Dr Leonard Leader (b. 1918)
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Dr Leonard Leader (b. 1918)


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Track 1: Leonard Leader’s youth in the 1920s in Lishershane in Cullen, North Cork, and the background to his branch of the Leader family in Keale House. Track 2: Remembering the War of Independence and the Civil War. His cousins in Stakehill House and visits to Mount Leader. Track 3: Memories of the local parish priest, Fr. Ferris, and the Sisters at Drishane Convent, Millstreet. Track 4: He discusses his return to education at the College of Surgeons in 1939. After qualifying in 1942, he practised in England and returned to Boherbue to establish a practice with his wife Irene O’Callaghan, from Longueville House, Mallow. Track 5: The changes in medical practice over the years and a discussion on pandemics and epidemics. Track 6: Maternity practices in the 1950s in Ireland. Track 7: Superstitions associated with medicine, and the doctor-patient relationship and the outbreak of polio in the locality.

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Audio series:

Great Houses of Ireland, second series


160 kbps

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48 hours

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6.81 MB, 9.57 MB, 4.81 MB, 14.14 MB, 5.99 MB, 6.49 MB, 11.86 MB

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Rossnalee House, Kanturk, Co. Cork

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore