Eda Sagarra (b. 1933)
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Eda Sagarra (b. 1933)


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Track 1: The Omagh, Co. Tyrone, background to the O’Shiel family, Kevin O’Shiel’s education in England and his career at the Bar, are outlined by Eda Sagarra, as is his membership of Sinn Féin and the Irish Nation League. His writing for several Sinn Féin newspapers and his letters to the Irish Independent are also discussed. His brief membership of the Irish Volunteers is recalled. Track 2: In Omagh, Kevin O’Shiel began a publicity campaign against conscription in 1918, and this is discussed. Track 3: Eda Sagarra outlines the activities of her father, who was a member of the Standing Committee of Sinn Féin, following the arrest of many of the leaders as a consequence of the “German Plot” in 1918. Kevin O’Shiel became Special Commissioner for the Sinn Féin Courts in 1920. He acted for Countess Markievicz during one case. Track 4: The conducting of cases before the Sinn Féin Courts is described, as is the enormous amount of work involved, the large number of cases settled, and the location of these Courts. Possible intimidation, and fear of raids and/or attack on the Courts is also explored. Track 5: Eda Sagarra speaks of the signing of the Treaty. Kevin O’Shiel’s convictions at this time are explained – he took the Treaty side. His daughter explains that he was very reluctant to ever discuss the events of the Civil War. Kevin O’Shiel became a Director of the North Eastern Boundary Bureau in September 1922. The death of Michael Collins in 1922 is discussed, as is its effect on his great friend, Kevin O’Shiel, who had acted for him in the North. The gift sent to Kevin O’Shiel by Seán Collins, brother of Michael Collins, and its present location, is described. Track 6: Eda Sagarra discusses her father’s first marriage to Miss Montgomery on the day following the shooting of Collins, the death of his wife, and his second marriage to Miss Smiddy, Eda’s mother. Her father’s contact with his comrades of earlier turbulent days later in his life is recalled, as is his anger at much of what he regarded as de Valera’s self-seeking politics. The writing of Kevin O’Shiel’s memoir in the 1960s is also discussed.

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The 1916 Rising Oral History Collections


128 kbps

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48 hours

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5.60 MB, 6.83 MB, 6.18 MB, 5.06 MB, 7.26 MB, 12.04 MB

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O’Shiel, Kevin (Interviewee’s father)

Recorded by:

Richard Mulcahy