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LAURENCE BRACKEN, AGE 82, KIRTEER AND TOM FLEMING, AGE 80; CLARA

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On an early spring morning, Tom Fleming brought me to Belview House, Kilclare, which now stands in ruins. It was over 60 years since he had visited this place, he started work there as a lad of 14. We met the new landowner, Laurence Bracken, who was born and grew up in the locality, emigrated to the States, and became an entrepreneur in the building business. His one ambition was to return to his native place. Eventually he bought the land and house, which has had a long line of occupants, and was the stronghold of the Rutledge family in the 1700s. It was sold to the Armstrong family, then to the Odlum family, and later still to the Wyers. Laurence purchased the land in 1971 from Larry Wyer. He recalls many of the stories associated with the house. Tom Fleming showed me around the grounds of the house, recalling many stories about the place. This recording finished in Clara, where we talked about the people and the houses we passed on the journey to the town.

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On an early spring morning, Tom Fleming brought me to Belview House, Kilclare, which now stands in ruins. It was over 60 years since he had visited this place, he started work there as a lad of 14. We met the new landowner, Laurence Bracken, who was born and grew up in the locality, emigrated to the States, and became an entrepreneur in the building business. His one ambition was to return to his native place. Eventually he bought the land and house, which has had a long line of occupants, and was the stronghold of the Rutledge family in the 1700s. It was sold to the Armstrong family, then to the Odlum family, and later still to the Wyers. Laurence purchased the land in 1971 from Larry Wyer. He recalls many of the stories associated with the house. Tom Fleming showed me around the grounds of the house, recalling many stories about the place. This recording finished in Clara, where we talked about the people and the houses we passed on the journey to the town.

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Type:

Disk, MP3

Audio series:

Offaly county, second series

Bitrate:

128 kbps

Download time limit:

48 hours

File size(s):

61.15 MB

Number of files:

1

Product ID:

CDOF02-34

Subject:

A reminiscence of the Big House in its heyday

Recorded by:

Maurice O'Keeffe

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