"We Were Committed To What We Had To Do"

EXHIBITION : IRELAND AND THE GREAT WAR

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A veteran of the Irish Guards recalls hearing about the rebellion in Ireland while stationed in Essex.

  • Title
    The Irish Brigades In The First World War
  • 1st Broadcast
    08/12/1974
  • Contributor
    Kieran Sheedy (Producer)
    Tom McGurk (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:15
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Clip title
    "We Were Committed To What We Had To Do"
  • Extended description

    This veteran of the Irish Guards who was stationed in Essex, says the first his battalion knew of the rising in Dublin was seeing it on newspaper bill boards on Easter Monday 1916.

    After initial anger over events in Ireland he and colleagues were too preoccupied with what lay in front of them to worry about events in Ireland. 

  • Information

    'The Irish Brigades In The First World War' was a two part documentary for radio. The programme examined the participation of the Irish Brigades in the Great War using personal accounts of the battles from surviving members.

    The documentary was produced by Kieran Sheedy and presented by Tom McGurk. The clip used here was taken from part two and broadcast on 8 December 1974.

    The photograph accompanying this clip shows the destruction in O'Connell Street following the Easter Rising in 1916.

    The photographer was Joseph Cashman.

    © RTÉ Stills Library 0510/070

  • Local keywords
    First World War, World War 1, Great War, Wars, Conflicts, Easter Rising, 1916, Irish Guards, British Army
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1974
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    AA15864
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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