Willie Roche and Bernie Roche
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Willie Roche and Bernie Roche


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Willie Roche grew up in Bohernabreena and he began work with Urneys in 1915, joining several friends and family in the factory. Bernie Roche (née Carroll) was born in Balrothery, where many generations of the Carroll family had lived. She recalled the fact that many of the local people gained employment at Urneys. Her father was employed as a boilerman there, and in 1959 she began work at Urneys with her two sisters. Willie and Bernie discuss the management of the factory, the workplace, and the takeover by H. W. Grace. Willie recalls the various jobs he undertook at Urneys including working in the dairy and the milk production. He describes the social life among the employees of the factory which provided wonderful entertainment until the closure in the early 1980s.

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Audio series:

Dublin county (south), second series


128 kbps

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48 hours

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9.73 MB, 10.76 MB, 26.11 MB

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Work and sport in South Dublin

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe