In this recording, Maura Sheehan (88) evokes the atmosphere of her local place as it was in her great-great-grandfather’s time, when he first came into the area in 1840, having been evicted from Tuosist. Patrick O’Shea, her great-great-grandfather, with his seven sisters, lived in a thatched cottage, which is now the cow-house in the farmyard. Her own earliest memory is of knowing nine families, who lived in the cluster of thatched cottages at Bunadreen. She and her children are all who survives of that village today.
Keywords: Village, Bundareen, O’Sheas of Mastergeehy, Cahersiveen, Masterguagh, migration, 1840s, vernacular architecture, the Great Famine, eviction, vernacular language