Chris Shouldice (b. 1931), Part 2
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Chris Shouldice (b. 1931), Part 2


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Track 1: The feelings of Jack Shouldice in later life, with regard to the concept of being European, following his very active role in nationalism in Ireland, are explored. His involvement as a Justice in the Sinn Féin Courts, his membership of the Gaelic League and of the Irish Volunteers, along with being secretary of the GAA, is discussed. Track 2: The Celtic Revival, which touched every area of life in Ireland in the early part of the 20th century, and Jack Shouldice’s great interest in this movement, is recalled by his son. Track 3: Jack Shouldice was elected as First Lieutenant in F Company, 1st Battalion, and was positioned in North King Street during the Rising, where savage fighting occurred. Chris Shouldice recalls his father’s assertion that the success of this engagement resulted partly from the training undertaken by the Volunteers in the same area prior to the Rising. Jack Shouldice’s court martial and death sentence is discussed, as is his location in a cell adjoining that of Éamon de Valera in Kilmainham Jail. Also recalled is the handshake between Frank Shouldice and Michael Mallin, prior to the latter’s execution. Track 4: Contains a discussion on the high principles of the people involved in the Rising, and Jack Shouldice’s reasoning why he could not take part in the Civil War. He used his position as full-time Secretary of the Leinster Council of the GAA as a reason for his non-involvement, combined with his revulsion of the fratricide on both sides, especially the killing of his close friend, Harry Boland. Track 5: Chris Shouldice recalls a casual meeting between his father and Éamon de Valera, and another with Richard Mulcahy, at both of which he was present as a child, and which demonstrated for him his father’s acceptance of the views of both men. The memory of close conversation between de Valera and W. T. Cosgrave at his father’s funeral in 1965 is also still vivid. Chris’s opinions on Home Rule and on the effects of the threat of conscription in Ireland prior to the Rising, are provided. Track 6: The friendships which existed between the children of 1916 revolutionaries are recalled. Chris Shouldice explains that he joined, for a brief period, the local Fianna Fáil Cumann on his return from America in 1960, where he had lived for some years, and his resultant friendship with George Colley. The circumstances surrounding the purchase of Knocklyon Castle are explained.

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The 1916 Rising Oral History Collections


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48 hours

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6.34 MB, 8.50 MB, 7.87 MB, 16.21 MB, 8.58 MB, 12.98 MB

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Shouldice, Jack (Interviewee’s father)

Recorded by:

Richard Mulcahy