"We Felt We Had Been Stabbed In The Back"

EXHIBITION : IRELAND AND THE GREAT WAR

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Veterans of the First World War discuss how they felt when they heard that there had been an armed rising in Ireland in 1916.

  • Title
    And In The Morning
  • 1st Broadcast
    17/11/1966
  • Contributor
    Peter Kennerley (Director)
    Brian Cleeve (Script)
    Chris Curran (Narrator)
    John Skehan (Military Commentator)
    Ken Murphy (Camera)
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:34
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Clip title
    "We Felt We Had Been Stabbed In The Back"
  • Extended description

    A number of Irish men who served in the British Army during the First World War describe their thoughts on hearing that back home Irish men had taken up arms against British rule.

    One voice says, "When we heard of the Rising we felt we had been stabbed in the back."

    Narrator Chris Curran says, "After the Somme, after the Rising it would no longer be possible for any Irish man to serve two masters. To keep a foot in two worlds. Serve king and people. And every Irish man must choose his side." 

  • Information

    Broadcast on the 17 November 1966 the RTÉ Guide listing for 'And in the Morning' read,

    "Fifty years ago tomorrow, the long drawn-out agony of the battle of the Somme was ending. It had been the greatest battle the world had ever seen, and among more than one million casualties, 5,000 irish men were killed. Dr. Charles Dickson, M.C., was one of those who survived. An RTÉ film crew revisited the battlefield with him this year to tell the story of the Irish at the Somme and to ask why they were there."

    (RTÉ Guide November 11, 1966 Vol. 3 No. 46 p24)

  • Local keywords
    First World War, World War 1, Great War, Conflicts, Wars, 1916, Easter Rising
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    17/11/1966
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    P21/00066
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Black and White
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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