Ireland’s Rising, a new four-part series features four household names returning to their ancestral county to explore its connections with 1916. The series, which marks the start of RTÉ One’s 1916 programming, sees Anne Doyle, Ryan Tubridy, Jim McGuinness and Fiona Shaw travel to Wexford, Galway, Donegal and Cork respectively to learn about their county’s circumstances in 1916 and to discover how each county is planning to commemorate the centenary.
The four will find out what was going on during that fateful week in April, how their own family lived at the time and will meet with people who are commemorating the nation’s turning point in diverse and creative ways. Their assumptions will be challenged as they find out how the events of Easter week weren’t just limited to Dublin and the GPO, hopefully prompting every county in the country to reflect on their own connections with 1916.
Produced by Jean Devlin and Mairead Tucker for RTE, the series is directed by Traoloch O’Buachalle and Ruth Mehan. Egg welcomes back guest editors Breege Rowley and Brenda Morrisey, with the rushes processing, graphics and picture finishing completed here in Egg.
The episodes air Sundays 8:30pm, RTÉ One, on the 6th, 13th and 20th of December.