Thursday 29 September 2016

Passengers are invited to 'ride the revolution' on journey back to 1916

Ciara Treacy

Published 19/02/2016 | 02:30

Actors Colm Lennon and Amy Flood on the ‘Rise of the Rebels’ bus tour. Photo: Paul Sherwood
Actors Colm Lennon and Amy Flood on the ‘Rise of the Rebels’ bus tour. Photo: Paul Sherwood

Seldom on a bus journey would passengers hear the morse code tappings of: "Whole country rising STOP Irish Republic declared today STOP".

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However, it is all part of the 1916 'Rise of the Rebels' bus tour, which allows the public to "ride the revolution".

Actors Colm Lennon and Amy Flood guide visitors through the real-life events of 100 years ago aboard the night tours, which are run by Hidden Dublin Walks.

They have taken testimonies of those involved in the Rising, as given to the Bureau of Military Archives, including accounts from Rosie Hackett, Maeve Cavanagh and Oscar Traynor.

They re-enact some of these eyewitness accounts on the custom-designed tour bus, which is fitted out as an under-siege base of revolutionary action.

Bullets

The first stop is at Dublin City Hall, where the first shots of the Rising were fired and the first fatality occurred.

The rebel group was led by Seán Connolly, one of Ireland's leading actors at that time. Passengers are told that he turned down a five-year acting contract "on the grounds that his country may need him".

It is in that battle that Connolly died as "bullets fell like rain" outside the gates of Dublin Castle.

The other stops are at GPO and Richmond Barracks.

The tour also emphasises that "despite what history books and cranky politicians might have told you", there were plenty of women involved in the Rising through Cumann na mBan.

The bus departs every night at 7.30pm outside College Green Tourist Office.

Tickets are €25.

Irish Independent

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