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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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Tim talks about working for Cork’s Fire Brigade, and about changes to the job over the years. He has been a fire-fighter since 1975 and loves the job.
Tim was born in Watercourse Road. His father worked in Murphy’s Brewery. His mother came from West…

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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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Russian born Karina Abdulbaneeva, talks about coming to Cork from London in 2001 and her impressions of the smallness and accessibility of the city. She describes the helpfulness of Cork people and the spirituality of the country in which she feels…

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Robert talks in detail about growing up in South Africa, and makes some observations about Cork places and people.
Robert (b. 1969) is from a gold-mining town in South Africa. He talks about mining conditions there. He comments that South Africa has…

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Rob grew up in Carrigullen, Perth, in Western Australia in a Eucalyptus forested area. He is the second eldest of five children. He has one brother and three sisters.
Describes his neighbourhood as forested where the main source of income was…

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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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Paul talks about the challenges of being gay in Ireland, coming out, family reactions and the evolution of social attitudes toward homosexuality in Catholic Ireland. He talks about the club scene in late 1990s Cork and the legalisation of…

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Patricia grew up in Catalonia and describes coming to Cork to live and her experiences in the city.
Patricia describes her childhood. Her mother was Irish, her father Spanish. She visited Cork and decided to stay, getting a job. She compares how…

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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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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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