Thomas Cooke (b. 1914), Part II
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Thomas Cooke (b. 1914), Part II


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Track 1. Tom Cooke returns in memory to the early part of the twentieth century, describing the local way of life. He tells a story from his schooldays relating to the father of a schoolboy who took an action against the bishop due to an incident at a Confirmation ceremony (Fr Hayes v. J. J. Ryan). Track 2. Tom’s house dates back to the 18th century and was mud built, and he explains that three generations have lived there before him. The split in the Cookes in the 19th century over well water is recalled as is the fact that family members subsequently became known as the Black Cookes and the White Cookes. Further detail is provided relating to the strike mentioned earlier, and the chairman, Senator Bennett on the farmers’ committee, is mentioned. Also recalled is the Black Flu through which his mother nursed him and his father. His sister Kitty died at the age of 7 from the illness.

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Audio series:

Kerry county, seventh series


128 kbps

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48 hours

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15.39 MB, 10.91 MB, 14.19 MB

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Farming legacy

Recorded by:

Maurice O'Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore