Sunday 22 January 2017

The verdict is in on Pádraig Pearse in TV3's 'Trial of the Century'

Published 02/05/2016 | 22:00

Pictured in Green Street Courthouse, Tom Vaughan Lawlor stars as Padraig Pearse in TV3s new 1916 commemorative three-part series Trial of the Century.
Pictured in Green Street Courthouse, Tom Vaughan Lawlor stars as Padraig Pearse in TV3s new 1916 commemorative three-part series Trial of the Century.
Pat Kenny, foreman of the jury, pictured with jury in The Lir Theatre, in TV3s new 1916 commemorative three-part series Trial of the Century. Jury L-R: Back: Damien Dempsey, Patrick Geoghegan, Una Mullaly, Eleanor Tiernan, Colm O'Gorman, Lynn Ruane , Oisin McConville and Nick Leeson. L-R Front: Michael Nugent, Emma Dabiri, Pat Kenny & Justine McCarthy. Produced by Loosehorse Television and Treasure Entertainment for TV3, Trial of the Century is a provocative and entertaining take on historical storytelling, as Padraig Pearse - the leader of the 1916 rebellion - is put in the dock. In a trial that he was never afforded in real life, Pearse (played by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) must defend the actions that changed the course of Irish history. In the first episode, the British prosecution presents its case against the Risings leader. At a time when home rule was imminent and World War I was raging, was it justifiable to stand over so many deaths as the capital city burnt to the ground? In the second installment, Pearse mounts a robust defence of the Rising, reaching into a long history of British oppression in an attempt to prove that it is legitimate to overthrow a tyrannical regime with force. In the third and final programme, the viewers will eavesdrop on the real time deliberations of an assembled contemporary jury who have the responsibility to convict or acquit Irelands iconic patriot. The jury in the programme will be made up of both well-known public figures and ordinary Irish citizens, representing all shades and flavours of Irish life. Other well-known names that feature in the three-part special include Mark Huberman as George Gavan Duffy, Andrew Bennett as lead prosecutor Sebastian Banks, Aoibhinn McGinnity as mum Catherine Foster, Denis Conway as Pearses senior counsel and Anthony Brophy as Eoin MacNeill. Trial of the Century will air on TV3 over three consecutive nights Saturday 30th April, Sunday 1st May and

The third and final installment of TV3’s Trial of the Century saw an eclectic mix of 12 jurors, chaired by broadcaster Pat Kenny, all give their verdict on whether or not they would have found Pádraig Pearse guilty of treason, had he been afforded a trial in real life.

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In Monday night’s episode viewers got to eavesdrop on the real-time deliberations of the assembled contemporary jury drawn from diverse walks of Irish life.

The jury was made up of both well-known public figures and ‘ordinary’ Irish citizens, representing all shades and flavours of Irish life.

Chaired by broadcaster Pat Kenny, some of those on the jury included singer Damien Dempsey, former All Ireland star Oisín McConville, Human Rights campaigner Colm O’Gorman and comedian Eleanor Tiernan.

Pat Kenny, foreman of the jury, pictured with jury in The Lir Theatre, in TV3s new 1916 commemorative three-part series Trial of the Century. Jury L-R: Back: Damien Dempsey, Patrick Geoghegan, Una Mullaly, Eleanor Tiernan, Colm O'Gorman, Lynn Ruane , Oisin McConville and Nick Leeson.
L-R Front: Michael Nugent, Emma Dabiri, Pat Kenny & Justine McCarthy.
Produced by Loosehorse Television and Treasure Entertainment for TV3, Trial of the Century is a provocative and entertaining take on historical storytelling, as Padraig Pearse - the leader of the 1916 rebellion - is put in the dock. In a trial that he was never afforded in real life, Pearse (played by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) must defend the actions that changed the course of Irish history.
In the first episode, the British prosecution presents its case against the Risings leader. At a time when home rule was imminent and World War I was raging, was it justifiable to stand over so many deaths as the capital city burnt to the ground?
In the second installment, Pearse mounts a robust defence of the Rising, reaching into a long history of British oppression in an attempt to prove that it is legitimate to overthrow a tyrannical regime with force.
In the third and final programme, the viewers will eavesdrop on the real time deliberations of an assembled contemporary jury who have the responsibility to convict or acquit Irelands iconic patriot. The jury in the programme will be made up of both well-known public figures and ordinary Irish citizens, representing all shades and flavours of Irish life.
Other well-known names that feature in the three-part special include Mark Huberman as George Gavan Duffy, Andrew Bennett as lead prosecutor Sebastian Banks, Aoibhinn McGinnity as mum Catherine Foster, Denis Conway as Pearses senior counsel and Anthony Brophy as Eoin MacNeill.
Trial of the Century will air on TV3 over three consecutive nights Saturday 30th April, Sunday 1st May and
Pat Kenny, foreman of the jury, pictured with jury in The Lir Theatre, in TV3s new 1916 commemorative three-part series Trial of the Century. Jury L-R: Back: Damien Dempsey, Patrick Geoghegan, Una Mullaly, Eleanor Tiernan, Colm O'Gorman, Lynn Ruane , Oisin McConville and Nick Leeson. L-R Front: Michael Nugent, Emma Dabiri, Pat Kenny & Justine McCarthy. Produced by Loosehorse Television and Treasure Entertainment for TV3, Trial of the Century is a provocative and entertaining take on historical storytelling, as Padraig Pearse - the leader of the 1916 rebellion - is put in the dock. In a trial that he was never afforded in real life, Pearse (played by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) must defend the actions that changed the course of Irish history. In the first episode, the British prosecution presents its case against the Risings leader. At a time when home rule was imminent and World War I was raging, was it justifiable to stand over so many deaths as the capital city burnt to the ground? In the second installment, Pearse mounts a robust defence of the Rising, reaching into a long history of British oppression in an attempt to prove that it is legitimate to overthrow a tyrannical regime with force. In the third and final programme, the viewers will eavesdrop on the real time deliberations of an assembled contemporary jury who have the responsibility to convict or acquit Irelands iconic patriot. The jury in the programme will be made up of both well-known public figures and ordinary Irish citizens, representing all shades and flavours of Irish life. Other well-known names that feature in the three-part special include Mark Huberman as George Gavan Duffy, Andrew Bennett as lead prosecutor Sebastian Banks, Aoibhinn McGinnity as mum Catherine Foster, Denis Conway as Pearses senior counsel and Anthony Brophy as Eoin MacNeill. Trial of the Century will air on TV3 over three consecutive nights Saturday 30th April, Sunday 1st May and

The case sparked plenty of debate amongst the jurors but in the end the majority of those at the table felt that Pearse (played by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) should receive a not guilty verdict.

The result, by secret ballot, was nine votes in favour of finding Pearse NOT GUILTY, and three votes in favour of finding him GUILTY.

The deliberations followed the first and second episode of the three part drama which aired on Saturday and Sunday night in which viewers saw the prosecution present their case and Pearse’s team mount a robust defence.

Produced by Loosehorse Television and Treasure Entertainment for TV3, the first two episodes of Trial of the Century were shot in Green Street Courthouse in Smithfield.

The court was the venue of several noted trials such as those of Wolfe Tone and Robert Emmet in 1803, John Mitchel in 1848 and other Fenian leaders.

It was extensively used during the troubles from 1970 to 1990s as the home of the Special Criminal Court. The third and final episode was shot in The Lir Theatre on Pearse Street.

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