Desmond Ryan who was in the the General Post Office during the Easter Rising presents and compiles this series of personal memories of individuals who took part in the fighting. 'They Remember 1916' was first broadcast in April 1956.
The accompanying photograph shows the damage to O'Connell Street following 1916 Rising and is taken from the RTÉ Shard Collection. © RTÉ Archives 0718/008
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.
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.
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.
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.
Desmond Ryan gives the background to the Kimmage Garrison a group of Irish Volunteers largely from Scotland and England who were camped at the old Larkfield Mill in Kimmage, Dublin on farm land owned by the Plunkett family.
Cormac Turner was one of those who departed from Larkfield. Here he recalls the journey by tram to take part in the Easter Rising. On arriving in the city centre the Kimmage garrison split a number of groups who took up positions in the O
Piaras Béaslaí describes some of the fiercest fighting that took place during Easter Week 1916 in the Church Street area of Dublin.
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.