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Smithfield Square


Up until its recent renovation in the early 21st century, Smithfield Square, Market or Plaza – a square of many names – was home to inner city farm yards, housing livestock.

As you soak up the atmosphere of this Edwardian style fair day, look down at the ground and spare a thought for the hands that lifted over 400,000 cobblestones, so that they could be hand-cleaned and then re-laid.

Hop on board a vintage carousel, then wander around our tented village to get a glimpse into the professions of a century ago. There’ll be live demonstrations too!

The Defence Forces have a long and proud tradition of serving Ireland at home and abroad. Join them at a high tech exhibition of their equipment and get a close up look at what they do. Find out how a mobile radar unit works, hop into the back of an armoured personnel carrier, and and see what a soldier sees. Ever wondered how The Ordnance Corps go about their meticulous work? Over 40 soldiers will be in Smithfield to answer all your questions.

Check out our Vintage Fire Engine and ambulance courtesy of The National Transport Museum of Ireland with firefighters dressed appropriately in attendance. The Dublin Fire Brigade, Pipe Band will also show up to entertain the crowd. (An exhibition commemorating the Brigade’s role in the Rising is currently on display at City Hall )

Invoke the glories of the Age of Steam as a life size steam engine makes Smithfield Square its platform for the day, along with a smaller model for children to explore. Here’s your chance to Meet the Historians and ask your questions about the Easter Rising.

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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