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Ar Son Na Poblachta

100 years on gives us the space to look back on the events of Easter 1916 with some perspective and this new 3-part series looks into those revolutionary days and the people who made history and those whom the history books have maybe neglected or forgotten.

Arthur Shields

Arthur Shields

Episode one tells the story of Arthur Shields. Shields is better known as a character actor in a slew of Hollywood Movies, many classic American TV shows.  He is remembered for  his theatre career both as actor and director with The Abbey  and as the younger brother of Will Shields the  Oscar winning actor “Barry Fitzgerald”, but hardly  ever for the dramatic and valiant way he fought in the Rising in 1916!

Fr. Aloysius Travers OFM Cap. at Father Mathew Park c.1910

Fr. Aloysius Travers

Episode two walks in the footsteps of the Capuchin friars as they help negotiate the surrender of the rebel outposts and accompany the leaders to their executions.


President Éamon de Valera

President Éamon de Valera

Episode three looks back at the commemoration of 1966, the first major attempt to understand the Easter Rising of 1916.

Available on RTÉ Player now


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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