100 year old Anne Jane Smith recalls the 1916 Rising and her efforts to make her way home on Easter Monday.
1916 - I remember that well. Very well
Having spent the weekend in Old Bawn, Tallaght, Anne Jane Smith returned home on Easter Monday. While returning by bus to the city she recalls overhearing conversations with passengers talking about the Jacob's factory, where Ann Jane worked. Getting off the bus in Terenure to catch the Rathfarnham tram she soon learned that the tram would never come as the Rising took hold of the city streets.
Heading home by foot she was met by her worried sister, who informed her of what was happening. At the time Anne Jane lived at the corner of Bishop Street and Bride Street, and ignoring her sister's advice, headed on home.
I never heard a shot in my life until then. Neither did I know what a rebellion was.
This episode of 'Newsbeat' was braodcast on 26 March 1971.