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City Hall & Dublin Castle During Easter Week /Brick Upon Grey Brick / Women of the Revolution

15:00 - 16:00

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City Hall, The Rotunda Round Hall

Introduced by Ray Darcy, RTÉ

City Hall & Dublin Castle During Easter Week

“Romantic Ireland’s dead and gone, It’s with O’Leary in the grave. Then, Yeats, what gave that Easter dawn a hue so radiantly brave?”

Jennifer Carbery, historian and tour guide.


Brick Upon Grey Brick

An evocative tapestry of poetry, mime and dramatic memories is created by the young actors of the Betty Ann Norton Theatre School. The poetry of Joseph Mary Plunkettt, Padraic Pearse, Joyce Kilmer, Louis McNeice and Katherine Tynan are interwoven with scenes based on family stories of the period, researched by the director and her cast.

Designed and directed by Betty Ann Norton and performed by Core Youth Theatre


Women of the Revolution

‘Dress suitably in short skirts and sitting boots, leave your jewels and gold wands in the bank and buy a revolver.’ – Constance Markievicz, 1909

Smashing Times Theatre Company reflect on the stories and experiences of women involved in the Easter Rising of 1916 including Helena Molony, a member of the Irish Citizen Army stationed at City Hall Garrison during the Rising; revolutionary feminist Margaret Skinnider who fought in the College of Surgeons at St Stephen’s Green; and Elizabeth O’Farrell, nurse and member of Cumann na mBan, who waved the 1916 Rising surrender flag and who was subsequently airbrushed out of the official photograph where she stood alongside Padraig Pearse.

The performances remember the experiences of women as revolutionaries and insurgents fighting on an equal basis with their male counterparts, as advocates for social justice and as pacifists and advocates for peace.

Created by Mary Moynihan

Directed by Mary Moynihan, Andrea Basquille, Stephen Tadhg

Featuring Margaret Toomey, Evelyn Shaw and Roisin McAtamney

Photograph courtesy of the Betty Ann Norton Theatre School


Abbey Theatre, An Garda Siochana, Association of Professional Genealogists Ireland, Band of An Garda Siochana, Buswells Hotel, Capuchin Friary, Century Ireland, Cobblestone, Conradh na Gaeilge, Dubray Books Grafton Street, Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band, Dublin Institute of Technology, Eason’s O’Connell Street, Gallery of Photography. Garda Historical Society, Generator Hostel, Glasnevin Trust, Grafton Barbers, Hodges Figgis Dawson Street, Irish Film Archive, Irish Veteran & Vintage Car Club. John Shevlin Millinery, Little Museum of Dublin, Louis Copeland & Sons, Manning's Bakery, Massey Funeral Directors, Maynooth University, Merrion Square Artists Association, National College of Art and Design, National Library of Ireland, National Museum at Collins Barracks, National Transport Museum of Ireland, NUI Galway, Poetry Ireland, Queen's University Belfast, Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association, Royal Hibernian Academy, St Michan's Church of Ireland Parish, St Michan's Roman Catholic Parish, St Vincent de Paul, SIPTU, The Four Courts, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin, University of Limerick, University of Ulster, Whyte’s Irish Art & Collectables, National Print Museum, Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers, ICA, Feltmakers Ireland, Irish Woodturners Guild, Doran Barber Shop The Pram Doctor, The Merrion Square Artists Association, The Dice Bar, Third Space, The Family Resource Centre St. Michael’s Estate, Brown Bag Films, The Stoneybatter and Smithfield People’s History Project, The Revenue Museum,

RTÉ would like to gratefully acknowledge the support and participation of the individual speakers who were kind enough to share their research and private collections with the public as part of the RTÉ Reflecting the Rising project. A big thanks also to the many volunteers and actors who gave their time so generously to help make RTÉ Reflecting the Rising a memorable and successful day.

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