Sheila Carden (b. 1934)
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Sheila Carden (b. 1934)


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Track 1: Sheila Carden discusses her Kelly connections – her mother was Eileen Kelly, daughter of Alderman Tom Kelly, and she explains that it was while she was researching for her biography of her grandfather that she discovered his great involvement in the fight for Irish freedom. She also mentions his period of ill-health after his arrest and incarceration in Wormwood Scrubs Prison in 1919. Track 2: Tom Kelly’s nationalist views and his ambivalence towards plans for a Rising are discussed, as is his arrest at the end of the week of the Rising. Also discussed is his term as substitute Minister for Labour after Countess Markievicz’s arrest, subsequent to the Rising. Track 3: His reaction to the Treaty, his attempts to prevent the executions during the Civil War and the financial support provided by Michael Collins after Tom Kelly’s breakdown in prison in England in 1918, are all discussed. Also mentioned is his candidacy for election to the Dáil in 1933. Track 4: Sheila Carden describes her memories of her grandfather’s bookshop, his character and demeanour, and her own involvement in the creation of programmes for Telefís Éireann in 1966. Also discussed are other television programmes she worked on in earlier days at the station. Tracks 5-6: Contains an outline of the legacy of the work Alderman Tom Kelly undertook while an official of Dublin Corporation, which included his Chairmanship of the Housing Committee. He was also a major supporter of the Hugh Lane Gallery.

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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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6.62 MB, 10.05 MB, 1.81 MB, 5.26 MB, 12.22 MB, 2.95 MB

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Kelly, Tom (Interviewee’s grandfather)

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