A radio portrait of Countess Markievicz by some of those who knew her.
Philip Rooney describes the life of Constance Markievicz with the aid of writings and interviews with some of her contemporaries. This extract deals with her arrest and sentencing after the Easter Rising in 1916.
I went out to fight for Ireland's freedom and it doesn't matter what happens to me. I did what I thought was right and I stand by it.
Margaret Skinnider recalls hearing that 'Madame' had been sentenced to penal servitude. Nora Connolly O'Brien recalls how Constance Markievicz passed her time in prison from embroidery to scrubbing the kitchens. When she returned to Dublin after serving her prison sentence in Aylesbury in England Constance Markievicz received a tumultuous welcome.
The Green Jacket was broadcast on 15 May 1960. The reporter is Philip Rooney.