Patrick Shanahan (b. 1927)
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Patrick Shanahan (b. 1927)


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Track 1. Patrick Shanahan describes his family and the ancestral home at Knocknagoshel, since 1860. The building of a new house there in 1930 is described, and he explains that his father died when he was a child. His earliest memories were of difficult times in the 1930s, with his mother trying to run the farm with the help of a servant boy. His two uncles joined the RIC and his two aunts married policemen. He remembers attending the fairs in Abbeyfeale and Listowel, and driving the cattle on his own with his dog. He explains that he dealt with work horses all his life and attended as many horse fairs as possible. Track 2.Teacher Sean O’Sullivan from Dingle taught him in the local school, instilling in him the love for language and history in his youth. He recalls getting the first wireless in the area and the great excitement it brought when the All-Ireland Football final was broadcast. A discussion follows on farm management, going to the creamery, pig fairs, the departmental inspectors, keeping small fields and naming them, with an explanation on the names. Track 3. A description is given of the eviction from good land in Gortacloghane in 1860, when his great-grandfather had to move to the side of the mountain at Knockalugha with his two brothers. The land was reclaimed by them over the years, now extending to 117 acres, he explains. His father inherited the farm and the Shanahan family’s self sufficiency was continued by Patrick himself. He discusses the potatoes and the animal food, all from the land.

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Disk, MP3

Audio series:

Kerry county, seventh series


128 kbps

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48 hours

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13.76 MB, 8.85 MB, 23.07 MB

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Farming and horse management

Recorded by:

Maurice O'Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore