"We Were Surprised, Annoyed And We Thought That It Was Madness"

EXHIBITION : IRELAND AND THE GREAT WAR

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On hearing of the outbreak of a rebellion in Dublin in 1916 Emmet Dalton says that he and his fellow soldiers, "Were surpised, annoyed and we thought that it was madness."

  • Title
    Emmet Dalton Remembers
  • 1st Broadcast
    07/03/1978
  • Contributor
    Cathal O'Shannon (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:58
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Clip title
    "We Were Surprised, Annoyed And We Thought That It Was Madness"
  • Extended description

    Emmet Dalton was in Kilworth Camp, Cork, when he heard about the uprising in Dublin. Cathal O'Shannon asks him what were his feelings on hearing the news.

    Emmet Dalton says that he had no sympathy for the Irish rebels. He felt the cause that had inspired him to fight in the British Army was the right one, and that the Easter Rising never had any hope of success as a military operation.

  • 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 na mBláth. An article in the RTÉ Guide noted that if this was not 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, Wars, Conflicts, Emmet Dalton, Cathal O'Shannon, 1916, Easter Rising
  • 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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