The 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
Earnán de Blaghd was in prison in England during the Easter Rising. He had spent mush time the previous year trying to organise the Irish Volunteers in rural Ireland.
Denis McCullough talks to Brian Farrell about the restructuring of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and the movement's role in the Easter Rising.
Sean Nunan describes how came to Dublin to take part in the Easter Rising in 1916.
Cathal O'Shannon a founder of the Irish Volunteers in Belfast talks about the influence of his upbringing and education on his political thinking. At Easter 1916 he was one of one hundred volunteers mobilised at at Coalisland in Tyrone.
Growing up in Navan, memories of Pádraig Pearse, joining the IRB, and the Rising.