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April 15, 2006

Irish Aires' 1916 Easter Rising Show on 04/22/06 & 05/06/06

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Playlist 04/22/06 & 05/06/06 - The Irish Uprising - 1916 - 1922

On the next two weeks we will play a documentary on the 1916 Uprising and the
war that followed. This musical documentary was produced by CBS radio
in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of 1916. Charles Kurult
is the host for this show.

Remembering Charles Kurult
We will play it in two continual segments, so that it would be easy to tape.

Below is the playlist for this show. It is about 70% music and 30% documentary and
reading of poetry. De Valera's speeches are rare to hear. Links related to songs
and poems contain the lyrics & music for that music.

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Postcards: Easter 1916
The images at this site are all from old unretouched postcards of the
1916 era. Click on any individual set to read commentary and see larger
versions of the images.


The Irish Uprising 1916-1922

01) The Soldiers Song
Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem

02) Padraig Pearse's Oration at the Grave of O'Donovan Rossa
Read by Donal Callahan

03) The Bold Fenian Men
Brendan O'Duill

04) From an Interview by Sean O'Kelly
Sean O'Kelly

05) From a speech by Eamon De Valera
Hear Part 1 of This Speech
Eamon De Valera

06) Lonely Banna Strand
Kay Hart

07) From a speech by Eamon De Valera

08) From the Rebel
Tommy Makem
The Poem

09) The Tricolor Ribbon
Anne Byrne

10) The Rising of the Moon
Tom Clancy

11) The Proclamation of 1916
Read by Donal Callahan
The Proclamation

12) Wrap the Green Flag Round Us Boys
Tommy Makem and the Clancy Bros.

13) From an Interview with Mrs. Eileen O'Hanrahan Reilly
Postcard & Info on Michael O'Hanrahan

14) From an interview with Rory Brugha
Cathal Brugha

15) From and Interview with Sean Harling
Sean Harling, a one time republican who served on the First Dáil
Secretariat and was interned for his republican sympathies during the
Civil War, had become an agent provocateur in the war against
republicans. He was responsible for the discovery of IRA arms dumps;
setting up splinter groups; and carrying out actions which would discredit

He even managed to get himself a position within Fianna Fáil to further
enhance his usefulness to the state. His handler was the infamous David
Neligan who was involved in directing the campaign of state murders in
Kerry during the Civil War.

16) Who Fears to Speak of Easter Week
The Clancy Bros and Tommy Makem

17) Easter 1916
Read by Tom Clancy

18) Tipperary So Far Away
Tom Clancy

19) The Rose Tree
Read by Ed Golden

20) Down by the Glenside
Kay Hart

21) Before Ireland Can Go Free
Liam Clancy

In the battle's prologue
Many a common man, woman and child had said
Goodbye to work and love and play
A child surprised in the door way
An old man stretched in the street
A young man near a lamppost
Which he had clutched when the bullet struck him
And down which he had clip when he died
His curiously white face containing
Wide eyes staring upwards
As if asking the sky : why this had happened
A stiff arm still half-encircling the lamp standard
A young lassie in holiday attire
Lying on her face maybe hurrying home
When she heard the uproar
"But going too slow...
Or on the brilliant white blouse
A purple patch of death
Spreading over the middle of the back
You signed no proclamation
You invaded no building
You pulled no trigger
I know
I know but Ireland needed you all the same
Many will die like that
Before Ireland can go free.

22) The West's Awake
Anne Byrne, Brendan O'Duill & The Abby Tavern Singers

23) Padraig Pearse's Surrender Order - April 1916
Read by Daniel Callahan
Fac-simile of Surrender Order & Text

24) The Fogg Dew
Pat Clancy, Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem

25) From the "16 Dead Men"
Read by Tom Clancy

26) The Dying Rebel
Kay Hart

27) The Mother
Read by Deidre O'Meara
The Mother by Patrick Pearse


I do not grudge them; Lord, I do not grudge
My two strong sons that I have seen go out
To break their strength and die, they and a few,
In bloody protest for a glorious thing,
They shall be spoken of amoung their people,
The generation shall remember them,
And call them Blessed:
But I will speak their names to my own heart
In the long nights;
The little names that were familiar once
Round my dead hearth.
Lord,thou art hard on mothers;
We suffer in their coming and their going;
And tho' I grudge them not, I weary, weary
Of the long sorrow - And yet I have my joy;
My sons were faithful, and they fought.

28) From Eamon De Valera's 40th Anniversary Speech
40th Anniversary Speech

29) The Grand Old Dame Brittania
Tommy Makem

30) From An Interview with Sean O'Kelly

31) From an Interview with Joseph Clarke

32) From An Interview with Sean Harling

33) From An interview with Frank Sherwin

34) Johnson's Motor Car
Clancy Brothers && Tommy Makem

35) The Valley of Knockanure
Liam Clancy

36) From De Valera's 40th Anniversary Speech

37) From an Interview with Sean Mooney

38) From an Interview with Sean Harling

39) Off to Dublin in the Green
Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers

40) Boys from the County Cork
Tommy Makem and Clancy Brothers

41) Kevin Barry
Liam Clancy

42) The Manifesto of Sinn Fein
Read by Eamon Kelly

43) From the Eamon de Valera's 40th Anniversary Speech

44) Shall my Soul Pass through Old Ireland
Anne Byrne

45) From an Interview with Rory Brugha
Terence McSwiney

46) From an Interview with Sean Mooney

47) An Durd Fainne
Liam Clancy, Clancy Brothers && Tommy Makem

48) From an interview with Sean Harling

49) From the "Fool"
Read by Donal Donnelly

50) A Nation Once Again
Tommy Makem && The Clancy Brothers

51) A Message by Eamon De Valera on the 50th Anniversary of the Uprising-

52) The Soldier's Song


1916 The Rising
Easter Rising - 1916
BBC - Easter 1916 - From Home Rule to Independence
Liberation of Ireland
Grace Plunkett
Countess Markievicz
Kenny's Book Store - 1916 Books
Links to the Audios of Various De Valera Speeches

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