Mairéad de hÓir (b. 1927), Part 1
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Mairéad de hÓir (b. 1927), Part 1


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Track 1: Mairéad de hÓir outlines the background of the Dore and the Daly families of Limerick, the meeting of her parents on the Limerick to Dublin train while making their way to participate in the 1916 Rising, and the harassment of the Daly family during the War of Independence. Growing up with stories of events during the 1916-1923 period is recalled. The orders received in Dublin by her mother Nora and her aunt Laura, to travel to Cork and Limerick during the Rising to meet with the Volunteers there, are described. Track 2: Mairéad discusses her father’s ill-health which had its origin in Frongoch Camp in Wales, where he was imprisoned after the Rising. She describes the Daly family bakery business in Limerick, set up by her granduncle, John Daly, and later run by her parents. Long conversations between Mairéad’s father and Éamon de Valera in the 1950s are recalled, as are the 1966 Commemorations when Telefís Éireann recorded her parents. Track 3: Each commemoration down through the years was attended by Éamon de hÓir and his wife, Nora. The wide division which was evident between republicans and Free State members at those events is described. The hurt carried by her mother, Nora Daly, following the execution of her brother, Edward Daly, and her brother-in-law, Thomas Clarke, after the Rising is also recalled. Track 4: The fact that the Daly bakery was always a meeting point for old comrades in later years is explained, as is her mother’s great antipathy towards the Blueshirts. The reasons for the refusal of the Volunteer pension by her parents and a story about the refusal of absolution to her father by the Catholic church in Limerick, prior to the Rising, is described. Track 5: Childhood memories of life spent over the Daly bakery in William St, Limerick, and later at Sarsfield Street, where the landmark building was painted in green, white and gold, are recounted.

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The 1916 Rising Oral History Collections


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48 hours

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Daly, Nora and de hÓir, Éamon (Interviewee’s parents)

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