Chris Shouldice (b. 1931), Part 1
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Chris Shouldice (b. 1931), Part 1


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Track 1: The Palatine background of the Shouldice family is described, as is the introduction of Jack Shouldice into the IRB in England by Sam Maguire, after whom the famous GAA cup is named. The involvement of Jack Shouldice with the Gaelic League and with the Gaelic Athletic Association is explained. Track 2: Contains a discussion on the escape plan put in place should the 1916 Rising in Dublin fail, and Chris Shouldice’s father Jack’s respect for John Redmond as a man. Track 3: Jack Shouldice fought in North King Street during the Rising and his brother, Frank, was a sniper on the roof of Jameson’s Distillery. In the years following the 1916 Rising, Jack Shouldice would meet his comrades from the conflict at Meagher’s Pub in Richmond Road after Sunday GAA matches, to discuss their memories of the Rising and the War of Independence. Chris Shouldice recalls these Sunday afternoons. His father’s sentence of death after the Rising, its subsequent commuting, and his imprisonment in Dartmoor and Lewes Jails are recalled. Tracks 4-5: Jack Shouldice’s written evidence to the Bureau of Military History in 1947 is discussed. Jack’s less than positive impression of Éamon de Valera as a military leader, his memories of P. H. Pearse and of Thomas Clarke, who was his idol, are described, as is his part in the preparation for the Rising. Track 6: Memories of the funeral of Jack Shouldice in 1965, and the attendance of people from both Treaty and anti-Treaty backgrounds is recalled. Jack Shouldice’s involvement as a Justice in the Sinn Féin Courts is described, as is his later work in administration with the GAA. His decision following the signing of the Treaty to take no part in the ensuing conflict is discussed. Track 7: Contains a discussion on Chris Shouldice’s own education and the reaction of his schoolmates to stories about those involved in the 1916 Rising. An anecdote told to him by his father about keeping the bakeries operating during Easter Week 1916 is recounted. Track 8: Chris Shouldice is the proud owner of the captain’s table from the Helga (later the Muirchú) and he describes how he came to acquire this interesting piece. (Helga was a British ship which fired 24 rounds at Liberty Hall, headquarters of the Irish Citizen Army, and further rounds at various occupied positions in Dublin during the 1916 Rising.) Chris details his father’s career as Secretary of the GAA Leinster Council from 1917 to 1927, and subsequently in the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

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The 1916 Rising Oral History Collections


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48 hours

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Shouldice, Jack and Shouldice, Frank (Interviewee’s father and uncle respectively)

Recorded by:

Richard Mulcahy