Maureen Haughey (b. 1925), Part 2
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Maureen Haughey (b. 1925), Part 2


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Track 1: Maureen Haughey discusses the pastimes of her father, Seán Lemass, which included golf and fishing. Track 2: She recalls her father’s first Ministry in Industry and Commerce and the close friendships he maintained throughout his life. At an early stage in his political career he travelled with a delegation on a steamer to Ottawa, Canada. Included is a discussion on an autograph book in which her father wrote a short poem while in prison during the Civil War. Track 3: Maureen Haughey describes visits to her aunts, Alice Boland and Claire Lyle, at the family business in Capel Street, which their sister May managed for many years. Track 4: She recalls her father’s political career and mentions Joe Leyden, his private secretary for years. Track 5: Contains reminiscences of the Emergency, (1939-1945) including transport challenges, coupons, the “glimmer man”, the Blueshirts and compulsory tillage, at a time when her father was in charge of supplies from overseas. Track 6: Maureen Haughey describes visits to the Curragh Camp during the Emergency and playing tennis with the German internees. She recalls the shooting of her father’s friend, Paddy O’Brien. Paddy’s brother, a member of the Garda Siochána, was also shot by the IRA in the 1940s. Maureen reminisces about her father as a pipe smoker. She mentions meeting John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Terence O’Neill and Brian Faulkner. Her mother’s friendship with the mother of actress Maureen O’Hara is recalled. Track 7: Following the defeat of Fianna Fáil in 1948, her father became national organiser in Fianna Fáil headquarters in Mount Street, Dublin. The shared business interests of the Boland and Haughey families are described, as are the tensions between them which were a legacy of the Civil War.

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The 1916 Rising Oral History Collections


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48 hours

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7.59 MB, 11.78 MB, 4.00 MB, 7.05 MB, 10.99 MB, 17.67 MB, 8.86 MB

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Lemass, Seán (Interviewee’s father)

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