Patsy Cremin (b. 1931)
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Patsy Cremin (b. 1931)


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Track 1: Patsy Cremin comes from a family of blacksmiths and wheelwrights based on the Millstreet road outside Killarney. He obtained a summer job at the Great Southern Hotel, Killarney, while attending the Technical School in the town in the late 1940s. Track 2: He recalls joining the workforce in the Lake Hotel, Killarney, in 1948. He discusses his first impressions of the place and mentions the Hilliard family who once owned the hotel. His work as a stoker at the hotel is described along with his living quarters there. Miss Hilda Huggard, who was then in charge, is remembered. Track 3: It is explained that the vast majority of the hotel guests were English visitors on return visits. Track 4: The imminent arrival of the train at Killarney station prompted the journey there of a horse-drawn wagon from the Lake Hotel to collect eight passengers and their luggage, and it is mentioned that this wagon was in the charge of Mike Price and Noel Kissane. The hackney car which replaced the wagon, and its driver Humphrey Courtney, are also recalled. Track 5: The maintenance work undertaken at the hotel during the off season is described, and some of the well-known visitors to the hotel, such as Séan T. O’Kelly, are recalled. He remembers the first American coach tour to arrive at the hotel and he describes the wealthy passengers on board who were travelling on a world tour. The dining-room at the hotel, the large wooden trays used for serving, the table linen, silverware and china and menus are all recalled. Track 6: Patsy describes his early memories of carting timber from Lord Kenmare’s estate to his father’s workshop outside Killarney. He recalls the timbers used and the fine skills of the wheelwright.

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The Kerry Hospitality Industry


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Lake Hotel, Killarney

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Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore