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WORLD WAR 1 ON RTÉ: A SEASON OF PROGRAMMES AND FEATURES

11 July 2014: World War 1 on RTÉ takes a comprehensive view of the Great War from Ireland's perspective through a wide range of documentary, drama, literature and in-show features across television, radio, online and mobile.

A full schedule of programming and coverage begins with a major World War One Road Show in Trinity College Dublin on Saturday 12th July. This season of programming will extend across the summer and autumn and, for the first time, offers a dedicated online archival exhibition at www.rte.ie/worldwar1.

“RTÉ is proud to play its role in this reflection and exploration of such an important time in Irish history. RTÉ is uniquely placed to expand the reach and impact of national cultural events and commemorations through the diversity of our output across all platforms; the participation in major national events such as this is a core element of our public service remit”

Noel Curran, Director General RTÉ

The WW1 Road Show is part of a major national retrospective marking the 100th anniversary of World War 1. Taking place in Trinity College Dublin, in association with the National Library of Ireland, Trinity College Dublin and RTÉ Radio 1, the Road Show presents a day-long programme of events including lectures, pop-up talks, family events, exhibitions and a memorabilia collection day, where members of the public can bring items relating to the World War 1 period for evaluation and digital archiving.  All details can be found at www.rte.ie/worldwar1.

Marking the day on which Austria declared war on Serbia, on Monday 28th July, the first of a number of World War 1 Nationwide specials on RTÉ One will be broadcast, focussing on the four Irish regiments which took part in the War. Also on RTÉ Television, a two-part series, My Great War, (RTÉ One 4th and 5th August, 9.35pm) relays personal family stories and examines the impact of the Great War on Irish society. Contributing to the great debate, Ireland at War (working title), a discussion hosted by John Bowman, will air on 5th August, 10.35pm and opens the floor to a number of notable academics and historical experts.

RTÉ News & Current Affairs will comprehensively cover events through the season also; on the morning of 4th August, to mark a ceremony at Liège commemorating the outbreak of World War 1, David McCullagh will present a live programme on RTÉ One with guests including Professor John Horne of Trinity College Dublin and, that evening, Bryan Dobson will bring RTÉ's Six One News live from Liège, to include a special interview with President Michael D. Higgins, who will represent Ireland at the Liège ceremony. RTÉ News Online will have coverage throughout the day and RTÉ News Now will stream a commemorative event at the Commonwealth War Grave Commission's St. Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, Belgium. This event will also be attended by President Higgins.

Across RTÉ Radio, a wide range of World War 1-specific content will feature on RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland and Sunday Miscellany, with the Book on One, Drama on One and Documentary on One all exploring the theme throughout July and August. Ireland’s Experience, a special five-part series presented by Myles Dungan opens with a 90-minute special on Bank Holiday Monday, 4th August, 1.30pm and then continues each Sunday through August at 10am, telling Ireland’s story through the lives of those who survived and those who ultimately died in World War 1. RTÉ Radio 1 will also bring regular drop-in features across the schedule throughout the season of programming.

www.rte.ie/worldwar1, a special online and mobile destination for RTÉ‘s commemoration of World War 1, will be available from Saturday 12th July. This bespoke web-based exhibition uses photographs, text, video and audio to tell the story of Ireland's involvement in the First World War and features the recorded experiences of Irish men which have been taken from the RTÉ Archives, to give a carefully-curated digital experience of this important period in Ireland’s history.

World War 1 on RTÉ launches on Saturday 12th July 2014.

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