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Portrait of James Connelly


1966 (B&W). Documentary. RTE Ireland.

This clip shows Nora Connolly O’Brien being interviewed into camera and movingly describing her final visit to her father James Connolly who was incarcerated by the British forces following an unsuccessful uprising at Easter 1916.The series ‘On Behalf of the Provisional Government’ was broadcast in 1966 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the uprising. Unique recording of a first hand witness account of historic events.

A portrait of James Connolly, one of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin compiled from the recollections of his daughters Nora and Ina, his son, Roddy his niece, Mary Connolly Richards, Cathal O’Shannon, Seán T. Ó Ceallaigh, William McMullen, John Doherty, Archie Heron, Sidney Gifford Czira, Frank Robbins, Eamonn T. Dore and Frank Fahy (in a recorded conversation from 1948). The script by Owen Dudley Edwards. In this extract, Nora Connolly O’Brien describes her final visit to her father before his execution.