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The Not So Famous Five: the Ring Brothers and the GPO in 1916 / From Royal to Rebel: Herbert Bingham, Lord Lucan and Diana, Princess of Wales / My Great Uncle, Tom Duke / “My Grandfather: Radicalised by Imprisonment, 1916”

11:00 - 13:30

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DIT Level 2: Room 2-024

Introduced by Nuala Carey

The Not So Famous Five: the Ring Brothers and the GPO in 1916

This talk explores the involvement and contribution of the five Ring brothers from Dublin’s North Inner City to the Easter Rising. Their subsequent internment in Frongoch, their involvement in the War of Independence, and their part in Bloody Sunday will also be examined. So too, will Liam Ring’s contribution to the Irish language and his translation of his friend, Peadar Kearney’s “Soldiers’ Song” into Amhrán na bhFiann.

Nial Ring, Independent Councillor for North Inner City Dublin.


From Royal to Rebel: Herbert Bingham, Lord Lucan and Diana, Princess of Wales

This is the story of a man whose lineage includes Lord Lucan, Diana Spencer, and the man who would be ‘Smiley’, who left school at 16 to join the rising.

Dr Emer Keeling, GP


My Great Uncle, Tom Duke

Tom Duke was OC of IRA volunteers in north County Dublin. He fought in the Battle of Ashbourne, 1916, and later with the anti-treaty IRA. His sister, Margaret Duke, was too young to fight when the rising broke out, but was a founder member of Cumann na mBan, also fought on the anti-treaty side, and was interred in a cell above Eamon De Valera in Kilmainham during the Civil War.

Sean Duke, author, journalist and broadcaster.


“My Grandfather: Radicalised by Imprisonment, 1916”

Bernard O’Rourke was active politically in his locality but was opposed to physical force. He was arrested on May 11th 1916 & was imprisoned for two weeks in Richmond Barracks. This experience cemented his shift from Home Rule enthusiast to committed republican.

Rosemary Cunniffe, granddaughter of Bernard O’Rourke.


Photograph of  ‘Prisoners’ courtesy of South Dublin Libraries


Abbey Theatre, An Garda Siochana, Association of Professional Genealogists Ireland, Band of An Garda Siochana, Buswells Hotel, Capuchin Friary, Century Ireland, Cobblestone, Conradh na Gaeilge, Dubray Books Grafton Street, Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band, Dublin Institute of Technology, Eason’s O’Connell Street, Gallery of Photography. Garda Historical Society, Generator Hostel, Glasnevin Trust, Grafton Barbers, Hodges Figgis Dawson Street, Irish Film Archive, Irish Veteran & Vintage Car Club. John Shevlin Millinery, Little Museum of Dublin, Louis Copeland & Sons, Manning's Bakery, Massey Funeral Directors, Maynooth University, Merrion Square Artists Association, National College of Art and Design, National Library of Ireland, National Museum at Collins Barracks, National Transport Museum of Ireland, NUI Galway, Poetry Ireland, Queen's University Belfast, Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association, Royal Hibernian Academy, St Michan's Church of Ireland Parish, St Michan's Roman Catholic Parish, St Vincent de Paul, SIPTU, The Four Courts, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin, University of Limerick, University of Ulster, Whyte’s Irish Art & Collectables, National Print Museum, Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers, ICA, Feltmakers Ireland, Irish Woodturners Guild, Doran Barber Shop The Pram Doctor, The Merrion Square Artists Association, The Dice Bar, Third Space, The Family Resource Centre St. Michael’s Estate, Brown Bag Films, The Stoneybatter and Smithfield People’s History Project, The Revenue Museum,

RTÉ would like to gratefully acknowledge the support and participation of the individual speakers who were kind enough to share their research and private collections with the public as part of the RTÉ Reflecting the Rising project. A big thanks also to the many volunteers and actors who gave their time so generously to help make RTÉ Reflecting the Rising a memorable and successful day.

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