Children of the Revolution – RTÉ One, Easter Sunday March 27th – 9:35pm
One hundred years ago, a tiny rebellion in a corner of the British Empire helped forge a new nation and altered the lives of millions… but it also ended the lives of forty children. Based on his best-selling book, broadcaster Joe Duffy tells the story of the Irish 1916 Easter Rising as seen from the perspective of those Children of the Revolution.
In every conflict, there are always casualties of war. Children of the Revolution uncovers the stories, lives and deaths of forty Dublin innocents, like Sean Foster a 2 year old who was shot sitting alongside his baby brother in their pram, and Neville Fryday a 21 year old Canadian soldier who it turns out wasn’t Canadian afterall and wasn’t 21.
This fascinating documentary tells a timeless human story of life and death in the middle of conflict. Until now, many of them have gone unnamed, their final resting places unmarked, their sacrifice unrecognised.
These children were from every class and corner of Dublin life, and they were much more than just collateral damage. A century on, the sense of tragedy, loss & outrage is undimmed, as Joe Duffy retraces, respects and remembers these childrens’ lives and deaths.
Produced by Dhruba Banerjee, Directed by Gerry Hoban and edited by EGG’s Guy Montgomery , we also completed all of the picture and sound post production and created the graphics and animation for this documentary.