Hollywood actor Liam Neeson has provided the narration for a three part documentary about the Easter Rising.
2016 marks the 100 year anniversary of the Rising, and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame has collaborated with will several universities around the world to take a closer look at the event.
To get an international star like Neeson to take part is a real coup for the project and should guarantee boosted media interest.
The Ulsterman is well aware of the significance of the Rising in Irish history. Earlier in his career, he played Michael Collins in a film about the later stages of the nationalist leader’s life.
The documentary is being produced in Dublin with the help of students from America. It will be broadcast next year on RTÉ in Ireland, the BBC in the UK, PBS in the US as well as various other countries.
The film will be broken down into two formats; three one hour documentaries and also a condensed 80 minute film.
Irish historian Bríona Nic Dhiarmada is the creative force behind the project. She believes that the attitude and influence of Irish America played a vital role in the Rising. She said: “After interviewing 35 top historians they all said ‘the seabed of 1916 was in the US’. Padraig Pearse found his revolutionary voice in the US.”
Nic Dhiarmada now lives and works in America and is thrilled to have the opportunity to tell the story of the Rising. She said: “This was a pivotal event in world history. It was a very small event in one sense but it was a tiny pebble in a vast sea and it had huge consequences and very far reaching consequences.”
One of the students to have worked on the project is American Katie Brennan. She said: “I’m thrilled to be part of this project and to be in Dublin, it’s an amazing opportunity.”
Below is a video trailer for the documentary.
Here is a lecture from Nic Dhiarmada about the project.
Here is some behind the scenes fottage from the production of the video.
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