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Dublin, Ireland


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.




039 - Fr Augustine

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

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

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

034 - Fr Aloysius Travers

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

031 - Captain E. Gerrard

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

027 - Phyllis Morkan

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

025 - Maud Gonne

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

020 - Tom Byrne's Escape

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

018 – Frank Thornton

Frank Thornton had a long and eventful career in the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Republican Army. Here he describes in his own words the treatment meted out to him after the surrender in Easter week.

Duration: 00:08:28

016 - Seamus O'Kelly

Seamus O'Kelly, a doctor and close friend of Eoin MacNeill, was in a unique position in the lead up to Easter 1916. He witnessed first hand the attempts to convince MacNeill of the need for a rising, and the chaos caused by the countermanding order. Seamus O'Kelly's witness statement is read here by Rick Burn.

Duration: 00:12:23