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Friend and Foe: The Story of the Helga/Muirchu / The Man who Kept Liberty Hall / Diving the Helga Wreck

16:00 - 18:00

Four Courts, Court 3

Introduced by David Murphy, Business Editor, RTÉ

Friend and Foe: The Story of the Helga/Muirchu

‘The Helga is bombarding Liberty Hall … “It can’t be”, said he, “I sent six men down to stop it”’ – Seamus Ua Caomhanaigh

The career of the ship which became intimately connected with the dramatic events in the birth of an independent state.

Daire Brunicardi, maritime author and senior lecturer emeritus at the National Maritime College of Ireland.


The Man Who Kept Liberty Hall

In the narrow sense Peter Ennis was not a soldier… But more than one soldier on the military field has good cause to remember him with gratitude and pride.

Paul Ennis tells the story of his grand uncle Peter Ennis, Caretaker of Liberty Hall during the Easter Rising.


Diving the Helga Wreck

This talk looks at the Muirchu/Helga and the circumstances of her sinking SE of Saltee Islands in May 1947, and discusses the challenges and dangers of amateur wreck diving and artefact recovery from 60 meters plus.

James Kehoe, Diver.

Photograph courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland 


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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