Benevolent Irish Society - Oral History Interviews Collection

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The collection is comprised of field recordings of oral history interviews conducted by BIS student researchers in 1982 and 1983 with elderly Irish residents of PEI.

Project Background
These recordings were digitized and provided with metadata records at the UPEI Robertson Library during the Spring and Summer of 2018, with further editing and enhancement of metadata in 2020. Financial support for this project, facilitated by the Benevolent Irish Society, was generously provided through the Government of Ireland's Emigrant Support Programme. Special acknowledgment is also due to the late Mr. George O'Connor, Past-President of the Benevolent Irish Society, whose patient-but-persistent advocacy helped bring this project to fruition. Go raibh maith agat!


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Lawless, Wib (Wilbert)
Lawless, Wib (Wilbert)
This is Paul Stordy interviewing Wilburt “Wib” Lawless in Kinkora, PEI. Wilburt talks about his family coming from Ireland, his career as a musician, working and wages when he was young. Wib also sings some songs and talks about music.
McCarville, Ray
McCarville, Ray
Paul Stordy interviews Mr. Ray McCarvill who has a wealth of knowledge family tree on his mother’s and father’s side. Mr. McCarvill talks about the occupations held in the early days, the house he grew up in that was partially built by his father, early entertainment organized by the BIS and the changes that came to Emerald community. In addition, he also talks about his school years and the mentions teachers who taught him, the building of a new church and his work in the Riverside Hospital.
McGuire, Louis
McGuire, Louis
This is Ann MacAdam interviewing Louis McGuire in Morell, PEI. Louis shares information from a book about the Maguire Kings of Ireland, talks about family members of James McGuire, Fort Augustus, splitting up land and MacSwain and Sons.
Morrison, Clint (Clinton)
Morrison, Clint (Clinton)
Clint Morrison is interview by Geoff LePage. He speaks about the Boyle family tree and the large family of lot eleven. He mentions three family names that he believes to be are the true Irish settlers and speaks about the Absentee Landlords along with the Walsh family. He also makes mention of some old early Irish homes.
Murphy, Cletus
Murphy, Cletus
This is Geoff LePage interviewing Cletus Murphy in Charlottetown PEI. Cletus discusses his grandparents family, talks about storytelling and ghosts influence on the Irish. Cletus also tells about famine, church and politics, the Scottish, Irish, and French, and social gatherings.
Murphy, Ernestine
Murphy, Ernestine
Geoff LePage interviews Ernestine Murphy who talks about the prominent figure in the Irish community, her family tree as well as their customs and traditions. Murphy also discusses ghost stories and superstitions that were passed down, they customs they did during Holy week and her Grandfather who owned a threshing mill. She also mentions the fights that occurred at dances and the mingling of the Irish and Scottish people.
Murphy, Oswald
Murphy, Oswald
This is Geoff LePage interviewing Oswald Murphy in Foxley River PEI. Oswald discusses his great grandparents lives and occupations, relations with other groups, letting go of customs and traditions and immigrating to PEI. Oswald shares poems, tells stories about dances, fights, landlords and rent collectors.
Murphy, Tina
Murphy, Tina
Ann MacAdam interviews Tina Murphy in Morell, where Tina talks about her early education and childhood, as well as her journey to Boston and becoming a registered nurse. The interview includes discussion about Church Road, family farming, entertainment and tradition, parties and dancing.
O'Brien, Emma
O'Brien, Emma
David Mackenzie interviews Emma O’Brien at Sacred Heart Home. In this interview, Emma discusses her great grandparents life, settling in North America, comparing Ireland to PEI, land agents, Fort Augustus and horses.
O'Brien, Walter
O'Brien, Walter
Geoff LePage interviews Walter O’Brien at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in PEI. In this interview, Walter discusses his family and his early life, fishing, farming, real estate work, and sales with the Guardian. Walter talks about Scottish-Irish relations, social gatherings, blacksmithing, school teachers, doctors, and life on the farm when he was young.
O'Conner, Louis
O'Conner, Louis
David Mckenzie and Karen Doyle interview Louis O’Connor. Mr. O’Connor talks to them about industries and trades on the island during the early days which included Shipbuilding, Agriculture, Carpentry and Blacksmithing. He mentions that the Irish were superstitious and poor, but had unique personalities with a strong faith. He then goes on to talk about manual labor, fighting amongst the Irish and Changes in the early days.
O'Halloran, Peter
O'Halloran, Peter
Geoff LePage interviewing Peter O’Halloran at Maplewood Manor, discussing the royal visit, his family leaving Ireland and experiencing hardships, blacksmithing and fishing. Mr. O’Halloran tells stories about superstitions and a whale, and the farming industry during his lifetime.

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