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PODCAST: The Life Story of Jackie Healy Rae in his own words

This podcast features a recording compiled with the late Jackie Healy Rae in 2011. It is fascinating, revealing and funny. During the recording he speaks frankly about his early life and the poverty endured by his family, the beginning of his hard working early life, his introduction to politics locally, his involvement in local and […]

PODCAST: Christmas Memories and Stories from Kerry

In this final podcast of 2021 you will hear the voices of the following people as they describe in lovely detail their memories of Christmases past. John B. Keane, remembers Christmas in Listowel and relates a story about the season. He also explains the importance of the rhythm in his writings and compares it to […]

PODCAST: Investigating and Archiving the Drummin House Papers

This is the 3rd and final episode in the story of Drummin House, Carbury, Co. Kildare. The first episode featured a recording with the late Grattan de Courcy Wheeler. The second episode described the discovery of historical papers in the attic at Drummin. This final episode is about the investigation and archiving of these papers […]

PODCAST: Memories of Trinity College Community 1930s-1950s

This podcast provides a unique opportunity to hear a selected number of sound clips taken from the Trinity College Dublin Oral History Collection we compiled in 2011. The voices you will hear include those of: Barbara Wright, Emeritus Prof. French Literature Brian McMurry, Emeritus Prof. Organic Chemistry Geraldine Watts, graduate and widow of former Provost […]

PODCAST: The O’Mahony Family Papers return to Kerry

The O’Mahony family papers and artifacts from Kilmorna House near Listowel in North Kerry were presented to Kerry Co. Museum in October 2021. Included among the collection is a hand-written letter dated 13 April 1829, written by Pierce Mahony who was working solicitor to Daniel O’Connell, at the House of Lords at Westminster, just as […]

PODCAST: Special Edition – An Interview with Brendan Kennelly (RIP)

In 2011, while working on the Trinity College Dublin Oral History Collection, I met and recorded Brendan Kennelly. This was a wonderful opportunity to spend some time with him and get to know him better. I recorded his life story at length in the Long Room in the old library at Trinity College. May he […]

PODCAST: The Origins of the Wexford Opera Festival

In 1951 the first Wexford Opera Festival was staged in the Theatre Royal in Wexford town. It began as an informal gathering of friends listening to gramophone music developed into one of Europe’s leading classical music events. In 2008, funded by Wexford Co. Council, we recorded those instrumental in the foundation of an Opera Study […]

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, […]

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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