Alf MacLochlainn (b. 1926)
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Alf MacLochlainn (b. 1926)


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Track 1: Alf MacLochlainn explains his relationship to P. H. Pearse and William Pearse: his grandmother was Emily Pearse, half-sister of the Pearse brothers who were executed after the 1916 Rising. Alf recalls his grandmother Emily’s personality and demeanour and the assistance provided by the White Cross following the death of his photographer father, Alfred MacLochlainn, while Alf was in his infancy. The awareness of the historical family connection, and its importance to them is described. Track 2: Alf MacLochlainn’s mother was Marcella Dowling. Alf explains that her brothers, Frank, Seán and Michael, were involved in the 1916-1923 period. A fascinating story is told about an occasion when Alf MacLochlainn was employed by the National Library of Ireland and a draft of the surrender at the end of the Rising, handwritten on cardboard by P. H. Pearse, was brought to him for inspection. This is now on display in the library. Track 3: The fact that the gates to Leinster House in Kildare Street, Dublin, were manufactured by the MacLochlainn foundry in Pearse Street, is mentioned, as are the details of Alf’s brother Pearse’s involvement in the 1966 Commemorations and in the conversion of Kilmainham Jail into a museum. Alf declares himself to be a “left-wing socialist” and a good friend of President Michael D. Higgins. He recalls his two older siblings, Pearse and Jimmy, and their involvement in Fianna Éireann in their youth.

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Disk, MP3

Audio series:

The 1916 Rising Oral History Collections


128 kbps

Download time limit:

48 hours

File size(s):

5.67 MB, 8.37 MB, 9.15 MB

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Pearse, P. H. (Interviewee’s half-granduncle)

Recorded by:

Richard Mulcahy