Posts Tagged ‘1916 rising’

The 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour

1 September 2010

By Juliana Adelman

In case you don’t already know, I am not Irish.  I am not even Irish-American; my only Irish relations are my in-laws.  As such, I was probably one of the few people on the 1916 walking tour who learned most of my Irish history from academic books instead of in school or at home.  Before the tour, I hadn’t quite realised how much my academic bias had tended to drain events and people of their colour.  For me, 1916 is one of many rebellions which, due to a variety of circumstances, snowballed into something that rebellions in say, 1798, 1803, or 1848 were unable to achieve.  For Lorcan Collins, my tour guide, 1916 is the birth of free Ireland.  Its leaders are heroes; its ideals lofty.  It is the culmination of historical Irish aspirations.  Over the two hour tour, I enjoyed Lorcan’s enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, all things 1916.  I got to revisit 1916 and bask in the glow of another nation’s pride in its difficult birth.

Lorcan has a lot of energy and a lot of information to impart in his allotted two hours.  Read more

Irish Destiny

10 December 2009

Contributed by Seán Lucey

On December 2nd the Irish Film Institute premiered two DVDs released this year, Irish Destiny and Seoda. Irish Destiny is a feature length film set during the war of independence and was originally screened in 1926 to mark the tenth anniversary of the 1916 rising. The film was thought lost until found in the Washington Library of Congress in the early 1990s.  It was restored by the Irish Film Archive who commissioned the renowned pianist, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, to compose a full score for it. Ó Súilleabháin was present at the premiere and not only introduced the film but also played the music live to the film for the opening twenty minutes.

Unsurprisingly, Irish Destiny is full of historical resonance. Filmed in Dublin, Wicklow and Shephard’s Bush, London, it re-enacted famous events during the troubles such as the burning of the Custom House. The film was the brainchild of a Dublin G.P. named Isaac Eppel who was also a theatre impresario and cinema owner. Actual members of the IRA were cast in the film and a former Dublin IRA leader, Kit O’Malley, was enrolled as military advisor to production. Read More