Sheila Dickson (b. 1958)
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Sheila Dickson (b. 1958)


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Track 1: The background to the O’Shea family of Marian Terrace, Killarney, is explored, and Murt O’Shea, father of Sheila Dickson, who worked at Pretty Polly in Killarney and with with OPW, is remembered. Sheila Dickson joined Ógra Fianna Fáil in 1975, and she describes the first meeting of the organisation she attended. She worked as a nurse in London, Scotland and in Belfast for some years from 1977. Track 2: In 1988, Sheila was seconded to Killarney Urban District Council following her father’s retirement from the body. The following year, she was elected as a member of the Council. She discusses the fact that she was the only female councillor at that time and the challenges which this situation presented. Track 3: Sheila Dickson recalls her period a Deputy Mayor in 2004, and she discusses party politics and the fact that members of all parties worked well together. The Town Development Plan, which included the protection of buildings in Killarney and the development of the town, is also discussed. Track 4: Sheila outlines her views on the disbandment of the Town Council and on its possible replacement. Her own involvement while on the Council with two protected properties in Killarney – St Columbanus and St Finians – is also mentioned. Track 5: An anecdote relating to the councillors’ rule book is related, and Sheila Dickson expresses her real disappointment at the loss of her seat on the Council in 2004.

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Audio series:

Reflections on the Urban District of Killarney Collection


160 kbps

Download time limit:

48 hours

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8.61 MB, 7.58 MB, 8.09 MB, 8.94 MB, 13.28 MB

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Party politics and local government

Recorded by:

Maurice O'Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore