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Yossi talks about Israel and his Jewish heritage, and describes coming to Cork and how he experienced life in the city.
Yossi’s father lived in Israel and then moved to Jaffa where he opened a shop. Yossi lived in Jaffa and Israel and then travelled…

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Vincent was born in 1960. In 1990 he published the book Send ‘em Home Sweatin’, the story of the showband era.

He talks in detail about the showband scene. Irish audiences had no access to rock’n’roll and its performers, but showbands were copycat…

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Tony grew up in Canada. He came to Cork during the 1990s, and he talks about his impressions of the city.
His father was Irish, his mother English. He talks about growing up in Canada, where he learned the guitar and played in a band. He came to…

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Tony Doherty was interviewed as part of the LGBT project. He describes his younger days in Cork in the 1950s and 1960s. He went to England in 1968, five years after decriminalisation in the UK. His father was a Special Branch Garda who believed in…

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Tommy Rooney was born in 1931. He was reared in Crosshaven and was the eldest of nine. His father’s family were from Dublin. He joined the army in 1945 at the age of 14 and remained in the service for 12 years. He played music during some of that…

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Tom belongs to a long line of stone craftsmen. In this interview je outlines McCarthy's relation to the trade. He talks about his early days in the business and that it took seven years to complete his apprenticeship. Throughout the interview, Tom…

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The interview explores Noel's memories of working at the Orthopaedic Hospital, nature of work, Sisters in charge, surgeons, theatre work, night shifts, carrying corpses to the mortuary, reflections on working at the hospital, new developments. …

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The interview begins with how Tommy got into stonemasonry. Tommy then goes on to talk about the Blackwater Valley, restoring boundary walls, Training in Dingle in stonework.
He mentions the ‘lads’ in Dingle, The west of Ireland have a special…

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Stephen talks about first becoming aware of feeling that he was gay, and the difficulty of acknowledging his realisation. He tells a story about seeing his dead grandmother, who told him everything would be okay. He points out that as a gay man he…

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Stephen grew up in Yorkshire, and talks about football and coming to Cork.
Stephen visited Midleton in 2002 and settled in Cork in 2003, having met a woman who later became his wife.
He compares people in Yorkshire and Cork. He talks about…

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Seán Lucy was born in 1936. Seán is from a family of four. He started work as a radio and television repairman in 1950, before becoming a professional musician in 1960. He played the clarinet. He played with the Butter Exchange Band, a brass and reed…

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Sandra grew up in Commons Road, Blackpool. She has little memory of her mother; describes her father as a cranky man. He damaged his hand in an industrial accident and didn’t work again. She describes her home as a tense place. Sandra talks about…

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Peter moved to Cork in his early twenties when he had got a job as a typewriter mechanic. The job involved a lot of travel which did not suit him once he got married.
Peter left this job for a position at St Mary's Hospital as a theatre attendant. …

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Pat talks about the Swan and Cygnet pub, Patrick Street, where he used to work. It served a beautiful pint because the barrels were kept in Cork’s first cold storage room. Pubs in the city closed between 2.30 and 3.30 for the holy hour. There was a…

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Pat is from John Street on the Northside. He was educated at the North Monastery, which was good for general studies but did not teach music. The school environment was harsh. He left school early. His father bought him a second-hand saxophone, and…

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Padraig O’Horgain (Pat Horgan) was born in Church Street in 1951. His father was a Republican and was interned in Britain between 1939 and 1946. His father later worked at Cork Harbour.
O’Gorman’s hat factory and other businesses were cited in the…

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Noreen Hanover was born in 1950 and grew up in the South Main Street area until 1975. Her family would have done most of their shopping on South Main Street and she relates the character of the shops there, their different purposes, as well as what…

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Noreen grew up in a tenement in Dominick Street next to Shandon in the early 1950s. She went to the North Pres School and worked at the North Infirmary. Her mother used to deliver babies in the area and helped to wash and lay out the dead. Her…

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Michael was born in the 1950s and grew up in Farranferris Ave below the Church of the Redemption in Farranree. He came from a family of 13 children. He was a student at the North Mon. His mother was a great GAA fan and a sporting person who played…

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Michael has worked most of his life with Cork fire brigade, a job he loves, and he describes the nature of his job, the training required, and its dangers and rewards.
Michael grew up in Turner’s Cross.
He works as a fireman. In the 1960s there…
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