Déirdre Stuart (b. 1946)
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Déirdre Stuart (b. 1946)


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Track 1: The fact that both her grandfathers, Cathal Brugha and Terence MacSwiney, gave their lives for Irish freedom is discussed by Déirdre Stuart. She also recalls her normal and balanced upbringing. The family’s connection to An Ghráig, Ballyferriter in Kerry, and its importance to her parents, is also discussed. Track 2: The connections Déirdre had during her childhood with other children with family connections to those involved in the 1916 Rising are mentioned. Déirdre recalls an interview given by her father, Ruairí Brugha, to RTÉ relating to his father’s death. Also recalled is footage filmed by her father of his mother, Caitlín Brugha. Track 3: Déirdre Stuart recalls her grand-aunt Eithne MacSwiney’s demeanour and personality and also the fact that her mother, Máire Brugha, did not discuss aspects of her family background pertaining to her mother, Muriel, until quite late in her life. Track 4: The widows of the men of 1916 and the connections and support they maintained between one another is discussed. Déirdre recalls her education at the Sacred Heart Convent in Leeson Street, Dublin. Track 5: Déirdre’s father Ruairí Brugha’s tolerant and peaceful character, and his work behind the scenes in the Northern Ireland peace negotiations during his political career, are recalled. Track 6: Déirdre Stuart stresses her admiration of the ability of her widowed grandmother, Caitlín Kingston, to raise a large family in the absence of a pension. Her father’s lack of interest in military medals, or recognition of any kind for his life’s work is discussed, as is the background to the Burgess (Brugha) family.

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Audio series:

The 1916 Rising Oral History Collections


128 kbps

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48 hours

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7.76 MB, 6.82 MB, 7.52 MB, 6.75 MB, 5.18 MB, 5.20 MB

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Brugha, Cathal and MacSwiney, Terence (Interviewee’s grandfathers)

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore