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Saturday 26 May 2018

Dundalk film-maker to capture 1916 stories

Marcus Howard
Marcus Howard

An independent film-maker from Dundalk is capturing the stories of relatives whose ancestors were involved in the 1916 Rising as plans to commemorate the centenary move up a gear.

Marcus Howard, a multimedia and business teacher at O Fiaich College, and himself a descendent of one of the men who mobilised in Louth, has been putting together professionally produced videos where relatives recount their stories. Mr Howard has set up a YouTube channel called 'Easter Rising Stories' and has already recorded three documentaries about the battle to keep Moore Street, where the Irish Volunteers made their last stand.

And earlier this week, he added his latest film - a documentary about Irish nurse and Cumann na mBan member who was at the pivotal moments as the Rising came to the end. Her remarkable story was told to the Dundalk man by her grand-niece, Donna Cooney.

His interest in the events of 1916 was piqued when he heard how there were plans to destroy the buildings on Moore Street to turn them into a shopping centre. He made three films about it and met some of the 1916 relatives there.

Mr Howard said: 'I also have a relative, Arthur Greene, who participated in the 1916 struggle in Tyrellstown. He was my great great granduncle and a Sergeant Major in the Irish Volunteers in Dundalk. He lived in Mary Street North all his life'.

The teacher met Padraig Agnew from Dundalk at the national 1916 relatives meeting and Padraig has helped establish a Facebook page called Dundalk 1916 Relatives Association'.

Mr Howard said: 'I am recording a documentary about those in Dundalk who mobilised in 1916. I believe it is important to record family memories of the relatives for future generations. The greatest challenge was to do justice to the subject. I found the human details fascinating because they made this turbulent period of our history spring to life'. You can contact Mr Howard at easterrisingstories@gmail.com.

Irish Independent

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