Harry Coyle (b. 1941)
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Harry Coyle (b. 1941)


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Track 1: The circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of Harry Coyle in Dublin during the week of the Rising in 1916 are described by his grandson, who also explains that, at that time, his grandmother was heavily pregnant with her son, Harry, the interviewee’s father. The background to the Coyle family, who were slaters in Dublin, is explained. Track 2: Thomas Coyle, the interviewee’s granduncle, was seriously injured while stationed at City Hall during the Rising. An iconic postcard, showing Thomas Coyle in his hospital bed in the Infirmary at Dublin Castle, is displayed and discussed. Thomas was later interned in Frongoch Camp in North Wales. Track 3: Harry Coyle describes his grandmother, originally from Hanover Street in Dublin, and a staunch republican. The close friendship between the O’Rahilly and the Coyle families, following the death of Harry Coyle while trying to assist the dying O’Rahilly at the end of Easter Week, is described. The roll, which contained drafts of the 1916 Proclamation, discovered by the interviewee’s father, Harry Coyle, in the Coyle home in later years, is discussed. Tracks 4-5: Contains a discussion on the thesis written by the interviewee’s son on the experiences of his great-grandfather during the week of the Rising, and excerpts are read from contemporaneous newspaper articles kept by the interviewee’s grandmother. Her decision to decline the offer to have her husband’s remains re-interred in the Republican Plot in Glasnevin Cemetery is also discussed. Track 6: The interviewee’s grandmother’s second marriage, to Joshua Coughlan, who had fought with the British army in WWI, is recalled.

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Audio series:

The 1916 Rising Oral History Collections


128 kbps

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48 hours

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7.07 MB, 8.56 MB, 14.79 MB, 4.83 MB

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Coyle, Harry (Interviewee’s grandfather)

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