The Chronicles of Cork – An Oral Record features ten of the people recorded for the three Cork Collections. The book is edited by Jane O’Keeffe and published in June 2010.
Our own personal geographies, combined with our unique histories, form the building blocks of the people we become. In these Chronicles, Cork is the keystone.
Ted Crosbie recalls his business and sporting life, while Fr James Good discusses his extraordinary career in Cork and his missionary work in Kenya. The late Charlie Hennessy, though very unwell, generously detailed his great love of his native city and of the arts. Terry Layton and Christy McCarthy humourously revisit their long careers as teachers at the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute, and later at the RTC in Bishopstown. Rosalie Moloney, former principal of St Angela’s College, looks at the history of this fine school on St Patrick’s Hill. Prof. John A. Murphy provides excellent detail of his early life, and of his distinguished career at UCC, and Joe O’Driscoll, retired boatbuilder, recalls the “artists in wood” with whom he worked. Maighréad Ó Murchadha discusses her life with her late husband, sculptor Seamus Murphy, and their friendship with the Fleischmann family, while Gretta Sexton relives her thrilling evenings of theatrical performance at various venues around Cork, and the great encouragement of producer Jim Stack. Finally, former teacher and politician Máirín Quill discusses her wholehearted adoption by the people of Cork, and her long political career. 206 pages.