Oliver Burke (b. 1937)
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Oliver Burke (b. 1937)


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Track 1: Growing up in Ballydroichead, in a cottage previously lived in by his forefathers. In 1961, joined the Williams Company as a lorry driver, servicing the branch houses. Recalled the routes he travelled, covering the entire country from Donegal to Kerry. Memories of his father, Tom, also a driver for the company, who used a dray horse. Track 2: Recalled Matt Farrell, his first transport manager, and Tom Fitzgerald, the manager of fertilisers which he delivered to farmers for their crops in the early spring, returning at harvest time to collect the bagged grain. Track 3: The heavy manual work prior to the arrival of forklifts, of loading and unloading grain bags with an average weight of up to twenty stone. Track 4: Memories of his father, Tom, who had worked in the distillery; the practice of ‘beating down the mash’. Track 5: Following retirement, some success in breeding horses. Discussed the genealogy of his maternal family.

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Audio series:

Tullamore Dew (Offaly eighth series)


128 kbps

Download time limit:

48 hours

File size(s):

8.76 MB, 7.22 MB, 4.54 MB, 7.45 MB, 10.74 MB

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Tullamore Dew Distillery, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore