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Birth, Life and Death in 1916

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Mansion House, Round Room

Introduced by Bryan Dobson, Newscaster, RTÉ

We Could Be Heroes

Music and singing is at the core of this piece, which has been devised and created by the students of  the National Performing Arts School. This 25 minute showcase will include readings from The Proclamation and The Soldiers’ Song as well as a short play based on the 1916 Rising and it’s place in 2016. Be ready to answer “Ireland’s Call” at the finale.


Birth of a Republic

As our mortuaries filled with the dead of 1916, at the National Maternity Hospital, a new generation of babies were arriving. This generation would see the inception of the Free State and ultimately the birth of our Republic. This talk will explore life a century ago with particular reference to conditions in 1916 and how the institutions of the free State and Republic influenced birth.

Dr. Rhona Mahony,  Master of the National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street.


Discussion: Life and Death in 1916

Hosted by Bryan Dobson

A century ago, Dublin had some of the most appalling slums in the United Kingdom. However, in other parts of the city and in its suburbs, the lives of Dublin’s expanding middle class was entirely different to the daily existence of the city’s poorest citizens. This discussion will explore the great diversity of experience that shaped the lives of Dublin’s people in this time of tumult.

Catriona Crowe, Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland

Dr. Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street

Mark Duncan, Director of Century Ireland

Lindsey Earner Byrne, Historian


Photograph courtesy of the East Wall History Group


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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