The 1916 Rising Oral History Collection
Phone/fax +353-66-712 1991
Through our decades of work in audio recordings and books, thousands of voices have been captured.
Local, national and social history of many counties of Ireland.
Irish customs, beliefs and traditions.
The unique music, song and dance of Ireland.
Rich and rare accents from all regions of Ireland.
You can download individual recordings (€2.99) or purchase them on CDs (€15) for study and research or to enjoy at your leisure. For the price of each Oral History Collection, see applicable Collection page.
In February 2012, the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht and South Dublin County Council supported us in the compilation of an oral history collection of interviews relating to the 1916 Rising. This fascinating project has now been completed and was launched by Minister Jimmy Deenihan at Dublin Castle on 13th November 2013.
Price: €26 Catalogue (text and colour photos) (incl €6 postage & packaging)
In all, 99 people were recorded. These include children, grandchildren and other close relatives of the revolutionaries of 1916. Valuable historical and personal information can now be accessed through this oral history collection. Not alone are personal experiences during Easter Week 1916 described in detail, explanations of the reasons why people participated in the Rising are also provided. Also heard are personal views on the sacrifice involved, the pain endured and the post-traumatic stress suffered in some cases. The absence of discussion by the revolutionaries on their involvement, in later years, is discussed, and the sense of responsibility to their historical legacy felt by their descendants, is explored.
Also included in the oral history collection are some early interviews of central figures in the Rising. These recordings were donated to the project by their families, who also generously contributed many historical documents and photographs.
Voices from the Great Houses of Cork and Kerry, by Jane O'Keeffe. Published by Mercier Press, 2013.
The Great Houses of Cork and Kerry, first Collection (51 interviews) is now available for purchase by download or on CDs. This series was launched at Fota House in 2011.
The Great Houses of Ireland, second Collection (70 interviews) is now available for purchase by download or on CDs. It was compiled in the counties of Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Tipperary; this project was also generously funded by FEXCO. The launch took place in April 2012 at the National Library of Ireland.
Work on the Great Houses in Ireland, third Collection, again funded by FEXCO, is now in progress.
» From the archives – work is progressing on Witnesses to Independence (previously known as ‘Recollections of 1916 and Its Aftermath’), a collection of recordings done in the early 2000s with those who witnessed the 1916 Rising and its aftermath. Read more and listen to some brief excerpts from these interviews.
» Recording is almost completed on an oral history project about Fexco Financial Services, and recording for the third Great Houses of Ireland Collection will begin shortly. Both of these projects are funded by Fexco Financial Services.
» Work is progressing on an oral history project on Jacobs Biscuit Factory, supported by South Dublin Library. This will be launched in January 2014.
» Dr. Helene O'Keeffe is working on her book To Speak of Easter Week, to be published by Mercier Press in Autumn 2015. The book, supported by the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, will relate to the recordings compiled for the 1916 Rising Oral History Collection.
» Forty-six interviews in the Horse Racing Ireland Oral History Collection are now available for purchase.
» Interviews are now available for download. Look at recordings in the usual way, then buy by clicking on the Buy MP3 button. Download links are provided after purchase on PayPal and also to your email (please make sure you provide a valid email address).