Sunday 17 December 2017

Young actors ready to bring 1916 to life for Easter Sunday

Sarah Daly from Glasnevin during auditions for Amateur actors for 'The Road to the Rising' at RTE Radio centre, Dublin.
Sarah Daly from Glasnevin during auditions for Amateur actors for 'The Road to the Rising' at RTE Radio centre, Dublin.
Jack 7,Ciara 4, Olivia 9 Cullen all from Balgriffin

ONE of Dublin's most iconic streets will take a trip into the past this Easter Sunday as actors recreate the sights and sounds of the area from 1916.

Dressed head to toe in attire from 100 years ago, the actors will fill Dublin's O'Connell Street in a celebration that will mark the road to the 1916 centenary.

Last week RTE stars such as Miriamm O'Callaghan and Keelin Shanley dressed up in early 20th Century garb to promote the occasion.

Auditions for the highly-anticipated event began yesterday, with young actors from all over the country hoping to take part in the celebration.


Those hopefuls include Jack (7), Ciara (4) and Olivia (9) Cullen from Balgriffin, who hope to walk in the shoes of their ancestors. Brother and sister Luke (11) and Tess (9) O'Loughlin from Ranelagh also took part in the audition stage, which took place at the RTE Radio centre in Dublin.

Highlights of the occasion will include an Edwardian stage presentation of some of Ireland's best-known singers, musicians and bands that will perform music of the era. The event will see performances from Jack L, The High Kings, and the Rathmines & Rathgar Musical Society.

It also promises to have on-street displays, demonstrations and exhibitions, all reminiscent of events from Irish history.

Other sights will include a vintage carousel, an Edwardian wedding, and silent movies from the O'Kalem Film Company, provided courtesy of the Irish Film Institute, at the cinemobile, a horse-drawn hearse, a hot air balloon, a steam engine, and cars from the era.

Entitled RTE Road to the Rising, the project is a partnership of An Post, Dublin City Council and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke encouraged people to attend the event.

"I invite everyone who has an interest to join us on O'Connell Street on Easter Monday for what promises to be an enjoyable and memorable family day out as we look ahead to the Centenary one year from now," he said.


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