Paul Farrell: Thomas MacDonagh’s Court-Martial Speech (1916)
This 78rpm recording was issued on the British Beltona label, and the disc’s label specifies that it was “made specially for and only obtainable from the Gramophone Stores, Johnson’s Court, Grafton St., Dublin.”
The actual recording is of actor Paul Farrell’s reading of Thomas MacDonagh’s court-martial speech with incidental music by J. J. O'Beirne.
Tipperary born Thomas MacDonagh (1878-1916) was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising and was leader of the battalion at the Jacob’s Biscuit Factory (now the site of the Irish National Archives). MacDonagh’s saw little combat during the Rising. After their surrender on April 30th, MacDonagh was court martialled and executed on May 3, 1916.
We believe the Paul Farrell reciting the speech is the actor born in Dublin in 1893. He maintained a long film career, perhaps most remembered for his role in A Clockwork Orange. (www.imdb.com/name/nm0268306/)