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PODCAST: Remembering General Liam Lynch

Liam Lynch was Chief of Staff of the IRA during much of the Civil War in Ireland. He was killed in South Tipperary on 10 April 1923 while attempting to escape capture by the Free State Army.Two voices from our Irish Life and Lore archive may be heard in this podcast – those of his […]

PODCAST: Marking the Centenary in Kerry of the formation of An Garda Síochána

On 30th November 2022 the centenary was marked at a ceremony in Listowel at which I spoke, and also at a number of other venues in Kerry during the month of December. I used audio material from our Irish Life and Lore archive to illustrate my talk and to demonstrate the importance of recorded oral […]

PODCAST: The Big House in Kerry : A Social History

This week’s podcast takes a look at a most anticipated new book which will be published next week. The Big House in Kerry: A Social History will be in bookshops after 25th November. It will also be available via our website at Twelve of Kerry’s fine historians contributed chapters for the book, each examining […]

PODCAST: David Slattery : Travel Agent Based in Tralee, County Kerry

David Slattery, who sadly passed away recently, was one of the most innovative tour operators of his generation. In the early 1960s he saw huge change beginning in the travel industry. He joined the family travel business in Tralee, which had begun trading as a shipping agency in the 1930s. He introduced new ideas which […]

PODCAST: An Interview with Ted Crosbie (RIP) of Cork

Ted Crosbie sadly passed away on 9th October 2022. In recordings compiled between 2009 and 2011, he recalls his early life at Woodlands House, Montenotte, Cork; his schooldays and his studies at UCC; his rugby career; his love of sailing and his many adventures in the sport, and his long involvement with Cork Opera House. […]

PODCAST: Life as it was on the islands off Clare and Galway

Recently, Maurice O’Keeffe took a cycling trip along the coast roads of Clare and Galway. The first stop was to meet up with sisters-in-law Kitty and Margaret McNamara, married to McNamara brothers. who at one time lived on Scattery Island, and Michael Nolan who was involved in purchasing back the island in the 1980s.The, onwards […]

PODCAST: Life as it was on the Islands off the Kerry Coast

This is the first in a series of podcasts on life as it was on the islands off the west coast of Ireland.Featured in this podcast are: Beginish Island in Valentia Harbour in Co. Kerry with the legendary Gaelic Footballer Mick O’Connell. Illauntannig, one of the Seven Hogs which lie between Brandon Point and Kerry […]

PODCAST: Capturing Their Story – Kilcormac, Co. Offaly

Heritage Week 2022 brought us to Kilcormac, Co. Offaly for the launch of an oral history project entitled “Capturing Their Story”. Recordings were compiled with a selected number of the local residents who provided wonderful and descriptive testimonies of life down through the years. The project came about due to a collaboration between Creative Ireland […]

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