Jim Finnegan (b. 1940)
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Jim Finnegan (b. 1940)


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Jim Finnegan discusses his uncle, Liam Moore, who was born at 422, North Circular Road in Dublin. In his early 20s he became involved with the Irish Volunteers in the period prior to the Rising. Jim explains that he does not have a lot of information on his uncle’s activities during Easter Week, as his parents would never speak about the subject. Liam Moore’s connections to the Hackett family and their home, situated adjacent to Corduff School, are described. Thomas Ashe taught at the school and he would visit Liam’s parents on a regular basis. An anecdote relating to Ashe’s nervousness during thunderstorms is told. Annie Moore, mother of Jim Finnegan, thought very highly of Thomas Ashe, and Jim discusses his community involvement in music, dance, Irish games and the Irish language. Liam Moore emigrated to Australia in 1923 on his release from Gormanston internment camp, and he lived there for 47 years. Jim explains the reason why he left Ireland in a hurry at that time. He reads from a letter written by his uncle on Gormanston Camp headed notepaper in 1923. He is writing to his sister Annie and the letter contains some interesting detail. He also reads another letter written by his maternal grandmother to her daughter Annie, in which she is trying to discover the whereabouts of her son Liam during the War of Independence. She was later to receive a note from Liam which he had surreptitiously dropped into a milk churn while being transported to the Curragh Camp. Jim explains that in the 1940s he was taught by Miss Monks at Corduff School. She had been a colleague of Thomas Ashe at the school in earlier years. Jim Finnegan comes from a family of 11 siblings. While examining family photographs he explains that his mother single-handedly reared her children as she had been widowed at an early age. A photograph of Liam Moore greeting his sister Annie on a return visit to Dublin in 1947 is discussed. The siblings had not been in touch since Liam had hurriedly left for Australia in 1923.

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The 1916 Rising Oral History Collections


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48 hours

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Liam Moore (Interviewee’s uncle), Annie Moore (Interviewee’s mother)

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore