Marguerite (Gita) Weld (b. 1914)
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Marguerite (Gita) Weld (b. 1914)


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Track 1: Her background in Kilsheelan, Co. Tipperary. The Civil War in the area and a detailed account of a farmhand who worked for her father, and his execution on the farm. Stories about the Republicans, their demands for a place to stay and for the use of the farm for drilling. Track 2: Tracing her mother’s people, the O’Mahonys from Clonmel, with accompanying comments from her son Dermot Weld. They owned Powerstown Park which is now on Clonmel racecourse. Track 3: Recalling her first time on a horse at age three. Hunting with her father with the Waterford Hounds. Days in boarding school. Successful days in showjumping. An anecdote about the years of World War II, riding a horse to show, participating, and riding home again. Track 4: Working with the Department of Agriculture in Naas and the outbreak of war. Another anecdote about riding from Naas to home in Kilsheelan, Co. Tipperary. Track 5: Point to point races with the Clonmel Harriers and the Naas Harriers in 1944 and 1945.

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Disk, MP3

Audio series:

Horse Racing Ireland Oral History Collection


128 kbps

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48 hours

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21.7 MB; 2.5 MB; 17.1 MB; 6.5 MB; 4.5 MB

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Part 1 – A life with horses

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore