Con O’Neill (b. 1936)
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Con O’Neill (b. 1936)


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Track 1: The Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, background of the O’Neill family, Laurence O’Neill’s apprenticeship as a coach-builder there, his joining of the Irish Volunteers in 1913, and his activities prior to Easter Week 1916, are all discussed by Con O’Neill. The Gibney family of Co. Meath, Con’s maternal grandfather’s service with the RIC in Tralee, and the family’s move to Temple Street in Dublin following his death, are also discussed. Con describes his mother’s walk from Temple Street to the nearby GPO at the beginning of Easter Week 1916, where she remained until the surrender. Track 2: Contains a description by Con O’Neill of his father, Laurence O’Neill, in Carlow during the War of Independence and the Civil War, including details of his shooting and wounding during a fire fight with a combined British Army and Black and Tan force. His father’s incarceration in Mountjoy Jail and then in Dartmoor is also described. Track 3: Con O’Neill recalls his mother, May Gibney, her part in the work of Cumann na mBan in the years following the 1916 Rising and her incarceration in Kilmainham Jail. Also described is the meeting of his parents in Carlow, and their subsequent marriage. Tracks 4-5: The disappointment felt by his parents at the outcome of the Treaty, and the loss of the Six Counties, is discussed by Con O’Neill. He recalls the 1966 Commemorations and the pride he felt at the awarding of the Commemorative Medal to his mother at that time. He also discusses the great efforts of his mother, May Gibney, in the Cumann na mBan Benevolent Society, as she worked, for very many years, for the welfare of her comrades after the 1916-1923 period. He recounts how his father, Laurence O’Neill, joined the Irish Army at the outbreak of WWII.

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Audio series:

The 1916 Rising Oral History Collections


128 kbps

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48 hours

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10.67 MB, 10.81 MB, 5.67 MB, 6.27 MB, 18.30 MB

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O’Neill, Laurence and Gibney, May (Interviewee’s parents)

Recorded by:

Richard Mulcahy