Laura O’Sullivan (b. 1924)
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Laura O’Sullivan (b. 1924)


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Track 1: Laura O’Sullivan recalls the close friendship between her father, James O’Sullivan, and her uncle, Ned Daly, who was executed after the 1916 Rising. She recalls the circumstances which led to her parents’ initial meeting, and their marriage. She gives an account of the events of the week of the Rising and the subsequent arrests of her father and her uncle. Track 2: Laura O’Sullivan describes the trip to Dublin made by her mother, Laura Daly, and her sister Madge in the immediate aftermath of the Rising. They met in Dublin with another sister, Kathleen, wife of Thomas Clarke, and the sisters’ subsequent farewell visit to Kilmainham Jail is discussed. A cousin of the interviewee, Mairéad Dore, is present and she describes the visits to Kilmainham on two occasions, first prior to the death of Thomas Clarke and subsequently prior to the death of Ned Daly. Track 3: The personality of Tom Clarke is described, particularly his sense of humour and good nature, and his deep friendship with Thomas MacDonagh. Track 4: Laura O’Sullivan’s granduncle, John Daly, is recalled and his inspiring passion for Irish freedom is described, as are the visits by Tom Clarke to the Daly home prior to his marriage to Kathleen Daly. Track 5: Contains an explanation of the fact that Tom Clarke was the first signatory to the 1916 Proclamation, abiding by Thomas MacDonagh’s wish. Laura’s memories of canvassing with her father in Limerick during mayoral elections are recalled, as are the family’s feelings towards Éamon de Valera. The three Clarke children, John (known as Daly), Tom and Emmet, were brought from Dublin to the Daly home in Limerick to be reared, and Laura O’Sullivan discusses their lives. Tracks 6-7: Hand written notes by Laura’s father, James O’Sullivan, which include mentions of Michael Collins, are discussed. Further detail is provided of the visit of her mother and her mother’s sister to Dublin after the Rising, together with their impressions at that time.

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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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8.22 MB, 11.01 MB, 7.12 MB, 3.93 MB, 3.18 MB, 21.36 MB, 7.50 MB

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O’Sullivan, James and Daly, Laura (Interviewee’s parents)

Recorded by:

Richard Mulcahy