Jim Queally
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Jim Queally


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Jim Queally began this recording with a description of the street where he grew up, and his childhood days. He gives a chronological account of his life, talking about his fond childhood memories of touring theatres and watching the ‘fit ups’, the travelling companies which brought entertainment to the rural parts of Ireland. His introduction to theatre came as a volunteer working backstage in the old Playhouse in Limerick. He went on to do poster painting for cinemas, and then emigrated to England for a short time to work as assistant stage manager, and he also played small parts in productions there. Returning to Cork in 1964, he worked as a display manager in Queen’s Old Castle, until he got employment with the Theatre of the South Group. In 1970 he worked as an actor in Bunratty Castle. Recorded are many comical anecdotes associated with this part of his life as he recalled some American visitors to the Castle. He returned to Cork to work for Cash’s as a window display manager in the city. Jim also speaks about his involvement in theatre in more recent times.

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Audio series:

Cork city, first series


128 kbps

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48 hours

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64.85 MB

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Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe