Sheila Teahan (b. 1938)
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Sheila Teahan (b. 1938)


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Track 1: Sneem is the birthplace of Sheila Teahan, and she explains that following her education by the Mercy Sisters in Carrick-on-Suir, she took up employment at the Lake Hotel, Killarney, in 1956. She recalls her early visits to the other Huggard-owned hotels as part of her training, and she describes the various jobs she undertook in the Lake Hotel at this time. She also mentions by name her colleagues in those early days. Track 2: The South of Ireland Bridge Congresses which were held at the Lake Hotel are discussed, and she also recalls the angling groups which would regularly stay at the hotel. The Christmas period at the hotel is also remembered. Track 3: The making of the Lake Hotel her home, her daily routine as a receptionist and Hilda Huggard’s great dedication and loyalty to the older members of staff is mentioned. Track 4: The commercial travellers who stayed at the hotel throughout the year are recalled and the great changes which occurred over the years are described, including the ending of the boat service on the lake, the staff replacements, the men who maintained the gardens and the jaunting car drivers are named. The fact that Hilda Huggard would arrange transport to 7.00 am Mass for her staff on Sundays until her death in 2001 is also remembered. Track 5: Some of the hotel guests who would return year after year and the guests who stayed permanently at the hotel are recalled and named.

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Audio series:

The Kerry Hospitality Industry


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48 hours

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8.08 MB, 6.83 MB, 18.77 MB, 18.35 MB

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Great Southern Hotels, Killarney, Kenmare and Parknasilla; Torc Hotel, Killarney

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore