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The Week to come

A radio documentary about the 1916 Rising. This gripping documentary was made from archive recordings and tells the stories of those who took part in the Rising and witnessed it first hand. It was first broadcast during the 50th anniversary commemoration as The Week of the Rising. (2006)

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Documentary maker: Peter Woods

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The Week to come

The Week to Come is a documentary told by those who took part in the 1916 Rising.

It is a documentary made from archive recordings made by Proinsias Mac Aonghusa in the 1960s and broadcast during the 50th anniversary commemoration as The Week of the Rising.

For this documentary Mac Aonghusa's archive has been remastered and mixed into a background of recordings made over the past five years in various Dublin locations associated with the Rising, including the GPO.

The Week to Come begins with the voice of Nora Connolly who had been sent to Tyrone by her father to urge the Ulster men to ignore McNeill's countermanding order.

It includes the voices of Simon Donnelly and Tom Walsh who were at 25 Northumberland Road and Clanwilliam House where much of the toughest fighting took place. Piaras Beasley was at Riley's Fort on Church Street, Dr Jim Ryan was a 23 year old student who was in the GPO and ministered to the wounded James Connolly and remembered Connolly telling him the leader's would be shot and the ordinary men and women who took part allowed to go free.

We also here the voice of Connolly's son Roddy who was the youngest volunteer in the GPO. His sister Nora's story recurs through the programme as she makes her way back from Ulster towards a city in ruins.

The Week to Come includes music played by the piper Neillidh Mulligan and is produced by Peter Woods.

First broadcast 2006

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