“I Never Got To See Him After That Wednesday”

Roddy Connolly served as Aide de Camp to his father James Connolly and Patrick Pearse in the General Post Office during the Easter Rising. He was only fifteen years old at the time.

Fearing for his son’s safety James Connolly made Roddy leave the GPO on Wednesday.

I remember my father was extremely upset. He was actually crying when he bid me what was actually our last goodbye.

Roddy Connolly was later arrested and was held in Richmond Barracks. To keep the fact that he was the son of James Connolly from the British authorities he went under the alias of Alfred Carney. James Connolly was executed on 12 May 1916. He was forty-seven years old.

Roddy Connolly was a member of Na Fianna Éireann and during the Rising he was transferred to the Irish Citizen Army.


Roddy Connolly was interviewed for the RTÉ Television project 'Portraits 1916' on 9 January 1966.

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