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Reflecting the Rising at DIT Aungier Street

Posted: 29 March, 2016

Easter Monday 2016 saw Dublin City transformed by the biggest public history and cultural event ever staged in Ireland.

DIT Aungier Street, as a major site of the 1916 Rising, saw thousands of people from across the globe attend more than 60 talks and performances that were organised by DIT in collaboration with RTE’s ‘Reflecting the Rising’, and included speakers from DIT and other academic institutions as well as journalists and public historians.

The topics covered a wide range of perspectives on the Rising, and included accounts of those who were based in the Jacob’s Biscuit Factory garrison.  These included Thomas McDonagh, Seán McBride and Michael O Hanrahan, Peadar Kearney and Máire Ní Shuibhlaigh.

There was a full orchestral performance of “Requiem 1916 Marbhna”, composed by DIT lecturer Odhrán O Casaide.  The orchestra, conducted by David Doherty, was joined by the DIT Chamber Choir, conducted by Bernie Sherlock, soloist Sibéal Ní Chasaide, and a number of readers including Seán O Sé and Des Keogh. The performance took place outdoors in the Courtyard of DIT Aungier Street, and captivated the audience of several hundred. Mr. Paul O’Sullivan, Director and Dean of the College of Business, introduced the performance.

Meanwhile on Bishop Street a solemn wreath-laying ceremony took place in front of the “W. R. Jacobs” stone.  The ceremony was synchronised with those taking place across the city.  Minister Alan Kelly officiated on behalf of the Government, and speaker Justice Peter Charlton, Chair of the National Archive, gave an account of the events and personalities surrounding events one hundred years ago in the Jacob’s factory and surrounding area.  Members of the Defence Forces formed the colour party and read the Proclamation.  This was followed by a Piper’s lament, and the National Anthem.

For those who were unable to attend, some of the talks have been recorded and will be available shortly on the DIT website.

View the photos from the day here.

Dr. Michael Mulvey, Director of Academic Affairs and Chair of the DIT 1916 Commemoration Committee

Harry and Pearce O’Hanrahan, sons of Michael O’Hanrahan, Jacob’s Garrison