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The Stories From 1916 Podcast tells the less well-known stories from Ireland's revolutionary period. We use first hand accounts and archive material to tell the stories of ordinary men and women who did extra-ordinary things during this interesting period in Irish history. A significant portion of this is possible due to the Military Witness Statement collection in the Bureau of Military History, Military Archives in Cathal Brugha Barracks, Rathmines. These witness statement are available on line and without charge in a true public service. They frankly record the chaos and confusion of the rising, the optimism, fear and killings.

The Stories From 1916 Podcast tells the less well-known stories from Ireland's revolutionary period. We use first hand accounts and archive material to tell the stories of ordinary men and women who did extra-ordinary things during this interesting period in Irish history. A significant portion of this is possible due to the Military Witness Statement collection in the Bureau of Military History, Military Archives in Cathal Brugha Barracks, Rathmines. These witness statement are available on line and without charge in a true public service. They frankly record the chaos and confusion of the rising, the optimism, fear and killings.

Location:

Dublin, Ireland

Description:

The Stories From 1916 Podcast tells the less well-known stories from Ireland's revolutionary period. We use first hand accounts and archive material to tell the stories of ordinary men and women who did extra-ordinary things during this interesting period in Irish history. A significant portion of this is possible due to the Military Witness Statement collection in the Bureau of Military History, Military Archives in Cathal Brugha Barracks, Rathmines. These witness statement are available on line and without charge in a true public service. They frankly record the chaos and confusion of the rising, the optimism, fear and killings.

Language:

English


Episodes

039 - Fr Augustine

4/29/2016
Fr Augustine gives a detailed account of his experience of Easter week, 1916. With a flair for detail, his writing has the ability to suck readers right into the action. Many thanks to Daire Collins for reading his statement.

Duration:00:06:51

038 - Matthew Connolly

4/28/2016
Matthew 'Mattie' Connolly, at 15, was one of the youngest combatants to take part in the Easter Rising. He and four of his family members fought with the Irish Citizen Army. Here, he looks back at his fight, and the death of his brother, Sean.

Duration:00:08:32

037 - The Capuchins Of Church Street

4/27/2016
Part two of our series on the Capuchins of Church Street, this special episode takes us inside the Friary as it is today, and speaks to those involved in running it

Duration:00:13:59

036 - Tom And Jim Walsh Part 2

4/26/2016
Tom and Jim Walsh found themselves in Clanwilliam House, looking down Northumberland Road on the morning of the 26th of April, 1916. They did not know they were about to take part in the bloodiest battle of the Easter Rising. Tom's granddaughter reads from their joint statement.

Duration:00:08:30

035 - Tom And Jim Walsh Part 1

4/25/2016
The Walsh brothers, Tom and Jim, left a statement in the form of a letter to Tom's children, explaining their Easter Rising Story. Tom's granddaughter Fiona Kavanagh reads out the statement in the first of two parts about the brothers.

Duration:00:08:45

034 - Fr Aloysius Travers

4/24/2016
Father Aloysius Travers OFM Cap. was unexpectedly catapulted into the heart of the Rising on Easter Monday when fighting erupted around him. Tending to the wounded all week, he eventually helped secure the surrender. In the first of three episodes on the Capuchins during Easter Week, Fr Bryan Shortall of the Church Street Capuchin Friary reads his story.

Duration:00:12:10

032 - Liam O'Carroll Part 1

3/24/2016
Liam O'Carroll fought in the Four Courts area during the Easter Rising, commanding 'A' Company. His nephew, Finbar O'Carroll tells his story.

Duration:00:10:01

033 - Liam O'Carroll Part 2

3/24/2016
Part 2 of Liam O'Carroll's story sees him imprisoned after the Rising, and the murder of his father after his release. Finbar O'Carroll tells his story.

Duration:00:13:18

031 - Captain E. Gerrard

2/5/2016
Captain E. Gerrard of the Royal Field Artillery was unusual as one of the few British Soldiers to give a statement to the Bureau of Military History. He was home on leave from the chaos of the trenches of WWI, but instead of rest and recuperation, he found himself caught up in the bloody conflict that raged in the streets of Dublin.

Duration:00:10:32

030 - J.J. McConnell

1/22/2016
J.J. McConnell was an R.I.C man from a republican background. At the outbreak of the War of Independence, he suddenly found that the country had declared war on his police force. It was a war he wasn't interested in fighting.

Duration:00:07:38

029 - Eugene Bratton

1/15/2016
Eugene Bratton was a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary who served in Meath. Having fought at the Battle of Ashbourne, and then seeing first hand the atrocities committed by the Black and Tans, he began to reconsider his allegiances. Thanks to actor Conor Madden for reading extract from Bratton's BMH Witness Statement.

Duration:00:11:04

028 - Barry's Hotel

1/8/2016
Barry's Hotel was one of the early focal points of the Irish Civil War. The hotel's story, and that of the war itself, is told through the eyes of its owner, Annie Farrington; letters sent by Liam Lynch to his brother; and historian Padraig Yeates, who has a personal family connection to the skirmish that occurred around the hotel. Many thanks to IMPACT Work & Life Magazine for the Pádraig Yeates section.

Duration:00:10:59

027 - Phyllis Morkan

1/1/2016
Phyllis Morkan's Easter Sunday dinner party was disrupted when the men were called away to a meeting that heralded the beginning of the Easter Rising. During the week that followed, she tended to wounded volunteers at Church Street, which saw some of the heaviest fighting of the week.

Duration:00:07:29

026 - Albert Mitchell

12/18/2015
Albert Mitchell was drawn into the action during Easter 1916 when he volunteered to drive an ambulance around the blood-stained streets of Dublin. He saw the action from all sides, and encountered The O'Rahilly dying on Moore Street, but was powerless to help.

Duration:00:08:33

025 - Maud Gonne

12/11/2015
Maud Gonne gives a personal account of her transformation from carefree society girl to radical political and feminist activist. The recording is held by the Bureau of Military History.

Duration:00:10:33

024 - Patrick Holahan

12/4/2015
Patrick Holahan was an officer in Na Fianna Eireann, and joined the Irish Volunteers in the Easter Rising. He tells the story of the raid on the magazine fort in the Phoenix Park, which marked the beginning of the Rising. His son Sean reads his statement here, and discusses his memories of his father.

Duration:00:08:58

023 – Joe Guilfoyle

11/27/2015
Joe Guilfoyle offers a softly spoken and lighthearted look back on the Easter Rising and some of his experiences during it. His casual account of the time belies the chaos and killing of the time however, something he would have been all too familiar with.

Duration:00:06:09

022 - Robert Monteith

11/20/2015
Captain Robert Monteith had a distinguished career in the British Army, but later became a dedicated nationalist. As an Irish Volunteer, he joined Roger Casement in his mission to found an Irish Brigade in Germany, and land a shipment of arms off the coast of Kerry for the Easter Rising. This is his story.

Duration:00:10:06

021 - Paddy Rankin

11/13/2015
Patrick Rankin made the trip from Newry to Dublin by bicycle to fight in the Easter Rising - but that was just the beginning of his journey in the name of Irish republicanism...

Duration:00:09:50

020 - Tom Byrne's Escape

11/6/2015
The second part of our look at Tom 'The Boer' Byrne's life looks at his daring escape from Rath Camp in the Curragh, Co. Kildare during the War of Independence. His grandson Conor O'Leary reads from his account of the escapade.

Duration:00:06:34