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Going to the Pictures / Film and the Irish Revolution

11:00 - 12:30

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Trinity College, Máirtín Ó Cadhain Theatre

Introduced by Emma McNamara

Going to the Pictures 

By Easter 1916, Dubliners were in the grip of a chilling adventure. Would the mysterious “Clutching Hand” evade capture once more and trap the fair Elaine? “The Exploits of Elaine” was packing out picture houses across town and, as this talk will discuss, the cinema was fuelling moral panic and the public imagination in equal measure.

Dr Ruth Barton, Lecturer, Film Studies, Trinity College Dublin.


“Rising above every consideration is the fact that we are all fellow Irishmen” – Film and the Irish Revolution. 

While our image of the Rising and the War of Independence is largely formed by British newsreels, at the same time indigenous Irish filmmakers presented the republican perspective in fiction and non-fiction films despite censorship constraints. This talk will explore both views of the period.

Kevin Rockett, Professor of Film Studies at Trinity College Dublin


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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