Seamus Brennan recalls his imprisonment in Kilmainham Gaol in 1916 and the death sentence that hung over him.
Brennan describes cell life and hearing the shootings of Padraig Pearse and James Connolly. He describes his "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.
Brennan was present at Kilmainham Gaol when the executions of the leaders of the Rising took place.
We heard the shootings in the early morning.
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 Gaol. The final restoration work was completed in 1971.
An RTÉ News report from Kilmainham Gaol broadcast on 14 May 1963.