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Christopher Somerville (b. 1921)

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Track 1: Christopher Somerville is better known as ‘Dan’ and at his home in Somerset he explains the background to the Somerville family. Track 2: The Somerville family and their arrival at Drishane is discussed. The ‘The Merchant’ Somerville is also recalled. Track 3: The building of Drishane House is discussed. Track 4: Dan Somerville describes the rooms in the house. Track 5: Memories of the character and personality of Edith Somerville and their many enjoyable games of backgammon are recalled. Track 6: Dan Somerville recalls his father, Desmond, and his service in World War I. Track 7: The journey from London to Istanbul undertaken by car with his father is recalled by Dan Somerville. Track 8: His mother’s introduction to Castletownshend and her marriage is discussed. Track 9: Dan Somerville’s father Desmond’s return to farm the land at Castletownshend following his military career. Track 10: His upbringing and education in England is recalled by Dan Somerville. Track 11: His short military career during World War II and his 32 years in the British Foreign Service is discussed. Track 12: The challenges faced by his parents in Castletownshend in the 1950s and 1960s are recalled by Dan Somerville. Track 13: The shooting of his uncle Boyle Somerville by the IRA in 1936 is recalled, as are its effects on the family.

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Description

Track 1: Christopher Somerville is better known as ‘Dan’ and at his home in Somerset he explains the background to the Somerville family. Track 2: The Somerville family and their arrival at Drishane is discussed. The ‘The Merchant’ Somerville is also recalled. Track 3: The building of Drishane House is discussed. Track 4: Dan Somerville describes the rooms in the house. Track 5: Memories of the character and personality of Edith Somerville and their many enjoyable games of backgammon are recalled. Track 6: Dan Somerville recalls his father, Desmond, and his service in World War I. Track 7: The journey from London to Istanbul undertaken by car with his father is recalled by Dan Somerville. Track 8: His mother’s introduction to Castletownshend and her marriage is discussed. Track 9: Dan Somerville’s father Desmond’s return to farm the land at Castletownshend following his military career. Track 10: His upbringing and education in England is recalled by Dan Somerville. Track 11: His short military career during World War II and his 32 years in the British Foreign Service is discussed. Track 12: The challenges faced by his parents in Castletownshend in the 1950s and 1960s are recalled by Dan Somerville. Track 13: The shooting of his uncle Boyle Somerville by the IRA in 1936 is recalled, as are its effects on the family.

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Type:

Disk, MP3

Audio series:

Great Houses of Cork and Kerry, first series

Bitrate:

128 kbps

Download time limit:

48 hours

File size(s):

2.10 MB, 4.69 MB, 4.58 MB, 3.59 MB, 5.33 MB, 12.81 MB, 2.48 MB, 1.61 MB, 2.29 MB, 5.73 MB, 4.41 MB, 5.89 MB, 7.10 MB

Number of files:

14

Product ID:

CDGH01-39

Subject:

Drishane House, Castletownshend Part 1

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