Richard Johnson (b. 1939)
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Richard Johnson (b. 1939)


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Track 1: Richard Johnson outlines the background to the Shortis family business in Ballybunion, Co. Kerry. He explains that as a young man, his uncle Paddy Shortis, joined the British Civil Service and worked with the post office in London, while Paddy’s two brothers, Archie and Arnold, emigrated to America. Another brother, Bill, who remained in Kerry, became active in the Civil War. Track 2: Richard Johnson recalls his father Richard, who was involved in the Sinn Féin Courts during the War of Independence. He further recalls the Shortis public house business in Ballybunion and the fact that both his grandparents died in their thirties, leaving their children to be cared for by their aunts. He also discusses his views on events during the 1916-1923 period, and the breaking down of law and order in Ireland. Track 3: Richard Johnson details events involving his father, Richard, in the aftermath of the 1916 Rising, when he was asked by the O’Rahilly family to search for the body of The O’Rahilly. While doing so, he discovered the body of Paddy Shortis in the morgue. Some years later Richard Johnson Senior married the younger sister of Paddy Shortis. Track 4: The connections between the Barry, Shortis and O’Rahilly families are discussed, as also is the career of Richard Johnson Senior as a District Court judge in Kerry. Track 5: The Treaty, Partition in Ireland, and the arrest of Roger Casement near Tralee in 1916, are discussed. Richard Johnson mentions that he was personally acquainted with the county surgeon, Dr. Michael Shanahan, who had attended Casement in the RIC barracks in Tralee following his arrest.

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Disk, MP3

Audio series:

The 1916 Rising Oral History Collections


128 kbps

Download time limit:

48 hours

File size(s):

5.71 MB, 9.09 MB, 5.38 MB, 6.59 MB, 3.22 MB

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Product ID:



Shortis, Paddy (Interviewee’s uncle)

Recorded by:

Richard Mulcahy