Trinity College, Edmund Burke Theatre
Introduced by David McCullagh, RTÉ
“My clever, dogmatic, intolerant – for many years alcoholic – grandmother Bridget Dudley Edwards, was a McInerney from Clare whose enthusiasms included at various times suffragism, ethicism, Anglophobia, nationalism, revolution, fascism and – until her death in the late 1950s – the illegal IRA. Her English pacifist husband hid their sons under the bed in 1916, where she had hidden guns in 1914: in 1922, when they were 13 and 11, she urged them to fight for the anti-treaty side in the civil war. Until she died, “The Last Stand”, a stylised representation of the last moments in the GPO in 1916, was over her fireplace, a photograph of Hitler was at the bottom of her bed, and she supported all the activities of the IRA. She was a great inspiration to me, but not perhaps in a way that she intended.”
Ruth Dudley Edwards, author and journalist.
Prof Eunan O’Halpin, Professor of Contemporary Irish History, TCD. Director of the Centre for Contemporary Irish History, TCD.
Photograph courtesy of the RTÉ Archives