Michael Gleeson (b. 1945)
10.0015.00 Select options

Michael Gleeson (b. 1945)


Want unlimited access to the Irish Life and Lore Oral History Archive? Subscribe by purchasing Gold Subscription, Silver Subscription or Bronze Subscription!

Track 1: His Glenflesk farming childhood is recalled by Michael Gleeson. He had seven siblings, many of whom emigrated in adulthood. Track 2: His mother’s strong feelings about the importance of the proper education of her children, his own days at boarding school with the de la Salle Brothers in Ballyvourney, his time at St Patrick’s College while training as a teacher, his eventual position, following other teaching posts, at the Presentation Brothers Monastery in Killarney in 1974 are all described. Track 3: The politics of the Gleeson family are discussed, as is his co-option to Kerry County Council in 1983. He was elected on behalf of the Labour Party in 1985. He speaks about his work on the Council over the years until he lost his seat in 1991 and ceased to be involved with the Labour Party. He won a seat on Killarney Town Council in 1994, a seat he still holds, and in 1999 he also won a seat on Kerry County Council, as seat which he also holds today. Track 4: His role on the Town Council and the interaction with local committees and social clubs and the Chamber of Commerce is described. The formulation of the Town Plan policy, and its importance, is also mentioned. The challenges of membership of the Town Council and the benefits of membership of both Councils are discussed. Track 5: The importance of the five-year Town Plan is emphasised. The major success of the water system and the sewage filter system in Killarney and its benefits to the town are discussed. The monthly Council meetings and the payment and expenses of the councillors are also discussed. Track 6: His achievements on the Council over the years and his views on the changes which are about to take place in local government are outlined.

Additional information



Audio series:

Reflections on the Urban District of Killarney Collection


160 kbps

Download time limit:

48 hours

File size(s):

13.50 MB, 7.87 MB, 8.81 MB, 9.62 MB, 10.90 MB, 10.64 MB

Number of files:


Product ID:



Killarney Town Council

Recorded by:

Maurice O'Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore