What others say
“I have used the Irish Life and Lore website and would recommend it to anyone – interesting product and great customer service. Their response to an inquiry was very prompt”
Ciara Adams, Adams Business Coaching, Bruff, Co. Limerick
“Since acquiring the Irish Life and Lore Recollections of 1916 and its Aftermath – Echoes from History audio Collection for University College Cork, I have found it to be of tremendous value for both research and teaching purposes. I consider the Collection to be an excellent example of a pioneering approach to the oral history of the period, and a historical source of undoubted value.” Dr. Gabriel Doherty, Dept. of History, UCC
“The Irish are the world’s great story-tellers, and the country ignores such resources at its peril. By nurturing a sense of place, we help to achieve an innovative and successful society. The unique resources, ranging across so many subjects, which are available in the Irish Life and Lore Series are invaluable.” Finbarr Bradley, author of "Capitalising on Culture, Competing on Difference"
“Trinity College Library has been working with Maurice and Jane O’Keeffe for a number of years, and we have found the quality and content of the work in the Irish Life and Lore Series has been of a consistently high standard. Over the years, the Library has acquired the entire body of work archived by Irish Life and Lore.” Robin Adams, Librarian and College Archivist, Trinity College, Dublin
“I have known Maurice and Jane O’Keeffe and their work in the Irish Life and Lore Series for a number of years. The work is of a very high standard, and is especially valuable as many of the people recorded are in advanced old age, and may soon no longer be with us. I am particularly familiar with the audio recordings carried out with the ancestral owners of many great Irish estates and country houses, and the material so far gathered already comprises a very important research tool and archive.” David J. Griffin, Archive Director, Irish Architectural Archive, Merrion Square, Dublin
“Those present at the History Teachers’ Association conference found your talk interesting and stimulating, and look forward to hearing you again at greater length.” Maureen Cooney, Hon. National Secretary, History Teachers` Association of Ireland
"The pupils also developed a new understanding of the process of collating oral histories and the value of using them. By meeting Maurice, they were meeting an Oral Historian and Archivist and this contextualised the "work of the historian" that is part of our history curriculum. Our 5th and 6th class then developed projects on the theme of Thomas Ashe and 1916 and submitted them to the Department of Education's "All Island Decade of Centenaries Project". The pupils and their teacher found the collection we had received to be of great benefit to their research and some pupils were even inspired to conduct oral interviews of their own.
Overall, this has been an invaluable and meaningful way of bringing history and oral history alive for our pupils.
I would have no hesitation in recommending the work of Maurice and Jane O'Keeffe." Anna McKeown, Principal, Corduff National School
The recordings made about Kilmainham Jail were included in the programme "Kerry Lore - Writing on the Walls" broadcast by Radio Kerry. This programme was shortlisted for the prestigious PPI Radio Award in 2006 in the Group C category (Speech Programming Awards). The PPIs aim is to celebrate and recognise the art and skill of audio production.
Clare County Library at Ennis:
“Clare County Library has purchased the complete set of 'Irish Life and Lore'. The material from County Clare covers topics such as Fair day in Miltownmalbay, Knock village in its heyday as a busy port, the life and times of Eugene O'Curry and the archaeology of Dysert O'Dea. These recordings have been broadcast on local radio stations including Clare FM and Kerry Radio. The Clare FM programmes, called 'Clare Lore', proved to be a tremendous success with listeners. Maurice O'Keeffe has now made available 120 hours of his recordings covering conversations with historians, archaeologists, musicians and storytellers from counties Clare, Kerry and Limerick. The recordings - called 'Irish Life and Lore' - are on CD and are accompanied by a printed catalogue which gives details of participants.”