In 1920, Eamon de Valera made three recordings for the Nation’s Forum, a project initiated by US attorney Guy Golterman.
The Nation’s Forum recorded speeches by prominent Americans including Calvin Coolidge, FD Roosevelt and General Pershing. The records of Eamon de Valera were sold for $2 with royalties of 25c paid to the trustees of Dáil Éireann.
This speech is a memorial address for Terence MacSwiney, TD and Lord Mayor of Cork. MacSwiney was arrested in August 1920 and charged with possession of seditious documents and a police cipher key. He was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and transferred to Brixton prison in London. He went on hunger strike and died, after 74 days without food, on 25 October 1920. The international attention and sympathy for his suffering made his death a turning point in the struggle for Irish independence.
Audio recording by kind permission of Edward L. Golterman and James Michael Golterman, grandsons of Guy Golterman