Kilmainham Gaol Survivor Seamus Brennan

Broadcast on this day in 1963, Seamus Brennan recalls his imprisonment in Kilmainham Gaol in 1916 and the death sentence that hung over him.

Brennan describes cell life and hearing the shootings of Padraig Pearse and James Connolly. He describes his "unusual" disappointment when his death sentence was commuted at the age of just 25. After ten days at Kilmainham Gaol, he was moved to Mountjoy and then on to England. He subsequently returned back to Ireland in June 1917.

Brennan has been secretary of the Restoration Committee since its inception in 1960. The final restoration work was completetd in 1971.

A RTÉ News report from Kilmainham Gaol broadcast on 14 May, 1963.

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