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 includes a historical narrative; a spread of contemporary images and photographs; and a selection of 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. Following this Nic Dhiarmada outlines the events leading to the Easter Rebellion of 1916, including the crucial events of Thursday through to 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. The third and final section discusses the fate of the leaders of the Rising, many of whom were immediately court-marshaled and executed. Nic Dhiarmada suggests the Irish Rising, its ideals, and the subsequent election of members of the national movement to prominent government offices were instrumental to the later creation of the sovereign republic of Ireland, as well as an inspiration to anit-colonialist insurrections elsewhere in the world.
Narrated by actor Liam Neeson, the series 1916 THE IRISH REBELLION tells the dramatic story of the events that took place in Dublin during Easter of 1916, when a small group of poorly-armed Irish rebels took on the might of the British Empire. Airs Thursdays beginning March 24 at 8:00 pm.
Narrated by actor Liam Neeson, the series 1916 THE IRISH REBELLION tells the dramatic story of the events that took place in Dublin during Easter of 1916, when a small group of poorly-armed Irish rebels took on the might of the British Empire. Although defeated militarily, this small group of men and women would wring a moral victory from the jaws of defeat and would inspire countless freedom struggles throughout the world. The documentary-featuring a combination of rarely seen archival footage, new segments filmed on location worldwide, and interviews with leading international experts-also uncovers the untold story of the central role Irish Americans played in the lead-up to the rebellion.