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