Audio Archive

Welcome to the Cuimhneamh an Chláir audio archive.  Here you will find all the audio that was featured on our Homepage as well as some others.  Bain taitneamh as ucht Cuimhneamh an Chláir!  



Memories of Jimmy Smyth with Dan McNamara


Dan McNamara, a native of O'Callaghan's Mills, recalls listening to an Oireachtas Hurling Final in 1954 in the house of Jack Kennedy Broadford, one of the few to have a radio in the area. The commentator, who broadcast in Irish, was relaying the exploits of one Seamus Mac Gabhainn (Jimmy Smyth) when Jack Kennedy, an ardent Clare supporter interjected.....

'Jack was listening to the Oireachtas final in 64 (1954) and Jimmy Smyth was outstanding that time. So t'was broadcast in Irish and ah... every time you'd hear 'Seamus Mac Gabhainn arís agus cúl ag Seamus Mac Gabhainn' and the next thing Jack Kennedy pipes up 'If someone don't hit that 'effer' he'll bate us home!'.


Cuairteoir: Tomás Mac Conmara

The match that Jack Kennedy and Dan McNamara were listening to ended in a draw.   Clare went on to beat Wexford in a replay on a scoreline of 2-8 to 12.   Dan went to the replay in Croke Park and Jack listened once more on the 'wireless', happy in the knowledge that 'Seamus Mac Gabhainn' was on Clare's side!!

Jimmy Smyth RIP. Laoch mór chailte ag na Clárinigh! A great hurler and folk song collector gone to God. The bed of heaven to him.



Nora McMahon: Born in 1916, Nora describes the views of her local place and wonders why people feel the need to travel to Spain on holidays.

Cuairteoir: Frances Madigan



Paddy Gleeson: Paddy who died in 2010 at the age of 105 as Ireland's oldest man recalls his youthful enthusiasm for hunting and shooting.

Cuairteoir: Tomás Mac Conmara



Padjo Mahony: Mr Mahony recalls his memories of turf boats in West Clare. A tradition that has long since passed.

Cuairteoir: Dixie Collins



Pat Kirby: Ireland's most famous handballer ever, Pat Kirby from Tuamgraney recalls playing handball while in the American Army. Kirby learnt his handball skills in his native Tuamgraney, in one of the oldest 30 X 60 alleys in the country.
Cuairteoir: Ruth Minogue



Paddy ‘Brud’ Skeehan: Brud Skeehan, who was born in 1915, recalls Germans and Connemara men arriving to South Clare to work on the Shannon Scheme in the 1920s and an interesting hurling match that ensued. 

Cuairteoir: Ruth Minogue 



Margaret Waterstone: Margaret Waterstone, who was born in 1920 recalls the first time she saw an airplane as a young girl in east Clare. 

Cuairteoir: Tomás Mac Conmara



John Queally: John Queally from Cooraclare, who has been living in County Tipperary for over fifty years, explains how people in west Clare depended on the pig and recalls his own reaction to the day the pig was killed. 

Cuairteoir: Linda Quinn 



Michael O’Gorman: Historian and Folklorist Michael O’Gorman from Scariff, recalls a time when the name Eamon de Valera wasn’t as well known in East Clare as it would later become!

Cuairteoir: Tomás Mac Conmara



John Queally: Once a Clareman, always a Clareman!  John Queally again, to explain the importance of place. 

Cuairteoir: Linda Quinn 



Millie Enright from Kilmihil, a unique and interesting lady, with a deep philosophy and understanding of life, provides an insight into her own personality as a young girl. Millie also explains an old Irish word to the Cuairteoir. Millie passed away at the age of ninety-five in 2009, RIP.

Cuairteoir: Tomás Mac Conmara



Joe Kenneally from Kilshanny talks about a competition as to wh could tell the biggest lie!

Cuairteoir: Cormac McCarthy



Sean O'Halloran: Here we hear about the fabled Caves of Kilcorney. 

Cuairteoir: Frances Madigan



Paddy O’Donoghue: Musician Paddy O’Donoghue remembers meeting the famed travelling Uileann Pipers, the Dorans as a young boy in 1933. 

Cuairteoir: Carmel O’Dea 



Teresa Flynn: Mountshannon native Teresa Flynn reflects on the priorities of life.  

Cuairteoir: Frances Madigan 



Chris Droney: Renowned traditional musician Chris Droney from Bell Harbour recalls a humorous account of a late night musical session in North Clare. 

Cuairteoir: Carmel O’Dea



Tom O’Sullivan 1925-2011: The late Tom O’Sullivan recalls with fondness his many years of working in his family forge in Ballynacally.  Tom died at the age of eighty seven in 2011 and had worked in the forge until weeks before his death.  He was the fifth generation of blacksmith in his family.  The forge is now closed. 

Cuairteoir: Tomás Mac Conmara




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