"It was a very informal affair"

EXHIBITION : EASTER 1916

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Sean Nunan describes how came to Dublin to take part in the Easter Rising in 1916. 

  • Title
    The Survivors Sean Nunan
  • Production Year
    1964
  • Contributor
    Brian Farrell (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:29:36
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    The Survivors
  • Clip title
    "It was a very informal affair"
  • Extended description

    Sean Nunan describes coming to Dublin from Britain to take part in the 1916 Rising. Initially camped at Glencree and then at Kimmage, Nunan describes the activities at these camps from taking part in drills to making bombs. He talks about his involvement in the rising at the GPO, the battle that took place on Moore Street, the surrender and his deportation.

    Nunan had known Michael Collins since his time in London and describes him as a "very fine, virile person". As a clerk at the first Dáil Nunan had the responsibility of answering for all the men who were in jail at the time. Nunan also visited America with President de Valera and he recalls here how this trip came about. 

    He puts his unquenchable hope for Ireland down to his Irish parents, and describes how he got involved in the fight for Irish independence while being brought up in England.

  • Information

    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. These interviews were recorded under the working title of 'The Survivors' under 'a special projects' label. 

    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 Survivors interviews as a series.

    Around 14 individuals were interviewed under the Survivors title. The first Survivors 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.   

  • Local keywords
    Sean Nunan, 1916, Rising, Kimmage, Easter 1916, Brian Farrell,
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • Country of production
    Ireland
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    whole
  • Item colour
    Black and White
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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