Breda O’Sullivan (b. 1925)
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Breda O’Sullivan (b. 1925)


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Track 1. Breda O’Sullivan initially talks about her background and growing up with her aunt in Moyderwell, Tralee. Her grandfather, Patrick James O’Flynn, had been an officer in the WWI and Breda discusses his time in the Colonial Service and explains that he was stationed at Ballymullen Barracks in Tralee until 1922. Her parents lived in Garryruth, and she explains that solicitor Tom Huggard owned the land in the Ballymullen area and describes his business relationshiop with her father who built a house on the land. Track 2. Growing up in Tralee in the 1930s and 1940s is recalled, describing the shops, shopkeepers, the picture houses and dancehalls. She remembers some great music teachers, such people as Michael O’Rourke and Mickie Dunne. Track 3. Breda moved to Belfast when she was 18 years of age, and she later got a job in the Foreign Office in London during WWII. Her uncle, J. P. O’Flynn, was at the War Office there. She describes her work in London and living in her uncle’s house. Track 4. In the late 1940s Breda married Polish man Anthony Polarczy and she lived in England until 1997 when she returned to Ireland. In conclusion, she returns to her memories of the street where she grew up, naming all the people she knew and stories relating to each person.

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Audio series:

Kerry county, seventh series


128 kbps

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48 hours

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11.14 MB, 23.27 MB, 24.65 MB

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Earlier days in Tralee and in London

Recorded by:

Maurice O'Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore