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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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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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Patrick talks about the history of some of the buildings of Cork and about the personal memories associated with them.
He talks about Cork waterworks and being awed as a child by its workings, and about Cork Prison, which he and his parents visited…

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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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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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