Richard Mulcahy (b. 1886)
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Richard Mulcahy (b. 1886)


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Track 1: Contains the recollections of Richard Mulcahy about Holy Thursday 1916, his lack of knowledge of what was about to occur, and his understanding that he was to take charge of the destruction of the rail line telegraph system through Howth Junction, the Belfast line and communication with London. His instructions on the following day from William Pearse at Fr. Matthew Park to assemble at the GPO on P. H. Pearse’s staff at 4 p.m. on Easter Sunday, are outlined. His meeting with James Connolly during his trip to the GPO on Easter Sunday, and his instructions from Connolly to return home, are recalled. Track 2: Contains a description of Richard Mulcahy’s activities in cutting telegraph wires at Howth on Easter Sunday; his noticing Australian troops at Finglas Golf Club, and his accidental meeting with Tomás Ashe who had taken up position with his men in the area. Ashe’s instruction to Mulcahy to remain with them is also described. Track 3: The orders received from James Connolly, later in Easter Week, to send men to Blanchardstown, and the subsequent trip there by bicycle, under cover of night by Richard Mulcahy and others, is described. This track also contains a short outline of the views of Richard Mulcahy relating to the actions of the Irish Volunteers in 1916, and their convictions.

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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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7.49 MB, 8.58 MB, 5.90 MB

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Mulcahy, Richard (recording courtesy of Patrick O’Byrne)

Recorded by:

Risteárd Mulcahy (Interviewee’s son)