Eileen Barrington (b. 1929)
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Eileen Barrington (b. 1929)


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Track 1: Eileen Barrington, daughter of Kathleen Boland, recalls her mother’s descriptions of her family’s involvement in the preparations for, and the aftermath of the 1916 Rising. Kathleen Boland’s fundraising trip to America with Hanna Sheehy Skeffington is described. (Hanna Sheehy Skeffington was the widow of Francis Sheehy Skeffington who was shot illegally in Portobello Barracks by Captain Bowen-Colthurst at the beginning of the Rising.) She also gives an account of her paternal family. Track 2: Contains a description of the initial meeting of her mother with her future huband, Seán O’Donovan, who had attended the same school as Michael Collins at Lisavaird, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. Track 3: The story of the Russian Crown Jewels is explained in detail, with contributions from Eileen’s husband, Donal Barrington. Track 4: Kathleen Boland’s friends from the 1916 period are recalled, as is her father’s great interest in the Irish language. The military medals awarded to members of the Boland family, together with their whereabouts, are mentioned. Track 5: Kathleen Boland and Seán O’Donovan’s involvement in the Civil War is recalled, as are Eileen’s maternal and paternal families, and their involvement in republicanism. A Certificate of Appointment as the first Irish Ambassador from the Revolutionary Republic to the United States of America, given to Harry Boland, Kathleen’s brother, is mentioned. Eileen also describes the effects of the Civil War on her parents. Track 6: Eileen reads from a family record written by her father in 1971, detailing his education, his entry into the Irish Volunteers, his involvement in the War of Independence, the Civil War and his personal and working life.

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Audio series:

The 1916 Rising Oral History Collections


128 kbps

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48 hours

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4.58 MB, 8.45 MB, 6.95 MB, 11.92 MB, 10.67 MB, 10.64 MB

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Boland, Kathleen and O’Donovan, Seán (Interviewee’s parents)

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore