"Honest lads and not hooligans"


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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.

  • Title
    They Remember 1916 Cormac Turner
  • 1st Broadcast
  • Contributor
    Desmond Ryan (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
  • Material Type
  • Series title
    They Remember 1916
  • Clip title
    "Honest lads and not hooligans"
  • Extended description

    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'Connell Street area. 

    Seamus Robinson, Seamus Lundy and Cormac Turner occupied Hopkins and Hopkins a jewellers and watchmakers shop at O'Connell Street.  Turner describes the events he witnessed, the trouble given by a British sniper, shelling from the Royal Navy ship the Helga and making his way along O'Connell street which was being swept by machine gun fire. 

  • Information

    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, Easter 1916, Easter Rising, Kimmage, War, Conflict, Royal Navy, Helga, Desmond Ryan, Cormac Turner
  • Geographical coverage
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
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  • First broadcast channel
    Radio Éireann
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Language used
    English (eng)