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Royal Irish Academy

Free but ticketed event.

In May 1916, the Royal Irish Academy expelled Eoin MacNeill from its membership after he was sentenced to life imprisonment for his involvement in the 1916 Rising. However, the  Academy had played a major role in the preservation and revival of Gaelic culture, and McNeill would later be re-instated and go on to become its President.

In addition to its INSPIRING IRELAND 1916 exhibition, the RIA will host a series of fascinating talks on a wide variety of topics. Hear about the role of the RIA during in the Rising, how Ireland’s Lighthouse Service became involved, and why the Rising had implications as far afield as India. Other talks will examine what the rebels wore, the graffiti of Kilmainham Gaol, and some of the many other objects and images that have come to symbolise the Rising, including the Proclamation.

Hear also about the artists of the day, and about some of the many letters written in 1916, and now preserved. Come along and gain an insight into Ordinary Lives in an Extraordinary Time.


Photograph of  The Royal Irish Academy courtesy of 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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