Michael Latchford (b. 1940)
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Michael Latchford (b. 1940)


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Track 1: Michael Latchford traces in detail his family background in Tralee and he provides early memories of the Latchford family businesses. The Latchford family members who served as Town Commissioners from the late 1800s until 1942 are also recalled. Track 2: He joined the family business in 1962 on his graduation from Trinity College with a degree in commerce, and he describes Tralee in those days as a very busy market town. He also recalls joining the Tralee Chamber of Commerce in 1963, and describes the committee as a dedicated group working closely with Eamon O’Mahony, County Development Officer. The new factories which were established in Tralee at this time are discussed as are the challenges presented by the trade unions. Track 3: The absence of a political whip on the members of Tralee Chamber of Commerce and also Tralee Urban Council in the early days is discussed, and his admiration for Councillor Michael O’Regan, an employee of Latchford’s, is emphasised. Track 4: The closing and sale of the Latchford businesses in Tralee in 1980 is recalled, the circumstances surrounding this are discussed, and the great loyalty of their customers over the years is recalled. The lack of forward planning by Tralee Urban Council in the matter of housing estates around the town and the lack of accompanying infrastructure is also discussed. He gives his views on the work of the Council in the past and at present and he discusses his hopes for what the future may bring.

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Audio series:

Reflections on the Urban District of Tralee Collection


128 kbps

Download time limit:

48 hours

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8.33 MB, 6.83 MB, 2.50 MB, 19.15 MB

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A Tralee business of long standing

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore