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.
- Title They Remember 1916 Stephenson Robbins
- 1st Broadcast 04/04/1956
- ContributorDesmond Ryan (Presenter)
- Clip Duration 00:13:16
- Material Type Audio
- Series title They Remember 1916
- Clip title "My poor boy my poor boy."
- Extended description
P.J. Stephenson explains how under the command of Sean Hueston he was one of a group of men who occupied the the Mendicity Institute on Usher's Island. Their task was to hold out as long as they could and delay British forces getting to the Four Courts.
Among Frank Robbins memories told here are meeting Pat Fox whose 18 year old son was killed at St Stephen's Green, and moving the body of the injured Margaret Skinnider who had been shot while attempting to seize the Russell Hotel.
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.
- Local keywords 1916, 1916 Rising, Easter 1916, Easter Rising, War, Conflict, Desmond Ryan, P.J. Stephenson, Margaret Skinnider, Frank Robbins
- Geographical coverage Ireland
- Topic Wars and Conflict
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel Radio Éireann
- Production year 1956
- Country of production Ireland
- Original identifier BB1205
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- Item type whole
- Item sound Mono
- Language used English (eng)
"Here is your ticket. You have your orders."
Broadcast - 01/04/1956
Clip Length - 00:13:43
"The bridge was heaped with dead and wounded"
Broadcast - 02/04/1956
Clip Length - 00:12:26
"I heard the awful sound of bullets striking bone."
Broadcast - 03/04/1956
Clip Length - 00:13:16
"My poor boy my poor boy."
Broadcast - 04/04/1956
Clip Length - 00:13:16
"Honest lads and not hooligans"
Broadcast - 05/04/1956
Clip Length - 00:13:28