That was O’Connell Street last Easer Monday when RTE celebrated The Road to the Rising. That massive event will pale into insignificance when compared to RTE / Reflecting the Rising which begins at 11.00 on Easter Monday. Three quarters of a million people are expected to take part un hundreds of events – lectures, childrens events, music, re-enactments, walks etc.
RTE Reflecting the Rising is taking over the city centre of Dublin for the day. There are events taking place in Trinity College, DIT, the Four Courts, St. Stephen’s Green, Merrion Square and many other venues.
Come along and join the fun.
I’ll be doing a three hour History Show (10.00-1.00)from the Supreme Court (my one and only chance to be in such august surroundings) and I’ll also be giving two talks on Monday afternoon in the Four Courts, on the Courts Martial & executions of 1916 and on the Rising and the Four Courts.
The Hay/Kells Festival and RTE Radio 1’s The History Show – co-sponsors of Gallipoli100 – are pleased to announce that singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke will be performing new material on the subject of the Great War at his Gallipoli100 concert in St.Columba’s Church of Ireland in Kells, Co. Meath on Saturday 25 April.
Declan’s evening concert (which kicks off at 8.00 pm) will be the centerpiece of a weekend of events to mark the centenary of the start of the Gallipoli campaign – one of the most tragic episodes of the Great War, particularly from an Irish point of view.
Declan, who was a special guest in one of the five History Show Great War commemorative programmes in the summer of 2014 will perform some of the iconic anti-war works of Eric Bogle as well as a new version of The Foggy Dew and his own unique interpretation of Cormac McConnell’s epic song on the Christmas 1914 truce on the Western Front – as well as much additional material – as part of the evening event Poems of War, Songs of Peace. A number of WW1 poems will be read by Kells-based award-winning Welsh poet Nerys Williams.
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