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'Irish Life and Lore' at the Local Studies Centre, Ennis

Since the Spring of 1998 Maurice O'Keeffe, well known antique dealer in Tralee, has been recording the folklore, stories and oral history of the south west of Ireland. These recordings have been broadcast on local radio stations including Clare FM and Kerry Radio. The Clare FM programmes, called 'Clare Lore', proved to be a tremendous success with listeners. Maurice O'Keeffe has now made available 120 hours of his recordings covering conversations with historians, archaeologists, musicians and storytellers from counties Clare, Kerry and Limerick. The recordings - called 'Irish Life and Lore' - are on CD and are accompanied by a printed catalogue which gives details of participants.

Clare County Library has purchased the complete set of 'Irish Life and Lore'. The material from County Clare covers topics such as Fair day in Miltownmalbay, Knock village in its heyday as a busy port, the life and times of Eugene O'Curry and the archaeology of Dysert O'Dea.

The Clare participants in the series are listed below.

Conway, Ollie
Cooney, John

Daly, Jackie
De Barra, Pádraig
Droney, Chris
Dunne, Pecker
Garrihy, Jack
Garvey, Brendan

Holy Island
Hynes, Jack
Hynes, Paddy

Keane, Martin & Bridie
Keane, Mary Angela
Killoury, Jack
Knock Village Group
Lee, Fr. Robert E.
Lenihan, Eddie
Lillis, Kieran
Long, Martin

Lucia, Manuel De
Malone, Canon Seamus
McMahon, Gussie
Mc Mahon, Michael
Miltown Malbay Fair Day
Mullanney, Paddy

O'Brien, Grania
O'Connell, Michael
O'Gorman, Michael

O'Halloran, Sean
O'Looney, Odran & Antoin
Ó Murchadha, Ciarán
O Rócháin, Muiris
Queally, Jack
Shannon, Mattie
Shannon, Michael
Slattery, Laurence

Slattery, Pat
Spellissy, Sean
Ua Cróinín, Risteárd

The CDs can be listened to at Clare County Library's Local Studies Centre, Harmony Row, Ennis.

Opening hours are:

Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs: 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. & 2.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Friday: 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Saturday: 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Telephone 065-6846271 for more information.

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