Friday 28 October 2016

Liam Neeson is the voice of Rising TV series

Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson is set to lend his soothing tones to a new TV series to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising.

Neeson (62), who previously played Michael Collins, will narrate the documentary series which will be produced by the University of Notre Dame's Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies.

The three episode series, called 1916: The Irish Rebellion, will be directed by award-winning Irish documentary maker Pat Collins and written by Professor of Irish Studies at Notre Dame, Briona Nic Dhiarmada.

The series will air on RTE, BBC, American Public Television (APT) and other channels around the world next year.

According to Notre Dame, the films will "follow a chronological narrative while presenting the historical, political and cultural events of the uprising and the new and lasting relationships among the United States, Ireland and Britain that it brought about".

A 70-minute film version of the series will be screened by Irish embassies worldwide during the centenary celebrations as part of the Government's outreach to the 70 million people of the Irish diaspora.


This is not the first time the Ballymena-born star has narrated a video about Ireland.

Last month he did a voiceover for a global ad for Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day.

While the television series might not be out until next year, there are historical events taking place this weekend.

If you wander down O'Connell Street on Easter Monday you will be transported back in time to 1915 thanks to RTE's event, The Road to the Rising.

RTE, An Post, Dublin City Council and the National Library have teamed up to create an immersive day-long event that aims to recreate the sounds and sights of 1900s Ireland.

For one day, the entire street will be closed off.

An ornate vintage carousel will spin, an oversized gramophone will blare music hall standards and a hot air balloon will float 80 feet above the GPO.

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


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