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Smithfield Tented Village


Come and explore our tented village demonstrating 1916 professions.

Mannings’ Bakery

A taste of 1916 as the staff of Manning’s demonstrate the skill of making Dublin famous confectionery Gur Cake!



The Journeyman Saddler

The international and award-winning Journeyman Saddler has been making and repairing all types of associated equestrian and leather goods for over twenty years.

Come and see items cut, shaped and stitched using age-old skills and techniques which have remained unchanged for centuries.


Traveller Tinsmith:

Come and see Tom McDonnell practicing the traditional craft of the Irish Travellers.  Everything is handmade with no power tools.


Hennessy & Byrne – Stonemason

See stonemasons create tableware and giftware from indigenous Irish stone, such as Connemara Marble, Kilkenny Limestone and Wicklow Granite.


Niki Collier Designs: Come and see Niki working on hat blocks and you may even get a chance to work with felt yourself!


Woodturners Guild

Your turn for woodturning! Wood turning is a craft where wood is mounted on a lathe and while the wood is  spinning the wood is cut to various shapes and sizes with gouges. Try it for yourself.


The Constant Knitter

Come and watch knitting, crochet and spinning with a drop spindle.


Naomh Padraig Handcrafts: 

Come and see traditional St Brigid’s Crosses completely made by hand using rush in various sizes and designs.


No Strings Theatre Company

We create our puppets for our own work and have been commissioned to create puppets for theatre companies including Barnstorm, The Gate Theatre, Carnation Theatre, Anglo The Musical and others.  Come and watch us make puppets from everyday objects and maybe even join in!





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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