Tales, traditions and secrets of Kerry revealed in new oral history of county
THE secrets, traditions and stories of Co Kerry are revealed in a new oral history collection, due to be launched this month.
Tralee-based historians Maurice and Jane O'Keeffe, of Irish Life and Lore, have collected and documented 45 audio recordings of Kerry people, who speak about events which occurred from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. The recordings are produced in hard copy (CDs) and also in digitised format, and are accompanied by an illustrated and indexed catalogue.
Irish Life and Lore has already produced four Kerry oral history collections, and this fifth collection is now available to libraries, academic institutions and the general public.
The fifth collection will be launched by Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan on Saturday, August 27, at The Grand Hotel, Tralee at 6.45pm.
Cliffs campaign to fight date change
ANY plans to change the format of the New7Wonders of Nature competition, which allows the public to vote for their favourite 'natural wonder' will be strongly opposed by Clare County Council.
The Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare have been shortlisted among 28 elite sites from an original 441 nominations and the final seven are due to be announced on November 11.
The Geneva-based committee was due to announce plans this week to push that date to the end of 2012 but made a dramatic u-turn and has put those plans on hold.
Clare Co Council director of services Ger Dollard said: "The council is totally opposed to any changes to the competition at this point. We have geared our campaign to the final date of 11/11/11 and all our efforts with less than 100 days to go are focused on that date."
A Clare-born London publican Gerry O'Brien, who runs the Churchill Arms in Notting Hill, is taking the competition so seriously that he is playing constant slow-moving images of the cliffs on the pub's televisions to encourage his customers to support the campaign.
New series to explore tenement life
For more than 100 years, Dublin harboured some of the worst slums Europe has ever seen. Tenement houses were breeding grounds of hardship, hunger and disease.
In a new series for TV3, Bryan Murray, the son of a tenement dweller, explores what the slums were like when they were at their height 100 years ago.
The second episode draws heavily on the recollections of former tenement dwellers and on the experiences of seven members of the Winston family.
Episode two airs on Wednesday at 10pm on TV3.
Correct number for cancer helpline
In last week's article on DJ Tony Fenton's cancer battle an incorrect number was given for the National Cancer Helpline. The correct number is 1800 200 700.