Desmond Tyndall, b. 1948
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Desmond Tyndall, b. 1948


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Track 1: His background, growing up in the Coombe, leaving school at fourteen, securing a position in 1965 at Trinity College Dublin as a Helper in Commons. The tradition at Trinity for several members of a family to be employed by the college, often through generations. Track 2: Memories of the older employees of the college, who had related to him, over time, many recollections of Trinity in the early years of the 20th century. His promotion to catering, a post which required him to wait at table in Commons Dining Hall, his briefing for this new position and his mentor in this regard, Professor Webb, Dean of College, who also held responsibility for the Wine Cellar. Track 3: Recalling the Professors of his early years, the ‘family,’ who administered the college and maintained the old traditions. Describing a typical week, with its rules, regulations, standards and courtesies. Track 4: Memories of his employment under five Provosts, and recalling the retirement gathering of Professor Webb, at which he was an invited guest. Track 5: The famous visitors for whom he catered.Track 6: Final anecdotes, including an episode concerning the college silver, and the Bath House.

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Disk, MP3

Audio series:

Trinity College, Dublin, Collection



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48 hours

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12.57 MB, 9.40 MB, 13.81 MB, 18.56 MB, 13.84 MB, 6.77 MB

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Steward, Senior Common Room

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore