the farm, their breeding and foodstuffs. He recalls going to the fair selling his pigs and the slaughtering techniques of the time. Referring to straw work, Ted explains that it was all scollop thatching that he did long ago and he describes the work in detail. Every farm had plenty of straw and Ted made hen nests, hats, chairs, mats and baskets out of straw.
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Interviewee: Rodney Lomax Rodney Lomax
Interview location: Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-31
Subject: A Boat Builder
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 76:54
Rodney Lomax is a boat builder who was born in Salthill, Co. Galway, and who came to Mullaghmore in the early 1950s. He acquired a love for fishing and boats when he was living for a short time in Donegal. He built his first canoe when he was ten years old and he describes it in great detail. Later, he built bigger and better lobster boats. He explains that he sourced his material from everywhere he could find it, so that he didn’t have to pay. He also describes making his own paint for his boats. Rodney says he has always loved making things. He details the various boats he built for people over the years and how they were made. His love for boats and his expertise in boat building may be clearly heard as he speaks about his life.
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Interviewee: Ted Maughan Ted Maughan
Interview location: Cherryfield, Co. Mayo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-32
Subject: A Tinsmith Traveller
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 59:51
Ted Maughan is a Traveller and a tinsmith. His father before him was also a tinsmith. At the age of fifteen, his father allowed him to make small pieces from tin and he recalls his father making cans of all shapes and sizes. These would be sold to people for the transportation of water from a well or for holding milk. He describes life as a Traveller in former days, going from door to door in a pony and cart asking people to buy a can. The family lived on the side of the road and Ted explains that a farmer would give them a bucket of spuds and a bag of turf. Ted got married at the age of twenty and he details a traditional Traveller marriage celebration of long ago. He talks about the tools that were used to make the tins including an anvil, a hammer and a nail tool and the process of the manufacture of some of the items he produced. He tells many stories and tales of life long ago as a tinsmith.
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Interviewee: Johnny McCann Johnny McCann
Interview location: Milk Harbour, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-33
Subject: A Boat Builder
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 52:49
Johnny McCann is a retired boat builder from Milk Harbour, Co. Sligo, and his father and grandfather were also in the boat building business. Johnny began to follow in their footsteps at the age of fourteen. He remembers people coming into the workshop, where they also built horse carts when he was young. He recalls building boats to order, and he describes how he put a boat together from start to finish. His father was also a wheelwright and Johnny talks about how the wheel was made and its different parts; naves, fellows, spokes and metal box. They made the horse carts, shaping the shafts and side rails. Johnny also remembers the meadows being cut with the scythes during his youth.
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Interviewee: Fintan McDonagh Fintan McDonagh
Interview location: Carrownagulta, Drumnacool, Co. Sligo
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-34
Subject: A Hardworking Life
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 57:05
The late Fintan McDonagh was born in 1921 in Carrownagulta. He never knew his mother, as she died when he was very young. His father was a small farmer and Fintan remembers him cutting acres and acres of meadows with a scythe to make money after the death of his wife. He describes how the pig would be slaughtered on the farm when he was a child. The blood was used for the pudding and the bladder was used as a football. He remembers milking the cows and the daily practices on the farm. He talks about working in the mines, digging coal and how the rats warned you if there was danger around. Fintan discusses his love for greyhounds and how he trained and walked them for racing and he also recalls competing in races as a young lad, when he was a very good athlete. He ran mainly to earn money, as the prize for winning was £1. Towards the end of the recording he discusses the fairies and some of the superstitions surrounding them.
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Interviewee: Kieron Melody (Part 1) Kieron Melody (Part 1)
Interview location: Drumfad, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-38
Subject: A Sculptor/Stonemason
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 30:25
Kieron Melody is a sculptor and stonemason who came to Sligo in 1982 to study art in the Regional Technical College. A lecturer there introduced him to stone carving and the techniques involved. On graduation, he specialised in stone carving, mainly in limestone and he worked with a sculptor named James McKenna. Kieron discusses some projects he has worked on in the area, namely standing stones and he remarks on how timeless they are. He says that selecting stones for his work is quite difficult and that his work is very abstract. He talks about introducing school students to stone carving techniques and in 1997 he was asked to teach stone carving to prisoners in Castlerea. He describes the enthusiasm of the prisoners who were interested in the work and how he enjoyed working with them and giving of his time and assistance.
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Interviewee: Kieron Melody (Part 2) Kieron Melody (Part 2)
Interview location: Drumfad, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-39
Subject: A Sculptor/ Stonemason
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 38:48
In the second recording, Kieron Melody discusses his work as a stonemason. He recalls the small farm he grew up on with his parents and two siblings. He discusses his old house and bringing in the hay on the farm. He describes studying the old walls when he knocked them to see how they were built. Most of the stone was sourced from the land and Kieron talks extensively about the building of old walls and remembers finding horse harnesses, shoes and bottles underneath some walls. Finally he talks about the many houses which use stone today and its appearance in the modern house.
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Interviewee: Seamus Moore (Part 1) Seamus Moore (Part 1)
Interview location: Drumfad, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-40
Subject: Strawcraft/ A Farmer
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 72:50
Seamus Moore is from Drumfad, an only son in a family of seven children. He recalls that his introduction to farming involved minding the horses at the age of four. He also remembers having the peculiar task of taking ticks off the horses’ noses when he was quite young. Seamus describes learning how to thatch, beginning with twisting straw ropes, which was very exact work. He remembers the porter being delivered on the days when they were making the hay rick and the excitement involved. He remembers bacon and cabbage being made for dinner by his mother and discusses in great detail the preserving techniques they used to keep the bacon and other meat fresh. There was never any waste of food. Seamus has memories of making St. Brigid’s crosses out of Cíob, a coarse mountain grass, which were put on the window and blessed. Also recalled were the customs surrounding Christmas, including leaving a cake out on Christmas Eve. Halloween and its customs are also remembered.
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Interviewee: Seamus Moore (Part 2) Seamus Moore (Part 2)
Interview location: Drumfad, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-41
Subject: Strawcraft/ A Farmer
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 58:39
Seamus Moore discusses some superstitions from bygone days in the second recording. He talks about the finding of a famine graveyard in the area and the making of a memorial for it. He explains a besom (a brush made of heather) and its use and he describes how it was made. He discusses the mummers going out before Christmas, the characters they played and he recalls seeing and enjoying them when he was young. While he was involved with the strawboys he became interested in straw hat making which he enjoys and he describes how he made straw hats.
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Interviewee: Tom Nealon (Part 1) Tom Nealon (Part 1)
Interview location: Tourlestrane, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-42
Subject: A Basket Weaver
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 43:27
Tom Nealon was born in 1928 on a small farm in Tourlestrane. He is a basket weaver who works with willow and sally. He remembers his two grandfathers thatching long ago. He talks about his experience of getting turf from the bog and he says he made his first basket at eight years of age and explains that his father showed him how to make it. Tom also talks about his father’s time in the army. He remembers planting and maintaining sally gardens for the making of creels and he details making the creels and the techniques involved. The creel had many uses, including spreading dung from an ass and cart. Also recalled were some old cures for sicknesses used in former times. Tom talks at length about his time harvesting the land and working in England to make a living.
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Interviewee: Tom Nealon (Part 2) Tom Nealon (Part 2)
Interview location: Tourlestrane, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-43
Subject: A Basket Weaver
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 36:19
In the second recording, Tom Nealon initially discusses going to America in 1956 where he got married. Then, in relation to his craft, he explains that two creels were needed to put on each side of an ass and he could make them any size the customer wanted. He tells many stories of the creels he made for people. He also remembers the great country house dances and the enjoyment to be had there. He discusses the length of many marriages today as compared to former days. He also recalls the animals he kept, particularly the pigs, he describes how they were slaughtered and mentions that pigs were very profitable and important to families long ago.
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Interviewee: Peadar O’Neill (Part 1) Peadar O’Neill (Part 1)
Interview location: Enniscrone, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-44
Subject: A Fisherman
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 57:43
Peadar O’Neill is a fisherman from Enniscrone. He began fishing with his father and his grandfather before him was also a fisherman. He talks about his grandfather and his father who would go trawling in sailing boats, which was very skilled work. Peadar remembers catching lots of lobsters and other fish when he was young and he describes how he used to make trawls and set them up. He discusses a time when bailiffs were lifting lots of nets because of illegal net fixing in the water. Also described in detail is the making of the lobster pots and how they worked. Peadar remembers fishing for herring in his own boat and the difficulties involved.
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Interviewee: Peadar O’Neill (Part 2) Peadar O’Neill (Part 2)
Interview location: Enniscrone, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-45
Subject: A Fisherman
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 45:27
Peadar O’Neill discusses herring fishing in this second recording and explains that the herring disappeared from Sligo due to over fishing. He relates some superstitions surrounding fishermen, such as not whistling on a boat and he shares many stories about sailing in the sea years ago and the old ways of navigation. He talks about the breeding habits of the fish and how this was exploited in fishing. Also talked about was the salmon fishing, and Peadar says every pound made from fishing was well-earned.
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Interviewee: Michael Quirke (Part 1) Michael Quirke (Part 1)
Interview location: Teesan, Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-46
Subject: A Sculptor
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 53:43
Michael Quirke was born in Sligo town. His father was a butcher and was known as one of the best cattle dealers in Sligo. Michael talks about his father’s work for Pat Healy and his involvement in the Civil War. He recalls Sligo town of years ago and he remembers not having any interest in the family business, but he started work in his father’s shop in 1958. He explains that he was quite good at the mechanical side, cutting meat and slaughtering. He remembers starting to carve plasticine figures at school, which he loved doing and he maintains that he didn’t need toys in his childhood because he could make any toy he wanted out of plasticine. Michael goes on to talk about the belief in fairies or the shee long ago and the stories which surrounded them. He shares many stories of ancient Ireland and he recalls being inspired by reading Greek mythology.
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Interviewee: Michael Quirke (Part 2) Michael Quirke (Part 2)
Interview location: Teesan, Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-47
Subject: A Sculptor
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 41:08
In this second recording, Michael Quirke remembers the first figures he ever carved using scrap wood and a butchers knife. All his work is ornamental and he explains that he dislikes people dictating to him how to do his work. He recalls a time when he was famously asked to be a Druid at a wedding and he describes the event vividly. When Michael’s father died, butchery was changing due to regulations in force, so Michael closed the business and began making carvings on a full-time basis. He describes the mythological crouched tiger figure he has made and what it means to him and he obviously takes great pride in his work.
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Interviewee: Cillian Rogers Cillian Rogers
Interview location: Dromore West, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-48
Subject: An Artist
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 79:54
Cillian Rogers is from Dromore West. He was born in Ballymote in 1954. He remembers his father’s shop where everything was sold and he remembers his grandfather having the first generator and car in the area. Cillian discusses in great detail the Famine and the workhouses locally. One workhouse in particular, where this recording took place is described in detail. He discusses its history and the stories surrounding it and also recalls the stories about people dying in the workhouse and being given pauper’s funerals. He recalls a time when everyone was self-sufficient. He was always doing a bit of drawing and designing at school where it wasn’t really appreciated. He recalls going to the National College of Art and Design in Dublin in 1972 and describes seeing a whole new world opening up there. He talks about some of the work he has done, including a statue of two men talking, in an age where everyone had time for each other and a black pig piece he has created. Cillian discusses Irish folklore, which fascinates him and has inspired his pieces. He has also taught sculpture and really enjoys teaching.
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Interviewee: Brian Rogers (Part 1) Brian Rogers (Part 1)
Interview location: Dromore West, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-49
Subject: A Thatcher
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 48:12
Brian Rogers was born in Ballymote, Co Sligo and at the age of nine the family moved to Dromore West. He studied Sociology in Trinity College which he really enjoyed. He trained to thatch using reeds and he discusses the different types of reeds used in thatching. Brian talks about scollop thatching and the oaten straw used, the techniques involved, the tools employed including the leather knife, the bittle and the bat. Brian also explains the differences between farmers’ thatching and professional thatching.
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Interviewee: Brian Rogers (Part 2) Brian Rogers (Part 2)
Interview location: Dromore West, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-50
Subject: A Thatcher
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 34:14
In this second recording, Brian Rogers traces the history of Irish thatching and discusses thatching as it was done in the 1700s and 1800s. He explains that the quality degraded over time. He talks about the architectural heritage of thatching and discusses the disappearance of thatched houses. Also discussed is the faster disintegration of today’s roofs, which he believes is the result of acid rain and the lifestyles of people today. Brian explains that bluestone is great for preserving straw roofs, and he discusses the advantages and disadvantages of its use.
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Interviewee: Kathleen Scully and Mae Henry Kathleen Scully and Mae Henry
Interview location: Killavil, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-51
Subject: Crochet and Knitting
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 76:55
Kathleen Scully was born in 1911. She remembers her mother teaching her how to crochet and to knit. She explains that someone was doing crochet in every house at that time. Kathleen loves knitting and crochet and talks about some pieces she has made. She recalls the Black and Tans and the War of Independence and shares some memories of those troubled times. She recalls her first bicycle which she got for seven pounds and how she enjoyed cycling to Sligo for groceries. Kathleen recalls the country house dances and she remembers the local musicians playing at Christmas. Mae Henry also adds her memories of the dances and their different names. She also recalls the Wrenboys and the disguises they wore. Memories of Hallowe’en are discussed including the traditions of biting an apple on a string and getting a coin out of a bath of water with one’s mouth.
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Interviewee: Mick Shannon (Part 1) Mick Shannon (Part 1)
Interview location: Ballina, Co. Mayo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-52
Subject: An Instrument Maker, Blacksmith and Musician
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 51:10
Mick Shannon owns a workshop where he makes fiddles. His father was a blacksmith who owned two forges, when there was plenty of work to be had. He discusses the differences between the turf spade and the breast spade and he remembers first becoming involved in his father’s work when he was young, making little fittings for horse carts. He describes grinding sandstone and putting it into the fire to clean a piece of metal. Mick recalls the country house dances long ago and he remembers beginning to play the fiddle at nine years of age. All the chat and gossip was in the forges on rainy days he remembers. He discusses the hardening and cooling of the steel at the forge and says gates made long ago last much longer than those of today, because of the quality of the steel. Mick has memories of his father’s work and describes how it was done and he discusses old cures for warts and shingles in bygone days.
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Interviewee: Mick Shannon (Part 2) Mick Shannon (Part 2)
Interview location: Ballina, Co. Mayo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-53
Subject: An Instrument Maker, Blacksmith and Musician
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 44:15
In the second recording, Mick Shannon recalls that he emigrated to England in the 1950s where he spent twenty-five years working as a blacksmith and a musician. He was very well paid as a blacksmith, he remembers, but had to leave the trade due to illness. Mick played the fiddle over all the years in England, performing in competitions and he describes his many experiences. He makes fiddles and he recalls learning the craft from a German man in England. He describes how a fiddle is made, the wood used, the techniques in carving them with the chisel and brushing and sanding the fiddles before applying coats of varnish. Great skill is required, he says. He talks about some fiddle makers in Ireland and notes that his fiddles are played all around the world. This recording concludes as he plays a few wonderful tunes on the fiddle.
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Interviewee: John Surlis John Surlis
Interview location: Monasteraden, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-54
Subject: Woodwork and Furniture
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 69:27
John Surlis is from Monasteraden. His father was a woodworker who was invited to appear on the ‘Hands’ programme for RTÉ. He had a workshop where he made chairs, stools, ass carts and wheelbarrows. John recalls his own first job with the ESB which he started in 1954. He remembers when electricity arrived to the area and that some people were afraid it would burn the house down. He also recalls how the electricity was charged. John wired houses from the poles to the meters and he remembers other jobs like digging holes for the poles with a shovel and pick which was very hard work. He has other memories of the time, including the tinkers of long ago, nice people who repaired and made cans. He retired from the ESB in 1994 due to ill health.
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Interviewee: Seamus Tansey Seamus Tansey
Interview location: Gurteen, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-55
Subject: A Musician
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 61:04
Seamus Tansey is a well renowned flute player from Gurteen, Co Sligo, known all over Ireland and beyond. Seamus remembers his mother playing the fiddle and his father playing the tin whistle when he was younger. He was drawn to the tin whistle because it was easier to play, he says, and he didn’t like the fiddle because it appeared so complicated to him at the time. He recalls Christmas time when the Wrenboys came around to the house. He says their flute playing was amazing and he absolutely loved the music they played. He listened to them with awe and wanted to play like them from that day forward. Seamus discusses the bodhran players of today and of long ago and explains the differences in playing. He was inspired by musicians and names those who influenced him. Seamus recalls playing the flute at a young age in the All Ireland competitions and he has great memories of the competition he faced. He provides a descriptive account of the céilidhs long ago which lasted for five hours, and describes the atmosphere and the dances. Seamus has a great love for Irish music and is determined to keep the tradition alive.
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Interviewee: Clare Walsh (Part 1) Clare Walsh (Part 1)
Interview location: Castlebaldwin, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-56
Subject: The Story of Flax
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 42:23
Clare Walsh is from Castlebaldwin. She remembers attending school which was situated beside her house and enjoying her schooling. Clare trained as a nurse in England and she recalls applying for and being offered a nursing job in Canada. She describes her experiences there. On the way home to Ireland she travelled through the United States. Clare later worked for three years in Kanturk, Co. Cork, before she moved on again to Tanzania in Africa. She accepted a voluntary nursing job there and she explains the similarity in humour between the Irish and the African people. Back in Ireland once more, she describes how an accident on a bicycle ended her extraordinary nursing career.
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Interviewee: Clare Walsh (Part 2) Clare Walsh (Part 2)
Interview location: Castlebaldwin, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-57
Subject: The Story of Flax
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2008
Length: 38:31
In the second recording, Clare Walsh remembers when her mother and brother passed away leaving her and her father alone. She describes life in the country where people had everything they needed and were self-sufficient. Clare recalls being told about the sowing of the flax long ago and the process involved information passed down from her grandfather’s time. She talks about the history of linen in Co. Sligo and she describes a blanket which was passed down to her, the material for which was grown and weaved in the area. Also recalled are stories told to her about the famine. She discusses the sicknesses of years ago and shares some memories of old traditional cures from bygone days.
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Interviewee: Tony Toher Tony Toher
Interview location: Rosses Point, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-58
Subject: Yeats County
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore
Recording date: 2008
Length: 72:56
Track 1: His background, education and joining a family business at the age of seventeen. Track 2: Contracting TB. A description of the family pharmacy business in Stephen Street, Sligo. Track 3: Coining the phrase ‘Yeats County’. He speaks about the origins of the Yeats Society and his time biking around the county. He discusses W.B. Yeats’s interest in the supernatural. Track 4: His sailing cruises are discussed. Track 5: His working career in the 1950s and 1960s. Sligo’s Industrial Development Corporation. Sligo people and the class distinction between them. Track 6: His passion for racing cars, and motorbike racing. His membership of the Connacht Motor Club. Music in the town is discussed and writing articles for a magazine on the business of pharmacy. Finally, his time as a founder member of Sligo Field Club.
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Interviewee: John McTernan John McTernan
Interview location: Ard na Veigh, Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-59
Subject: A Former County Librarian and Historian
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore
Recording date: 2008
Length: 67:30
Track 1: Growing up in the 1930s and 1940s in Riverstown. He discusses his farming background and joining the library after his education. He describes the library services in those days, the staff members and Nora Niland the County Librarian and her character. Track 2: Moving to Cork and becoming an Assistant Librarian. His time there over ten years. Track 3: His appointment to Kilkenny Library as Librarian and his time there in the 1970s. Track 4: His appointment to Sligo as County Librarian in 1979. He speaks about his time there until retirement in 1995. He discusses the Yeats Art Collection and Museum and the inspiration for his first publication, a bibliography for libraries. Track 5: His legacy to libraries.
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Interviewee: Ronan McEvilly Ronan McEvilly
Interview location: Cleveragh Road, Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-60
Subject: A Passion for Art
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore
Recording date: 2008
Length: 55:07
Track 1: His invitation to the Board of Members for Sligo’s Art Gallery in 1977, serving as Administrator and Director. Track 2: His background, and his interest in art generally. Track 3: He discusses his father Tom, who worked closely with Nora Niland promoting the local arts in the 1950s. He talks about their achievements and about his time as CEO with Sligo VEC. Track 4: He discusses his interest in art exhibitions. Track 5: The Yeats Society moving into the present Yeats Memorial Building, an Allied Irish Bank house. He discusses the great interest in Jack B. Yeats’s work, and the collection built up by Norah Niland, a former County Librarian.
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Interviewee: Madame Felicity MacDermot (Part 1) Madame Felicity MacDermot (Part 1)
Interview location: Coolavin House, Monasteraden, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-61
Subject: A Family History
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore
Recording date: 2008
Length: 73:35
Track 1: The late Madame MacDermot, her own background. Track 2: Her education. She traces the ancestry of the maternal side of her family. Track 3: Her first visit to Ireland and her first impressions. Track 4: Meeting her future husband Charles for the first time. She describes his time in Malaya and his work on a rubber plantation. She discusses the Second World War years, and his three-and-a-half years in a prison camp there. Taking over the farming business from his father in 1948 and building up the dairy herd. Track 5: She spoke about her own enquiring mind and her passion for local history. Track 6: The local placenames. Track 7: Reading from the family diaries.
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Interviewee: Madame Felicity MacDermot (Part 2) Madame Felicity MacDermot (Part 2)
Interview location: Coolavin House, Monasteraden, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-62
Subject: A Family History
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore
Recording date: 2008
Length: 45:20
Track 1: A discussion on her grandfather’s interest in and investment in Irish railways. Track 2: The MacDermot home, its construction and architecture. Track 3: Farming practices in dairying. The local village, its shops and people and the local fairs. Track 4: Her involvement in local schemes, including mapping and community employment.
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Interviewee: John Mullaney (Part 1) John Mullaney (Part 1)
Interview location: O’Connell Street, Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-63
Subject: Drapery and Travel Agency Businesses
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore
Recording date: 2008
Length: 77:29
Track 1: A detailed account of the previous owners of the Mullaney property. Track 2: John’s background is traced back to the middle of the 18th century. His ancestors’ involvement in the Land League. He discusses his father’s apprenticeship with Moon’s in Galway. His father returned to Sligo in 1909. Track 3: The early years of the Mullaney business in Sligo. Track 4: Joining the business in 1950 after serving his time there in the previous ten years. Track 5: The travelling business in the company, which was there since the mid-19th century. He talks at great length about the sailing ship days and the early days of domestic air travel.
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Interviewee: John Mullaney (Part 2) John Mullaney (Part 2)
Interview location: O’Connell Street, Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-64
Subject: Drapery and Travel Agency Businesses
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore
Recording date: 2008
Length: 79:29
Track 1: He recalls all the businesses on O’Connell Street, Sligo, with a vivid account of the trading that went on. Track 2: The artists in the town, including signwriters, craft workers and carpenters. The specialist shops in earlier days. Track 3: He discusses shop fittings and fixtures and cash registers. Track 4: He recalls the old names of the streets in Sligo and also the importers. The general merchants, tailors, hardware stores, millers, coal merchants and transport methods.
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Interviewee: Joe McGowan (Part 1) Joe McGowan (Part 1)
Interview location: Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-65
Subject: A Keen Local Historian
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore
Recording date: 2008
Length: 56:02
Track 1: Recalling some of the interviewees recorded for this project (Sligo Heritage Collection). Growing up in Mullaghmore in the 1940s and 1950s, coming from a small farming and fishing background. He traces his family’s ancestry. Track 2: While walking around the locality, he discusses the placenames. Track 3: He talks about the people who lived in Mullaghmore and about living like islanders. Track 4: He discusses the seasons, customs and beliefs. Track 5: He recalls a supernatural story, recorded from a local woman.
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Interviewee: Joe McGowan (Part 2) Joe McGowan (Part 2)
Interview location: Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-66
Subject: A Keen Local Historian
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore
Recording date: 2008
Length: 39:53
Track 1: Emigrating to America in 1961. His work there and being drafted into the Army. Track 2: The reasons why he returned home in 1976 and the difficulties he met with in looking for work. His involvement in farming. Track 3: He discusses his own writings, the inspiration for his work and his love of writing.
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Interviewee: Peter Diamond (Part 1) Peter Diamond (Part 1)
Interview location: Toberpatrick, Dromard, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-67
Subject: Monumental Sculptor
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2010
Length: 63:03
Track 1: A visit to the workplace of Peter Diamond and a discussion on his apprenticeship, the materials used in the craft and his ancestral involvement in the monumental sculpture business. Track 2: The Irish Land Commission in the area in the mid-twentieth century. The manual labour in the growing of crops, dairying, cutting turf and transport. Track 3: Quarrying and the techniques used in the cutting of limestone. Blacksmithing is also included on this track. Track 4: The lettering and designs crafted on limestone. Occupational hazards and the large numbers of people who worked for his ancestors.
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Interviewee: Peter Diamond (Part 2) Peter Diamond (Part 2)
Interview location: Toberpatrick, Dromard, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-68
Subject: Monumental Sculptor
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2010
Length: 65:50
Track 1: The improvements in mechanisation used in cutting stone over the years. He describes an incident in a graveyard during the recent Troubles, involving the Free State soldiers. Track 2: A strange experience in Manorhamilton graveyard. Track 3: The use of the oil lamp in the workplace and at home. Surfacing the local roads with tar for the first time and the introduction of the tractor to the area. Track 4: Recalling the tinkers who came to the area. Track 5: The conversation returns to the polishing of stone and Peter being nearly the last to do hand-lettering on stone. Track 6: A discussion on the future of monumental sculpture. Also, a discussion on the local placenames, and the difference between the Catholic and the Church of Ireland graveyards. Track 7: A discussion on haunted houses and haunted bushes.
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Interviewee: Peter Diamond Peter Diamond
Interview location: Toberawnaun, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-69
Subject: Monumental Sculptor
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2010
Length: 52:13
Track 1: Tracing his ancestors. Life beside the coast and the quarrying of limestone. Track 2: The older generation quarrying the limestone. Transport of limestone by boat and cart. Track 3: The collecting and transporting of limestone from Ballinrobe, journeymen stonecutters. Track 4: The importation of marble and other materials in recent times. Also, the stone dust problems in the workshop. Wages in the 1950s for stonecutters. A discussion on the difference between machine work and hand work. Track 5: Journeymen on the move for better wages. The introduction of rural electrification in 1953 to the area. Track 6: The box tombs locally, worked on by his ancestors for the Blacks, the local landlords. A discussion on the tools of the craft. Track 7: Tracing the maternal side of his family. The mobile film shows. His belief in ghosts and the changing times.
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Interviewee: Eddie Higgins (Part 1) Eddie Higgins (Part 1)
Interview location: Castlegal, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-70
Subject: A Postman’s Stories
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2010
Length: 58:39
Track 1: His background, growing up in the 1920s and 1930s, local customs and the value of old money are all discussed. Track 2: Survival by farming a seventeen-acre farm. A detailed account of old funeral customs. House stations in 1947. Track 3: A postman’s career. Local relief schemes. The importance of his job locally, with anecdotal stories. Track 4: The customs of Halloween. An anecdotal story about a local character. Carrying the dole explained. Track 5: The postman’s bike. His retirement and how it came about.
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Interviewee: Eddie Higgins (Part 2) Eddie Higgins (Part 2)
Interview location: Castlegal, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-71
Subject: A Postman’s Stories
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2010
Length: 61:54
Track 1: The great storytellers locally. While attending a storytelling session, recalling the customs associated with the wake. Track 2: Local nicknames are discussed. A piece of local folklore relating to a curse. Track 3: A ghost story connected to a haunted house. Track 4: The meaning of local placenames. Track 5: The local Coast Watch during the Emergency Period. The warplanes which flew over. Track 6: Reflecting on Eddie’s life.
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Interviewee: Bertie Monds (Part 1) Bertie Monds (Part 1)
Interview location: Drumcliff, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-72
Subject: Road Working
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2010
Length: 59:43
Track 1: The origins of the Monds name in Sligo. The name appears in Bertie’s maternal and paternal families. Track 2: The burial of William Butler Yeats and Bertie’s involvement. His caretaking of the local church and an anecdote about Alfie Carroll. Track 3: Bertie’s work as a carter at the Mill in Milltown, and a description of the workplace. Track 4: Tarring the local roads for the first time, and carting the tar from the harbour in Sligo.Track 5: His experiences of the supernatural world are described.
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Interviewee: Bertie Monds (Part 2) Bertie Monds (Part 2)
Interview location: Drumcliff, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-73
Subject: The Strawboys
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2010
Length: 59:30
Track 1: His interest in the Strawboys and the traditions and customs associated with them, also their music and dress. Track 2: The craft of creating the outfits for the Strawboys. Track 3: Recalling Jimmy Scanlon, a great horse and pony man. Track 4: The extraordinary gift for working with animals which Jimmy Scanlon had. The making of the special mouthpiece for a horse. Track 5: The horse whisperer – a Donegal man recalled. The tragic death of Jimmy Scanlon. Bertie’s long memory of working with horses.
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Interviewee: Bertie Monds (Part 3) Bertie Monds (Part 3)
Interview location: Drumcliff, Co. Sligo.
Audio series: Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series
Product ID: CDSL01-74
Subject: Customs and Traditions in the Animal World
Recorded by: Joe McGowan
Recording date: 2010
Length: 58:31
Track 1: A discussion on crickets and cats. Track 2: An extraordinary cat. Track 3: Superstitions associated with crickets. Track 4: Memories of the corncrake, and the shooting of pheasants and pigeons. Track 5: A story associated with a famine ship. Track 6: The Lissadell Estate and the employees there. Bertie’s uncle was gamekeeper there and also worked in the stable yard. The cutting and harvesting of oaks in far off days. Track 7: Changes and development locally in the 1960s and the growth of Bertie’s own farm. The transition from fairs to marts.
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