Jack Kelly (b. 1924) and Eileen Sweetman (b. 1937)
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Jack Kelly (b. 1924) and Eileen Sweetman (b. 1937)


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Track 1: Jack Kelly describes the Lusk, Co. Dublin, background to the Kelly family, who ran a grocery and bike shop in the village. Jack’s father, Pat Kelly, and his brothers, Joe and Mattie Kelly, were all involved in the Battle of Ashbourne in 1916. Jack describes the order given to his father, at the beginning of Easter Week, to travel into Dublin where he came under the command of Seán Heuston, at the Mendicity Institution. Track 2: Both Jack Kelly and Eileen Sweetman discuss Tomás Ashe’s pipe band in Lusk, The Black Raven Pipe Band, in which their father was a bagpiper. Memories of the War of Independence, and the brutal killing of Seán ‘Rover’ McCann by the Black and Tans, as told to Jack and Eileen by local women, are recounted. Track 3: Contains details of events following the signing of the Treaty, which resulted in the opening of a split in the Kelly family – Jack and Eileen’s uncle, Joseph Kelly, joined the Irish Free State Army and their father, Patrick, maintained his republican ideals. The family was later reconciled. The State pension, and Patrick Kelly’s involvement in identifying those who were entitled to it owing to their involvement in the Rising, are discussed. Track 4: The family business in Lusk in their younger days, together with their awareness and pride in their father’s involvement in Irish history, is discussed. Track 5: The legacy of Tomás Ashe, and the great respect accorded to his memory and to his legacy in the local area where he lived and worked, is explained. The Kelly family memorabilia is displayed and discussed, including an autograph book kept by Joseph Kelly while he was imprisoned in Frongoch Camp in North Wales in 1916, which includes illustrations and entries by many of those involved in the 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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6.06 MB, 6.62 MB, 9.55 MB, 13.07 MB, 12.92 MB

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Kelly, Patrick (Interviewees’ father)

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