Chris O'Sullivan

Chris O'Sullivan
Chris O'Sullivan

Chris O’Sullivan was born in December 1949 in the townland of Ardra in the east side of Bere sland, about half way between Rerrin Village and Lonehort.  He attended Lawrence Cove National School, Bere Island and St Brendan’s College, Killarney. He qualified as a civil engineer in 1972, and worked for Waterford City Council for 36 years, and lives in the city of Waterford.

Several decades ago, just to pass them on to his family, Chris wrote a large number of personal reminiscences of growing up in Ardra, and sketches of local characters. He has since published several in the annual Bere Island Christmas Newsletter, and with great emotion and imagery told several others on Bere island Community Radio.

Here he talks to Seamus Hanley and lovingly and proudly tells us about his grandparents and his parents and their various talents, his pre-school and national school days, and how playing football made boarding school almost tolerable. Be sure to read or listen to his stories about Spanish brandy, the auto-cycle, the Ford Anglia, and his grandmother Rose.

The Bere Island Oral History project came about as a result of the Heritage Keepers Programme in partnership with the Burren Beo Trust and The Heritage Council.



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