Sam Locke (b. 1958)
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Sam Locke (b. 1958)


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Track 1: Sam Locke grew up in O’Connor’s Terrace in Boherbee, Tralee, and he describes the Locke family tradition of employment at Denny’s Bacon Factory, where he himself was also employed. He discusses his work there from 1974 to 1989, and his tenure as shop steward at the facility. Track 2: Joining the John Mitchel Cumann of Fianna Fáil and his early days canvassing with Tom McEllistrim Snr are recalled. His reasons for later running for election as an Independent candidate are also discussed. In the early 1980s he first ran unsuccessfully for the Urban Council, and he was unsuccessful on two further occasions until his election in 2009. Track 3: His pride in having been the driving force in the Mitchel’s Crescent regeneration programme of recent years is discussed, as is his involvement in soccer clubs in Tralee. Place names, walkways and the problem of litter in the town are also discussed. Track 4: Sam Locke is a member of the Joint Policing Committee, and he mentions the problem of anti-social behaviour in the town, and the funding obtained for the CCTV cameras to help alleviate this issue. The new Municipal Council, the wide spread of its borders and the changes which will be brought about following its establishment are discussed.

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Audio series:

Reflections on the Urban District of Tralee Collection


128 kbps

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48 hours

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16.30 MB, 5.51 MB, 12.04 MB, 9.73 MB

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The work of a councillor

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore