Domhnall McCullough (b. 1921)
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Domhnall McCullough (b. 1921)


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Track 1: Domhnall McCullough’s father, Denis McCullough, is recalled and his personality is described. Domhnall also recalls his paternal grandmother who lived in Belfast, and his father’s pride in being from Northern Ireland and being a nationalist at heart. Track 2: The communication between the Irish Volunteers in the North of Ireland and Seán MacDiarmada in Dublin, prior to the Rising, is described. Denis McCullough’s career in printing at this time is mentioned. Domhnall describes his father’s great disappointment at not being involved in the Rising. Track 3: Domhnall McCullough recalls his mother Agnes, a Belfast teacher who became involved in the Gaelic League where she met her future husband. (The Gaelic League was founded on 31 July 1893 by, among others, Douglas Hyde and Eoin MacNeill, in Dublin.) Track 4: A discussion follows on the decision made by the McCullough family to move from Belfast to Dublin to set up a music business, McCullough Pigott, at Howard Street in March 1921, which was later relocated to Dawson Street. Denis McCullough became the first Chairman of the New Ireland Assurance Company, which had its aspirational origins in Frongoch Camp in North Wales, where he was imprisoned after the Rising. Track 5: Domhnall McCullough recalls his own childhood and the fact that his parents did not discuss their nationalist activities of former days. He remembers occasions when friends from those days would gather at the family home, and the heated debates which would take place. Track 6: Contains memories of Denis McCullough at the 1966 Commemmorations in Dublin and the unveiling of a plaque at the offices of the Irish Times. The love of the Irish language in the McCullough family is discussed, as is Domhnall McCullough’s period of service with the Irish Army during the Emergency (1939-1945), and his later career. Track 7: The funeral of Denis McCullough, and the single piper who played on that occasion are recalled, and a visit by Denis McCullough to the home of Bulmer Hobson in earlier years is discussed.

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Disk, MP3

Audio series:

The 1916 Rising Oral History Collections


128 kbps

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48 hours

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6.66 MB, 6.46 MB, 4.05 MB, 7.30 MB, 11.71 MB, 12.81 MB, 10.58 MB

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McCullough, Denis (Interviewee’s father)

Recorded by:

BBC Radio