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The Fight Is On

from The Girl With The Beret by Kate O'Callaghan

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Spoken word excerpt from the Witness Statement (Bureau of Military History) of Catherine Rooney (neé Byrne).

Morse Code - "Irish Republic declared in Dublin today".

On Easter Monday, 1916, rebel leader Joseph Plunkett sent seven men from the GPO across O’Connell Street to occupy the Dublin Wireless School of Telegraphy. The school had been shut down and sealed by the authorities and the equipment was dismantled. However, by Tuesday morning, the rebels managed to get a damaged transmitter working, and they began to send out messages in morse code:
“Irish Republic declared in Dublin today. Irish troops have captured city and are in full possession. Enemy cannot move in city. The whole country rising.” From then until the building had to be abandoned under machine-gun and sniper fire the next day, the message was broadcast at regular intervals. This is widely accepted as being the world’s first radio broadcast and, although it was indeed intercepted by several receivers, the rebels never knew if their message was being picked up because they couldn’t get any receiving equipment to work.


I turned into O’Connell St. passed Tom Clarke’s shop and heard the sound of marching men.
I fell in behind a company of volunteers and they told me the scrap was starting.
They told me to go home but I kicked in the glass of a side window and jumped in.
A priest had taken up his position at the back of the main hall and the men queued up for confession.


from The Girl With The Beret, released October 3, 2016
Kate O'Callaghan (Spoken Word)


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Kate O'Callaghan County Donegal, Ireland

Kate O'Callaghan is a singer/songwriter based in Donegal, Ireland. Combining evocative melodies with intelligent considered lyrics, she covers a gamut of styles and emotions from Alt. Folk to Jazzy/Blues, the sublime to the cathartic. Evocative, haunting, poignant and refreshingly uplifting, with a unique aspect that explores the less obvious paths tonally as much as the expected. ... more

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