Johnny Wall (b. 1944)
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Johnny Wall (b. 1944)


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Track 1: The Wall bicycle shop in Market Place, Tralee, run by his family in earlier days is recalled by Johnny Wall. He explains that his grandfather, John Wall, worked as a gardener at the Crotta Estate in the Abbeydorney area. He came to Tralee to live at Walpole Lane and to work at Latchfords. Johnny Wall is one of ten children and he worked as a messanger boy for several Tralee shops in his young days. He explains that he always had a great interest in music and he played with Denis Cronin, the Maurice Mulcahy Orchestra and with the Kerry Blues over many years. Track 3: He was introduced to the Fianna Fáil party by Denis Foley and was elected to Tralee Urban Council in 1985 following the retirement of Maureen Henry Fitzgerald. He recalls his time both as Chairman of the Council and as Mayor and he discusses the development of the Basin area, the restoration of the Blennerville Windmill, the building of the Aquadome, the steam train and construction of the Jeanie Johnston at Blennerville. He also gives his views on the changing of the status of the Rose of Tralee Festival from voluntary to professional, and he discusses his efforts to develop a food festival and a flower festival in the town. Track 4: The decision to abolish rates in Tralee in 1977 is discussed and its consequences are outlined, and he also places on record his great admiration for the work of the outdoor staff of the Council.

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Audio series:

Reflections on the Urban District of Tralee Collection


128 kbps

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48 hours

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9.33 MB, 11.59 MB, 5.12 MB, 11.77 MB, 23.66 MB

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A Fianna Fáil party member of the UDC

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore