Hot on the heels of the Howth gun-running on 26 July 1914, a second lesser known gun-running attempt to obtain arms for the Irish Volunteers was made in Kilcoole, County Wicklow on 1 August 1914.
Historian Fr FX Martin explains the importance of the gun-running for the Easter Rising of 1916. Events in Howth and Kilcoole gave the Volunteers the much needed arms. Those importing the weapons were a mixed collection of people all united by a disgust of how the Tories in England were using blackmail on the government.
They rallied round as liberals, as Anglo-Irish liberals and for the sake of democracy genuinely.
Volunteer William Foley was accompanied by Seán Thomas O'Kelly on the beach on the night of the gun-running and gives his account of the events as he saw them unfold. Dublin engineer Harry Nicholls was also involved in the activities in Kilcoole that night.
Irish nationalist, pacifist and constitutionalist James Creed Meredith, was one of the men on the yacht the 'Chotah' bringing the guns to Kilcoole. His daughter Brenda Yasin explains why he participated in the gun-running.
He was always very anxious that every individual as well as every nation should have their rights.
James Creed Meredith never mentioned his participation in the Kilcoole gun-running as he regretted the snowball effect of armed violence.
We should still try to bring about right by right methods, we hope legally, and without murdering each other.
This episode of 'Late Extra' was broadcast on 8 August 1966. The reporter is Patrick Gallagher.