O’Connell Street 1915 recreated this Easter Monday #RoadtotheRising

Step into history this Easter Monday, 6th April, in Dublin City, and join the RTÉ Road to the Rising, an event which sees O’Connell Street transform into a 1915 thoroughfare, as the streetscape and some of the events that led to the Easter Rising are recreated.

Discover life in Dublin as it was 100 years ago, when O’Connell Street comes alive with stage and street performances, vintage exhibitions, talks, tours and broadcasts.  Experience the sights, sounds and people of the capital as they were back in 1915. Full details of this free family-friendly event are available at http://www.rte.ie/1916.  Whatever your age or level of knowledge about this period in Irish history there is something there of interest.

People on the day can choose from more than 60 lectures, talks and discussions which will take place at various locations.  On the main stage of the Abbey Theatre historians and social commentators will consider and imagine a country on the cusp of revolutionary change.  The talks will be enhanced by readings and dramatic performances. 

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke says, “I invite everyone who has an interest in this period in our history to join us on O’Connell Street on Easter Monday for what promises to be an enjoyable and memorable family day out as we look ahead to the Centenary just one year from now.”
Highlights of the day include an Edwardian stage presentation of some of Ireland’s best known singers, musicians and bands that will perform music of the era.  Performers will include Jack L, The High Kings, and the Rathmines & Rathgar Musical Society. There will also be on-street displays and exhibitions.  In addition, there will be a vintage carousel, an Edwardian wedding, silent movies at the cinemobile, a horse-drawn hearse, a hot air balloon, a steam engine, and cars from the time and much more.

“RTÉ Road to the Rising is a fantastic platform through which Irish people can approach the events of 1916 in a way that is interesting and engaging for all ages. It is also an excellent lead into the launch of Ireland 2016, the national initiative to mark the Centenary of the Easter Rising”, says Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

At the GPO, the National Library’s team of archivists and historians invite the public to bring along items of interest connected with The Rising, where they can discuss how they would like to have their family memorabilia recorded for future generations.  This will be a free ticketed event and demand for these sessions is likely to be strong so early booking is essential.  Booking at http://www.rte.ie/1916 or tel. 01 6030346.

“An Post is pleased to support this wonderful programme of events. It is fitting that the GPO will be central to proceedings as it was over Easter weekend 1916. Fitting also that the event will mark the countdown to the official opening of our own interpretive exhibition centre, GPO Witness History, in Easter 2016”, says Donal Connell, Chief Executive, An Post.

RTÉ Road to the Rising has been created in partnership with An Post, Dublin City Council and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht as well as collaboration and support from Abbey Theatre, the National Library, Transport for Ireland and the local business sector.

For further information contact:
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office.  T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277

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Notes to the Editor

For those who are unable to come to O’Connell Street on the day, the magic of the event will be brought to audiences through a range of programmes on RTÉ Radio 1 including The History Show, The Book Show, Sunday Miscellany, The Poetry Programme, Arena and Oidhreacht Na Cásca on RnaG.  RTÉ One’s Nationwide will also broadcast footage from the event and RTÉ News will capture the highlights of the day.  The full suite of broadcast output will be available on RTÉ Player and RTÉ radio player.