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PODCAST: Storytellers of Ireland

Over the past thirty years we at Irish Life and Lore have recorded some of Ireland’s best storytellers from around the country, and this week’s episode features their voices. They include Joe Clinton from Margaretstown, Skerries in Dublin; Maisie Cooper from Limerick city; Martin McMahon and Robin O’Connell from Meelick, Co. Clare; Eamon Kelly from […]

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PODCAST: Bishop Eamon Casey’s Own Story Part 1

This podcast reflects the first section of Eamon Casey’s story, told in his own words. Parts 2 and 3 will follow. Eamon recalls his childhood and early life in Adare, Co. Limerick, his decision to become a priest, his ministry in his parish in Limerick city, his involvement in the Irish Chaplaincy Scheme in England […]

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PODCAST: Ambushing the Black and Tans in Kerry

Two significant ambushes took place in Kerry during the War of Independence; The Lispole Ambush of 21st March 1921 and the Ballymacandy Ambush of 1st June 1921. The details of the ambushes are set out by two members of the old IRA, both of whom took part. Dan Keating and John Scannell give eyewitness testimonies […]

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PODCAST: Memories of Clondalkin Paper Mills

The paper mill was located beside the Camac River, and it was established in the early 19th century by Thomas Seery & Son. The fresh, clean water of the Camac was ideal for use in paper making, and the business thrived during the Great War. It went downhill thereafter and closed in 1922. The paper […]

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PODCAST: Old Dublin Family Business – Bewleys

This is a story worth telling as Bewley’s restaurant has been such an important part of the cultural life of Dublin life for so many years. A landmark in Grafton Street, the restaurant was run by several generations of the Bewley family who are of the Quaker tradition. The business was sold in 1980 to […]

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PODCAST: The Landed Gentry of West Cork

The first Plantation of West Cork took place in the 1580s, and continued into the 17th century. The English Crown hoped to create English settlements which could be defended in the area as they had been in the broader region of Ireland. The planters were given vast acreages of land which formed the origins of […]

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PODCAST: The Battle of Knocknanuss in 1647

This podcast was compiled in response to an email we received recently from a descendant of Robert Travers, an officer serving under Murrough O’Brien, Lord Inchiquin at the Battle of Knocknanuss which took place outside Kanturk, Co. Cork in November 1647 during the Irish Confederate Wars. Having downloaded and listened to our Irishlifeandlore.com oral history […]

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PODCAST: The Story of Liebherr Cranes, Killarney

This is a fascinating account of the origins of a company which has had far reaching and very positive effects on the economy of a town in Ireland’s southwest. In 1949 in Germany, Hans Liebherr invented the tower crane, and he later commissioned the first Liebherr factory outside of Germany with the intention of gaining […]

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PODCAST: Memories of Irish Jesuits in Hong Kong

While working on an oral history project in 2011 to record the children of those who played a central role in the 1916 Rising, Maurice O’Keeffe of Irish Life and Lore (www.irishlifeandlore.com) travelled to Hong Kong to meet and record Fr. Joseph Mallin, son of executed revolutionary Michael Mallin. The late Fr. Joseph Mallin worked […]

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