Dorothea Findlater (b. 1909), Part 2
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Dorothea Findlater (b. 1909), Part 2


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Track 1: Recorded is the welcome afforded Dorothea Findlater by Col. Tom Aherne of the Irish Defence Forces, to Curragh Camp on her visit there to her childhood home where her father, Captain Henry de Courcy-Wheeler, was based with the British Army. At the Military Museum, she recalls the journey from their home at Robertstown House in Co. Kildare to the Army Service Corps Barracks at the Curragh at the outbreak of WWI. She also identifies areas at the Camp which were the sites of the tennis courts and the Royal Air Force landing strip in those days. Commandant Mick Moore, Development Officer at the Military Museum, comments on various aspects of Dorothea’s recollections of places, including the stables, the gardens, the bakery and the Barracks, known since 1928 as Clarke House. The funerals of the casualties of WWI, and the hospital on the site, are also recalled. Track 2: Moving to another section of the Museum which exhibits artifacts from the 1916-1923 period, Dorothea recalls her father’s meetings with Michael Collins and with Éamon de Valera, and describes her memories of living again at Robertstown House during the War of Independence, and the stand-off between her father and the IRA at the house at that time. The families who worked for her father at Robertstown House, her education by the local Rector and the popular mode of transport of the time, are also recalled. Track 3: Sergeant Michael Bookle of the Cavalry Unit at Curragh Camp explains the history of the Slievenamon, the armoured car on display, which was driven the short distance to Clarke House for the occasion. In her first return visit to Clarke House, formerly the residence of her family at the Curragh, Dorothea Findlater discusses the furnishings, the fittings, the usage of various rooms, the calling bells in each room, her father’s batman, the visiting governess, the nurse and the other staff from her childhood days.

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The 1916 Rising Oral History Collections


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48 hours

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de Courcy-Wheeler, Captain Henry (Interviewee’s father)

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