John S. O’Connor (b. 1896), Tom Sheerin (b. 1896) and Frank Shouldice (b. 1882)
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John S. O’Connor (b. 1896), Tom Sheerin (b. 1896) and Frank Shouldice (b. 1882)


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Track 1: John S. O’Connor recalls hearing the news that German arms had landed in Kerry, which proved to be untrue, and the building of barricades in Church Street and at Jameson’s Distillery early in Easter Week 1916. He also recalls the sound of the British Lancers riding their horses around the centre of the city at this time. The high morale of the Irish Volunteers in places such as Cork and Limerick prior to the Rising is also discussed. Track 2: Frank Shouldice recalls his experiences of Easter Week and explains that the sniping broke out on the Thursday, and on Friday night the great attack on North King Street began. He and his brother, Jack Shouldice, and Tom Sheerin and others, held out with their Enfield rifles until Saturday evening. Track 3: The three interviewees discuss the reasons for the Rising in 1916, and the dawning of the realisation that the Rising would fail. The surrender on Saturday of Easter Week, and the subsequent events, are discussed by the three interviewees. A discussion takes place about reading about the executions of the leaders of the Rising in a copy of the Irish Independent, handed to them by a British soldier.

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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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4.61 MB, 6.81 MB, 6.49 MB, 5.21 MB

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O’Connor, John S.; Sheerin, Tom; and Shouldice, Frank (recording courtesy of the O’Connor family)

Recorded by:

American Radio Station