Phyllis and John Kelly, Jennifer Butler (b. 1954), Dan McGillycuddy (b. 1936)
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Phyllis and John Kelly, Jennifer Butler (b. 1954), Dan McGillycuddy (b. 1936)


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Track 1: Dan McGillycuddy recalls his work for the Butler family on the salmon weir as he followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. Track 2: Jennifer displays and discusses photographs of her grandfather Major Butler, as he poses in military uniform during World War II. She also describes her great grandmother’s decision to let the house during World War I. Track 3: Dan McGillycuddy recalls his work for Major Butler during the 1950s, which involved dairying, and ploughing with three horses. Track 4: John Kelly, who is brother-in-law to Jim Butler of Belville, discusses his grandfather Michael O’Donoghue, who was employed as a gardener at Waterville House. Track 5: Phyllis Kelly, nee Butler, discusses the old family dispute and its possible causes. She also recalls her childhood at Belville House, Portmagee. Track 6: Dan McGillycuddy recalls his work in the gardens for Major Butler, and the difficulties he experienced due to the proximity to the shoreline. Track 7: Dan McGillycuddy remembers the other members of staff at the Butler Estate, and the benefits of the salmon weir to employment locally. Track 8: Jennifer Butler recalls the salvaging of the weir gates before the change of ownership of the estate in 1962. Track 9: Jennifer Butler examines and describes some old photographs taken at the Sceilligs in the early 1900s, and Dan McGillycuddy discusses the workhouses on the farm, sheep rearing, and the transport of cattle to Scariff Island by boat. Track 10: Phyllis Kelly examines and describes in detail old photographs of the Portmagee Butler family.

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Audio series:

Great Houses of Cork and Kerry, first series


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48 hours

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Waterville House, Waterville, Co Kerry

Recorded by:

Maurice O'Keeffe