03: The Survivors

Survivors was a 'special project' undertaken in the early years of Irish television.

In the early 1960s Telefís Éireann (RTÉ Television) began to record interviews with individuals who had taken part in the Easter Rising and the War of Independence. 

Individuals were interviewed under a working title of  'The Survivors'. The first of these interviews were organised by Jack White and recorded at the television studios in Donnybrook on 31 August 1964. Desmond Ryan, Cathal O'Shannon and M.W. O'Reilly were interviewed by Brian Farrell. The studio director was Burt Budin.

Early in 1965 a group was established to plan how RTÉ would commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising. A decision was taken not to broadcast the interviews as a series. Presented here are five of 'The Survivors' interviews recorded with Desmond Ryan, Cathal O'Shannon, Sean Nunan, Earnán de Blaghd and Denis McCullough