The 1916 room was set up on the premise of bringing people back in time and in their memories to where they were in 1966, fifty years after the Easter Rising, and asking them what 1916 meant to them and what effect it had on their lives subsequently?
The four dinners guests were:
. Garrett Fitzgerald, former Taoiseach whose father was in the GPO in Easter week 1916
. Tommy McKearney- whose family were active in the IRB during that period and who continued within the republican movement. Tommy was a former member of the IRA, spent 16 years in jail and was a hunger striker during the 1980s,
. Richard English, Professor of Politics in Queens University Belfast and author of Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA
. Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, poet and Professor of English at Trinity College Dublin whose family were involved in the events of the war of independence in 1922 grew up with tales of 1916.
The documentary was recorded in a big brother style by placing microphones on the guests and around the room. This enabled the room to be closed off to the 'outside world' for a number of hours thus allowing memories, stories and opinions of one of the one of the key events in the Irish Republic's history to ebb and flow around the dinner table of the 1916 room.
Set designer of the 1916 room was Sinead O'Hanlon
Sound Supervision: Richard McCullough
Production team: Peter Woods, Liam O'Brien and Ciaran Cassidy.
An Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries