THE first Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage lecture of 2017 which will take place on Thursday 26th January at 8pm at the Parish Centre has a distinctly local theme. “C. O. Stanley of Lisselane Estate” is the topic, and will be delivered by Dúchas member Fachtna McCarthy, local historian and native of Clonakilty.
C.O. Stanley was the owner of Lisselane Estate near Clonakilty from 1930 to 1989 and was one of the leading industrialists in Britain and Ireland between 1929 and 1966. For over thirty years he was head of PYE – at the time one of Britain’s foremost electronic companies. A pioneer in the development of television and transistor radios, as well as mobile telephones, Mr. Stanley led a campaign to set up independent television in Britain, thus breaking the monopoly enjoyed by the B.B.C. and he also championed the establishment of local radio. In Ireland, he was the head of Sunbeam Wolsey, Cork’s largest employer for many years and also established, among many other businesses, Unidare, one of Ireland’s largest industries in the 1960s. He was named “Businessman of the Year” 1960 in Britain after his successful challenge to break the monopoly enjoyed by telephone manufacturers. For much of his life while making waves in the worlds of business and technology, he lived at Lisselane.
Further information on the Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage Facebook page.