The one-minute films explore the individual connections with the events of 1916 in each county or a particular story around the county’s commemoration of Easter 1916. The film-makers have allowed each county to tell its own story about how it was touched by this momentous turning point in Ireland’s history.
The films have been specially commissioned as part of Ireland 2016, the State programme to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising. They are available to view on RTÉ Player and on RTÉ’s YouTube channel.
Speaking about the films Adrian Lynch, Channel Controller, RTÉ One, said: “We initially commissioned six films for our Road to the Rising series but when we saw how strong the films were we wanted to expand them to include every county in Ireland. Each film is different and gives a unique insight into the counties’ connection to 1916.”
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys said: “These short films provide a very personal and intimate look at how the Rising affected communities right across this country. While the Rising is often seen as a Dublin-based event, the reality is that families from every county were caught up in the dramatic events of Easter Week 1916. These short videos help to tell their story.”
Filmed over the past six months by five Irish directors, the films feature local people reflecting on the Easter Rising. Choose your county below to watch the films on YouTube.