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1916 celebration crowds were second only to Pope John Paul II's visit

Published 31/03/2016 | 07:30

Áine Leahy from Ovens at the Cork celebrations. Photo: Darragh Kane
Áine Leahy from Ovens at the Cork celebrations. Photo: Darragh Kane
Pictured on main stage Bord Gáis Energy Theatre was act titled 'Mise Éire' performered by ; Song Mise Éire, Lyrics Pádraig Pearse, Singer Sibéal Ní Chasaide Composed by Patrick Cassidy. Picture Andres Poveda Photography
'Mise Éire' performered by ; Song Mise Éire, Lyrics Pádraig Pearse, Singer Sibéal Ní Chasaide Composed by Patrick Cassidy. Picture Andres Poveda Photography

Up to 700,000 people came into the city on Easter Monday for the largest cultural event since John Paul II visited nearly 40 years ago.

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RTE's Reflecting the Rising was even more popular than the official centenary programme on Easter Sunday - which drew 500,000.

The city was taken over by street artists, talks, exhibitions and dancing as Dublin embraced the cultural element of the historic occasion.

A spokesperson for RTE said that the event was "ambitious in both scale and vision", delivering a diverse programme of activities and cultural experiences across the city.

Pictured on main stage Bord Gáis Energy Theatre was act titled 'Mise Éire' performered by ; Song Mise Éire, Lyrics Pádraig Pearse, Singer Sibéal Ní Chasaide Composed by Patrick Cassidy. Picture Andres Poveda Photography
Pictured on main stage Bord Gáis Energy Theatre was act titled 'Mise Éire' performered by ; Song Mise Éire, Lyrics Pádraig Pearse, Singer Sibéal Ní Chasaide Composed by Patrick Cassidy. Picture Andres Poveda Photography

The day culminated with the spectacular Centenary show at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, featuring stars like Danny O'Reilly and Jack L.

However, even though the two-hour live show has been dubbed the "new Riverdance", RTE have no plans on cashing in on the success.

'Mise Éire' performered by ; Song Mise Éire, Lyrics Pádraig Pearse, Singer Sibéal Ní Chasaide Composed by Patrick Cassidy. Picture Andres Poveda Photography
'Mise Éire' performered by ; Song Mise Éire, Lyrics Pádraig Pearse, Singer Sibéal Ní Chasaide Composed by Patrick Cassidy. Picture Andres Poveda Photography

The national broadcaster has confirmed that it has no plans at present to bring out a commemorative DVD.

However, they said that it was something they may look at further down the line.

"There are no immediate plans to release a DVD of Centenary," a spokeswoman told the Herald. "However RTE are always reviewing possible projects for DVD release."

Just under 500,000 viewers tuned in to watch the live broadcast on Easter Monday.

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