The 1916 Hub on RTÉ Player features documentaries that explore the 1916 Easter Rising from every angle. Life Before the Rising (available now) presented by historian Catriona Crowe of the National Archives, explores what was happening in the lives of Irish people from the growing catholic middle classes to the tenement dwellers, in the months and years leading up to the Rising.
Inside the GPO (available now) takes a behind the scenes look at Ireland’s busiest post office, best known as the headquarters of the 1916 Rising. Ireland’s Rising (available now), a new four part series which sees Anne Doyle, Ryan Tubridy, Jim McGuinness and Fiona Shaw return to their home or ancestral county to explore its connections with 1916 and discover how each county is planning to commemorate the centenary.
In A Terrible Beauty – Culture and Revolution in Ireland (available now), Professor Declan Kiberd looks at the role that artists and cultural leaders had in reinventing Ireland in the late Nineteenth Century, and asks whether the cultural revival really was the spark that ignited the flame of revolution.
Also beginning this week, RTÉ Player’s 1916 Hub will feature Nationwide’s special series of 1916 programmes including three one hour documentaries to mark the centenary. The first of the special documentaries sees guest presenter Bryan Dobson tell the story of "reluctant" Rising Leader Michael Mallin which features a moving interview with his son, Fr Joseph Mallin, who now aged 102 years is the only surviving child of the 1916 leaders.
Other programme highlights will include; the documentary Seven Women (available 20 March) which explores the astonishing stories of seven women who were at the heart of the Easter Rising, while Joe Duffy’s Children of the Revolution (available Easter Weekend) uncovers the untold stories of the 38 children killed in the Easter Rebellion.
As the country gears up to commemorate and celebrate the centenary, RTÉ Nationwide is also previewing some of the events that are planned. RTÉ Player will live stream these events around the world, including the main StateCommemoration on Easter Sunday and other significant events including; A Nation’s Voice, an open-air concert at Collins Barracks on Easter Sunday featuring 1,100 singers joining the National Symphony Orchestra and RTÉ presents Centenary, a celebration of 100 years of Irish culture from the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.
The official RTÉ 1916 website also features an international section which will continue to provide updates for international audiences on RTÉ’s 1916 programme offering as it becomes available. International audiences can also keep up to date with news related to the 1916 Centenary across RTÉ’s news platforms; RTÉ.ie and the RTÉ News Now app and through RTÉ’s social media accounts, including; @RTE @RTEPlayerInt and using #rte1916.
The website also features a new online exhibition They Were There, which currently presents 50 witness accounts of 1916 events on an interactive map. The previously unseen and unheard audio and visual collection features men and women who were members of the Irish Volunteers, the Citizen Army, Cumann na mBan, the British army, the Dublin Metropolitan Police and citizens of Dublin. Together they help build a vivid picture of what was happening across Dublin city and beyond during Easter 1916.
Immerse yourself in the RTÉ 1916 offering on RTÉ Player.
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