Coffin-makers, jarveys and tailors recalled

A postcard view of the former Great Southern Hotel in Killarney in the 19th century

The second in a fascinating series of archive presentations from Muckross House Research Library has now been released via podcast.

Broadcaster JJ O’Shea and archivist Dr Patricia O’Hare have just given the green light for part two of the Down the Cobbled Lanes series to be broadcast.

From the archives: Broadcaster JJ O’Shea and Muckross House Research Library archivist Dr Patricia O’Hare sourcing material for the broadcasts.
Pictures: Valerie O’Sullivan

The historical podcast takes a look at life in Killarney in the early 20th century, describing people and events in and around the town.

Each podcast is based on recordings made in 1985 by local men Tadhg O’Sullivan and Paddy MacMonagle who both has a keen interest in local history and the town’s characters at the time.

In the latest episode, Tadhg and Paddy remember some of those who worked as coffin-makers, jarveys and tailors in the town a century ago.

Listeners will also learn of the accidental burning of the old Casino Cinema which was a wooden structure, formerly a dance hall, where people often danced until dawn.

To listen go to https://www.muckrosshouseresearchlibrary.

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