'Pearses People' details the family origins of Padraig Pearse and how the Pearses settled in Dublin. Narrator Proinsias O.Conluain attributes very few interviewees and there is over six minutes of people speaking as Gaeilge. A voice over reading Pearses writings is used to push the story.
The documentary begins with the Pearse family moving from England to Dublin in 1850. His father was a very successful sculptor. Pearse mentions his admiration for his father.s sculpting and enjoyed growing up with some of his artists friends visiting the house. The programme describes the family ascent, successfully moving from home to home as the fathers sculpting business grew.
Pearses fathers self financed publication of a pamphlet on home rule titled 'Englands duty to Ireland by an English man' a stinging critique of a Trinity academics pamphlet-urging Catholics to be loyal.
There is talk of a young Pearse practising his public speaking with voice recorders in front of his mirror. The contributors then discuss the similarities between Pearse and his father, both were great businessmen.
Pearses mother is then discussed. Margaret Brady came from a Dublin family one generation removed from Meath who moved following the famine. Margaret was eighteen years her husbands junior and barely twenty when married. Pearse was told stories of Tone and Emmet by his great Aunt Margaret. His father learned Seamus O. Brien songs and young Padraig, his father admitted could sing those songs better than him.
From his mother, Pearse gained a love of a reading. A former teacher of Westland Road, who recovers a former book of his, recounts a witty comment wrote on the inside of his grammar compendium. .Stole on the 6th of December..
Their family home extended beyond usual siblings. Some of Mrs Brady.s cousins worked about the house. The programme then discusses Pearse.s relationship with his brother and sister. Pearse was very close to his brother Willie . his playmate who he grew up with. There is a lot of Gaelic in this section.
Pearse sister is then discussed who later was to become an accomplished senator. Contributors discuss the sister.s eccentricity. A story of her sitting though the Irish national anthem in the Gaiety theatre is recounted. To some astonished onlookers she said .it.s not even good music.. Strangely for a sister of Padraig Pearse didn.t approve of the national aspirations and considered herself English.
The programme concludes with Denis Quinn commenting that family work at Scoil Eanna symbolised the deep affection of the Pearse family.
Produced by Proinsias O' Conluain
First broadcast 18th April, 1979
An Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries.