Joseph Bevan (b. 1932)
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Joseph Bevan (b. 1932)


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Track 1: Charles Bevan’s career as a compositor, joining the Irish Volunteers, and his involvement in the Howth gun-running, are described. Rose Costello, Charles Bevan’s future wife, who was born in America of Cavan parents, is recalled. She was a member of Cumann na mBan under the command of May Gibney, Track 2: The events of Easter Week are described. The fact that Charles Bevan was the first man into the Four Courts on Easter Monday 1916, under the command of Ned Daly, is emphasised. Charles’s younger brother, Jim Bevan, was a messenger, his father, another brother, Tommy, and two sisters were also involved in the Rising. Charles Bevan worked with the Irish Press. His job as a compositor working with a Monotype hot-metal typesetting machine meant that he, who had a good knowledge of Irish, set the print for the Irish Constitution (1937), as gaeilge. Track 3: The courtmartial of Charles Bevan is recalled, as is his imprisonment in various English jails. The reasons why he wrote his account of the immediate aftermath of Easter Week 1916 during the 1950s, and the reasons why he did not become involved in the Civil War, are set out. Track 4: The visit to Kilmainham Jail made by Joseph Bevan with his father Charles, on the day of the official Commemoration at Easter1966, is recalled. Charles Bevan’s career as a compositor and then proofreader with the Irish Press newspaper, until the 1960s, is described. Track 5: Accounts given to Joseph Bevan by his father of incidents during the reign of the Black and Tans in Ireland are retold. Track 6: The misgivings, and a slight feeling of disapproval towards Free State personnel held by Charles Bevan are described, although he resigned from the IRA a few weeks before the outbreak of hostilities, being, as he said “unwilling and unable to take up arms” against his former comrades.

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Audio series:

The 1916 Rising Oral History Collections


128 kbps

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48 hours

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7.89 MB, 8.41 MB, 8.75 MB, 5.90 MB, 11.64 MB, 5.89 MB

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Bevan, Charles (Interviewee’s father)

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore