Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Times – 1916 Through The Eyes of Ordinary Citizens
In 2016 the whole country was swept up in the commemorative events marking the centenary of the 1916 Rising. This event, at the Kildare Reader’s Festival, brings together a writer and an artist who have chosen to tell the stories of the ordinary citizens who lost their lives during that conflict in their own unique way, Joe Duffy and Ciara O’Keeffe.
Children of the Rising: The Untold Story of the Young Lives Lost During Easter 1916
Joe Duffy’s book Children of the Rising: The Untold Story of the Young Lives Lost During Easter 1916 is the first ever account of the young lives violently lost during the week of the 1916 Rising: long-forgotten and never commemorated, until now. Boys, girls, rich, poor, Catholic, Protestant – no child was guaranteed immunity from the bullet and bomb that week, in a place where teeming tenement living existed side by side with immense wealth. Drawing on extensive original research, along with interviews with relatives, Joe Duffy creates a compelling picture of these forty lives lost. This gripping story honours the forgotten lives, largely buried in unmarked graves, of those young people who once called Dublin their home.
1916 Sackville Project
The 1916 Sackville Art Project created 262 individual beautifully crafted model houses, one for each civilian killed, built out of materials such as ceramics, wood, fabric and stone.
The 1916 Sackville Project was invited to preview their exhibition on O’Connell Street on Easter Monday as part of RTÉ’s Remembering the Rising. The full exhibition took place from April 8th to 24th at the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. A beautifully illustrated book was also compiled containing pictures of all the houses, along with details about the civilians, the artists and the thoughts behind each house. This project captured the hearts and imaginations of the Irish public. Over 25,000 people attended the exhibition and it was avidly reported by National media.
The 1916 Sackville Project is the brainchild of Ciara O’Keeffe, a ceramics artist living in Kildare. A voluntary committee was formed including Sharon Harris-Byrne, Maggie Owens, Eamonn Connell and Miriam Harding, and the 1916 Sackville Art Project began. The 262 civilians were named on a website (www.1916Sackvillestreet.com) and volunteers were sought to build the model houses.Schools, individuals, youth groups, prisons, historians, children and many different volunteers came forward and claimed their citizen. The project provided guidance and support but mostly the volunteers built a model home that was suitable and appropriate for their civilian.
Moore Street as a 1916 battlefield site
Helen Litton, historian and author is a member of the ‘Concerned Relatives of Signatories of the Proclamation’, which has been campaigning for the preservation of Moore Street as a 1916 battlefield site.
Biographical details of the guest speakers