M. Nic L.: Nowadays, Jim Connolly is looked upon as a socialist.
Mrs. F.: Jim Connolly wasn’t a socialist.
M. Nic L.: He had nothing to do with Jim Larkin had he?
Mrs. F.: No, no that’s… they split. That’s why he termed it the… Citizen Army, because he didn’t like Larkin. No, Connolly was a really [sic] man for the worker, very much so. But he was from the North, he was from Belfast, he had worked in the shipbuilding. He was a short, blocky man, I believe. Something like Roddy, only Roddy’s not as… quite as tall as him. And… but he was wounded in the thigh.
M. Nic L.: That’s right.
Mrs. F.: And gangrene set in. Dr Lynn attended him, and… he would have died in Kilmainham Hospital, but the Independent screamed out for… that he should be executed. So they brought him, I don’t know by what conveyance, whether they had an ambulance or not, to Kilmainham and they shot him in the stonebreaker’s yard, in a chair. Tied to a chair. But… he was numbered in any case, he would have died, because his leg was too badly shattered.