Brian Farrell hosts a tribute to the life and work of William Thomas Cosgrave two months following his death.
Participants in this discussion include Judge Fionán Lynch, Professor Michael Hayes, General Richard Mulcahy, Earnán de Blaghd, Patrick McGilligan and John A Costello. They discuss William T Cosgrave's time in prison and in the first Dáil.
Judge Fionán Lynch describes his own experiences in the early years of the State and his relationship with Cosgrave. They first met at Portland Prison following the Rising. Both men were officers in the Volunteers and had been sentenced to death. Subsequently their sentences were changed to penal servitude. Later at Lewes Prison they got to know each other. Following their release from prison both formed part of the first Dáil. Fionán Lynch was frequently absent from the Dáil as he,
Had the misfortune to be in and out of jail a great deal during that period
From 1922 both men were members of the provisional government.
W.T. Cosgrave died on 16 November 1965, aged 85. The Fianna Fáil government under Seán Lemass awarded him the honour of a state funeral, which was attended by the cabinet, the leaders of all the main Irish political parties, and Éamon de Valera, then President of Ireland.
'Tribute to W.T. Cosgrave' was broadcast on 19 January 1966. The presenter is Brian Farrell.