"Primarily, I Felt I Was Fighting For Ireland"

EXHIBITION : IRELAND AND THE GREAT WAR

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Emmet Dalton outlines his reasons for joining up and describes the initial reaction of his father to seeing his son in a British Army uniform.

  • Title
    Emmet Dalton Remembers
  • 1st Broadcast
    07/03/1978
  • Contributor
    Cathal O'Shannon (Presenter)
    Niall McCarthy (Producer)
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:12
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Clip title
    "Primarily, I Felt I Was Fighting For Ireland"
  • Extended description

    Emmet Dalton talks about how he came to join the 7th Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Cathal O'Shannon asks Dalton did he feel he was joining to fight for Britain, Ireland or little Belgium?  Dalton replies, "For all three but primarily I felt I was fighting for Ireland."

    Emmet Dalton was only seventeen and felt a sense of adventure in joing up. He also describes the reaction of his father when he arrived home wearing a British Army uniform.

  • Information

    'Emmet Dalton Remembers' was first broadcast following the death of Emmet Dalton in March 1978. The programme was made in the final eighteen months of his life. 

    Emmet Dalton had a remarkable life. At the age of seventeen he joined the Dublin Fusiliers and served as a Lieutenant at Guinchy and the Somme and was awarded the Military Cross.

    Returning to Ireland he fought in the War of Independence and was with Michael Collins when he was killed at Béal n mBláth. An article in the RTÉ Guide noted that is this wasn't extraordinary enough then, 

    "Add further that Emmet Dalton became clerk to the first Irish Senate, a first class golfer and international selector, a whiskey and insurance agent, a movie-maker and the founder of Ardmore Studios and his own life assumes something of an epic quality."

    (RTÉ Guide August 18, 1978 vol. 2 No 33. p9)

  • Local keywords
    First World War, World War 1, Great War, War, Cathal O'Shannon, Emmet Dalton, Conflicts, Recruiting
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1978
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    P75/00078
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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