Morgan (Morgie) O’Connell 3

Interview by Patricia Sheehan on June 2, 2011

Gender: Male

Birth date: 1925

Area: West Clare - Carrowreagh East

Parish: Clondagad - Caherea

Report date: January 19, 2016

Time Description
File 1 0:00:00 - 0:09:19 EVICTION LETTER - Morgie reads a letter about evictions in the locality around the time of the famine. He mentions the burning down of the workhouse in Crovraghan, Kildysart and the new cottages that were built. He says it was called St Patrick's Terrace.
0:09:20 - 0:11:38 HOLY WELLS/CURES - Morgie speaks about the holy wells in the area and the cures associated with them.
0:11:39 - 0:15:04 CILLINÍ - Morgie tells of how he assisted at the burial of a child in Clondrinagh about 65 years ago. He mentions those who were with him and says there were no women there. He says prams were not used then. Babies were placed in timber boxes beside the fire.
0:15:05 - 0:23:47 GRAVES/BURIALS - Morgie says that lots of graves were unmarked and this often led to confusion and he gives an example. He recalls his tour of Glasnevin Cemetery. Morgie talks about work in old headstones, wakes and funerals. He speaks of horses and saddles. James O'Dea, Kildysart had a horse-drawn hearse.
0:23:48 - 1:12:07 CRANNY GAA - History of Cranny GAA.