Eileen Butterly (b. 1936) and John O’Connor (b. 1940), Part 2
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Eileen Butterly (b. 1936) and John O’Connor (b. 1940), Part 2


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Track 1: Provides Eileen Butterly’s views on the parts played by her father, John S. O’Connor, and her uncle, Tommy O’Connor, in the 1916 Rising. Her views on the Civil War, when the family was supportive of de Valera, are explored. John O’Connor, brother of Eileen Butterly, recalls stories about Frank Keogh as told by John S. O’Connor, and the reasons why their uncle, Tommy O’Connor, decided to relocate to America after the Civil War. Old photographs are examined and discussed, as also is the fact that John S. O’Connor financially assisted old comrades in the years after the conflict. John O’Connor recalls his grandfather, Thomas O’Connor, and the family’s close friendship with Seán T. O’Kelly. Track 3: A story is told relating to the Black and Tans passed down to Eileen and John from their mother, Mary Patricia Willis, who came from Gorey, Co. Wexford. Eileen and John speak of their pride in their father’s activities during the 1916 Rising.

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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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10.91 MB, 25.28 MB

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O’Connor, John S. and O’Connor, Tommy (Interviewees’ father and uncle respectively)

Recorded by:

Risteárd Mulcahy (Interviewee’s son)