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Sit back and enjoy a range of 1916 themed films and documentaries.


Originally produced and broadcast by RTÉ as part of the 1966 commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rebellion 1916, Insurrection was set in the style of a special TV News report depicting the events of the Rising as they unfolded day-by-day. Insurrection was a hugely ambitious project and was the biggest drama ever undertaken by Telefís Éireann at a time when the television station was still in its infancy having launched only four years previously.

With a stellar Irish cast including Ray McAnally as the studio presenter and such luminaries of stage and screen as Anna Manahan, Jim Norton, Ronnie Walsh and Kathleen Watkins with legendary Abbey actor Eoin O’Suilleabhain as Padraig Pearse,Insurrection was written by Hugh Leonard and produced and directed by Louis Lentin and Michael Garvey.

For 50 years, RTÉ Archives has preserved the landmark drama Insurrection, maintaining and preserving the programme’s film materials and telerecordings, catalogue records and documentation, including a large collection of photographs taken on set. Due to the importance of the collection and the degradation of such recordings over time, RTÉ Archives undertook the restoration project for Insurrection, in advance of the centenary of the Easter Rising.



The RTÉ 1916 drama Rebellion, starring Brian Gleeson, Charlie Murphy and Sarah Greene, forms an important part in engaging the Irish public around 1916. This five-part series, filmed in Dublin in 2015, is set over three weeks during Easter 1916 and charts “the violent birth of modern Ireland”.

The series begins in 1914: Europe is at war and Britain is preoccupied with the German threat. In 1916 Dublin, the Easter Rising explodes into life and announces the beginning of a campaign for independence that will take another seven years to resolve.

A screening of the series Rebellion will be shown at the Lighthouse over a single day.



A range of recent 1916 themed television documentaries will be on show throughout the day.

Photograph of  Light House Cinema courtesy of Light House Cinema.


Insurrection – Episodes 1, 2 & 3

Lighthouse Cinema, Screen 1 Grab this rare opportunity to see the full series of Telefís Éireann’s 1966 eight part series, Insurrection, which was made to commemorate...

11:00 - 18:00

Seven Women

Lighthouse Cinema, Screen 4 Everyone has heard of the seven men who signed the Proclamation of the Irish Republic in Easter 1916. But we...

11:00 - 12:00

Rebellion Episode 1 & 2

Lighthouse Cinema, Screen 2 The entire series of RTÉ’s 2016 production, Rebellion will also be on show on the big screen for the first...

11:00 - 12:30

Children of the Revolution

Lighthouse Cinema, Screen 4 Children of the Revolution tells the story of the Rising from a unique and heart-breaking perspective – uncovering the untold...

13:00 - 14:00

Rebellion Episode 3 & 4

Lighthouse Cinema, Screen 2 The entire series of RTÉ’s 2016 production, Rebellion will also be on show on the big screen for the first...

14:00 - 15:30

The Enemy Files

Lighthouse Cinema, Screen 4 When two cultures clash, the loser is forgotten, and the winner writes the history books – books which glorify their...

15:00 - 16:00

Insurrection – Episodes 7 & 8

Lighthouse Cinema, Screen 1 Grab this rare opportunity to see the full series of Telefís Éireann’s 1966 eight part series, Insurrection, which was made...

17:00 - 18:00

Rebellion Episode 5

Lighthouse Cinema, Screen 2 The entire series of RTÉ’s 2016 production, Rebellion will also be on show on the big screen for the first...

17:00 - 18:00


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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