Liam Deasy (b. 1937)
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Liam Deasy (b. 1937)


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Track 1: The Deasy family background in Kilmacsimon Quay near Bandon is discussed. Liam Deasy’s grandfather, Liam Deasy, who served in the Royal Navy and was demobbed in 1902, subsequently serving with the Royal Navy Reserve, is recalled. The interviewee’s father, Jim Deasy, and his uncle, Liam Deasy, both worked as draper’s clerks in Bandon. The brothers joined the Gaelic League and the GAA, and enrolled in the Irish Volunteers in 1917. Track 2: The organisational skills of the interviewee’s uncle, Liam Deasy, in building up the West Cork Brigades are discussed, as is the fact that he did not get recognition for this. The unveiling of the monument to Michael Collins at Sam’s Cross in the 1970s, and the attendance on the platform on that occasion of Liam Deasy and Tom Barry, is described. Mention is made of Liam Deasy’s brothers, Jack and Pat. Jack escaped from his imprisonment at Spike Island by swimming to Cobh, and Pat was killed at the Kilmichael Ambush, at the age of 16, in November 1920. The differing views of Liam Deasy and Éamon de Valera, and their meeting at Sweeney’s house the night before the shooting of Michael Collins in August 1922, is discussed. Track 3: Contains a discussion on the reasons why Liam Deasy supported the republican side, and also a discussion on why the interviewee feels that Michael Collins was “railroaded” into his position in the Free State Army. He also mentions the fact that his uncle, Liam Deasy, revealed to him the identity of the person he felt was responsible for the killing of Collins at Béal na Bláth. The interviewee describes being present during the recording of audio tapes, compiled by Fr. John Chisolm with members of the West Cork IRA. Track 4: The reasons why Liam Deasy agreed to the surrender towards the end of the Civil War are discussed in detail, as is the huge effect of this on the Deasy family in the following years. Tracks 5-6: Liam Deasy’s book Towards Ireland Free is discussed, along with the audio recordings compiled by Fr. Chisolm with West Cork IRA personnel, Ned Young, Tommy Kelleher, Jack O’Sullivan and Paddy O’Brien. The interviewee provides his views on the content of these recordings.

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The 1916 Rising Oral History Collections


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48 hours

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10.88 MB, 8.34 MB, 5.45 MB, 9.91 MB, 6.86 MB, 13.09 MB

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Deasy, Liam (Interviewee’s uncle)

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