"Fé Ghlas ag Gallaibh"


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Seán Nunan was one of the clerks appointed to manage the first meeting of the Dáil.

  • Title
    The First Dáil
  • 1st Broadcast
  • Contributor
    Seán Mac Réamoinn (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
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  • Clip title
    "Fé Ghlas ag Gallaibh"
  • Extended description

    Seán Nunan was one of four clerks managing proceedings at the first meeting of the Dáil. Nunan's main duty was to answer the roll call for those elected deputies who could not attend because they were imprisoned in England. When the names of those men was called Nunan replied, "Fé ghlas ag gallaibh" , imprisoned by a foreign enemy.

  • Information

    The First Dáil (An Chéad Dáil) was Dáil Éireann as it convened from 1919–1921. In 1919 candidates who had been elected in the Westminster elections of 1918 refused to recognise the Parliament of the United Kingdom and instead assembled as a unicameral, revolutionary parliament called "Dáil Éireann".

    The establishment of the First Dáil occurred on the same day as the outbreak of the Irish War of Independence. After elections in 1921 the First Dáil was succeeded by the Second Dáil of 1921–1922.

    The first meeting of Dáil Éireann took place in the Round Room of the Mansion House on 21 January 1919. To honour the 50th anniversary of the this event the first sitting of the Dáíl for 1969 took place in the Round Room of the Mansion House.

    RTÉ marked the occasion with programmes on radio and television.
    The RTÉ Guide listing for 'The First Dáil' programme was,

    "The origins, establishment and achievements of the first Parliament of the Irish Republic. A Jubilee survey arranged and presented by Seán Mac Réamoinn and Howard Kinlay. Historical Adviser: Kevin B. Nowlan."

    (RTÉ Guide January 17, 1969 vol. 6 No 4. p10)

  • Local keywords
    Dáil Éireann, Politics, Elections, 1919, 1969, Seán Nunan
  • Geographical coverage
  • Topic
    Politics and Economics
  • Publisher Broadcaster
  • First broadcast channel
    Radio Éireann
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  • Original identifier
    27/69 (AA013042)
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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    English and Irish