Harry Boland (b. 1925), Part 2
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Harry Boland (b. 1925), Part 2


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Track 1: Harry Boland discusses the Fenian membership of his grandfather, James Boland, and the great passion for Irish freedom which he passed on to his children; Gerald, who was born in Manchester, Harry, Edmund and Kathleen. Gerald Boland’s time in Jacob’s during the 1916 Rising is discussed, and interviewee Harry Boland’s own visit to Jacob’s as a student, is recalled. Track 2: Details are provided about the reasons why Éamon de Valera sent a delegation, which included Gerald Boland, to Russia in 1924. Gerald Boland’s involvement in the formation of the Fianna Fáil party and his stance on the Boundary Commission are also discussed. Track 3: Interviewee Harry Boland discusses his introduction of Maureen Lemass to Charles Haughey while both were B.Comm. students in UCD. The setting up of the Haughey Boland accountancy business (now Deloitte Ireland) is explained. Bunny Carr, a friend of the Bolands, is mentioned and an anecdote involving the LDF is told. Track 4: The interviewee, Harry Boland, describes his introduction of Charles Haughey into politics. Track 5: The Fianna Fáil Tomás O’Cléirigh Cumann in Dublin is recalled, as are the people associated with it. It later divided and one section became known as the Harry Boland Cumann. The reasons for the interviewee’s later resignation are discussed, as is TACA, the successful fundraising group established to support the Fianna Fáil organisation at general elections. Track 6: Contains a discussion on The Arms Trial and the people associated therewith. The split in the Fianna Fáil party is described and the change in personality in Charles Haughey during his political life are explored. Track 7: Interviewee Harry Boland’s views on the ethos of the Fianna Fáil party during his father Gerald Boland’s time are described, and he also discusses his feelings of responsibility to support the organisation because of his family connections, though he feels that his continued support is now very much in doubt.

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The 1916 Rising Oral History Collections


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48 hours

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8.75 MB, 6.43 MB, 8.88 MB, 6.56 MB, 13.35 MB, 9.68 MB, 5.36 MB

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Boland, Gerald and Boland, Harry (Interviewee’s father and uncle respectively)

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore