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Organist Freda Jones from Baltinglass is guest on Vanishing Ireland podcast


Freda Jones.

Freda Jones.

Freda Jones.


Baltinglass resident Freda Jones will share stories on a new podcast profiling the elders of Irish society.

The Vanishing Ireland podcast series, kindly supported by SuperValu, features 16 profile interviews of people over 70 by historian Turtle Bunbury. The project aims to celebrate their life stories and document the lives of Ireland’s older generations while preserving their recollections of the past.

91 year-old Freda Jones, a much admired organist living near Baltinglass, recalls journeying to her West Cork school on the back of her father’s milk cart as one of her earliest memories. She speaks about her childhood days alongside the Schull to Skibbereen railway line before she left for boarding school at the Collegiate School, Celbridge.

Freda also tells how she was obliged to give up her teaching career in Baltinglass following her marriage in 1957. She also shares her love of performing as an organist for many years through her work with the Baltinglass Group of Parishes.

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Available on Spotify, Google and all podcast channels, Vanishing Ireland with Turtle Bunbury is a podcast series of interviews with Ireland’s over 70s, celebrating their life stories, challenges, courage, kindness and humour. The series documents the, very often, extraordinary lives of the older population in a way that celebrates the past while informing younger generations in shaping the future.

The 2021 series aims to highlight the wealth of humour, resilience and wisdom from Ireland’s elders. Created in audio format, Turtle discusses life and its learnings with people across Ireland, saving and celebrating their voices for future generations to listen to.

Valleymount farmer Myles Clarke has also been a guest on the Vanishing Ireland podcast series and he shared his recollections of growing up in a time before electrification.

Turtle Bunbury says: “Introducing the voices of Vanishing Ireland to the podcast generation has been an entirely new departure for our elders but has been deeply exciting and very much in keeping with our aims. I feel very honoured to have had this time with Ireland’s elders and to chronicle their unique and fascinating stories. We hope everyone enjoys listening to the series as much as we have enjoyed creating it.”

Ray Kelly, Marketing Director with SuperValu said: “The Vanishing Ireland project has a robust track record in championing local heroes and strengthening the bond between the generations. SuperValu understand inter-generational communities who are diverse and inclusive as we are lucky to see it every day in our stores and in campaigns such as Tidy Towns, which brings everyone together. We are excited to hear the series air with the extraordinary people Turtle has interviewed.”

The mission of Vanishing Ireland has always been to preserve the stories of the older generations, bringing to life the world that our grandparents knew in a manner that appeals to a 21st century audience. Vanishing Ireland supported by SuperValu hopes to inspire children and grandchildren to listen to the stories of their own parents and grandparents, as well as older friends and neighbours, creating a record of memories for future generations.