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Sit Still – 20 lives / 20 chairs


O’Connell Street

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana


20 revolutionary lives reflected through the work of Griffith College Interior Architecture students.

Students were asked to take a person and to research that person and see how they could inspire their project work in 2nd year.  They were asked to consider history, personality, but also time, age and upcycling, engaging with materials and finishes on a very real basis. Take something as standard as a chair. It must remain a chair, retain the function of seating but now also reflect in some way the personality of the person who inspired its new design.

Here you will see the results of that process. See how Maud Gonne inspired a greater theatricality to her chair, how Michael Collins military bearing compliments a turn of the century bentwood chair, how Joseph Mary Plunkett’s failing health inspired a design approach today. Some retain the function of a chair, one or two push the boundaries of what we expect but all ask us to remember the skills and sacrifices of those who inspired them.
So now we ask you to ‘Sit Still’ for a moment and enjoy the results.

For the student, it was a chance to own a part of 1916 in a very personal way. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did creating them.

Photograph courtesy of Griffith College


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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