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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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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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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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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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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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Mary is a Traveller who developed a love of education, which she has tried to instil in others. She talks in detail about her experience of being a Traveller and about the lives of older generations and the history of her community.
Mary was born in…

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Liam is originally from the Northside, from Great William Street in Blackpool. His whole family were musical, and even though his father worked as a cabinet-maker, he and the rest of the family were very keen on playing music at home. He went to…

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Liam is a musician and he discusses his introduction to playing, as well as talking about his family and his schooldays.
Liam was born in 1940 in Water Lane. His father, John, was a cabinet maker, who also liked to play music, and could play…

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Kieran speaks about growing up in Ballinlough, the shops and businesses that he remembers. How he developed his interest in theatre and getting involved with the Loft and other theatre groups. He talks about going to primary school with actor Cillian…

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Kay O’Carroll describes her early life growing up in Gurranabraher giving engaging and colourful detail about childhood games and activities, the community spirit, women’s work, going out to the cinema and show bands as a young woman.

Kay was…

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Balaska grew up in the central city area of Kosice , Slovakia until she was 19. Her father was Bulgarian and her mother Slovakian. She has one-half brother. She came to Cork because she met a Cork man whilst visiting London. She spent a lot of time…

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An in-depth, evocative interview about growing up in The Middle Parish highlighting poverty and the power of education in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Mícheál Ó Geallabháin gives intimate and warm detail about family life, community spirit, class,…

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Aimée grew up in London. She works as a DJ and comments on the music scene in Cork. She also talks, sometimes critically, about the city and its people.
Aimée moved from London to Cork with her family when she was 8 years old. She says she…

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Imelda grew up in Bathgate between Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland. Her mother was from Cork so Imelda spent time in Whitegate in her youth where she enjoyed the relative freedom she had there playing children’s games and spending time on beaches…

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Aoife describes growing up on the Northside near Cathedral Road and playing games with her friends. Describes her grandmother who ran a shop on Churchfield Green. Her grandmother was a confidante to many locals. Her grandmother eventually moved into…

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‘Mary’ grew up on a farm in county Limerick, part of which was rented to a mental hospital to be worked by patients. By interacting with these patients she quickly learned who you could trust and who you couldn’t. Mentions her brother’s physical and…

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