The late Madoline O’Connell grew up at Lacaduv House on the Lee Road in Cork, where she enjoyed a charmed childhood with her three brothers. Her maternal grandfather was Sir Bertram Windle, President of UCC. Her paternal grandfather was an agent in Cork for Charles Stewart Parnell. Madoline has a clear recollection of being brought by her father to watch the city burn during the turbulent occupation by the Black and Tan forces. Madoline’s parents and the elder Fleischmann family were close friends, and her father was instrumental in securing the release of Aloys Fleischmann Snr from captivity when he was held by government order during World War I. Madoline Horgan qualified as a medical doctor in 1939, and shortly thereafter she left to work in Liverpool close to the hospital where her future husband, St John O’Connell worked as an orthopaedic surgeon. When the war ended the couple returned to Cork and Madoline recalls life in the city during that frugal period. She discusses her husband’s huge involvement in the horse industry – he became Chairman, and later President, of the Irish Flat Breeders Association in the 1970s.