In the 1950s and the 1960s RTÉ radio and television recorded interviews with participants in the Easter Rising of 1916 and the War of Independence. In the lead up the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising RTÉ Archives will make content related to the events of 1916 available in this online exhibition.
Presented here is the 1956 radio series compiled and presented by Desmond Ryan 'They Remember 1916' and five interviews recorded for television under the working title of 'The Survivors' although they were never broadcast.
The accompanying photograph shows the General Post Office (GPO) undergoing reconstruction following the 1916 Rising.
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Earnán de Blaghd was in prison in England during the Easter Rising. He had spent mush time the previous year trying to organise the Irish Volunteers in rural Ireland.
Denis McCullough talks to Brian Farrell about the restructuring of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and the movement's role in the Easter Rising.
Sean Nunan describes how came to Dublin to take part in the Easter Rising in 1916.
Cathal O'Shannon a founder of the Irish Volunteers in Belfast talks about the influence of his upbringing and education on his political thinking. At Easter 1916 he was one of one hundred volunteers mobilised at at Coalisland in Tyrone.
Growing up in Navan, memories of Pádraig Pearse, joining the IRB, and the Rising.
Liam Daly who helped erect a wireless aerial on the roof of the Dublin Bread Company building and Desmond Ryan who was in the General Post Office recall their memories of Easter Week 1916.
Piaras Béaslaí describes some of the fiercest fighting that took place during Easter Week 1916 in the Church Street area of Dublin.
The story of the Kimmage garrison and Cormac Turner's account of the occupation of the Hopkins and Hopkins building and the fighting in O'Connell Street during Easter Week 1916.
P.J. Stephenson and Frank Robbins recount their parts in the events of Easter week 1916. Stephenson was in the Mendicity Institute while Robbins was in St Stephen's Green and the College of Surgeons.
Tadhg Gahan who was in Jacob's Biscuit Factory and Joseph O'Connor who was in Boland's Mill give their memories of the Easter Rising in 1916.
Desmond Ryan introduces a series of short accounts of personal recollections of the events of the Easter Rising 1916. In this second episode Tom Walsh recalls his memories of the battle of Mount Street Bridge. Walsh was one of seven Irish Volunteers who occupied Clanwilliam House.
Desmond Ryan introduces a series of short accounts of personal recollections of the events of the Easter Rising 1916. In this first episode Colm Ó Lochlainn recalls how he and four others were sent to Kerry to capture and destroy the wireless station at Cahersiveen on Good Friday 1916. The equipment seized was to be used in communications for a planned arms landing.