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Muintir na Déise 2: Máire Uí Chondúin

Muintir na Déise 2: Máire Uí Chondúin Muintir na Déise 2: Máire Uí Chondúin
Mary O'Neill

In this episode of Muintir na Déise, we hear from Máire Uí Chondúin.

Each episode in this series features an individual who has been closely associated with or has lived all his/her life in Gaeltacht na nDéise.

This second series of Muintir na Déise features people from An Rinn, Waterford's Gaeltacht.

The programmes are presented by Waterford and Ring native, broadcaster and writer Catherine Foley.


The participants tell their stories of growing up, finding work, getting married, rearing families as well as their beliefs, wisdom and reflections on life as it was lived in this corner of Waterford during the last century.

This all-Irish series celebrates their lives as well as showcase the wealth of Irish that is still spoken and used in the Ring and Old Parish Gaeltacht area.

About Máire Uí Chondúin

Máire was born in 1936, the only child of Alice Tobin and Johnny Bateman.

When her mother died the following year, 1937, Máire was an infant and she was sent to live with her grandmother in a cottage a mile away.


She talks about her father, the harbour master, and how she used to go down to him each day before she walked to school to prepare his breakfast.  She also recalls her school days and her First Holy Communion.

You can hear her singing and talking about the songs she knows.

She describes her voluntary work with the RNLI and how she and her husband Davy Condon reared a family of five.

To listen to Máire, click the link in this podcast.

For more of Muintir na Déise, click here.