“Ireland’s Biggest Ever Public History and Cultural Event”

Barbara Soares

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RTÉ “Reflecting the Rising” in partnership with Ireland 2016, took place this Easter Monday  28th March on many streets and landmark buildings around Dublin.

Children’s Play Day in Merrion Square Park - Photographer: Barbara Soares
Children’s Play Day in Merrion Square Park – Photographer: Barbara Soares

According to RTE it was the “Ireland’s biggest ever public history and cultural event”.  The free family event happened between 11am – 6pm today across four zones through Dublin city centre: Zone 1 St Stephen’s Green and Earlsfort Terrace; Zone 2 Merrion Square and Lower Fitzwilliam Street; Zone 3 O’Connell Street; Zone 4 Smithfield Square and the Fruit Market area.

1916 Celebrations - Photographer: Barbara Soares
1916 Celebrations – Photographer: Barbara Soares

Exhibitions, music, circus, films, debates, talks, entertainment, children’s play day, guided walking tours, live broadcasts and much more in a cultural celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

1916 Celebrations - Photographer: Barbara Soares
1916 Celebrations – Photographer: Barbara Soares

Ashland Pym, an American student from Seattle, Washington said: “It’s amazing to me that the city put all this together, this huge celebration that spread over so much of Dublin. And I love that so many people came to celebrate, both locals and tourists. We came to be a community, one which we built around an important moment in history. And so much of that history was present with us this weekend. I love to see that it isn’t being forgotten, because history is the story that makes us who we are now. I feel really privileged to be here this weekend”.

Merrion Square Park - Photographer: Barbara Soares
Merrion Square Park – Photographer: Barbara Soares

In Merrion Square and Lower Fitzwilliam Street, an exhibition of vintage cars, motorbikes, buses and a steam engine got the attention of many children and adults.

1916 Celebrations - Photographer: Barbara Soares
1916 Celebrations – Photographer: Barbara Soares
Break Time - Photographer: Barbara Soares
Break Time – Photographer: Barbara Soares
1916 Celebrations - Photographer: Barbara Soares
1916 Celebrations – Photographer: Barbara Soares
The oldest known Irish double-decker, used from 1935 to 1941 - Photographer: Barbara Soares
The oldest known Irish double-decker, used from 1935 to 1941 – Photographer: Barbara Soares

Children’s Play Day in Merrion Square Park.

1916 Celebrations - Photographer: Barbara Soares
1916 Celebrations – Photographer: Barbara Soares

The “Feltmakers Ireland” teaching the kids about the process.

 

Feltmakers Ireland - Photographer: Barbara Soares
Feltmakers Ireland – Photographer: Barbara Soares

The weather in Dublin was kind enough today.

1916 Celebrations - Photographer: Barbara Soares
1916 Celebrations – Photographer: Barbara Soares

The event also took place at some indoor venues, such as Liberty Hall; The Abbey Theatre; Gresham Hotel; Shelbourne Hotel Ballroom; Irish Film Institute; The Four Courts; Lighthouse Cinema; The Gaiety Theatre and so on.

The Academic - Photographer: Barbara Soares
The Academic – Photographer: Barbara Soares

‘The Academic’ playing this evening on the Lower Fitzwilliam Street.

The event “Reflecting the Rising” is being broadcast on RTÉ One at 9:30pm on Easter Monday night. “Experience the sights, sounds and stories of our shared past”.

 

 

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Barbara Soares