The 1916 Rising was the single most important event in the lead up to the Irish War of Independence. The episode begins in Dublin 1916 by looking at the how the revolt unfolded. It then follows the rebels into captivity looking at how a new movement was forged in the difficult conditions of the Frongach prison camp in Wales.

The second half of the show turns to the legacy of the Rising. The dramatic transformation of attitudes towards militant republicanism is revealed by focusing on the experiences of the most unlikely of rebels – Countess Markievicz. 

Then to conclude the episode we will meet another key figure in the story – Eamon de Valera when he stands for election in 1917. 

Additional Research – Sam McGrath

Sound – Jason Looney

Additional narrations – Aidan Crowe and Therese Murray

Artwork – Keith Hynes

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