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.

Earnán de Blaghd (Ernest Blythe) tells Brian Farrell of the influences that resulted in a northern Protestant becoming a nationalist. Growing up in rural Ulster he cites stories of the United Irish Men, playing the Boer war with a childhood friend and a growing interest in the Irish language.

Earnán de Blaghd moved to Dublin when he secured a position as a boy clerk in the Department of Agriculture. While in Dublin he followed his love of the Irish language and joined the Gaelic League. He recalls being afraid to tell people that he was a Protestant at this stage. 

Through the game of hurling Earnán de Blaghd met Sean O'Casey who introduced him to the Irish Republican Brotherhood. He recalls the belief in the organisation at this time that the British would never give self government to Ireland unless forced to do so but when Britain was in difficulty the IRB should be ready to avail of the opportunity.

He recalls the IRB in Dublin as having a large membership and that it was very much a white collar movement.  

With the formation of the Irish Volunteers Earnán de Blaghd became an organiser trying to set up groups of men throughout the country. He describes Irish nationalism as being very weak throughout the country before 1916 and the difficulties in trying to set up companies of Irish Volunteers in the north, in Cork and in Clare which he described as being the worst of all.

When the Easter Rising took place Earnán de Blaghd was in jail in England. 

This interview was recorded on 15 March 1965.