Saturday 25 November 2017

Brendan O'Carroll explores uncles' role in 1916 Rising for BBC special

Brendan O'Carroll
Brendan O'Carroll

Eimear Rabbitt

Brendan O'Carroll is helping the BBC to celebrate the centenary of the 1916 Rising.

The Mrs Brown's Boys creator has taken part in a BBC 2 film about his personal history with the events of Easter week, 1916.

Three of O'Carroll's uncles were rebels involved in the Rising and the film is being described as "an ancestral journey through the history of the events of 1916".

O'Carroll, who is currently on tour with his hit comedy stage show in Australia, said he is looking forward to learning more about his family's involvement in the historic events.

"My relationship with the 1916 Rising is personal," he said.

"Three of the rebels who held Dublin city that week were my uncles.

"I knew about the Rising and learned about it, but never knew anything about my family's part in it.

"So, on the 100th anniversary, I'm going to retrace my uncles' steps and in doing so tell you the story of 1916," he added.

O'Carroll's story is just one in a number of projects planned by the BBC to celebrate the centenary, which falls later this month.

Journalist Michael Portillo will also tell the story from 'The Enemy Files', while Bob Geldof will reflect on the events in Ireland and the impact they had on the works of poet WB Yeats in the once-off documentary, He's So Modern.

Commemoration projects are also planned for BBC Northern Ireland, BBC Wales, BBC Radio 4 and Radio 3.

Historians Heather Jones and Diarmaid Ferriter will tell the story of the Easter Rising, as well as exploring the key landmarks in Anglo-Irish relations over the subsequent century.

"The events of 1916 in Ireland had an immense impact on Anglo-Irish relations," said Martin Davidson, head of commissioning for history and business.

"BBC audiences will be able to tap into a variety of programming that sheds a light on the lasting influence of the rebellion that took place whilst the rest of the country was distracted with World War One," he said.


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