Barry Sullivan (Seir) was born 1946 in Derrycreeveen in the west side of Bere Island. He attended Ballinakilla National School, Bere Island and St Brendan’s College, Killarney. He qualified as a veterinary doctor in 1975, and practiced in Castletownbere for almost 40 years. He is a regular contributor to Bere Island Community Radio, and a founding and guiding member of the Recording Our Bere Island History project.
Here, Barry talks to Seamus Hanley and traces the (mostly) maritime history of his O’Sullivan Seir family, from his great-great-grandfather Timothy up as far as his grandfather Mike Seir. He tells about Mary Leary’s shop, the Red Line in the West End, the ball alley, and the many navy and Irish Lights ships his family served on. He also recounts stories about the Nabro in a gale in Dursey Sound, Billy the donkey, and his grandmother Agnes.