Keith Clarke (Part 1)
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Keith Clarke (Part 1)


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Keith Clarke grew up in Rosses Point where he was born in 1956. He is a beekeeper and a butcher, with a long established business in Grattan Street, Sligo. The business is family owned, inherited from his father, who set it up in 1956. Keith joined the business after leaving school at the age of 14 and he recalls his father buying sheep and cattle at the local fair. He discusses the farming practices and the bargaining methods used at fairs at the time. Also recalled are the origins of the local mart in the 1970’s and the tactics of the buyers and sellers at the marts. Keith discusses the reduction in the number of butcher shops in Sligo town due to competition from supermarkets and he provides great insight into the process of slaughtering and butchering cattle.

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Sligo Heritage Collection, First Series


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48 hours

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17.09 MB, 15.01 MB, 17.83 MB

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A Beekeeper and Butcher

Recorded by:

Joe McGowan