Bill Mockler (b. 1901)
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Bill Mockler (b. 1901)


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Track 1. Bill Mockler talks about his background and his early years in Mount Plummer, Co. Limerick. He was born in Broadford and he recalls his schooldays and his first job, driving a pony and trap for the local doctor. He describes his local knowledge about the Moonlighters and the days of the Land League. He joined the local IRA, was arrested by the Black and Tans and he details the subsequent harassment of his parents. He recalls the days of the Fight for Freedom and describes his reluctance to continue with the struggle after 1921. Track 2. He remembers the burning of houses locally by the Black and Tans. The dreadful accidental fire in 1927 at Drumcollogher picture house is also recalled.The introduction of the wireless is remembered, as is Canon Begley, summers staying in a lodging house at Ballybunion and going to the Listowel races. Track 3. Drawing the hay and the harvest night celebrations, butter- making and meal bread are also recalled. Bill explains that he witnessed the partial burning of Springfield Castle, Broadford, owned by Lord Muskerry, in 1921. To conclude, he talks about settling in Tournafulla and of cycling right up into he was in his late 80s.

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Audio series:

Kerry county, seventh series


128 kbps

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48 hours

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10.35 MB, 10.75 MB, 12.42 MB, 15.23 MB

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The 1916-23 Troubles

Recorded by:

Maurice O'Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore