Armistice 100 on RTÉ
To mark Armistice 100, RTÉ will bring a range of programmes and content to audiences across this week and the weekend
On November 11, 1918, world leaders signed the Armistice, ending World War I and its four years of bloody conflict. Across this week and the weekend, RTÉ will bring a range of programmes and content to audiences, offering extensive coverage of the commemorative ceremonies and unique perspectives on the first world war internationally, the Irish experience, the Armistice, and the centenary of the end of World War I.
From the Irishman charged with caring for the graves of thousands to the massed forces of RTÉ’s orchestras and choral singers, as well as live coverage of key ceremonies, RTÉ will recognise this unique moment in history, and the sacrifice made by so many men and women during the war. In addition, RTÉ News will carry reports and coverage of events in Ireland and around the world on television, radio, online and mobile.
Wednesday November 7th
- An Saol ó Dheas. 700 people from Co. Clare died in The Great War, and Clare Peoplejournalist Joe Ó Muircheartaigh will be speaking to Helen Ní Shé about it. RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, 12.08pm.
- Nationwide. As the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day nears we journey through Belgium where we meet the Irishman charged with caring for the graves of thousands and we see how the Belgians have not forgotten the sacrifice of so many including the Irish, during the Great War. RTÉ One, 7pm.
Friday November 9
- Nationwide. More stories from the Front as we remember and look forward to the weekend, where on the 11th day of the 11th month one hundred years ago, the guns fell silent and the war known as The Great War came to an end. RTÉ One, 7pm.
o SOLDIER STATUE. Last year a 20 foot sculpture of a soldier was constructed in Dorset in commemoration of those who died in World War 1. Now this sculpture, which is made from metal, will be on display at Stephens Green in Dublin until November 26th. Reporter Niall Martin has the story.
o MIDLETON. The community of Midleton got together to erect a memorial wall to those in the locality who died in World War 1. Mary Kennedy joined them for the unveiling.
o KILKENNY. Like many other places around the country, Kilkenny unveiled a memorial wall to the fallen in World War 1. We hear the story of one family who lost four sons. Reporter Donal Byrne has the story.
- Arena. Arena talks to Professor Chris Evans about One More Yard, based on the letters from Irish solider Michael Wall. Produced by Brian Eno, it features Sinead O'Connor, with a spoken-word piece by Cillian Murphy. RTÉ Radio 1, 7pm.
- Concert: Britten’s War Requiem. The massed forces of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, RTÉ Philharmonic Choir and Choristers of St. Patrick’s Cathedral under conductor David Brophy promise an unforgettable experience lit up by the contributions of a trio of star Irish soloists. The concert is being offered as part of the EBU's Premium Concert Series and will be broadcast live in Czech Republic and Denmark. (This event is sold out.) Listen live on RTÉ lyric fm at 7.30pm.
Saturday November 10
- Concert. The RTÉ Concert Orchestra joins the Choirs of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Gentlemen of the Palestrina Choir of St Mary’s Pro Cathedral, St Patrick’s Cathedral Chorus, three top soloists and conductor David Leigh for a special Remembrance Concert. Featuring music by Bax, Elgar and Brahms to mark the centenary of the signing of the armistice on 11 November 1918. (Note this event is fully booked.)
Sunday November 11
- Bowman: Sunday: 8.30. A special edition of John Bowman's archives programme, to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War. RTÉ Radio 1, 8.30am.
- Sunday Miscellany. A special programme on the centenary of Armistice Day features commissioned writers on the theme of remembrance. RTÉ Radio 1, 9.10am.
o The Box In The Attic by Denis Tuohy: Denis Tuohy, ex-BBC/Panorama, on a box of previously undiscovered writings and artwork by wounded soldiers which turned up in a neighbour’s attic in Rostrevor, belonging to Olive Swanzy, a nurse at the Front. The items have recently been donated to the Ulster Museum.
o Louise Kennedy: Day of the Dead: Sligo writer Louise Kennedy on her Belfast grandmother’s secret marking of Armistice Day as a teenager with tributes to her father, who was killed on the front, and her other idol: Rudolf Valentino.
o Lest We Forget by John Egan: A visit to the war graves in France where a grand uncle is buried.
o Armistice Day in Donegal by Seán Beattie: Sean Beattie on the celebrations in Inishowen when the Armistice was announced.
- An tSeachtain le Máirín Ní Ghadhra. Historian Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh is in studio. RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, 9.30 am.
- Armistice 1918 Commemoration. David McCullagh presents live coverage of Armistice 1918 commemorative events at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, with commentary by Myles Dungan. RTÉ One and RTÉ News Now, 9.45am, Sunday 11 November
- Centenary Remembrance Sunday Service. From St. Macaratin's Cathedral, Enniskillen, A Service of Remembrance to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice, which marked the end of the First World War. The Service will be led by The Very Rev. KR J Hall, assisted by Curate The Rev. Chris MacBruithin, and by P.P The Right Rev. Monsignor Peter O'Reilly, from neighbouring R.C. church, St. Michael's. The Preacher will be Bishop of Clogher, The Rt. Rev. John McDowell. RTÉ One, 11.30am.
- Service of Remembrance. A Service of Remembrance to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice. The service will be led by the Dean of St. Macartin's Cathedral, The Very Rev. KR J Hall, assisted by Curate The Rev. Chris MacBruithin, and by P.P The Right Rev. Monsignor Peter O'Reilly, from neighbouring R.C. church, St. Michael's. The Preacher will be Bishop of Clogher, The Rt. Rev. John F. McDowell. RTÉ Radio 1 on Longwave and DAB, 11.45am
- The History Show Special. The programme looks at stories of individual Irishmen who fought in the war, and how they returned home to a changed Ireland. The programme will also examine the reaction to the end of the war in Ireland, at this crucial historical moment just before the momentous 1918 General Election. RTÉ Radio 1, 6pm.
- The Poetry Show Special. A two-part special opens with the World War One poems of Michael Longley. As Sunday 11th November 2018 marks the centenary of Armistice Day, the interview opens, appropriately, with Michael recalling his father’s experience of World War 1 and reading some of his poems about the war. Later in the programme, he talks about Carrigskeewaun in Mayo, a place he and his wife, Edna, have been visiting for many years. It has inspired many poems, and he reads one that welcomes his grandson on his first visit there. The programme ends with a musical setting by Duke Special of one of Michael’s best known poems about the Troubles, The Ice Cream Man. RTÉ Radio 1, 7.30pm.
Audiences can watch back content on RTÉ Player and, on RTÉ.ie, users can sample a range of specially commissioned articles, including:
The last to die – Irishmen and the final days of the First World War by Prof. Mike Cronin
November 1918 – Ireland and the end of the First World War by Mark Duncan
Post-war Europe – Nations, states & Collapsing Empires by Prof. William Mulligan
Exhibiting the First World War – by Dr. Jennifer Wellington
Treating the Traumatised: Shell-shocked Veterans in the Irish Free State by Dr. Eoin Kinsella (article on how injured and shell-shocked Irish soldiers were cared for in the aftermath of the war - link to come)
‘The Great Day’: Katherine Tynan & the Mother’s War– by Ed Mulhall (link to come – K. Tynan was a writer and this article is based on her memoirs, on her sons involvement in the war and how she reacted to the armistice– it might sit well on the )
First World War History Competition for Secondary Schools https://www.rte.ie/centuryireland/index.php/articles/the-homecoming-of-wwi-troops
On @RTEArchives, veterans recall their feeling on the end of the war.