Friday 30 September 2016

'Biggest event since the Pope' - RTE's Reflecting the Rising proves a hit in the capital

Published 30/03/2016 | 15:04

Crowd at the Easter Sunday Commemoration Ceremony and Parade from O’Connell Bridge, Dublin. Picture: Maxwells
Crowd at the Easter Sunday Commemoration Ceremony and Parade from O’Connell Bridge, Dublin. Picture: Maxwells
Pictured on main stage Bord Gáis Energy Theatre was act titled 'Protesting' performered by ; Song The Minstrel Boy ; Composer Thomas Moore ; Singer Jack Lukeman ; Orchestration Joe Csibi & Ewan Cowley. at the Picture Andres Poveda Photography
RTE Radio Presenter Joe Duffy performs an outside broadcast on O’Connell Street, as part of the RTÉ Reflecting the Rising (in partnership with Ireland 2016) celebrations on Easter Monday

Around 700,000 people flooded into the capital on Monday to attend the largest cultural event since the Pope visited nearly 40 years ago.

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RTE's 'Reflecting the Rising' staged over 300 free events on Monday to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising.

Billed as the biggest public history event ever staged in the state RTÉ Reflecting the Rising did not disappoint.

In terms of numbers it is topped only by the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1979 which attracted one million people to the Phoenix Park.

The national broadcaster has revealed that a further 500,000 were in the city on Sunday for a huge military parade through the streets.

The national broadcaster offered hundreds of talks as well as debates, music, theatre, films, walking tours and multi-media displays that explored the events of Easter Week and its aftermath as well as life at the time and the ensuing 100 years.

Pictured on main stage Bord Gáis Energy Theatre was act titled 'Protesting' performered by ; Song The Minstrel Boy ; Composer Thomas Moore ; Singer Jack Lukeman ; Orchestration Joe Csibi & Ewan Cowley. at the Picture Andres Poveda Photography
Pictured on main stage Bord Gáis Energy Theatre was act titled 'Protesting' performered by ; Song The Minstrel Boy ; Composer Thomas Moore ; Singer Jack Lukeman ; Orchestration Joe Csibi & Ewan Cowley. at the Picture Andres Poveda Photography

The day culminated with the spectacular stage show Centenary at the Bord Gais Energy theatre.

Some of Ireland’s best known singers, musicians and performers including Imelda May, Jack Lukeman, Gavin James and Colm Wilkinson came together for the special one-off cultural celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising. 

Centenary had a cast of over 600 performers including 21 choirs, 18 dancers, 6 aerial dancers and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra featuring original music composed by Joe Csibi.

The programme attracted an audience of 491,000 viewers on RTÉ One representing 35% of the available audience.

To date, there have been 29,700 streams (live and on demand) of Centenary on RTÉ Player- 61% of streams from domestic audiences and 39% from international audiences.

Glen Killane, Project Lead, RTÉ 1916 and Managing Director of RTÉ Television said: "The weekend's output was produced by staff across RTÉ in collaboration with the independent production sector, Ireland 2016 and arts and cultural organisations throughout the country."

Jayden Smith (5) from Crumlin at the Easter Sunday 1916 Commemorations in Dublin. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Sheila O’Leary (94) from Clontarf, whose father Thomas Byrne fought in the GPO in 1916, pictured with his medals, on O’Connell Street, Dublin awaiting the 1916 Centenary Parade. Picture: Maxwells
The guard of honour from the 28th Infantry Battalion from Donegal before the wreath laying ceremony in The Garden of Remebrance on Saturday. Photo: Tony Gavin
Sabina Higgins, wife of president Michael D Higgins places a wreath at the graveside of Countess Constance Markievicz during a ceremony on Saturday. Photo: Tony Gavin
Nial Ring. Photo: Tony Gavin
Finna Fail leader Micheal Martin was at the wreath laying ceremony in The Garden of Remebrance on Saturday. Photo: Tony Gavin
Rupert Flood with his daughter Aoife, wife Roisin, father Tony and mother in law Ruth. Roisin's great grandfather was James Connolly. Photo: Tony Gavin
President Michael D Higgins arrives to inspect a guard of honour from the 28th Infantry Battalion from Donegal before the wreath laying ceremony in The Garden of Remebrance on Saturday. Photo: Tony Gavin
President Michael D Higgins inspects the guard of honour from the 28th Infantry Battalion from Donegal before the wreath laying ceremony in The Garden of Remembrance on Saturday. Photo: Tony Gavin
Members of the Defence Forces pictured at the Easter Sunday Commemoration Parade on Dame Street, Dublin. Picture: Maxwells
Grace Nic Mhathuna (6) from Dublin on O’Connell Street, Dublin awaiting the 1916 Centenary Parade. Picture: Maxwells
Sheila O’Leary (94) from Clontarf, whose father Thomas Byrne fought in the GPO in 1916, pictured with his medals, on O’Connell Street, Dublin awaiting the 1916 Centenary Parade. Picture: Maxwells
Acting Minister for Defence Simon Coveney and Members of the Defence Forces at the Easter Sunday Commemoration Ceremony at the GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin. Picture: Maxwells
Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Easter Sunday Wreath-laying ceremony in Kilmanham Gaol. The ceremony took place in the Breakers Yard on the site where the 1916 leaders were executed. Picture: Maxwells
President Michael D. Higgins laying a wreath at the Easter Sunday Wreath-laying ceremony in Kilmanham Gaol. Picture: Maxwells
Acting Tanaiste Joan Burton at the Easter Sunday Wreath-laying ceremony in Kilmanham Gaol. Picture: Maxwells
Ms. Moira Schlindwein (nee Reid) whose father fought in 1916 in the GPO, pictured awaiting the parade at the GPO, O’Connell Street. Picture: Maxwells
People watch the centenary Easter Rising Parade at Cuffe Street in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Members of the Defence forces pictured during the centenary Easter Rising Parade at Cuffe Street in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
A reflection of the GPO in a spectators glasses on O’Connell Street, Dublin awaiting the 1916 Centenary Parade. Picture: Maxwells
Chief Superintendent Frank Clerkin (left) and Assistant Commissioner Jack Nolan (right) are 'photobombed' at the Easter Sunday Commemoration Parade. Photo @GardaTraffic
Aerial shot of the 1916 Centenery Parade from Westmoreland Street onto O'Connell Bridge Picture issued by the Defence Forces Images taken from roof of the Blood Bank on D'Olier Street
Aerial shot of the 1916 Centenery Parade from Westmoreland Street onto O'Connell Bridge Picture issued by the Defence Forces Images taken from roof of the Blood Bank on D'Olier Street
Aerial shot of the 1916 Centenery Parade from Westmoreland Street onto O'Connell Bridge Picture issued by the Defence Forces Images taken from roof of the Blood Bank on D'Olier Street
Aerial shot of the 1916 Centenery Parade from Westmoreland Street onto O'Connell Bridge Picture issued by the Defence Forces Images taken from roof of the Blood Bank on D'Olier Street
The flyover on O'Connell Street for 1916 Centenery parade Picture issued by the Defence Forces Photos taken from Cassidy's Hotel
Aerial shot of the 1916 Centenery Parade from Westmoreland Street onto O'Connell Bridge Picture issued by the Defence Forces Images taken from roof of the Blood Bank on D'Olier Street
Aerial shot of the 1916 Centenery Parade from Westmoreland Street onto O'Connell Bridge Picture issued by the Defence Forces Images taken from roof of the Blood Bank on D'Olier Street
Aerial shot of the 1916 Centenery Parade from Westmoreland Street onto O'Connell Bridge Picture issued by the Defence Forces Images taken from roof of the Blood Bank on D'Olier Street
The flyover on O'Connell Street for 1916 Centenery parade Picture issued by the Defence Forces Photos taken from Cassidy's Hotel
The flyover on O'Connell Street for 1916 Centenery parade Picture issued by the Defence Forces Photos taken from Cassidy's Hotel
Aerial shot of the 1916 Centenery Parade from Westmoreland Street onto O'Connell Bridge Picture issued by the Defence Forces Images taken from roof of the Blood Bank on D'Olier Street
Aerial shot of the 1916 Centenery Parade from Westmoreland Street onto O'Connell Bridge Picture issued by the Defence Forces Images taken from roof of the Blood Bank on D'Olier Street
Aerial shot of the 1916 Centenery Parade from Westmoreland Street onto O'Connell Bridge Picture issued by the Defence Forces Images taken from roof of the Blood Bank on D'Olier Street
Aerial shot of the 1916 Centenery Parade from Westmoreland Street onto O'Connell Bridge Picture issued by the Defence Forces Images taken from roof of the Blood Bank on D'Olier Street
The flyover on O'Connell Street for 1916 Centenery parade Picture issued by the Defence Forces Photos taken from Cassidy's Hotel
The 1916 Centenery Parade passing by the Garden of Remembrance. Pictures issued by the Defence Forces Pic taken from Cassidy's Hotel
The flyover on O'Connell Street for 1916 Centenery parade Picture issued by the Defence Forces Photos taken from Cassidy's Hotel
Aerial shot of the 1916 Centenery Parade from Westmoreland Street onto O'Connell Bridge Picture issued by the Defence Forces Images taken from roof of the Blood Bank on D'Olier Street
Garda Mounted Unit prepare for Easter Sunday Commemoration Parade. Photo @GardaTraffic
Flyover at the Easter Sunday Commemoration Ceremony and Parade from O’Connell Bridge, Dublin. Photo: Maxwells
Flyover at the Easter Sunday Commemoration Ceremony and Parade from O’Connell Bridge, Dublin. Picture: Maxwells
Easter Sunday Commemoration Ceremony and Parade from O’Connell Bridge, Dublin. Picture: Maxwells
Easter Sunday Commemoration Ceremony and Parade from O’Connell Bridge, Dublin. Picture: Maxwells
Crowd at the Easter Sunday Commemoration Ceremony and Parade from O’Connell Bridge, Dublin. Picture: Maxwells
Easter Sunday Commemoration Ceremony and Parade from O’Connell Bridge, Dublin. Picture: Maxwells
Easter Sunday Commemoration Ceremony and Parade at the GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin. Picture: Maxwells
Taoiseach Enda Kenny pictured this afternoon on O'Connell Street for the Easter Rising 1916 Centenary Commemoration. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Peter Kelleher reads the Proclamation pictured this afternoon on O'Connell Street for the Easter Rising 1916 Centenary Commemoration. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
President Michael D Higgins pictured this afternoon on O'Connell Street for the Easter Rising 1916 Centenary Commemoration. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
President Michael D Higgins lays a wreath pictured this afternoon on O'Connell Street for the Easter Rising 1916 Centenary Commemoration. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
People watch the centenary Easter Rising Parade at Cuffe Street in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Members of the Defence Forces file past the GPO pictured this afternoon on O'Connell Street for the Easter Rising 1916 Centenary Commemoration. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Members of the Defence Forces file past the GPO pictured this afternoon on O'Connell Street for the Easter Rising 1916 Centenary Commemoration. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Members of the Defence Forces file past the GPO pictured this afternoon on O'Connell Street for the Easter Rising 1916 Centenary Commemoration. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Watching the parade pictured this afternoon on O'Connell Street for the Easter Rising 1916 Centenary Commemoration. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Scenes at as thousands attended military parade in Dublin. Some to line streets of capital for Easter Rising commemorations. Pic Stephen Collins/Colllins Photos
Joan Bates and her daughter Barbara, from Kilbarrack, Dublin, enjoy the parade. 1916 Rising 100th Anniversary parade. O'Connell Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Members of the Army Ranger Wing pictured this afternoon on O'Connell Street for the Easter Rising 1916 Centenary Commemoration. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

He continued: "RTÉ is also proud that our coverage of the official state ceremonies was carried by broadcasters at home and abroad, ensuring that they could be enjoyed by the widest possible audience and showcasing our country from the US to China."

In total over three million tuned into RTE television over the Bank Holiday weekend.

A garda spokesman said: "A large policing plan was put in operation for the 1916 Easter Rising Commemorations. As you can appreciate we won’t be going into detail for security and operational reasons.

"However the Garda operation was supported by the Air Support Unit, the dog unit and  other National Support units and Gardaí at District level.

"This weekend’s event was attended by a large number of people and from a policing perspective was very successful without any incident of note."

A spokesperson for RTE said: "RTÉ Reflecting the Rising in partnership with Ireland 2016 created an event which was ambitious in both scale and vision, delivering a diverse programme of activities and cultural experiences across the city, and we are delighted that so many people shared the day with us."

"All ages and generations came out to celebrate and remember together, and thousands more joined us both at home and abroad on our broadcast services throughout the day."

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