How to watch 1916 Centenary celebrations from outside Ireland
If you’re living abroad and yearning to be in Ireland for the 1916 Centenary celebrations you’ll be glad to hear that the RTÉ Player is offering free streams of the main State Commemorative Events and other celebratory events taking place across the Easter Weekend.
We’ve been bracing ourselves for the coming binge on 1916 historical television and documentaries and we’re not going to be disappointed. For those living out of Ireland, it seems like everyone at home is gearing up for a momentous event, one that resonates with us all, but you haven’t been invited. Well you are now.
The Commemorative events will be streamed on RTÉ Player and RTÉ Player International. A 1916 Hub has also been created , which features a curated collection of 1916 related documentaries, news coverage, debate and analysis which are accessible to audiences worldwide for free. Highlights include;
• Seven Women (available now) is a fascinating documentary presented by acclaimed Irish actress Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter, The Butcher Boy) that focuses on the women who were at the heart of the Easter Rising.
• Joe Duffy’s Children of the Revolution (available Easter Weekend) uncovers the untold stories of the 38 children killed in the Easter Rebellion.
• Life Before the Rising (available now) presented by historian Catriona Crowe of the National Archives, explores what was happening in the lives of Irish people from the growing catholic middle classes to the tenement dwellers, in the months and years leading up to the Rising.
• Inside the GPO (available now) takes a behind the scenes look at Ireland’s busiest post office, best known as the headquarters of the 1916 Rising.
• Ireland’s Rising (available now), a new four part series which sees Anne Doyle, Ryan Tubridy, Jim McGuinness and Fiona Shaw return to their home or ancestral county to explore its connections with 1916 and discover how each county is planning to commemorate the centenary.
• In A Terrible Beauty – Culture and Revolution in Ireland (available now), Professor Declan Kiberd looks at the role that artists and cultural leaders had in reinventing Ireland in the late Nineteenth Century, and asks whether the cultural revival really was the spark that ignited the flame of revolution.
• Nationwide’s special series of 1916 programmes including three one hour documentaries to mark the centenary. The first of the special documentaries sees guest presenter Bryan Dobson tell the story of "reluctant" Rising Leader Michael Mallin which features a moving interview with his son, Fr Joseph Mallin, who now aged 102 years is the only surviving child of the 1916 leaders.
Immerse yourself in the RTÉ 1916 offering on RTÉ Player.
iOS viewers worldwide: Get the Player International App
Android viewers: Get the App on the Google Play
Desktop viewers: Watch on Desktop
International audiences can also keep up to date with news related to the 1916 Centenary across RTÉ’s news platforms; RTÉ.ie and the RTÉ News Now app and through RTÉ’s social media accounts, including; @RTE @RTEPlayerInt and using #rte1916.