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David Kennedy


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Recording No: 249

Theme: Business

Interviewee: David Kennedy
Date of Birth: 1938
Interview Location: Dublin
Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore
Series Title: 1922-2022: A Century of Change (part 3)
Date Recorded: 04/08/2021  and 20/08/2021
Recording Length:  1:12:00 and 1:06:49

Keywords: Management of Staff Aer Lingus 1960s; CEO Aer Lingus Group 1970s/80s; Padraig O Cinneide, Senior Civil Servant 1930s; State administration; Aer Lingus- Astral Reservations System-IBM 1960s; Aer Lingus’s first computers 1962/3;  IBM Aer Lingus; Prof. John Byrne, Trinity College; Aer Lingus diversification to Dunphy hotel chain in US, 1970s; Investments in Tara Hotels Group;

Part 2: Aer Lingus 1962-1988; Department structures 1960s; Flight operations; General services; Maintenance department; Industrial strikes 1976 and 1980; Negotiations with the trade unions 1970s and 1980s; Trade Union leader, Billy Attlee; Board Member Bank of Ireland 1970s; Aer Lingus aviation service in Africa; Involvement in amalgamation of Adelaide Hospital, Meath Hospital and the Childrens Hospital Harcourt Street; His late father was Secretary to the Department of Health 1947-1958;

Part 3: President IATA and Chairman of its Executive Committee; Chairman of the newly-formed Irish national Petroleum Corporation 1979; Chief Operating Officer of TWA

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Audio series:

1922-2022 A Century of Change (part 3)

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Recorded by:

Maurice O'Keeffe

Date Recorded

04/08/2021 and 20/8/21

Location of Recording



1:12:00 and 1:06:49