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Index to Vanishing Ireland Interviews

History is best understood by talking to those who took part in it. You don’t have to have lived an illustrious or bizarre life to have an opinion. You simply need to have lived and learned. There follows below a link to all the extended, footnoted interviews from the ‘Vanishing Ireland‘ series. Also see the Vanishing Ireland podcast series:



Vanishing Ireland Podcast Interviews


  1. Mary Stack, businesswoman, Listowel, County Kerry
  2. Myles Clarke, farmer, Viewmount,  County Wicklow
  3. Rosemary Smith (-2023), rally driver, County Dublin
  4. Eddie Lenihan, storyteller  County Clare
  5. Betty Ashe, community activist, Ringsend, Dublin City
  6. George Knight, merchant seaman, Clones, County Monaghan
  7. Dessie Hynes (1929-2023), publican, Rosslare, Co Wexford, and Lanesborough, Co. Longford
  8. Miriam Moore, nurse, Clones, County Monaghan
  9. Philip Lecane (1924-2024), newsagent, Cork City  
  10. Oliver Reid, bank manager, Athlone, County Westmeath
  11. Con Durrihy, schoolteacher, Castletownbere County Cork
  12. Helen Fegan-Joyce (1926-2023), housewife, County Carlow
  13. Jack Roche, greengrocer, The Liberties, Dublin City
  14. Freda Jones, organist, Baltinglass, County Wicklow
  15. Michael Johnson, tailor, Tullow, County Carlow


Vanishing Ireland – County by County Index


KERRY Joan Crowley (publican & fiddler, 1922-2017) Kenmare
Jimmy Murphy (farmer, born 1951), Cill Rialaig
Micheál Ó Braonáin (storyteller & electrician, born 1954), Ballinskelligs
Willie Joe Cronin (farmer, born 1956), Ballinskelligs
Tom Horgan (weather observer, born 1938), Waterville
Tom Sheehan (Schoolteacher & Actor, 1931-2017), Kilbaha, Moyvane
Pat Piggott (born 1931) & John Pigott (1931-2014), farmers-accordion players, Glenbeigh
Denis Galvin (cattle farmer, born 1945) Stradbally
Joe C Keating (builder & salvage expert, born 1931), Ballinskelligs
Christy Kate O’Sullivan (farmer, born 1951), Ballinskelligs
Con Riordan (farmer, 1912-2008) Glenbeigh
Timmy Kelleher (farmer, born 1925) Dingle
Liam O’Shea (blacksmith, 1927-2021) Lauragh
Stevie Kelleher (hackney driver, 1930-2014) Dingle
John Murphy (gardener-farmer, 1925–2006) Waterville

Mary Stack, businesswoman, Listowel

KILDARE Bill Martin (1921-2019) & Birdie Martin (b. 1931), Ballitore, County Kildare
Joe Waldron (b. 1933, Painter), Naas, County Kildare
Kathleen Doyle (b. 1930, Telephonist), Naas, County Kildare
Jackie Bracken (b. 1932, Cobbler & Power Station Worker), Naas, County Kildare
Michael Kane (b. 1931, Works Manager), Naas, County Kildare
Sean Whelan (b. 1927, Compositor & Printer), Naas, County Kildare
Paddy Byrne (farm labourer & brewery worker, born 1924) Castledermot, Co. Kildare
May Morris (factory worker, born 1913) Castledermot, Co. Kildare
Frank O’Brien (publican, 1922-2017) Athy, Co Kildare.
Noel Sheridan (b. 1927, Post Office Worker & Philatelist), Naas, County Kildare
Mick Cronin (b. 1930, Textile Manufacturer & Electrician), Naas, County Kildare
Bridget Aspell (1910-2014), Shop Assistant and Housewife), Yellowbog, Kilcullen, County Kildare
Brendan Drewett (1933-2020, Boxer & Cotton Mills Fitter), Naas, County Kildare
Tom Connolly (boat driver, 1917-2008) Rathangan, Co. Kildare
GALWAY Coleman Coyne (1925-2016), Fisherman & Seaweed Harvester), Kilkiean Bay, Co. Galway
Sonaí Choilm Learaí Ó Conghaile (b. 1945, Melodeon Player & Fisherman), Coradh Bhuí, Leitir Meallaín, Contae na Gaillimh
Roisin Folan (1929-2022), District Nurse & Midwife), Lurgan village, Inisheer, Aran Islands, County Galway
Eamonn King (b. 1937, Cattle Farmer & Horse Breeder) – Farravaun, Glann, Oughterard, County Galway
James Ridge (b. 1959, Farmer & Seaweed Gatherer), Cashel, County Galway
Annie Conneally (housemaid, 1919-2017) Cloonisle, Co. Galway
Eamon Madden (blacksmith & farrier, born 1924) Athenry, Co. Galway
Tomas O Niallain (farmer, musician & policeman, born 1932) Gort, Co. Galway
John William Seoighe (currach oarsman & hooker sailor, 1919-2015) Rossaveal, Co. Galway
Mickey King (postmaster – politician, 1925-2006) Errislannan, Co. Galway
Penny & Bridget O’Malley (b. 1932 & 1937), Aillebrack, County Galway
Martin Nee (b. 1941, Bar Manager & Connemara Pony Breeder), Doonreaghan, Cashel, County Galway
Máirtín Joyce (1935-2016), Fisherman, Factory Worker & Oarsman), Kilkiean Bay, Co. Galway
George Hawkins (farmer, 1914-2013) Ballyhackett, Co. Carlow
Rory Kilduff (saddler, born 1922) Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
Mick Staunton (fruit seller, 1930-2017) Kinvara, Co. Galway
Christy Waldron (clock & watch repairman, born 1932) Cloghanover, Co. Galway
Pat Green (farmer & fisherman, born 1926) Damhros, Co. Galway
Festus Nee (pony whisperer, c. 1934-2008) Cashel, Co. Galway
Stephen John Tierney (farmer, 1935-2010) Lough Corrib, Co. Galway
TIPPERARY Father Laurence Walsh – Born 1929 – Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
Father Ciarán Ó Sabhaois (1926-Oct 2015) – Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
Brother Niall Maguire (1914-Feb 2014) – Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
Father Éanna Henderson – Born 1925 – Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
Dom Colmcille O’Toole (1925-Dec 2014)– Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
Hannah Leahy (1919-2015, Country Markets Secretary & Treasurer), Annesgift, County Tipperary
Jimmy Ryan (1928-2018, Hurley Maker), Crosscannon, Killenaule, County Tipperary
Willie Sheehan (cattle breeder & shoemaker, born 1917) Clonwalsh, Co. Tipperary
Nellie Shortall (shopkeeper & cook, born 1913) Fethard, Co. Tipperary
Jack ‘Ginger’ Powell (vet, 1913-2015) Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.
Joseph Hanrahan (farm labourer & trap driver, 1930-2015) Kilsheelan, Co. Tipperary
Bob Mullins (shrubber, 1921-2019) Garbally, Co. Tipperary.
LIMERICK Seamus Vaughan (1922-2013), Clothes Merchant & Turf Cutter, Upper Dirreen, Athea, County Limerick
Patsy Dalton (b. 1950, Denim Manufacturer, Chef and & Turf Cutter), Athea, County Limerick
Den Lane (turf dealer, 1923-2023) Glin, Co. Limerick
Liza Mulvahill (dairymaid & cook, 1915-2015) Moyvane, Co. Limerick
Maurice FitzGerald (farmer, 1919-2013) Glin, Co. Limerick
Moiky Kinnane (farmer, born 1932) Glenagragara, Co. Limerick
Paddy Faley (ganger, farmer & poet, 1919-2011) Ballyhahill, Co. Limerick
Jack Conolly (1916-2013), (farmer) Glin, Co Limerick.
KILKENNY Denis Lee (1923–2012) – Blacksmith, Sheep Shearer, Hackney Driver & Drummer – Inistioge, County Kilkenny
Michael Brennan Roe (coal miner, born 1937) Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny.
Jimmy Fanning (farm labourer & fiddler, born 1942) Glenbally Valley, Co. Kilkenny
CARLOW Simon Murphy (1929-7 Oct 2015) & Jimmy Murphy (1934-2015), Cattle and Sheep Farmers, Ballymurphy, County Carlow
Bob Murphy (gardener, 1909–2002) Rathvilly, Co. Carlow.
Nellie O’Toole (nurse & housekeeper, 1908-2010) Rathvilly, Co. Carlow.
John Coady (sheep farmer, 1927-2017) Rahanna, Co. Carlow.
Atty Dowling (farm labourer, 1916–2005) Tobinstown, Co. Carlow.
Mick Lawlor (trap driver, 1927–2004) Borris, Co. Carlow.
Bill Burgess (amateur jockey, 1902–2007) Tobinstown, Co. Carlow.
Johnny Hutchinson (horse coper, born 1931) Borris, Co. Carlow.
Cathy Dowling (farmer, 1917-2017) Castledermot, Co Carlow.
Seamus McGrath (1921-2014), Farmer & Actor), Killerig, County Carlow
Gretta Carter (lacemaker, 1921-2018) Borris, Co Carlow.
Paddy Mullins, racehorse trainer

Michael Johnson, tailor, Tullow

Helen Fegan-Joyce (1926-2023), housewife

OFFALY Jos Donnelly (farmer, 1920-2016) Ballymac, Co. Offaly.
Paddy Lowry (farmer, 1919-2013) Forelacka, Co. Offaly.
Mike Harte (cattle farmer, 1919-2015) Daingean, Co. Offaly
Margaret Shortt (ladies maid, 1925-2013) Birr, Co. Offaly.
Pat Gleeson (farmer-fiddler, 1913–2006) Belmont, Co. Offaly.

Sonny Egan (b. 1932, Hackney Driver and Farmer), Ferbane, County Offaly

Paddy Heany (1931-2022) – Farmer & Historian – Cadamstown

CORK Ellen O’Keefe (b. 1920, Houswife) Caherlaska, Co. Cork
Patsy Kingston (1935-2018), Farmer, Soldier and Bus Driver), Caherlaska, Co. Cork
Timmy O’Keefe (b. 1931, Farmer) Caherlaska, Co. Cork
Frank Maher (fisherman – carpenter, 1936-2014) Doneraile, Co. Cork.
Mary Maddison (storyteller, born 1931) Beara Peninsula, Co Cork.

Con Durrihy, schoolteacher, Castletownbere

Philip Lecane (1924-2024), newsagent, Cork City  

LEITRIM Pat FitzPatrick (b. 1931, Farmer & Actor), Drumloona, Carrigallen, County Leitrim
Johnny Fyfe (farm manager / gardener, 1930-2012) Killegar, Co Leitrim.
WESTMEATH JJ Hackett (harness maker & poet, 1937-2017) Ballinakill, Co. Westmeath
Noel Robinson (farmer, born 1939) Coole, Co Westmeath.

Oliver Reid, bank manager, Athlone

ROSCOMMON Joe Flynn (coal miner, born 1923, Arigna, Co. Roscommon)
LEITRIM Terry Reilly (farmer, born 1927) Corracar, Co. Leitrim
John Abbott (farmer, 1931-2017) Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim
DUBLIN Sonny Kinsella (engineer, 1928-2019) Dublin City.
Bart Nolan (docker, 1929-2018) Dublin City.
Connie Brennan (child minder & hotel cleaner, born 1929) Inchicore
Jenny Cullen (factory worker, 1925-2010) Inchicore
Mary Parkinson (1932-2016), garment manufacturer & record sales, Inchicore
Maureen Tierney (1920-2017), laundry & factory worker, Inchicore
Betty Dempsey (mattress maker, 1921-2012) Pearse Sreet, Dublin City
Kitty Crowe (singer – community champion, 1926-2009) Ringsend, Dubin 4.

Betty Ashe, community activist, Ringsend, Dublin City

Miriam Moore, nurse, Glasnevin

Jack Roche, greengrocer, The Liberties

Rosemary Smith (1937-2023), rally driver

DONEGAL Danny Cullen (haulier, 1920-2009) Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Jackie Wilson (farmer, born 1936) Rathmelton, Co Donegal.
TYRONE Patricia Tiernan (clerk, 1921-2013) Donaghmore, Co. Tyrone
LONGFORD Eugene Brady (pumpkin farmer, born 1931) Camagh

Dessie Hynes (1929-2023), publican, Lanesborough

FERMANAGH John Carson (farmer, born 1928) Inishmore, Co Fermanagh.
MONAGHAN Eileen Hall (shopkeeper, born 1924) Killevan, Co Monaghan.
Johnny and James McGarvey (labourers, born 1938, 1942) Clones, Co Monaghan.

George Knight, merchant seaman, Clones

Miriam Moore, nurse, Clones

LAOIS Joe McCabe (hurler, 1919-2019) Ballyroan, Co Laois.
Micky Lalor (water diviner, 1931-2017) Abbeyleix, Co Laois.
Jack Lowry (blacksmith, born 1923) Mountrath, Co. Laois.
LOUTH John Mathis (thatcher, c. 1927-2014) Annagassan, Co Louth.
Nana McKenny (nurse and nanny, born 1918) Ardee, Co Louth.
Donal Duffy (forester-piper, 1920-2007) Ravensdale, Co. Louth.
CAVAN Teresa McGerty (publican, born 1925) Longfield, Co Cavan.
Baby Rudden (cattle farmer, 1923-2015) Redhills, Co. Cavan
Johnny Golden (mechanic and sexton, 1937-2010) Dogarry, Co Cavan.
MEATH Paddy Fagan (forester-farmer, born 1924) Enfield, Co. Meath.
CLARE Mick Kenneally (potato & cattle farmer, 1939-2013) Cloonanaha, Co. Clare.
Tom Frawley (publican, 1920-2014) Lahinch, Co. Clare.
Jack McNamara (farmer, 1923–2005) Kilkishin, Co Clare.
John Joe Conway (cattle farmer & horse breeder, born 1935) Knockanedan, Co. Clare
Tom Ned McMahon (builder & actor, 1919-2011) Kilfenora, Co. Clare
John Shannon (cattle farmer, 1922–2005) Ennistymon, Co. Clare.
Chris Droney (dairy famer – concertina, 1925-2020) Bell Harbour, Co. Clare.
Paddy Canny (farmer-fiddler, 1919-2008) Kilcannon, Co. Clare.
Michael “Patsy” Flanagan (farmer-drummer, 1924-2009) Bartra, Co. Clare.
PJ Davis (mechanic and steelworker, 1924-2009) Ennistymon, Co Clare.
Robbie McMahon (farmer-singer, 1926-2012) Spancil Hill, Co. Clare.
Mike Murphy (taxi driver–fiddler, born 1937) Ennistymon, Co. Clare.
Paddy Gleeson (farmer, 1904-2010) Bodyke, Co. Clare.

Eddie Lenihan, storyteller, Crusheen

WATERFORD John Flynn (thresher, born 1943) Ballyduff Upper, Co. Waterford.
Doc Morrissey (horseman, born 1935) Portlaw, Co. Waterford.
WICKLOW Kathleen Lynam (born 1930, parlour maid) Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow.
Kathleen Keogh (born 1925, factory worker) Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow.
Henry Chapman (gamekeeper, born 1928) Kilruddery, Co. Wicklow
Red Tom (shepherd, 1922-2009) Kilruddery, Co. Wicklow.
Sam Codd (bonesetter, farmer & horse trainer, 1926-2019) Aughrim, Co. Wicklow
George Thomas (farmer, 1926-2009) Rathdrum, Co Wicklow.
Jack O’Neill (builder, 1925–2007) Tuckmill Cross, Co. Wicklow.

Myles Clarke, farmer, Viewmount

Freda Jones, organist, Baltinglass

MAYO John Cooney (postman, 1922-2016) Achill Island, Co. Mayo.
Paddy Heneghan (ghillie, 1922-2012) Delphi, Co Mayo.
Pat ‘Rua’ O’Reilly (fisherman, 1907-2007) Belmullet, Co. Mayo.
Willy O’Reilly (fisherman, 1914-2010) Belmullet, Co. Mayo.
Jim ‘Tailor’ O’Malley (farmer, 1925-2016) Kilsallagh, Co Mayo.
Mick King (farmer, 1924-2013) Lanmore, Co Mayo.
Very Rev Patrick Gill (parish priest, born 1927) Lecanvey, Co Mayo.
Mike Burke (cattle farmer, 1926-2016) Kilmeena, Co. Mayo.
SLIGO Paddy Scanlan (lighthouse keeper, 1926-2016) Rosses Point, Co. Sligo.
Joe Muldoon (farmer, 1931-2016) Ballymote, Co Sligo.
Willie Davey (labourer, 1940-2022) Ballymote, Co Sligo.
Mick Gallagher (farm labourer, 1932-2022) Gleann, Co. Sligo.
Bernie Dwyer (butcher, 1936-2014) Ballymote, Co Sligo.
Jim Kielty (hackney driver, born 1917) Ballymote, Co Sligo.

Helen Fegan-Joyce (1926-2023), housewife

WEXFORD Maisie Granelle (seamstress, born 1925) Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
Ogie Nolan (saddler & harness maker, 1922-2017) Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Dessie Hynes (1929-2023), publican, Rosslare

TIPPERARY Jack Lonergan (general factotum, born 1930) Tickincor, Co. Tipperary
Paddy Walsh (farmer, 1928-2011) Derrinlaur, Co. Tipperary.
Johnny Walsh (forester, born 1932) Derrinlaur, Co. Tipperary.