Michael Ryan (b.1938), Part 2
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Michael Ryan (b.1938), Part 2


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Michael Ryan recalls the many crews which worked on the Dunraven Estate in earlier days, including the foresters, the agricultural crew, the fishery crew, the gardening crew and the groomsmen at Fort Union Stud. He explains that the Estate included over one thousand acres of wooded lands and he recalls the names of many of the forestry crew who worked there in earlier days. He mentions the real importance of timber as fuel during the ‘Emergency’ period (1939-1945). The dairy at the Manor produced milk for the villagers and for the surrounding areas. The herdsmen took care of the prized cattle. The garden crew which worked under the direction of Mr Pullman are all recalled, as are the kitchen staff, the butler, the footman and the drivers. The individual buildings on the Estate, and their inhabitants, are remembered. Mike Ryan served on the committee and worked at collecting advertisements for the periodical Past Pupils Union C.B.S. Adare, first produced in 1983, and he discusses its content and mentions some of the articles written for the publication. In conclusion, he describes the unique manner in which the residents of Adare Manor and the people of the village lived and worked in gentle harmony down through the generations.

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The Adare Manor and Village Oral History Collection


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48 hours

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Earlier days in Adare village

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Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore