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New Book on the Big Houses in Kerry Coming Soon

Irish Life and Lore is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication, ‘The Big House in Kerry’, edited by Jane O’Keeffe. Fourteen Kerry historians will contribute eighteen chapters to this coffee-table format publication, as follows: Kay Caball: Crotta House, Crotta Donald Cameron: Ardfert Abbey, Ardfert and Beaufort House, Beaufort Tom Denny: Tralee Castle Tom Dillon: Kilmorna, […]

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PODCAST: An Interview with Reggie Goodbody

I compiled this recording with Reggie Goodbody in 2007, on the shores of Lough Derg in Co. Clare. The recording begins with a description of the background to the flour milling business by the Quakers in Ireland, and details on the Goodbody family line. Reggie’s own career as manager of Legge Bros of O’Connell Street, […]

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PODCAST: Memories from The Burren

Last week, I took a trip to The Burren in Co. Clare to revisit people I had recorded 20 years ago for Irish Life and Lore. That visit inspired this week’s podcast, using clips from those earlier recordings. My first destination was Lisdoonvarna to meet Mary Angela Keane, one of the experts on the flora […]

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PODCAST: The Story of The Kerryman Newspaper

This podcast features many voices from our oral history archive, taken from recordings we compiled over the years with staff members of The Kerryman newspaper and contains some fascinating stories and memories of working with the newspaper. It provides a great insight into how deeply embedded The Kerryman really is in the local community, and […]

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PODCAST: Prehistoric Treasures of Ireland

Over the years, we at Irish Life and Lore have recorded people involved in the discovery of prehistoric artifacts and structures which have remained hidden for thousands of years in Ireland. These include a cutaway bog in a valley on the Beara Peninsula, close to Castletownbere, Co. Cork; a crannog (prehistoric dwelling) found in a […]

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PODCAST: The Hills Cricket Club, Skerries, Co. Dublin

This week’s podcast relates to the very successful Hills Cricket Club which celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2019 when this oral history documentary was compiled. The voices you will hear are the following: The late Joe Clinton and his brother Seamus Maureen Byrne, in her 100th year, and her son Paddy Local historian Jim Bennett […]

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PODCAST: A Recording Compiled with John Bellingham

The Bellingham family originally settled at Castle Bellingham in Co. Louth in 1660. John Bellingham, a descendant, now lives in an early 19th c. house on the Hill of Howth, and he also owns the Glencara Estate in Westmeath. This podcast is made up of soundclips taken from the several recordings compiled with John Bellingham […]

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