Pádraigín Ní Dhubhluachra (b. 1945)
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Pádraigín Ní Dhubhluachra (b. 1945)


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Track 1: The Fenian background of the de Loughry family in Kilkenny city, and their public service, is described by Pádraigín Ní Dhubhluachra, who explains that her father, Richard de Loughry, served as an apprentice with McKenna’s hardware store in Listowel, Co. Kerry. Also explained is the fact that her grandfather, Peter de Loughry, died before statements to the Bureau of Military History had been taken. The preparedness of the Irish Volunteers in Kilkenny, prior to the Countermanding Order by Eoin MacNeill, is discussed, as is the arrest of Peter de Loughry following the Rising, and his internment in English prisons with his brother Larry. Track 2: The further arrest of her grandfather in 1918, following the “German Plot”, and his imprisonment in Lincoln Jail, is recalled by Pádraigín, and she displays and discusses his autograph book which contains inscriptions and illustrations by many of the inmates of Lincoln Jail. The family’s negative feelings towards Éamon de Valera are also recalled. Track 3: The key which was cut by Peter de Loughry in Lincoln Jail for use in the escape of Éamon de Valera, Seán Milroy and Seán McGarry in February 1919 is discussed, as is de Valera’s subsequent trip to America to maximise the propaganda to be gained from this escape. Track 4: Peter de Loughry’s experiences during the War of Independence, and his treatment by the Black and Tans, as described in his diaries, are discussed. Mayoman Ernie O’Malley, organiser of Volunteers, was arrested in Kilkenny during the War of Independence. The discovery on his person of a list of Kilkenny Volunteers is recalled. (O’Malley was an officer in the Irish Volunteers, and by 1921 was Divisional Commander of the Second Southern Division.) Pádraigín describes the character of her paternal grandmother, and her leadership of the members of Cumann na mBan in Kilkenny. Tracks 5-6: Contains an account of the stress endured by Pádraigín’s grandmother, Winifred, due to the memories evoked by the 1966 Commemorations, and her subsequent death. Her husband, Peter de Loughry, who was elected Cumann na nGaedheal TD for Carlow/Kilkenny in 1927, had died in 1931. The pensions accepted and refused by his widow are discussed.

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The 1916 Rising Oral History Collections


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48 hours

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11.38 MB, 6.58 MB, 5.82 MB, 5.77 MB, 12.46 MB, 9.44 MB

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de Loughry, Peter (Interviewee’s grandfather)

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