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Abbey Theatre

Ireland’s National Theatre was founded in 1904 by W.B. Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory. More than 100 years later, the Abbey continues its proud tradition and on Easter Monday, they look forward to welcoming you to talks on the Abbey Rebels. There will also be two plays that have been specially written for a young audience.

Many actors and staff of the Abbey were involved in the events of the Easter Rising. A plaque in the foyer commemorates some of those killed in action during that week. Actor and Captain Sean Connolly would be the first rebel casualty of the Rising.

Hollywood actor Arthur Shields, brother of Barry Fitzgerald, fought on O’Connell Street. Máire Nic Shiúbhlaigh, meanwhile, was stationed with the Jacob’s garrison and Helena Molony with the rebels at City Hall

For over a century, the Abbey stage has been a platform for the Reflection of Irish society through theatre. Come along and see how our National Theatre commemorates and acknowledges the major historical events of 1916.

The day will begin with a private unveiling of a new plaque to commemorate the members of the Abbey Theatre staff and company who took part in the 1916 Rising. In addition to talks there will be two plays for children, including a re-telling of “The Plough and the Stars” and a new short play in Irish by Alan Titley.

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Photograph of  The Abbey 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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