Kerry historians launch big collection

Kerry historians Maurice and Jane O'Keeffe are this week launching both their latest collection of oral history and a new website - at one of Dublin's best-loved old buildings, the RDS.

And a man who was central to the most historic event of modern times in this country was set to perform the honours at 2pm on Wednesday, March 15, at the library in the Royal Dublin Society; none other than former Bertie Ahern adviser and TD, Dr Martin Mansergh.

Maurice and Jane O'Keeffe are the principals of Irish Life and Lore, the organisation they set up in 1990 that is dedicated to collecting the oral history of Ireland in audio, documentation and, latterly, digital systems. To date, they have compiled over 3,000 recordings into oral history collections with the full details available at

Now, they are launching the Heritage Oral History Collection, a collection of 29 audio recordings compiled in various parts of the country and featuring, to name just a few 'Earl of Meath' Jack Brabazon, West Kerry farmer Seamus Devane and Bertie Ahern.


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