Oral Histories and Memories

In recent years oral history has emerged as a powerful means of recording and preserving the unique memories and life experiences of people whose stories might otherwise have been lost. It enables us to eavesdrop on events, stories, folklore, attitudes and ways of life which have been hidden from history, and thus create a more vivid and accurate picture of our past.

In February of 2008 South Dublin Libraries commissioned Maurice O’Keeffe of Irish Life and Lore to conduct over sixty interviews with people who live or work in South Dublin County, or who have connections to the area. The goal of the project was to create an oral history collection for South Dublin County by gathering the stories of a wide range of people with differing backgrounds so that a cross section of memories could be captured. The interviews that were collected are enlivened by the voices, knowledge, memories and experiences of local people in South Dublin County, from people who have grown up in the area and lived here their whole lives, through to recent arrivals from the Non-Irish National communities. The stories and information imparted in these interviews are an invaluable addition to the recorded history of South Dublin County.

You can listen to the interviews on the Local Studies computers at the County Library, or you can download them from Source.

You can see a catalogue of the recordings here and here.