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April 02, 2011

1916 Easter Uprising Show

(Full recording of this can be heard on YouTube.  Click here.) 

The Irish Uprising - 1916 - 1922

This week (April 2nd 6-7PM CDT) 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
Lyric (in Irish & English)

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
Eamon De Valera

Kay Hart

07) From a speech by

08) From the Rebel
Tommy Makem

09) The Tricolor Ribbon
Anne Byrne

Tom Clancy

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

12) Wrap the 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
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 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
The Clancy Bros and Tommy Makem
Easter Week
Fianna Fáil
First Dáil
Who Fears to Speak of Easter Week Poster

Read by Tom Clancy

18) Tipperary So Far Away
Tom Clancy

19) The Rose Tree
Read by Ed Golden
Yeats Poem

20) Down by the Glenside
Kay Hart

21) Before 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
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
hurrying home
Easter 1916
Green Flag
The Rising of the Moon
Eamon De Valera
Lonely Banna Strand

More info on the Uprising can be found at:
Next Week () we will do the second half of this program.April 9th

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