Michael Whelan (aged 81)
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Michael Whelan (aged 81)


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Eddie McDonald, brought me through narrow winding country roads to the home of the Whelans, who have lived here since 1876. I sat and spoke to Mike Whelan in the company of his wife Kathleen, and I recorded Michael’s memories of the rugged landscape and the small sheep farmers. Kathleen spoke about the work of women at a time when there was no running water, electricity, septic tanks, or motor transport. This interview provides a clear sense of a strong race of people who survived as hill farmers.

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Disk, MP3

Audio series:

Carlow county, first series


128 kbps

Download time limit:

48 hours

File size(s):

50.63 MB

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A hill farmer

Recorded by:

Maurice O'Keeffe