Monday 18 December 2017

RTÉ stars take their cues from 1916 style

RTÉ presenter Marty Morrissey. Picture credit: Ray McManus / Sportsfile
RTÉ presenter Marty Morrissey. Picture credit: Ray McManus / Sportsfile
Charlie O’Donovan (2) from Newbridge, Co Kildare, and Beth Healy (3) from Malahide, Co Dublin. Photo: Sportsfile
Ben O’Gorman, from Phibsboro, Dublin. Photo: Sportsfile
RTÉ presenter Bláthnáid Ní Chofaigh. Photo: Sportsfile
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

The famous faces of Montrose took a step back in time and donned vintage 1916 gear.

They were suited and booted in early 20th Century clothing to celebrate RTÉ's outdoor extravaganza 'Reflecting the Rising' in partnership with Ireland 2016.

The biggest public history and cultural event ever staged in Ireland, 'Reflecting the Rising' takes place on Easter Monday with free family events and performances around Dublin.

And the RTÉ talent enjoyed getting into character.

'Prime Time' host Miriam O'Callaghan looked very 'Downton Abbey' in a deep purple silk gown, bustle and corset.

"That bustle hides a multitude of sins," Miriam told the Irish Independent.

"I loved getting dressed up but I'm not sure I would look right in that dress doing the school run."


Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh gave Countess Markievicz a run for her money in a dark green uniform, while Sean O'Rourke looked very dapper in a pinstripe suit.

TV presenter Kathryn Thomas and sports guru Marty Morrissey also got dressed up.

Thomas squeezed herself into a corset.

"It certainly made me think twice about putting any food in my mouth. I could feel a pinch with every chew," she said.

To see more photographs from this selection, look inside our Centenary Programme Guide supplement free with tomorrow's Irish Independent.

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