Oral History





Andy Treacy, Frenchlawn, Ballintubber, Co. Roscommon.


Interviewed and recorded by: Sean Browne,1989


Andy takes Sean to local sites of interest:

The site of the mill established by his ancestors who were millers from Kildare.

Frenchlawn level crossing where a train was derailed on Good Friday night 1901. In February 1949 a girl was killed by a train in the same place.

They visit the Suck Bridge built in 1895, an old Kiln used for drying oats and the remains of “The Hut”. The hut was built for the RIC to protect William Glover during the ranch war.

They call on Jack Shaughnessy in his home in Killerr where the talk covers cattle drives and the four women plus baby that served a months jail sentence in Castlebar, the Black and Tans & the Civil War.


098 County Roscommon Folklore & Oral History Collection 2006-2016






Podcast 60; Denis Treacy in Court I (1875)

20th October 2020

The bitter feud over land between Thomas Treacy and Denis Treacy, Sean Treacy’s father developed when their mother left the interest in the family farm to both brothers in turn. No one was safe in the struggle to gain the land. https://soundcloud.com/tipperary-libraries/denis-treacy-in-court-i-1875


Podcast 64; Denis Treacy in Court II

13th November 2020

In 1875 despite having won his legal battle with his brother over the lease on the family farm Denis Treacy was back in court. This time suing a local doctor. The court case brought to light many unsavory details of the family feud.









Frank Tracy (1943-) of the Liberties and Stillorgan Dublin


Travelling to the parish of Killakee, in the Dublin Mountains, historian Frank Tracy toured the grounds of the Massy Estate for this recording, beginning at the beehive cottage. Lord Massy and his wife spent 35 years living here. Frank outlined the genealogy of the family and walked through the now wooded area to where the original grand house stood. He continued on to the walled garden area where he compared some 19th century photographs with its mostly wooded landscape today.









Jim Treacy (1915-) of Shinrone, Co. Offaly/Tipperary


Parishes of Shinrone and Ballingarry

Recorded by: Noel MacMahon

Recording date: 

Length: 45:22

Irish Life and Lore Series - Offaly Collection

Jim Treacy was born on the 27th July 1915. He was a member of the farming community and was involved in all the farming activities in his local area. He was a founder member of Ballingarry I.F.A in the early sixties. Jim was a keen GAA player and follower. He was a member of Knockshegowna GAA club which he founded with locals in 1934, and with whom he had the honour of winning the North Tipperary Junior Championship in the same year. As it was Silver Jubilee year victory was very sweet. He was a selector in 1965 when Knockshegowna won the North Tipperary Under 15 Juvenile Championship. Two of his sons played on the team. Jim played an active part in securing free transport to Borrisokane Community College in the early seventies. He died on the 14th October 2000.









Jimmy Treacy (1940-) of Omagh, Co. Tyrone


GAA Oral History

Jimmy Treacy and Pat McCartan begin with discussing the GAA of their childhood and the impact it had on their local community when they were growing up. They discuss how influential priests were in the area in mobilising support for the GAA. Jimmy provides an account of the GAA overseas as he lived in England and America for a number of years. Both Pat and Jimmy discuss their involvement with the West Tyrone Board and their experiences as officials at county level. Jimmy and Pat give a detailed account of the challenges the GAA faced in Tyrone during the Troubles in North of Ireland and discuss some of their experiences during this time.


Jimmy discusses the impact that the Hunger Strikes had on the GAA in Tyrone during the Troubles.










John Tracey, Greencastle, Co. Tyrone


Francis McGowan and John Tracey recollect their experiences of their time spent imprisoned in the late 1970's and early 1980s including their recollections of the 1981 Hunger Strike in Long Kesh.







Matt Treacy

See http://www.traceyclann.com/files/renowned%20Traceys%20politics.htm



Matt Treacy RFÉ 8 July 2017


John McDonagh and Martin Galvin speak to former IRA Volunteer, political prisoner and Sinn Féin insider now historian and author, Dr. Matt Treacy, about his new book, A Tunnel to the Moon: The End of the Irish Republican Army. (begins time stamp ~ 28:48)




Matt Treacy RFÉ 16 June 2018

Martin Galvin speaks to former IRA Volunteer and former Sinn Féin activist now author and political commentator, Matt Treacy, via telephone from Belfast, who provides comment on Sinn Féin as it’s 2018 Ard Fheis is underway.   (begins time stamp ~ 31:27)






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Michael Francis Treacy (b. 1936 Argentina - d. 2021 Virginia) [see Michael Charles Treacy]


Veterans History Project Service Summary:

War or Conflict: Cold War

Branch of Service: Navy

Unit of Service: VP-56 (Patrol Squadron); Marine Corps Reserve

Location of Service: Annapolis, Maryland; Washington, DC; Wisconsin; Cuba

Highest Rank: Commander

Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/114229






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Olivia Treacy, of Dublin, Miss Ireland 1984.


Meet Dubliner Olivia Treacy the new Miss Ireland.

A few days after becoming Miss Ireland Olivia Treacy a 23 year old model from Terenure [Dublin] talks about her win and thoughts on representing Ireland in the Miss World contest. 


“From the minute I started, I loved my work. It never really seemed like work to me.”


Olivia Treacy believes beauty competitions are anything but degrading to women. 


“They’ve got see what you’re going to look like in an evening dress. They’ve got to see what you’re going to look like in swimwear. I don’t really think it’s degrading. It’s just very very practical.”


An RTÉ News report broadcast on 30 August 1984. The reporter is Andrew Kelly.

Olivia Treacy finished in the top six in the Miss World contest.









Pádraig Treacy (1953-) of Killarney, Co. Kerry


Track 1: Pádraig Treacy recalls his grandfather who served in the RIC and who arrived in Killarney in 1909. He later worked as gatekeeper for Lord Kenmare. Pádraig’s father, Marcus, was a teacher in the Killarney area, and his mother, Marie O’Sullivan, came to Killarney to work at the Ross Hotel, owned by her aunt, Julia O’Donoghue. The premises was then known as the Kenmare Arms Hotel, and it was bequeathed to Marie O’Sullivan during the years of WWII.

Track 2: Pádraig discusses his childhood at the Ross Hotel, his education and his work experience for five years in car sales at Jimmy The Master’s garage. With his wife Janet, he then set to work to build up business at the Ross Hotel in the 1970s and 1980s.

Track 3: He recalls their plans for expansion which involved purchasing land at Fossa, and the eventual building of the Park Hotel in the field adjoining Cooper’s Cinema in 1989. His dealings with the UDC, in particular with Town Manager Paddy d’Arcy, and the support given to him to enable him to build the hotel, are described.

Track 4: The opening of the hotel, designed by architect Roddy Horgan, in 1992 and the huge task which lay ahead at that time are recalled.

Track 5: Pádraig discusses his decision to create a contemporary rather than a more traditional style of building at that time, and he also recalls the work of County Engineer, Colm Kennelly.

Track 6: The positive relationship which exists between the members of the Town Council, the business people and the community groups in Killarney is emphasised.










Sarah Tracey née Slattery, born 1916 Ballymore Co. Kildare


Irish Life and Lore Kildare Collection, CD 26

 Memories of Ballymore Eustace

Recorded by: Maurice O’Keeffe

Date: 2009

Time: 70:28

Description: The Slattery family came from Harristown and Sarah Tracey’s grandfather was First Huntsman to Lord la Touche in Harristown House. Sarah has clear memories of her early days in Ballymore Eustace, the forge, the local bar and groceries, drapers, the post office and the thatched houses. She recounts the names of all the family owned businesses in the town. She recalls the activities of the Black and Tans in her native area, and also her own early days in employment as housekeeper for a Jewish family in Dublin. She remembers the advent of the creameries around the countryside, and the employment provided by the big estates. Sarah’s mother came originally from Carrigmacross and she brought with her the tradition of lace work, and sold her craftwork to the local people.









Willie Treacy (1929-2017) of Shortstone Co. Louth


GAA Oral History

William Treacy recalls starting up his local GAA club in Louth, Roche Emmets. A group of locals used to play football together but they knew nothing about the rules or how to organise themselves. Eventually some experienced people came in and helped them start the club. They soon secured a field to play on and some goalposts, and they were on their way. William played for some years but an injury meant that he had to stop playing. He remained involved and helped to raise funds, contributed in an administrative capacity, and compiled a history of the club with two others. He recounts stories of his youth detailing the fun that they had, the trouble they got into and the great games that they witnessed.










Willie (Bill) Treacy (1925-2014) of Leegane Wexford and London England


GAA Oral History

Bill Treacy describes where he grew up in Wexford, before discussing the history of Gaelic games in the area. He then recalls his family's involvement in Gaelic games. Bill recalls stories he has heard regarding The Troubles in the area during the 1920s, before talking about the GAA in his school days. He remembers his GAA heroes of the past from Wexford teams. He describes travelling to matches in his younger days, and also lists the venues he played in during his playing career. Bill talks about what makes the GAA special, explaining what the Association means to him. He also discusses what drives teams in the North of Ireland on. He recalls his time in the Army and some of the places he played. He describes the regime of Army life and the influence it had on him. Bill discusses emigrating to London. He recalls his introduction to the GAA in London. He discusses the clubs he joined, the roles he undertook and the influence and role that the GAA plays in the lives of the Irish abroad. He concludes by saying what his proudest moment in the GAA is, and reveals how he would like to be remembered by the London GAA community.










The Famine in Toomevara, Co Tipperary by Helen O Brien Malone


In November 2010 another excellent publication in the Maynooth Local History Studies was published by Four Courts Press. At no. 89 in this series ‘The Famine clearance in Toomevara, County Tipperary’ by Helen O’Brien (ISBN: 978-84682-2605 : 64pp : Price €9.95)


…The author was very fortunate to have access to the manuscript memoirs of Thomas Tracey, a local schoolmaster, who was born in Toomevara in 1832….

Ireland’s Genealogical Gazette, May 2011


Oct 10, 1923 (IT)

The death has taken place of Mr. Thomas Treacy, formerly a National school teacher, of Toomevara, Co. Tipperary, at the age of 92.










Tony (Anthony Paul, A.P.) Kearns is a civilian historian to the Irish Air Corps and has spent over fifty years researching and writing about the organisation. 




In this clip Tony and Michael discuss Lieutenant Colonel Louis (Louie) Lawrence Treacy (22nd October 1919 - 19th February 2001). Tony states that the brother of Louis Treacy was in the RAF (Royal Air Force) and was shot down, captured and held for a year. He later returned to England and went back to the war but was shot down and killed. Tony also reflects on the feelings of members of the RAF towards Ireland as a result of Ireland's neutrality in World War II (the Emergency). [see Agnes Treacy]












1831 The Battle of Carrickshock, Kilkenny

James Treacy (Trassy), 20 years old shot dead in the Tithe protest.


Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTE) Broadcast 1983

Battle of Carrickshock. The Battle of Carrickshock toook place in 1831 in south Kilkenny. It was borne out of a tithe tax that was enforced despite difficult harvests. And so the peasants revolted - against what they saw as greedy landlords and greedy clergymen. One of the people talking is a Mary Wallace nee Farrell who is the 1st cousin twice removed of James Treacy.



The Brave Men of Carrickshock (2020) Finnoula Lynch






Last update: 31 July 2023