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
- ContributorCathal 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.
'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
- Genre Factual
- Topic Wars and Conflict
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel RTÉ
- Production year 1978
- Country of production Ireland
- Original identifier P75/00078
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- Item type part/extract
- Item colour Colour
- Item sound Mono
- Aspect ratio 4:3
- Language used English (eng)