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A Celebration in Song / A Challenge to Conscience and Courage / Identity: How We Know Who We Are

 St. Michan’s Church, Halston Street

Introduced by Eileen Dunne, RTÉ

A Celebration in Song

Choral music from the Mary, Mother of Hope Senior National School Choir

Mary, Mother of Hope Senior National School is located in Dublin 15, with children from 47 different nationalities!  The children from the school are exhibiting their 1916 projects across the city as part of the commemoration, and the school choir will lend their voices to this unique occasion with songs on the theme of children and 1916.


“A Challenge to Conscience and Courage?” What does the Easter Rising mean in 2016?

Amid all the noise of commemoration this talk will take a step back and assess why the centenary has commanded so much popular and political attention. It will consider what this tells us about what the Easter Rising means today and why it matters so much to Irish society in 2016.

Roisin Higgins, Teeside University and author of Transforming 1916: Meaning, Memory and the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Easter Rising


Identity: How We Know Who We Are

This talk examines the role of identity in the 1916 Rising, and why a sense of psychological and cultural identity continues to be a crucial influence in how we our lives. It will examine what a sense of identity is, the multiples ‘selves’ we create and the difference between identity based on ideals and identity based on knowing what we are not.

Dr Maureen Gaffney, psychologist and writer


Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland


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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