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The 1916 Irish Rebellion
The 1916 Irish Rebellion

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Authors: Bríona Nic Dhiarmada
Affiliation: University of Notre Dame
Publication Year: Hardback, February 2016
Pages: 216
Size: 222 x 292mm

ISBN: 9781782051916

The 1916 Irish Rebellion is the companion book to a three-part documentary series to be

The 1916 Irish Rebellion includes a historical narrative; a lavish spread of contemporary images and photographs; and a rich selection of sidebar quotations from contemporary documents, prisoners' statements, and other eyewitness accounts to capture the experiences of nationalists and unionists, Irish rebels and British soldiers, and Irish Americans during the turbulent events of Easter Week, 1916. In the first part of the book, Nic Dhiarmada surveys Ireland's place as part of the British Empire in the decades leading up to 1916, with special emphasis on earlier Irish movements to achieve independence or at least some measure of self-governance. She then outlines the events leading to the Easter Rebellion of 1916, including the crucial events of Thursday through Saturday prior to Easter. The second part details the events of the Easter Rising and the week of violent fighting, ending in the failure of the armed insurrection in Dublin. Her third part discusses the fate of the leaders of the Rising, many of whom were immediately court-martialled and executed. Nic Dhiarmada suggests that the Irish Rising, its ideals, and the subsequent election of members of the nationalist movement to prominent government offices were instrumental to the later creation of the sovereign Republic of Ireland, as well as an inspiration to anti-colonialist insurrections elsewhere in the world.

The three-part documentary series will screen in Ireland on RTÉ Television and on public television stations throughout the United States and Canada in Spring 2016.

Episode One: Awakening
Episode One is crucial in setting up the context for the dramatic story of the events of Easter Week 1916. Here, the audience is introduced to the main characters and the main players of Easter Week on all sides and, through them, are made aware of the political and cultural currents playing out in Ireland, Europe, and the world - including the role of Empire, the outbreak of the first World War, the rise of socialist, feminist and nationalist thought / self determination. Episode 1 will bring viewers up to the cusp of Easter week itself.

Episode Two: Insurrection
Episode Two examines the events of Easter Week 1916 on a day-to-day basis. Through the use of graphics and contributions from military historians, viewers are provided with both an insight into particular locations, such as the General Post Office, as well as a clear, overall view of the state of play in Dublin. They will also hear - via archival material that has been rarely seen or heard - from the voices of participants: rebels, British soldiers, and civilian witnesses. Viewers will experience as far as possible what it was like to be an eyewitness to these events.

Episode Three: When Myth and History Rhyme
The third and final episode deals with the surrender and subsequent executions of the leaders of the Irish Rebellion and the fundamental changes arising from these events. The aim is to have viewers experience the same emotional response as did the men and women of the time - which is accomplished through first-person narratives, descriptions of the executions, and the last statements of the leaders. Doing so allows viewers to understand the sea change that occurred in Ireland in the aftermath of the Rising. Contributors to the series will pose questions and analyze the significance of the events of Easter Week 1916 - both in Ireland itself but also throughout the world. Finally, the legacy of the 1916 Irish Rebellion is analyzed and the question is explored how, still, it remains of significance to people worldwide.
The 1916 Irish Rebellion RTE documentary

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5 of 5 The 1916 Irish Rebellion December 10, 2015
Reviewer: Declan Kiberd from UK  
Stylish, pacy, and lucid, this narrative places the Rising in its national and international contexts. In vivid photographs and keynote quotations, it illustrates just how and why revolutionary Ireland became
a test case of modernity in a rapidly decolonizing world - Declan Kiberd, Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of English and Irish Language and Literature, University of Notre Dame

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5 of 5 The 1916 Irish Rebellion December 10, 2015
Reviewer: Thomas Bartlett from UK  
Crisply written, evocative, and, on occasion, poignant, this fine study by Briona Nic Dhiarmada of Easter Week, 1916, in Ireland and beyond, is wonderfully complemented by a wide range of contemporary materials - poems, speeches, letters, and images - all of which add greatly to the immediacy of her prose and the impact of her narrative. Not to be missed. - Thomas Bartlett, professor emeritus of Irish history

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