Larry Slevin (b. 1926)
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Larry Slevin (b. 1926)


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A native of Clane, as were all before him, Larry Slevin spent all his adult life working as a groom at Blackhall Stud. His father drove a bread van for Boland’s Bakery during Larry’s childhood. John Noonan facilitated this recording at Hazelwood Nursing Home, where Larry recites some old local rhymes, and recalls his long working life with Lord Astor. He remembers the hay mangers, people who used to transport loads of hay on horses and drays with side boards all the way to Dublin. Larry declares that one could barely see the horses’ heads protruding from the hay loads. He mentions Josie Doyle, who would come to Clane on her ass and car to sell sweets and Chester cake, and also recalls Aggie Weir who ran a boarding house in the village for ‘tramps.’ He remembers some local people who had the gift of curing ailments such as shingles, which was known as ‘wildfire.’ Larry’s mother was an unusual lady in that she sometimes dreamed of the funeral of a local person, and before too long, the person in question would leave this world! Larry’s grandfather was captain of the local football team in 1887, a very successful team in its heyday. The team wore white flour bags fashioned into football jerseys, which lead to the Kildare team’s present name the ‘Lillywhites.’

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Audio series:

Kildare county, first series


128 kbps

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48 hours

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49.03 MB

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Memories of Blackhall estate

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe