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PODCAST: Memories of Trinity College Dublin 1930s – 1970s

In 2011 we were commissioned by Trinity College Dublin to compile an oral history collection. 88 people were recorded, many of whom have since passed away. The voices you will hear on this podcast are those of former academic staff, former students and domestic staff. Joseph Haughton, Fellow Emeritus, Prof. Geography Leslie Greer, Graduate French […]

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PODCAST: Old Dublin Family Businesses – Smith & Pearson Ltd.

In 1901 John Pearson and Joseph Smith began to manufacture gates and fencing.  Their showrooms and offices were situated at 47 Dawson St., Dublin.  The company exported high quality ironwork to the British colonies and to South America, and they expanded their business to manufacture structural steelwork. This podcast explores the successes and challenges the […]

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PODCAST: W & R Jacob. (Jacob’s Biscuits)

In 1851 in Waterford city, Jacobs was set up, and some years later the business relocated to Bishop Street in Dublin. During the 1970s Jacobs merged with Boland’s Biscuits to form Irish Biscuits Ltd., and the factory relocated to Tallaght on the Dublin outskirts.   This podcast reveals the many challenges and successes of the […]

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PODCAST: L.R. Wood Ltd. – A Dublin family business

Trevor Wood tells a fascinating story of his family business in this podcast. Beginning by recalling his father Leonard Wood, a true entrepreneur who set up the business in Dublin, trading under the name of Burwoods, and retailing early radios and crystal sets. In 1927 he opened a business in Merchants St., and in 1932 […]

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PODCAST: Hurling: The way we played the game in Kilkenny

This podcast provides a truly fascinating glimpse of the game of hurling in Kilkenny during the 20th century.  You will hear the voices of some of the county’s great hurlers as they recall details of some memorable sporting occasions. Willie Lynch Walsh recounts stories from Civil War days, and Martin White recalls playing in the […]

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PODCAST: The Golden Age of Cork Comedy

The wonderful entertainment enjoyed in various venues around Cork city in earlier decades is recalled in this podcast which features the voices of many of the participants and performers. These people were hugely passionate about their craft and provided enormous entertainment, wit, humour and banter in the city, and the memories of those glorious nights […]

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PODCAST: The Wren Boys and Mummers of Ireland

Each year on St. Stephen’s Day, December 26th, sees the tradition of people in towns and villages in Ireland dress up in costume which includes a straw head covering, and parade through the streets behind a local band.   This is a tradition which has remained unbroken for centuries and is still very strong in […]

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PODCAST: Men of the South: Irish Revolutionaries in Profile

This podcast tells a fascinating story about the Irish artist Sean Keating RHA (1889-1977) and his iconic painting Men of the South.  The work captures a time of turmoil in Ireland and  features men from the North Cork Flying Column as they wait in ambush for a British military group.  Keating created the painting at […]

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PODCAST: The Arrival of Computer Technology in Ireland

The computer is the single most significant factor to contribute to the world of communications which we inhabit today, but when did this technology arrive in Ireland? In this podcast you will hear the voices of some of those who were instrumental in this endeavour, people such as engineer, Michael Haydon who occupied several top […]

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