Keep up with all the commemorative events with this handy guide to what’s on over the next month or so…

Coiste 1916 Ardscoil na Tríonóide

Cláracha agus Craolacháin RTÉ 1916

RTÉ 1916: Watch – Listen – Take Part – Discover

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From drama to factual, from music to news and current affairs, RTÉ One, RTÉ2, RTÉjr and

RTÉ Player will be at the centre of Ireland’s 1916 commemorations and celebrations. Among

Rebellion is a five-part serial drama set over three weeks of Easter 1916 which charts the violent

birth of modern Ireland and stars Charlie Murphy, Brian Gleeson, Ruth Bradley, Barry Ward and

Sarah Greene. Narrated by Liam Neeson, 1916 is a three-part landmark documentary developed

by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame which examines

the Easter Rising and the subsequent events that led to the creation of an independent Irish state

and, indirectly, the breakup of the British Empire.

Ireland’s Rising will feature broadcasters, Ryan Tubridy and Anne Doyle, actor, Fiona Shaw and

football manager, Jim McGuinness as they travel back to their homesteads to discover what

particular connection their county has with the events of 1916, and what the people of their county

are planning to commemorate it. In Children of the Revolution Joe Duffy uncovers the tragic

stories of the 40 children killed during the Easter Rising, while The Enemy Files sees Michael

Portillo present a challenging and controversial documentary that will offer a valuable counterview

of the events of 1916.

Musician and political activist, Bob Geldof will examine the life and work of WB Yeats in the context

of the 1916 centenary celebrations in He’s So Modern: Geldof on Yeats, a two-part co-production

with BBC, written by Geldof in collaboration with historian and Yeats scholar, Roy Foster, while

Christy Moore: Journey sees the legendary musician collaborate with award-winning film-maker

Mark McLoughlin for a very personal musical journey through contemporary Irish history revealing

a deeply human story of a changing country.

7 Women will tell the story of Easter 1916 through the eyes of seven women, including the rebel

leader, Constance Markievicz, the ace sniper, Margaret Skinnider, the battalion commander, Rose

McNamara and the civilian eyewitness, Lilly.

The Rubberbandits’ Guide to 1916 tells the stories, both big and small, famous and obscure, of

Irish revolution, through the skewed eye of the Rubberbandits who explore and re-enact (and

frequently get wrong) key moments in Irish history. #WHOAMI takes us to the underbelly of the

world of 18–34 year-olds in Ireland as it asks seven of the country’s top social media influencers

(across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram) what it means to them to be Irish in 2016.

1916 Children will reconnect today’s children with the reality of the past in an immersive adventure

as eight children spend 24 hours in the lives of their ancestors in 1916. Stripped of all modern

trappings they will undertake 10 challenges typical for a 1916 child.

RTÉ One’s Nationwide will feature three special hour-long programmes in the week leading up to

Easter 2016: One will feature the story of Fr Joseph Mallin who, aged 102, is the only person born

to one of the 1916 leaders still alive; another will look at the origins, meaning and relevance today

of the Proclamation, the National Anthem and the Tricolour. A third programme will examine how

Dublin was rebuilt after its partial destruction in 1916.

Four Irish-language programmes on RTÉ One will explore some fascinating stories, including

Knight of the Realm, humanitarian and anti-Imperialist Roger Casement who was motivated by

disillusionment with and disgust for the Empire, and the National Essay Competition 1966 to

discover how the rebellion was commemorated then, before the Troubles, and how it delivered on

the expectations at the time.

RTÉ One will also produce a number of special events for broadcast across television,

radio, mobile and online over Easter Weekend:

On Easter Sunday 2016, RTÉ One and RTÉ Radio 1 will live broadcast A Nations Voice featuring

1,000 voices from all over Ireland who will join with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in

Collins Barracks, Dublin to perform a major new orchestral and choral work commissioned by RTÉ

from composer Shaun Davey and writer Paul Muldoon.

‘16 Letters is an innovative and ambitious digital humanities project, gathering correspondence

from ordinary people, private collections and national archives and providing new and often very

personal perspectives on 1916. RTÉ will stage a 75-minute landmark television event on RTÉ One,

with an invited audience, at the GPO on O’Connell Street on Easter Sunday. The audience will

include the descendants of the letter writers of 1916, adding a personal and emotional perspective

to stories that will play out via big screen sequences throughout the programme.

On Easter Monday, RTÉ will present Centenary, a live musical spectacle from the Bord Gáis

Energy Theatre which will tell the story of the 1916 Rising and the foundation and building of our

country. It will also incorporate pre-recorded elements from locations around Dublin, Ireland and


Across RTÉ’s four primary FM services – RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2fm, RTÉ lyric fm and RTÉ

Raidio na Gaeltachta – and RTÉ’s digital radio services, RTÉ 1916 will come to life in sound

across a rich range of arts, documentary and current affairs programming, in English and

On RTÉ Radio 1 the voices of the past and present will combine to commemorate, celebrate and

debate the legacy of the men and women of 1916, through a truly vast schedule of drama,

documentary, music and current-affairs programming. The Rising on RTÉ 2fm will cover Easter

Weekend 2016 as if the events of Easter 1916 are happening in 2016 – all shows, news and social

media channels will have the urgency and drama of the moment, and the station will delve into the

National Archives for famous and not so famous recollections, and retell them for today’s younger

As well as regular contributions on different themes in the lead-up to the 2016 centenary, Today

with Sean O’Rourke will feature monthly items in which editors of Handbook of the Irish Revival,

Declan Kiberd and P.J. Mathews, talk about the cultural revival that took place in Ireland between

1891 and 1922 and, with the help of actors, explore key political and cultural texts that influenced

the road to an independent Ireland.

In addition to a number of Drama on One and Documentary on One one-off specials on RTÉ

Radio 1, One Hundred Years of Anglo-Irish Relations is a seven-part live special from the

Round Room of The Mansion House in Dublin where Diarmaid Ferriter and guests will offer a

comprehensive overview of the history of Anglo-Irish relations in front of a live audience.

Éirí Amach 1916 – Ceisteanna, Tuairimí agus Freagraí is one of many highlights on RTÉ Raidió

na Gaeltachta and features seven programmes, each recorded before an audience in one of the

seven Gaeltacht regions, which will present discussions around important themes from 1916.

Comórtas Raidió – ‘Éire1916–2016’ is a competition for secondary schools, with the assistance of

the Department of Arts, Heritage and The Gaeltacht, which invited schools nationwide to consider

a theme involving the 1916 commemorations, with the five best submissions being chosen to

produce the five programmes within the series. An Piarsach agus 1916 is a twelve-part special

series which deals with Patrick Pearse and his association with the Irish language, his words, his

actions and his legacy. The project, will record papers delivered by historians and academics

dealing with the topics involved and will be published in book form by Easter 2016.

Music and arts programming will also enjoy prominence across on radio: In Songs of the Century

contemporary popular songs of 1916 will be reimagined and interpreted by a selection of Irish

bands and solo artists is an RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ 2fm co-production, presented by Fiachna

ÓBraonáin and Louise McSharry; Widows of The Rising will broadcast composer Simon

O’Connor’s song cycle Left Behind from Kilmainham Royal Hospital on International Women’s Day,

showcasing this unique set of songs, marking the centenary of the Rising through poems and the

experiences of the wives of the rebel leaders;

In Composing the Island audiences will have a unique opportunity to encounter the music of Irish

composers written between 1916–2016, during a three-week period in September 2016, performed

at the National Concert Hall and broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm. Presented by Bord na Móna in

association with RTÉ and the National Concert Hall, the festival will include six major orchestral

concerts given by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and RTÉ Concert Orchestra and a

further 20 concerts featuring choral, instrumental, song and chamber music given by a range of

performers including the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir, RTÉ Cór na nÓg and the RTÉ Contempo

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Chamber Choir Ireland will perform the Mozart Requiem

under the baton of John Wilson. The concert will be broadcast live from Dublin on RTÉ lyric fm as

part of the RTÉ 1916: Reflecting the Rising event.


RTÉ will follow the spectacular success of the RTÉ Road to the Rising event in 2015, and again

take to the streets with a large-scale series of public events, RTÉ 1916: Reflecting the Rising.

RTÉ 1916: Reflecting the Rising is a large-scale multi-locational public event that will take place

in Dublin on Easter Monday 2016, with hundreds of talks, walking tours, music, dance, street art,

street theatre, and moments of reflection and celebration. RTÉ 1916: Reflecting the Rising aims to

provide Irish people of all ages with a one-day canvas on which to explore the Rising and our

relationship with it, both historically and contemporaneously. In locations on both sides of the River

Liffey and on the river itself, the event is a public invitation to commemorate, to celebrate and to

understand this significant moment in our collective history.

RTÉ will also deliver widespread television coverage of a number of significant commemorative

events throughout Easter weekend and April, including: Garden of Remembrance Ceremony on

Saturday 26 March, which will include a cultural element, with music, poetry and song, live on RTÉ

One; Easter Ceremonies at the GPO on Sunday 27 March, which will present live coverage of

the military ceremonies at the GPO, including a reading of the Proclamation, a wreath laying by the

President, and a march-past by members of the Defence Forces, An Garda Síochána and other

State Emergency Services; Coverage of Liberty Hall Ceremony on Tuesday 29 March, which will

reflect the contribution of the Irish Citizen Army and James Connolly to the 1916 Rising; The

Remembrance Ceremony at Glasnevin Cemetery on Sunday 3rd April will present event coverage

of the Interfaith Service at the Remembrance Walls in Glasnevin Cemetery to honour all those who

lost their lives in the 1916 Rising; Arbour Hill Ceremony on Sunday 24 April will include Requiem

Mass and interfaith prayers at the graveside of 14 leaders of the 1916 Rising, and a wreath laying

by the President.

Two masses will also be broadcast live on RTÉ One and RTÉ.ie on Easter Saturday and Sunday

from the Capuchin Priory, Church Street, Dublin. In 1916, Capuchin friars ministered to many of the

rebels during and after the Rising, right up to the rebels’ executions. But Capuchins also worked

alongside British forces as chaplains during World War I and were trusted by all sides.


RTÉ.ie/1916 and Century Ireland: Following the successes of World War I on RTÉ and the RTÉ

Road to the Rising event, an ambitious mobile website will provide access to all of RTÉ’s 1916

content. The site will have an interactive map of key events of the 1916 Rising, eyewitness

accounts and profiles of the people involved. RTÉ.ie/1916 will allow access to all RTÉ

programming, output and events across all platforms. It will also highlight content from Century

Ireland, the online historical newspaper. A range of potential projects is being explored, including a

photographic exhibition centred on memories of Ireland in 1916.

RTÉ Player will be home to a dedicated 1916 collection featuring documentaries, drama and news

coverage throughout the centenary celebrations. National events will be made available live and

on-demand through RTÉ Player International, connecting the Irish diaspora to home throughout

During the 1950s and the 1960s RTÉ radio and television recorded interviews with participants in

and witnesses of the Easter Rising. In the lead-up to the 100th anniversary of the Rising, RTÉ

Archives will make some of this content available at RTÉ Archives will also

make more of these eyewitness accounts and testimonies available online for Easter 2016.