RTÉ Player’s on-demand Culture collection features an eclectic mix of documentaries and performances from the worlds of Music, Arts, Film & TV and Literature.  

Each week, the RTÉ Player team suggest a ‘must-watch’ from the Culture collection.  This week, we look at a documentary film exploring the two decades that laid the stepping stones for the foundation of the Irish state and the claim to sovereignty in A Sovereign People – The Story of the Irish Revolution.

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This is a story of history, politics, culture and society. The period that followed the death of Parnell was the most exciting, turbulent, innovative decades in modern Irish history where intellectual, cultural, political and military activity reached a degree of intensity never before or since experienced on the island of Ireland.

Produced and directed by Sean O Mordha, this documentary film, traces the historical and cultural significance of this entire endeavour, the road to the Easter Rising and the Independent State that emerged in 1922.  

Watch A Sovereign People – The Story of the Irish Revolution now on RTÉ Player.