John McTernan
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John McTernan


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Track 1: Growing up in the 1930s and 1940s in Riverstown. He discusses his farming background and joining the library after his education. He describes the library services in those days, the staff members and Nora Niland the County Librarian and her character. Track 2: Moving to Cork and becoming an Assistant Librarian. His time there over ten years. Track 3: His appointment to Kilkenny Library as Librarian and his time there in the 1970s. Track 4: His appointment to Sligo as County Librarian in 1979. He speaks about his time there until retirement in 1995. He discusses the Yeats Art Collection and Museum and the inspiration for his first publication, a bibliography for libraries. Track 5: His legacy to libraries.

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Disk, MP3

Audio series:

Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series


160 kbps

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48 hours

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8.83 MB, 5.62 MB, 10.36 MB, 37.53 MB, 14.92 MB

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A Former County Librarian and Historian

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore