Seán O’ Brien was born in Drimoleague village in 1924 in the house where he still lives.
He opened a butcher shop on main street Drimoleague with his friend and business partner, Paddy Mc Carthy; the shop closed its doors in 1992 after more than 36 years trading.
“[Market Day] was very busy. It was [held on] a Tuesday and all the farmers would be in with their chickens, hens, eggs, and butter.”
“All the different traders came from Cork and around. It was kind of a weekly outing to come to the village to the market,” he explained.
Glenilen Farm, Drimoleague, Co. Cork, owned and managed by husband-and-wife-duo Alan and Valerie Kingston, has partnered with ALONE to produce an online video series.
The objective of the collaboration is to highlight the importance of social engagement with older members of the community, and to emphasise how every member of our society deserves the time and space to tell their own personal story.
The videos depict Julie, aged 5, from Mallow in Co. Cork, meeting and conversing with some of the older members of the West Cork community, and asking them simple questions about what their life was like growing up in rural Ireland – you can view the other videos here and here.