Dick Loane, b. 1933
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Dick Loane, b. 1933


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Track 1: His childhood in Kimmage; securing a position in Trinity College Dublin in 1952 as a plumber’s mate, a trade he continued from the Builder’s Office, until 1974. During this time he was also on the staff of the Provost’s House. Track 2: His impressions of the college in the 1950s as a small community. Becoming full time Provost’s Steward after 1974; the challenge of working in the rudimentary conditions of the kitchen. Track 3: Recollections of Mr Slattery, the elderly Wine Steward, and his wife, whose daily task it was to light the fires in the Dining Hall. Memories of his work in the Provost’s House, including the need to be knowledgeable about fine wines. Track 4: Anecdotes about students and a number of high-spirited occurrences during his tenure. Track 5: Memories of Provost McConnell and his friendship with President Éamon de Valera, and others who were entertained in the Provost’s House. Track 6: Famous people who visited the Provost and his duties in respect of catering for their needs as Provost’s Steward. Memories of driving the Provost to visit Archbishop McQuaid when talks were underway to rescind the ban on Roman Catholic students attending the college. His tenure with Provost Lyons. Track 7: The daily rituals as Steward in the Provost’s House. Retirement and maintaining social contacts within the college.

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Disk, MP3

Audio series:

Trinity College, Dublin, Collection



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48 hours

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10.65 MB, 10.27 MB, 13.85 MB, 9.26 MB, 11.07 MB, 5.52 MB, 21.24 MB

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Steward, Provost’s House

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore