Seóirse Plunkett (b. 1933)
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Seóirse Plunkett (b. 1933)


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Track 1: Seóirse Plunkett lives in Marlborough Road in Dublin, the same street on which his maternal grandmother’s home was situated, and a street where Joseph Plunkett lived prior to his execution. Seóirse describes his father, George Plunkett’s leadership of his men as they marched up Sackville Street to the GPO at Easter 1916. He also discusses his father’s death sentence, later commuted. Seóirse’s uncle, Joseph Plunkett, engineered the plans for the Rising, and this is discussed. Track 2: Seóirse recounts some stories about 1916 and the years to 1923, passed down to him by his mother, Corkwoman Mary McCarthy; a member of Cumann na mBan who shared a house with Michael Collins and others during the War of Independence. Seóirse also recalls his uncle Joseph Plunkett’s great interest in wireless and he provides details of an important message broadcast in 1916. Track 3: The various homes the Plunkett family occupied after the Rising and the visitors there are recalled, including George Gilmore. Whistles given to the Plunkett children by their father to be used for the warning of unwelcome visitors to their home in the 1940s are recalled, as is Seóirse’s story of his father’s signing of a Declaration of War against the British in 1939. Track 4: Seóirse Plunkett’s uncle Jack Plunkett, whose health suffered as a result of his hunger strike, is recalled. The decline of the Plunkett family fortunes is also discussed. Track 5: Contains details of Seóirse Plunkett’s education, of being on the “wrong side” of the political divide and the difficulties encountered by the family in making a living. Track 6: Seóirse’s views on the stand taken by his family in former times are set out; the fact that his father was on the run or imprisoned for many years, the sacrifices made by his mother, the non-acceptance of military medals by the Plunkett family. The family papers and records are all discussed. Track 7: Seóirse recalls the Civil War and his uncle Jack Plunkett’s part in the occupation of the Four Courts.

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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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9.66 MB, 9.37 MB, 5.05 MB, 7.89 MB, 5.27 MB, 14.33 MB, 8.17 MB

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Plunkett, George and Plunkett, Joseph Mary (Interviewee’s father and uncle respectively)

Recorded by:

Richard Mulcahy