In 1916 Number 10/11 O’Connell Street was the location of Reis’s Chambers, which housed, among other businesses, the Irish School of Wireless. During Easter Week the insurgents captured the building and began broadcasting news of the Rising to the world.
The insurgents’ plans to capture the wireless school was one of the most daring and far sighted acts in revolutionary warfare and became a starting point for all modern revolutions. Capture the local broadcasting facilities.
“UCD will be hosting the largest academic 1916 conference of the year this weekend. On Friday, February 5, and Saturday, February 6, ‘Globalising the Rising: 1916 in context’ brings together academics from across the island of Ireland and as far afield as India, South Africa, and the United States to discuss the impact and implications of Dublin’s insurrection as an event in world history.”