John Roche, Michael Finucane, Billy Walsh and Sean Morrissey
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John Roche, Michael Finucane, Billy Walsh and Sean Morrissey


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This recording was compiled at Michael Finucane’s public house in Ballylongford, which was once the home of The O’Rahilly family. Michael explains that his grandfather, Michael, purchased the property from the O’Rahillys in 1898. He also explains that his grandfather was involved in trading in fish and oysters on the premises for many years.

Billy Walsh begins by telling a story and singing a song about emigration from the area and recalls his own emigration to England in the 1950s.

John Roche discusses salmon fishing on the River Shannon in former days, and Sean Morrissey recalls the local Parish Priest, Fr. Ferris, who wrote prolifically in Irish on matters relating to Irish history, and Sean’s brother Liam translated the work into English.

Other subjects addressed were nearby Carrigafoyle Castle, the names of local townlands and the Palatines who settled in the area.

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The Shannon River

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Maurice O'Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore

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Location of Recording

Ballylongford, Co. Kerry