Patrick O’Byrne (b. 1948)
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Patrick O’Byrne (b. 1948)


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Track 1: Patrick O’Byrne describes the background to the O’Keeffe family of Nohoval in north Cork, his grandfather, Páidín O’Keeffe’s republican ideals and his political career. Also discussed are the recorded conversations between his grandfather and Richard Mulcahy, compiled in the 1960s. (These recordings have been included in this Irish Life and Lore 1916 Oral History Collection.) Track 2: During the week of the Rising, Páidín O’Keeffe was in Clerys in Sackville Street. The events of the week, his subsequent arrest, the sharing of rations by British soldiers and his deportation to Frongoch Camp in North Wales, are described. The 1966 Commemorations are recalled, and the initial reluctance of Páidín O’Keeffe and his daughter, Eithne O’Byrne (née O’Keeffe) to participate, is explained. Track 3: Patrick O’Byrne thinks that it is possible that Páidín O’Keeffe was introduced to the IRB by John Wyse Power of Waterford, who was the brother of his future wife, Cáit de Paor. During the Civil War, Páidín O’Keeffe was Assistant Military Governor at Mountjoy Jail, having previously been a prisoner there in 1919. Mention is made of concerns held by Pádín and his sister-in-law, Jennie Wyse Power, in relation to the Sinn Féin Funds Case. Eithne O’Byrne related this to her son Patrick O’Byrne. Track 4: Patrick O’Byrne does not remember any mention of his grandfather’s role in the 1916 Rising during his schooldays at CBS, Synge Street in Dublin. There were some references to the executed leaders, in 1966, but he does not recall the details. He kept his head down as he did not want to draw attention to himself, but he was very aware of his grandfather’s role. Track 5: Contains a description of the recordings compiled by “The General” Richard Mulcahy in 1964, which include a narrative on the character of Cathal Brugha, a description of the meeting in the home of Dr. O’Kelly on the eve of the Rising, and the execution of Erskine Childers during the Civil War, as told by Frank Holland.

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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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6.53 MB, 9.10 MB, 10.88 MB, 3.42 MB, 7.00 MB

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O’Keeffe, Pádraig (Páidín) (Interviewee’s grandfather)

Recorded by:

Seán MacRéamoinn