Kitty Murphy (b. 1922)
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Kitty Murphy (b. 1922)


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Track 1: The O’Connor family of Rathmore townland in Co. Kerry, is recalled by Kitty Murphy. Her Glenflesk grandmother Mary O’Donoghue’s republican idealism is discussed. Mary’s son, Patrick O’Connor, who took a position with the Civil Service in the post office in London, before returning to Ireland in 1915 to prepare for the Rising the following year, is also recalled. Patrick’s character, his passion and love of his country is also discussed. Track 2: A description is given of the tragedies which befell the O’Connor family in the days prior to the Rising. An excerpt is read from a letter which contains a detailed account of the events prior to the shooting of Patrick O’Connor during the attempted retreat from the GPO with The O’Rahilly. The reaction within the O’Connor family on hearing of Patrick’s death is described, as is the later targeting of the O’Connor home in Rathmore, Co. Kerry, by the Black and Tans. Track 3: Kitty Murphy describes the support of Fianna Fáil by her father, Danny O’Connor, during his lifetime. Track 4: The O’Connor family memorabilia is described and discussed and the insistance by Kitty’s grandmother not to accept the Government pension is explained. Also described is the strength and endurance of her grandmother, Mary O’Donoghue, who lost her husband and her two sons during one week in 1916. Kitty also recalls her own childhood years. Track 5: Mary O’Donoghue lived through the Famine in Ireland in the 1840s and her stories of that dreadful time are recalled by her granddaughter.

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Disk, MP3

Audio series:

The 1916 Rising Oral History Collections


128 kbps

Download time limit:

48 hours

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8.98 MB, 13.38 MB, 5.86 MB, 12.17 MB, 10.42 MB

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O’Connor, Patrick (Interviewee’s uncle)

Recorded by:

Seán MacRéamoinn