Life in County Kerry in the 20th Century
This collection is a compilation of interviews from men who grew up in the 1920s. It involves topics such as family, work, transport and religion. Interviews by Deirdre Kerins.
Jackie who is 101 years of age, begins by discussing his family life and childhood. In this he speaks about topics such as school, living conditions and religion. The photo is of Jackie himself signing his consent form. It was taken in Jackie's…
Jackie tells us about his life as a farmer. In this he also reveals the history behind the name 'The Farmer'.
Jackie begins by telling of his siblings emigrating. He continues by talking about his major health scare and emphasises how lucky he is to be alive. Photograph courtesy of Deirdre Kerins. It is a picture Jackie's nephew painted of Jackie on his…
Jackie recalls some of the instances where he has experienced the 'next world' and the 'dead' appearing to him. He, also, tells us of his travels to religious countries all over the world. The photo that is attached is of Jackie and his wife with…
Jackie discusses his horse and trap, which is a famous sight in Killarney town. He speaks about what transport was available and use in Kerry from the 1920's onwards.
Jackie discusses the type of living conditions that existed while he was growing up, mentioning the 'fair days' and what activities they did with the limited means they had
Jackie recites a poem that he frequently recites at many of the rambling houses in Killarney and the neighbouring towns.
John talks about growing up in the 1920's. He discussed his childhood, school, and social conditions.
John Coffey speaks of his working life. He was first a rent collector with his father, which required him to travel a lot on his bike. He also discusses his job in Killarney as a welfare officer with the local council
John discusses his family life. He talks about how emigration and religion factored in his family. Also, he mentions the type of social life that existed when he was growing up.