An Taoiseach Seán Lemass returns to Kilmainham Gaol where he was held after the Easter Rising.

Paying his first visit to Kilmainham Gaol since he was interned there for a few days in 1916, the Taoiseach Seán Lemass is welcomed by the chairman of the Restoration Committee Sean Dowling and other members of the Committee.

During the Taoiseach’s visit, three copies of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic were presented to the Kilmainham Gaol Restoration Committee.

On behalf of his mother Kathleen Clarke, Aiden Daly Clarke, presented the Proclamation his father Thomas Clarke, the first signatory of the Proclamation, sent to Kathleen on the eve of the Easter Rising 1916.

On behalf of Joseph McGrath, 1916 veteran Eamonn Martin presented to the Committee with a copy of the Emmet Proclamation. The only copy of the Napper Tandy Proclamation in existence was given to the Committee by Nicholas Whittle, an IRA veteran of Tramore in County Waterford.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 May 1964. The footage shown here is mute.