"Here is your ticket. You have your orders."


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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. 

  • Title
    They Remember 1916 Colm Ó Lochlainn
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  • Contributor
    Desmond Ryan (Presenter)
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  • Series title
    They Remember 1916
  • Clip title
    "Here is your ticket. You have your orders."
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    Colm Ó Lochlainn a captain on the special staff of Joseph Plunkett recall his memories of the events of Good Friday 1916. 

    Under orders from the Irish Volunteer leadership in Dublin Colm Ó Lochlainn travelled to Killarney where he was to lead a group who were to remove communications equipment from the wireless station at Cahersiveen before setting fire to the building.

    The five men who travelled from Dublin were Con Keating, Cathal Ó Muineacháin (Charlie Monaghan), Donal Sheehan, Denis Daly and Colm Ó Lochlainn. Two cars were in Killarney to take them on to Cahersiveen. Ó Lochlainn and Daly were in the lead car with the other three following in the second vehicle.

    On the road to Killorglin the two cars became separated from each other. The mission was aborted after the car O'Lochalinn and Daly was stopped at a check point where they learned that a platoon of soldiers had come to guard the wireless station and that police units were on patrol throughout the area. 

    Having talked their way through the police check point ÓLochlainn and Daly had to head across the mountains back towards Killarney. They spent the night in the car before heading back to Dublin by train the following morning.

    Colm O'Lochlainn explains that it was some time later before he learned that the second car had driven off the pier at Ballykissane where Keating, Monaghan and Sheehan drowned. The driver of the car Thomas McInerney swam to safety. 

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    Desmond Ryan attended Pádraig Pearse's St Enda's school in Dublin. Having completed his education there Ryan went on to study at UCD but stayed living at St Enda's where he taught and acted as a secretary to Pearse. As a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood Desmond Ryan took part in the Easter Rising serving under Pearse's command at the GPO in Dublin.

    In later years Desmond Ryan worked as a journalist in England and Ireland.  In the introduction to 'They Remember 1916' Ryan describes the Easter Rising as "A historic event of which there are many histories and formal chronicles." He says the short talks contained in the series,  "Are then not a history of the Rising nor a study of it nor a judgement of it but a few scenes and memories by those who still remember the Easter week of forty years ago."   

    'The Remember 1916' was first broadcast in 1956. Presented by Desmond Ryan it features the recollections of participants in the events of Easter Week 1916. 

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    1916, 1916 Rising, Easter, Easter 1916, Colm Ó Lochlainn, Desmond Ryan
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  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
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    Radio Éireann
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