On 24 April 1916 the Easter Rising began and lasted for six days.

Proinsias Mac Aonghusa presents 'The Week of the Rising' an account from 1966 of the Easter Rising of 1916. This programme focuses on Easter Thursday with accounts from people involved in the Rising.

In this excerpt from the programme, medical student Jim Ryan at the age of 26 provides an eye witness account of setting up an emergency hospital in the G.P.O. on Dublin's O'Connell Street and the events of Thursday 27 April 1916.

Ryan describes the treatment given to James Connolly who had been shot. James Connolly had his ankle shattered by a bullet on that Thursday afternoon. Ryan provides a picture of the general scene at the G.P.O. on that day when there had been much sniper fire. Ryan also comments on the involvement of Padraig Pearse in the Rising and describes James Connolly as "an extremely good patient".

'The Week of the Rising : Thursday' broadcast 14 April 1966 Presented by Proinsias Mac Aonghusa.