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This collection [1922-2022: A Century of Change in Ireland] is a treasure trove

“On a personal level, it was a joy to be able to live my own youth through the contributions in county collections. And, on a professional level, this collection is a treasure trove for anyone interested in exploring a range of interests: culture, arts, history, language, sport, politics and more. And the best thing is that it continues to grow. It will be of use to students, academics and libraries and to amateur and professional historians. But more than this, it is a living chronicle of life on the island of Ireland and deserves to be supported. ”
Dr. Katie Liston, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Life & Health Sciences, Ulster University

Would recommend it to anyone

“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

An excellent example of a pioneering approach

“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”

A consistently high standard

“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

A very important research tool and archive

“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

Interesting and stimulating

“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

Bringing history and oral history alive for our pupils

“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

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