Éamon Ó Cuiv (b. 1950), Part 1
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Éamon Ó Cuiv (b. 1950), Part 1


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Track 1: Éamon Ó Cuiv describes his early memories of his grandfather, his character and personality, and his own questioning as a child, of his grandmother Sinéad de Valera (née Flanagan), about the Rising. He describes his grandmother as a very strong-willed person who was committed to nationalism. Track 2: Contains Éamon de Valera’s own description of events in Boland’s Mills during the Rising as he recounted them to his grandson. Track 3: The First Dáil and its functions and successes are discussed. The sending of a delegation to Versailles and the signing of the Oath of Allegiance are also discussed. Track 4: A discussion follows on the arrest of his grandfather, the death sentence imposed on him and his later reprieve. The admiration felt by Éamon Ó Cuiv’s grandparents for Roger Casement, and the trip to America made by his grandfather during the War of Independence are discussed. (Roger Casement was the last of the 1916 leaders to be executed, in August 1916.) Track 5: The election of Éamon de Valera in East Clare in 1917, to a seat he was to hold until 1959, and his grandfather’s pride in his association with this constituency due to its connection to Daniel O’Connell, are recalled. An explanation follows of the 1918 “German Plot” and the subsequent arrest and imprisonment of his grandfather in Lincoln Jail. His escape from Lincoln Jail and his later delight in describing this escape to his grandchildren is recorded. His return visit to Lincoln Jail in 1951 is also mentioned. Track 6: Details about the negotiations in London in December 1921, the reasons why Éamon de Valera did not attend, and the signing of the Treaty, are discussed. The fact that the delegates were not arrested on their return to Dublin is also explored. Track 7: The friendship which existed between Éamon de Valera and Frank Aiken, and the shooting of Michael Collins, are recalled. Mention is made of Peter Golden, who played his part in attempting to negotiate peace during the Civil War, and the friendship which later existed between some members of the Collins family and Éamon and Sinéad de Valera. Tracks 8-9: The difficult years for Sinn Féin after 1923 are discussed and comparisons are made between the fortunes of Fianna Fáil today and of those earlier days. The birth of the Irish Press and Éamon de Valera’s intentions for the newspaper are explained.

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The 1916 Rising Oral History Collections


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48 hours

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de Valera, Éamon and de Valera, Sinéad (Interviewee’s grandparents)

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