Hidden For 50 Years




A recruiting tool for the IRA, they said.

It wouldn’t be shown again.

They were wrong.

Tara O’Brien writes:

For the first time since its original broadcast in 1966, RTÉ is to screen the 8-part drama Insurrection over consecutive nights beginning on RTÉ One from Friday 18 March.

Originally produced and broadcast by RTÉ as part of the 1966 commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rebellion 1916, Insurrection was set in the style of a special TV News report depicting the events of the Rising as they unfolded day-by-day.

With a stellar Irish cast including Ray McAnally (top) as the studio presenter and such luminaries of stage and screen as Anna Manahan, Jim Norton, Ronnie Walsh and Kathleen Watkins with legendary Abbey actor Eoin O’Suilleabhain as Padraig Pearse, Insurrection was written by Hugh Leonard and produced and directed by Louis Lentin and Michael Garvey.

Related: Scenes From Insurrection (1966) (ComeHereToMe)

16 thoughts on “Hidden For 50 Years

        1. dav

          I know, my comment was more directed to rotide’s assertion that the programme was not hidden. For an unhidden programme it hasn’t seen the light of day much now has it?? There was little to no reference to it in reeling in the years, which we can all agree is the most comprehensive show for all old rte crap.

  1. Joxer

    deadly…was hoping they would show this…. will be interesting to see how it compares to the recent RTE drama on the risiing…. i actually have forgotten what it was called.

  2. Graeme

    Nice one, it’s been shown a few times recently but haven’t been able to make the showings despite really wanting to see it. Hope it lives up to the reputation now.

  3. Truth in the News

    RTE have spent the last 50 years trying to supress and avoid mention of 1916
    and censor any music or song associated with Irish Freedom or the Rebellion
    The time has come to clear them out too, just what the 1916 Irish Volunteers
    set about, as well as an economic revolution we need a cultural one too.

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