Part one of a ten part documentary by TG4 on the 1916 Easter Rising
The first video introduces us to some of the key figures in the Easter Rising. It starts on the morning of Easter Sunday, 23 April 1916. It shows seven men sat around a table at Liberty Hall Dublin. These are the men who signed the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.
They were Thomas J Clarke, Seán Mac Diarmada, Thomas MacDonagh, Patrick Pearse, Éamonn Ceannt, James Connolly and Joseph Plunkett.
The narrator says that they knew they were committing themselves to a bloody rebellion and in all likelihood were signing their own death warrants.
They were prepared to fight for what they believed was right and die for their common goal. These men changed the course of Ireland’s history. Their deaths set the country on the road to freedom.
The video tells us the story how the seven men met and how ultimately they came to be in that room, signing the Proclamation, on Easter Sunday.
Driving force behind the Rising
Part one of the video is, for the main part, told from the point of view of Thomas J Clarke, the oldest of the Rising leaders, and the man thought by many to have been the main driving force behind the Rising.
It follows the events of the week of the Rising up until the leaders finally surrendered, the following Saturday.
Take a look at the first video below.
Part two of the documentary looks at the role of James Connolly in the Easter Rising.