Memories of being in the GPO during the Easter Rising and years later giving the Black and Tans the slip.

At 14 years of age, Jim Doherty was too young to take the oath to the Irish Republic proclaimed in 1916. However this did not stop him from being on the roof of the General Post Office (GPO) during the Easter Rising. Jim was a scout for the Irish Volunteers,

Any information I could get I was bringing that to them.

From his vantage point on the GPO roof, Jim had a great view of Nelson’s Pillar. An explosion destroyed the top half of Nelson’s Pillar in March 1966 and Jim is proud to have outlived Nelson.

Jim recalls the time the Black and Tans came for him in the dead of night. He leapt out of his bed and made good his escape, leaving his brother-in-law Paddy Cullen behind as,

He had nothing to do with anything.

Jim was awarded The Service (1917-1921) Medal. He also holds The Truce (1921) Commemoration Medal awarded to Veterans of the War of Independence who were alive on 11 July 1971.

The first edition of 'Going Strong' was broadcast on 23 September 1975. It was a chat show/information programme aimed at elderly people which ran until 1983.

This episode of ‘Going Strong’ was broadcast on 9 December 1980. It features guests from Fontstown in County Kildare. The presenter is Bunny Carr.