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Merrion Square Tented Village


Come and explore our tented village demonstrating 1916 professions for all the family.

Jackie Maurer – Ceramics

Give it a whirl!

See the potter’s wheel at work and all are welcome to give it a try!


Irish Patchwork Society

Continuing our Patchwork Heritage: Quilts will be on display and members of the Guild will display ongoing work giving you the opportunity to see how patchwork is made.


Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers

Members of the Guild will be on hand, demonstrating the crafts of spinning and weaving which were prevalent at the time.


Book Art – Sandi Sexton

Come and see the traditional technique of book-making which was in practice 100 years ago.

Did you know – a single sheet of paper was folded into a sixteen page section and this was then stitched together with book thread.

The book then was only valued new if the folded pages weren’t opened and they needed to be opened with a letter opener.


Brídeóg Trad

Come and try your hand at making your own St. Brigid’s Crosses from native rushes.


Guild of Irish Lacemakers: 

Lace was first produced in Ireland in the 1730’s.  It is a highly skilled and delicate craft.  It played a vital part in providing income for families and saved them from starvation and destitution.  Come and see this craft being demonstrated.


Feltmakers Ireland

We’ll be making Easter lillies, demonstrating carding and displaying native Irish wool breeds. There’ll be a chance for children to make their own little items to take home with them.



Enjoy calligraphy demonstrations and see traditional print from the time.

Try your own hand at calligraphy – all welcome!


Little Gem Puppers

Demonstrations on how to make a hand puppet with a papier mâché head.

Have a go yourself! There will be plenty of opportunity to make a simpler felt version of the hand puppet and try it out in the special puppet booth.


Paul Finch Basketweaving 

Come and attend a short weaving workshop where you will get an opportunity to try willow weaving and maybe make your own willow fish.


Irish Countrywomen’s Association Merrion Square

Come and see macramé, embroidery and a variety of children’s crafts including sock puppets.


Dave Gorman Crafts – Carpenter and wood carver

An opportunity to see wood carving, examples of carvings and perhaps try your hand at carving itself.


Saturday Workshop

Come and see designers and makers of puzzles and toys.  You can see their boats float on the water!

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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