Seán Counihan (b. 1949)
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Seán Counihan (b. 1949)


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Track 1: Seán Counihan was born in Killarney town, and he describes his introduction to politics through the trade union movement and joining the Labour Party. His father, Denis, was a jarvey in the town, and this family tradition is discussed. His work in the Killarney Mineral Water company, before starting work with Pretty Polly is also discussed, as are the history, staff and management of Pretty Polly and its huge importance to the Killarney area. Track 2: He discusses his involvement with the Council since 1994 and his efforts in initiating work on local facilities. The twinning of Killarney with other towns in Europe and the benefits which derive from this initiative are also discussed. Track 3: His roles as a Town Councillor and a County Councillor are described, and he explains the importance of honouring and commemorating local people who have been achievers in their lifetimes. An anecdote is told relating to Jim O’Flaherty, brother of Mons. Hugh O’Flaherty, who lived in Killarney. Track 4: Planning and the rezoning of land around Killarney are discussed, and the reaction of the local press to Council meetings is also mentioned.

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Audio series:

Reflections on the Urban District of Killarney Collection


160 kbps

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48 hours

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9.32 MB, 12.42 MB, 4.95 MB, 5.97 MB, 12.74 MB

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Involvement with the local community and politics

Recorded by:

Maurice O'Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore