Seamus Brennan recalls his time in Kilmainham Gaol following the Easter Rising and the death sentence that hung over him.
Seamus Brennan describes the conditions in Kilmainham Gaol for those arrested after the Easter Rising in 1916.
Seamus Brennan admits to feeling an "unusual" disappointment when his death sentence was commuted at the age of just 25. After ten days at Kilmainham Gaol, he was moved to Mountjoy and then on to England. He subsequently returned back to Ireland in June 1917.
Seamus Brennan was present at Kilmainham Gaol when the executions of the leaders of the Rising took place. He recalls hearing the executions of Padraig Pearse and James Connolly.
We heard the shootings in the early morning.
Seamus Brennan has been secretary of the Kilmainham Gaol Restoration Committee since its inception in 1960. The committee has been advocating for the restoration of the prison building. The final restoration work was completed in 1971.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 14 May 1963.