"They have decided to go to save the men from slaughter."


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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. 

  • Title
    They Remember 1916 Daly Ryan
  • 1st Broadcast
  • Contributor
    Desmond Ryan (Presenter)
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  • Series title
    They Remember 1916
  • Clip title
    "They have decided to go to save the men from slaughter."
  • Extended description

    Liam Daly describes how communication systems were set up between buildings along O'Connell Street so that the movement of British troops could be relayed. Daly and John O'Connor erected a wireless aerial on the roof of a wireless school building where they came under fire.

    Later in the week after much fighting Liam Daly describes how on Wednesday buildings in O'Connell Street had to be abandoned as they retreated to the GPO. He also how describes how wax work effigies of King Edward and Wolfe Tone were hung out the window and torn apart by British gun fire.

    In this final episode of 'They Remember 1916' presenter Desmond Ryan gives his own account of abandoning the General Post Office and the final of surrender before marching to O'Connell Street to lay down arms.       

  • 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, 1916 Rising, Easter 1916, Dublin, War, Conflict
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  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
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    Radio Éireann
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    English (eng)