On the eve of the execution of James Connolly his wife Lillie and eldest daughter Nora visited him in Dublin Castle, where he was being held prisoner.

In this interview for RTÉ, Nora Connolly recalls the last time she would see her father. As his eldest child the responsibility of remaining strong for the rest of the family now fell to Nora. When no one was looking he slipped her a copy of the statement he made at his court martial which she was to have published.

Then they told us time was up and we'd have to go. He was to be shot at dawn.

James Connolly was executed by firing squad in Kilmainham Gaol on 12 May. He was forty- seven years old.

Nora Connolly O'Brien was interviewed for the RTÉ Television project 'Portraits 1916' on 30 October 1965.

Nora Connolly died in Dublin on 17 June 1981 and is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery.

'Portraits 1916' is a collection of interviews made for television recording the personal memories of women and men who took part in the Easter Rising.

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