Folklore Audio Samples

Kerry Folklore have recorded many interviews over the years. Below are some extracts.  Enjoy the rich sounds and expressions, the song and the lilt of the Kerry Accent from beautiful southwest Ireland.

All material (c) Kerry Folklore.  All rights reserved.

At school in the 1940s

Pat Joe Cronin talks about his experiences in primary school in the 1940s.

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Schooling 1940s

Pat Joe Cronin was a champion ploughman. His speciality was the horse-drawn High Crested (Munster) style. He won the 1952 minor title in this style at the Irish Ploughing Championships in Athenry, Co. Galway, together with the Senior individual and team titles in 1952, 1953 and 1954. Later in the interview, Pat Joe talks with passion about ploughing, pride and ploughing championships.

A memorial to Kerry’s ploughing champions was unveiled in Abbeydorney in June 2005, an event attended by Pat Joe. Read Tribute to Kerry’s Ploughmen in The Kingdom Newspaper, for more background to Kerry’s golden era in ploughing.

Finding love in Limerick

The speaker, John Mulvihill, describes the operations of his father’s turf yard in Limerick City and how this led to marriage…

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Love in Limerick