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RTÉ Reflecting the Rising
All are invited to dress in period costume on Easter Monday for one of the largest public cultural events in the history of the State. Photo: RTÉ

RTÉ Reflecting the Rising

Major Easter Monday events promise thousands of free public tickets as Dublin City streets and buildings open for concerts, performances, talks and screenings

This bank holiday Easter Monday, Dublin city centre, north and south, will be transformed by the biggest public history and cultural event ever staged in Ireland, as RTÉ Reflecting the Rising in partnership with Ireland 2016 invites people to reimagine Dublin and Ireland of 100 years ago.

RTÉ Reflecting the Rising in partnership with Ireland 2016 is a free family event that will take place in Dublin city from 11am – 6pm on Monday 28th March. Visitors will experience an enormous variety of talks and exhibitions, live musical and theatrical performances, special films, interactive activities and family entertainment as RTÉ and Ireland 2016 seek to capture the sights, sounds and stories of our shared past.

According to Noel Curran, Director-General RTÉ:

“1916 is a year of huge emotional and political significance in Irish history. Since the beginning of 2016, RTÉ has produced a range of programming and events to allow audiences engage with, reflect on, commemorate and celebrate both 1916 and the past 100 years. As part of our continuing schedule of programming and events, RTÉ Reflecting the Rising promises to be a special public event across Dublin city on Easter Monday. RTÉ, working with Ireland 2016 and a range of other partners, have produced a rich and diverse cultural and historical programme of free events and activities for the public. I very much hope that the public respond, as they did last year, to this great collective effort by filling the streets and the historic buildings of our capital city and joining RTÉ to commemorate and celebrate a century of Irish life.”

John Concannon, Director of Ireland 2016, added:

“Ireland 2016 is deeply proud to be associated with RTE Reflecting the Rising. This is the one of the largest public cultural events ever undertaken in the history of the State and one that embraces the qualities of creativity, participation and inclusivity that represent the very best of the Centenary Programme. Alongside the State Ceremonial event and Parade on Easter Sunday, it forms the centrepiece of our Easter weekend and promises to be a highlight of the year. This wonderful event is a remarkable expression of what people everywhere asked of us – an opportunity to participate and celebrate in a shared expression of pride in our past and hope for our future.”

Lots for Everyone

From talks, performances, food tastings and games, to film, music, theatre and a Céili Mór, RTÉ Reflecting The Rising in partnership with Ireland 2016 will offer a range of activities in 8 zones across Dublin City Centre. Visitors can:

Choose from 300 talks as historians, leading commentators and relatives of the rebels explore the events of Easter Week and its aftermath
Watch hundreds of performers bring the streets alive through drama and music

Choose from 300 talks as historians, leading commentators and relatives of the rebels explore the events of Easter Week and its aftermath
Watch hundreds of performers bring the streets alive through drama and music
Explore the city with the family and enjoy circus acts, fairground attractions, vintage vehicles, story-tellers, pop-up performances, poetry recitations, exhibitions and more
Visit 8 designated family zones for hands-on workshops in computer gaming, song-writing, story-telling, visual art and speech-writing – all with a 1916 twist!
Experience the games children played a century ago at Play-Day in Merrion Square
Watch Insurrection, the acclaimed 1966 Telefís Éireann drama, in its entirety
Allow our walking tour guides to bring you on a journey of discovery through the streets of Dublin, showing you where blood was spilled and history was made
Step inside the Four Courts and hear about the Rising in its court rooms from judges and invited speakers
Soak up the atmosphere on O’Connell Street with music, live broadcasts, exhibitions and street performances – everyone is invited to arrive in period dress
Enjoy a day of discussion and music at the Gaiety Theatre as well-known Irish people living abroad come home to share their views on where we’re at as a Republic
Get involved in our debating sessions as we tease out contentious aspects of this important period of our history
Take a stroll around our tented craft villages to see how we made things in 1916
Listen to live music from 1916 and the decades since, performed by some of our best musicians including Altan, Sharon Shannon, Declan O’Rourke, the Dublin Gospel Choir, the Contempo Quartet, Mick Moloney, the High Kings, Maura O’Connell, Cór Chuil Aodh and Rowsome Uileann Piping Quartet
See live radio in action as RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ lyric fm broadcast throughout the city across the day
Dance the afternoon away at our Ceilí Mór at Earlsfort Terrace.

Lorelei Harris, Head of Arts and Cultural Strategy, RTÉ, says:

“RTÉ Reflecting The Rising in partnership with Ireland 2016 represents a great shared effort to capture a real sense of what life was like 100 years ago on the streets and in the buildings that were so central to our collective history. We have spent many months putting together a programme of events and activities for people of all ages to engage with, explore and enjoy. Building on the tremendous public response to last Easter’s RTÉ Road to The Rising, we really hope that the public will react positively to what will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to engage and connect with the rich history that surrounds them and make this a national occasion to remember.”

RTÉ Reflecting the Rising in partnership with Ireland 2016 has been created in partnership with the National Transport Authority, Dublin City Council and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. It is part of RTÉ 1916, an ambitious programme of content and events across television, radio, mobile and online, which invites people, at home and throughout the world, to watch, listen and take part as they commemorate and celebrate, debate and analyse the centenary of the 1916 Rising.

For a full list of content and events and to book your free tickets, visit All indoor events are free but we strongly recommend that you should book your tickets as soon as possible. Follow content and information streams in advance and on the day with #rte1916 on @rte on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Vine and Instagram. For full details in text format, see


LISTEN: Myles Dungan is joined by directors of Century Ireland, Mark Duncan and Paul Rouse, and Catriona Crowe of the National Archives of Ireland as the RTÉ History Show previews the Easter Monday events.

RTÉ News takes a look back at last year's 'Road to the Rising' event and forward to the Easter Moday 2016 'Reflecting the Rising' which invites attendees to re-imagine the Ireland of 1916. 


RTÉ Reflecting the Rising i gcomhar le Éire 2016

Imeachtaí Móra Luan Cásca agus na Mílte Ticéad Saor in Aisce ar fáil do na Ceolchoirmeacha, Léirithe, Cainteanna agus Taispeántais a bheidh ar siúl ar Shráideanna agus in Árais éagsúla i gCathair Bhaile Átha Cliath

Ar an lá saoire bainc, Luan Cásca, beidh cuma faoi leith ar lár chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath, ó thuaidh agus ó dheas den Life, nuair a chuirfear ar siúl an ócáid staire agus cultúir phoiblí is mó a cuireadh ar bun go dtí seo in Éirinn tráth a mbeidh RTÉ Reflecting the Rising i gcomhar le Éire 2016 ag tabhairt cuireadh do dhaoine Baile Átha Cliath agus Éire 100 bliain ó shin a shamhlú an athuair.

Ócáid do theaghlaigh é RTÉ Reflecting the Rising i gcomhar le Éire 2016 a chuirfear ar siúl saor in aisce i gcathair Bhaile Átha Cliath ón 11 r.n – 6 i.n. Dé Luain an 28 Márta.  Beidh réimse ollmhór ar fáil do na cuairteoirí – cainteanna, taispeántais, ceol agus amharclannaíocht bheo, scannáin speisialta, imeachtaí idirghníomhaíochta agus siamsaíocht don teaghlach le RTÉ agus Éire 2016 ag féachaint le scéalta na linne a caitheadh a chruthú an athuair le lón stairiúil don tsúil agus don chluais.

De réir Noel Curran, Ard-Stiúrthóir RTÉ:

“Bliain mhórshuntasach i stair na hÉireann an bhliain 1916 ó thaobh na mothúchán agus na polaitíochta.  Ó thús na bliana 2016, tá réimse clár agus imeachtaí curtha ar fáil ag RTÉ a ligeann don lucht féachana agus éisteachta dul i ngleic le 1916 trí mhachnamh, ceiliúradh agus comóradh a dhéanamh ar eachtraí na bliana sin agus an céad bliain ó shin.  Mar chuid den sceideal leanúnach clár agus imeachtaí, beidh RTÉ Reflecting the Rising ina hócáid phoiblí den scoth ar fud chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath ar Luan Cásca.  Tá éagsúlacht imeachtaí cultúir agus staire á gcur ar fáil in aisce don phobal ag RTÉ, i gcomhar le Éire 2016 agus páirtithe éagsúla eile.  Táim ag tnúth go mór leis na sluaite a fheiceáil ar na sráideanna agus in árais stairiúla sa phríomhchathair, mar a bhí anuraidh, agus iad ag i mbun ceiliúrtha agus comórtha in éineacht le RTÉ ar chéad bliain de shaol na hÉireann.”

Dúirt John Concannon, Stiúrthóir Éire 2016:

“Ábhar mórtais ag Éire 2016 a bheith páirteach in RTÉ Reflecting the Rising. Tá seo ar cheann de na himeachtaí cultúir poiblí is mó a eagraíodh riamh ó bunaíodh an Stát agus cothaítear leis tréithe na cruthaitheachta, na rannpháirtíochta agus an tsoichill mar atá i gceist le Clár Chomóradh an Chéid.  Chomh maith leis an Searmanas Stáit agus an Pharáid ar Dhomhnach Cásca, tá seo ar mhórimeachtaí dheireadh seachtaine na Cásca agus beidh sé ar cheann de bhuaicphointí na bliana ar fad. Is é a chuirtear i láthair leis an imeacht iontach seo an rud a d’éiligh daoine i ngach áit orainn – deis a bheith páirteach agus ceiliúradh a dhéanamh nuair atá mórtas as an stair agus misneach maidir lena bhfuil i ndán á chur in iúl.”

Ábhar do chroí agus d’intinn an uile dhuine

Beidh cainteanna, blaiseadh bia, cluichí, scannáin, ceolchoirmeacha, amharclannaíocht, agus Céilí Mór ar siúl mar chuid de RTÉ Reflecting the Arts i gcomhar le Éire 2016 in 8 limistéar ar fud Lár Chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath. Is féidir leis an gcuairteoir:

Roghnú idir 300 caint a thabharfaidh staraithe, tráchtairí iomráiteacha agus gaolta de chuid na ndaoine a d’éirigh amach agus iad ag plé imeachtaí Sheachtain na Cásca agus ar tháinig dá mbarr
Na céadta oirfideach a fheiceáil i mbun spleodar ceoil agus amharclannaíochta ar na sráideanna
An chathair a shiúl leis an gcuid eile den teaghlach agus sásamh a bhaint as fuirseoireacht sorcais, deiseanna aeraíochta, seanfheithiclí, scéalaíocht, taibhréimeanna tobanna, aithriseoireacht, taispeántais agus eile
Tabhair cuairt ar 8 gcinn de limistéir speisialta do theaghlaigh do cheardlanna faoi chluichí ríomhaireachta a imirt, amhráin a scríobh, scéalta a insint, ealaín don tsúil a chruthú agus óráidí a scríobh – agus blas 1916 orthu sin ar fad!
Cleachtadh a fháil ar na cluichí a d’imríodh leanaí céad bliain ó shin ag an Lá Spraoi i gCearnóg Mhuirfean
Breathnú ó thús go deireadh ar Insurrection, an dráma teilifíse iomráiteach de chuid Telefís Éireann ón mbliain 1966
Ligean do na treoraithe siúlóide tú a thabhairt ar thuras léargais trí shráideanna Bhaile Átha Cliath go bhfeicfear áiteanna inar tharla eachtraí fuilteacha agus inar cuireadh athrú ar an stair
Seasamh isteach sna Ceithre Cúirteanna agus cloisteáil faoin Éirí Amach i seomraí na cúirte ó bhreithiúna agus ó aoi-chainteoirí eile
Sult a bhaint as an atmaisféar ar Shráid Uí Chonaill le ceol, craoltóireacht beo, taispeántais, taibhréimeanna sráide – tugtar cuireadh don uile dhuine a theacht i láthair in éadach mar a bhíodh ar dhaoine 100 bliain ó shin
Taitneamh a bhaint as lá iomlán de chaint agus de cheol in Amharclann an Gaiety nuair a bheidh Éireannaigh iomráiteacha a bhfuil cónaí orthu thar lear ar ais sa bhaile agus a gcuid tuairimí á gcur i láthair acu faoi staid na Poblachta
Páirt a ghlacadh i seisiúin díospóireachta de réir mar a bhíonn gnéithe conspóideacha den ré thábhachtach seo i stair na tíre á gcíoradh againn
Siúlóid a thabhairt timpeall chloigíní puball ina mbeidh lucht ceardaíochta ag léiriú na modhanna oibre a bhíodh ag baint le ceirdeanna éagsúla sa bhliain 1916
Éisteacht le ceol beo ón mbliain 1916 agus ó shin i leith arna sheinm ag roinnt de na ceoltóirí is fearr sa tír, ina measc Altan, Sharon Shannon, Declan O’Rourke, an Dublin Gospel Choir, Ceathairéad Contempo, Mick Moloney, na High Kings, Maura O’Connell, Cór Chúil Aodh agus an Rowsome Uileann Piping Quartet
Craoltóireacht bheo raidió a fheiceáil ar bun ag RTÉ Radio 1 agus RTÉ lyric fm ar fud na cathrach ar feadh an lae
An tráthnóna a chaitheamh ag damhsa ag an gCéilí Mór in Ardán Phort an Iarla.

Deir Lorelei Harris, Ceannasaí Straitéis na nEalaíon agus an Chultúir, RTÉ:

“Dícheall agus dúthracht an chomhair atá i gceist le RTÉ Reflecting the Rising i gcomhar le Éire 2016 agus iarracht á dhéanamh tuiscint dáiríre ar an saol a bhíodh ann 100 bliain ó shin a chruthú ar na sráideanna agus istigh sna foirgnimh a raibh baint chomh tábhachtach acu le stair mhuintir na tíre seo ar fad.  Tá míonna fada caite againn ag cur clár imeachtaí i dtoll a chéile ar féidir le daoine de gach aois eolas, tuiscint agus taitneamh a bhaint astu. Táthar ag tnúth go ndéanfaidh an pobal, mar a rinneadh aimsir na Cásca anuraidh i gcás chlár imeachtaí RTÉ dírithe ar an ré roimh an Éirí Amach, agus go dtapófar an deis ceangal a chothú lena bhfuil d’ábhar staire ina dtimpeall ar an ócáid seo nach dtarlóidh a leithéid arís i rith a saoil agus go gcruthófar ócáid náisiúnta a mhairfidh i gcuimhne na ndaoine.”

Is i gcomhar leis an Údarás Náisiúnta Iompair, Comhairle Cathrach Bhaile Átha Cliath agus an Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta a cuireadh RTÉ Reflecting the Rising i gcomhar le Éire 2016 i dtoll a chéile. Tá sé ina chuid den chlár forleitheadach ábhair agus imeachtaí ar fud na gcóras teilifíse, raidió, fón póca agus idirlín RTÉ 1916 trína dtugtar deis do dhaoine, in Éirinn agus ar fud an domhain, ábhar a fheiceáil agus a chloisteáil agus páirt á ghlacadh acu sa chomóradh agus sa cheiliúradh, sa phlé agus san anailís ar chéad bliain Éirí Amach na Cásca1916.

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