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Insurrection, Young Cassidy & After ’16


Irish Film Institute

Insurrection was commissioned by Telefís Éireann to mark the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising.  It was an ambitious and groundbreaking television drama that has been stored in the RTÉ Archives for the past 50 years.  This eight-part series, broadcast nightly in 1966, told the story of the Rising as it might have unfolded had television existed in 1916.  A screening of the series Insurrection will be shown at the Irish Film Institute in two sessions over a single day.

After ‘16 is a series of 1916-themed short films specially commissioned by the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann. Shorts on show include: A Terrible Hullabaloo; Goodbye, Darling; My Life for Ireland; The Cherishing; The Party; A Father’s Letter; Baring Arms; Mr Yeats and the Beastly Coins; Granite and Chalk.

Roll back the clock and go to a screening of the feature film Young Cassidy.  Made in 1965, the film is set in 1911 amidst a backdrop of growing unrest against British rule in Ireland. Young John Cassidy (Sean O’Casey) is a labourer by day and a pamphleteer by night; when the pamphlets he has written incite riots, Cassidy realises he can do more for his people with the pen than with the sword.

Free but ticketedReserve a ticket at the IFI Box Office or by calling 01 679 5744

Photograph courtesy of the RTÉ Archives


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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