Sunday 16 June 2019

She doesn't look a day over 100 - Watch Miriam O'Callaghan's time travelling makeover back to 1915

Keelin Shanley (left) and Miriam O'Callaghan in Dublin's Wynne Hotel to launch RTÉ's Road to the Rising. Photo: Ray McManus
Keelin Shanley (left) and Miriam O'Callaghan in Dublin's Wynne Hotel to launch RTÉ's Road to the Rising. Photo: Ray McManus
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With the aid of hair, makeup and costume, RTE star Miriam O'Callaghan is fully "stepping into history" to commemorate Easter Monday.

The makeover was carried out in conjunction with 'Road to the Rising', a day-long event on Monday, April 6th which hopes to recreate the sounds and sights of Ireland in 1915.

Mum-of-eight Miriam promised that this free event will offer something that the whole family can enjoy.

The event was dreamed up by RTÉ, An Post, Dublin City Council, the Department of the Arts, and the National Library, to transport people back to 1915.

Read more: Living history: RTÉ stars to help us take step back in time

Sean Rocks at the launch of RTE's Road to the Rising at Wynne's Hotel in Dublin. Photo: Ray McManus
Sean Rocks at the launch of RTE's Road to the Rising at Wynne's Hotel in Dublin. Photo: Ray McManus

On Easter Monday, the whole street will be closed off; an ornate vintage carousel will spin, two lovebirds will tie the knot trussed up in period garb, an oversized gramophone will blare music hall standards and a hot air balloon will float 80 foot above the GPO - weather permitting.

"We want people to engage and connect with the rich history surrounding them," head of arts and cultural strategy at RTÉ, Lorelei Harris, explained.

Keelin Shanley (left) and Miriam O'Callaghan in Dublin's Wynne Hotel to launch RTÉ's Road to the Rising. Photo: Ray McManus
Keelin Shanley (left) and Miriam O'Callaghan in Dublin's Wynne Hotel to launch RTÉ's Road to the Rising. Photo: Ray McManus

"To bring that world and that era to life so people can understand the mood and the energy engulfing this defining period of history."

A tented village will explore popular professions and clothing styles of the time; Louis Copeland will showcase some perfectly cut Edwardian suits; John Shevlin will discuss the importance of a top-notch top hat and Conor McAlister will coif and trim gents locks into rakish hairdos and neatly trimmed beards.

Back row, from left, Sean Rocks, David McCullagh, Rick O'Shea, front row, Keelin Shanley, Aine Scully (9), Miriam O'Callaghan and John Scully (7). Photo: Ray McManus
Back row, from left, Sean Rocks, David McCullagh, Rick O'Shea, front row, Keelin Shanley, Aine Scully (9), Miriam O'Callaghan and John Scully (7). Photo: Ray McManus

Organisers are also asking members of the public to bring family heirlooms to the GPO to add to the archival tapestry of 1916.

More than 60 lectures, talks and panel discussions on a variety of topics will take place on the Abbey stage. These include seminars on 'Law and Order', 'Women in 1915' and 'Family Memories of Volunteers'.

Aine Scully (9) and John Scully (7) from Croghan, Co Offaly, at the launch of RTE's 'Road to the Rising' at Wynne's Hotel in Dublin. Photo: RayMcManus
Aine Scully (9) and John Scully (7) from Croghan, Co Offaly, at the launch of RTE's 'Road to the Rising' at Wynne's Hotel in Dublin. Photo: RayMcManus

Guided walking tours will depart from the Jim Larkin statue every half-hour from 11.30am. Innovative theatre company Anu Productions will present gripping promenade show 'Yellow' and some of the country's best-known musicians will perform to an ornate Edwardian music stage, manned by a suited and booted Louis Lovett.

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