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Some Relative History: The Tragic Story of Maura Power and Lucius Gwynn / My Dear Miss Ryan – ‘Miss Ryan and Sean Mac Diarmada’ / Grandpa The Sniper: The Remarkable Story of a Reluctant Hero

16:00 - 18:00

DIT Level 3: Room 3-067

Introduced by Damien O’Meara

Some Relative History: The Tragic Story of Maura Power and Lucius Gwynn

Patrick O’Byrne of Some Relative History tells the story of his relative Maura Power, and Lucius, the son of Stephen Gwynn M.P., the well known author.

Jennie Wyse Power was a founder member of Cumann na mBan and John was a founder member of the GAA and was in the IRB. The 1916 Proclamation was signed at their home.

Maura and Lucius meet, fall in love and then are cruelly separated for ever. Maura, daughter of the revolution, became a bitter critic of the rebels, including her uncle, Pádraig Ó Caoimh, and lost everything during the Rising.


My Dear Miss Ryan – ‘Miss Ryan and Sean Mac Diarmada’

“Thoughts on who I am and who I might have been. Based on the private letters from Seán Mac Diarmada to my grandmother Mary Josephine Ryan and on letters between her sisters”. 

Lisa Mulcahy, Film Director


Grandpa The Sniper: The Remarkable Story of a Reluctant Hero

Author, journalist and playwright Frank Shouldice uncovers the rich and absorbing story his grandfather never told.


Photograph courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland


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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