It’s a very busy day in Dublin today as ‘Reflecting the Rising’ has taken over the streets and buildings of the capital.
Today’s events mark the “biggest public history and cultural event ever staged in Ireland”.
RTÉ’s day long programme includes talks, exhibitions, live music, guided tours, debates, films and much more, and it’ll all be based around historic buildings and landmarks from the rising itself.
Walking tours will be departing from Barnardo’s Square / City Hall on Dame Street every 15 minutes throughout the day.
Trinity College will be hosting talks and debates on subjects like the trials and executions of the Rising’s leaders, while the Irish Film Institute will be screening RTÉ’s Insurrection – the original docu-drama broadcast in 1966 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Rising.
O’Connell Street’s pedestrianised area will be turned into a vintage music hall stage for the day, with performers telling the story of Easter Week 1916 through words and pictures.
In Smithfield, the famed fruit market will be showing silent movies. There’ll also be vintage vehicles, street poets, music and drama.
In the south of the city there will be live music in St Stephen’s Green, with spoken word, trench walks and demonstrations of 1916 professions.
There’ll be a massive céilí mór at Earlsfort Terrace and a 1916 children’s play-day at Merrion Square, together with a vintage vehicle collection, a carousel and more live music.
There’ll also be events in buildings across the south inner city, including DIT Aungier Street, the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, the Royal Irish Academy, the Gaiety Theatre, the Mansion House, and the Shelbourne Hotel.
The Four Courts will approach the Rising from a legal point of view: lawyers in the rising, law and order, looting, the trials of the leaders etc – all subjects will be covered by talks from senior members of the judiciary.
The Abbey Theatre off O’Connell Street will be re-telling Seán O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars though the eyes of its youngest character.
The Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield will be showing a range of 1916-themed films, and nearby Collins Barracks will be hosting a series of exhibitions and talks.
Liberty Hall in the city centre meanwhile will host an exhibition surrounding the making of the 1916 proclamation, together with a concert titled songs of Labour and 1916.
You can try your hand at the games of 1916 at Merrion Square, have your hair styled, get up closed to vintage vehicles, or spin on historic carousels.
The choice of workshops is huge – so planning a route on the above map isn’t a bad idea, while an “enhanced public transport system” will be in operation for Easter Sunday and Easter Monday to allow everyone to attend the centenary celebrations.
For more on the events of 28 March, Easter Monday, in Dublin visit he RTE webiste: www.1916.rte.ie