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Reflecting 1916 – RTÉ Reflecting the Rising – Easter Monday talks and events

Reflecting 1916 Events Programme


Series of Gallery talks and tours with 1916 Relatives

We were delighted to welcome son of Four Courts rebel Con O’Donovan to the museum to talk about his father’s experience of 1916. Con was accompanied by his nephew Peter Fitzgerald and his children. Con had travelled from Australia to attend the 1916 centenary events. You can view the O’Donovan family archive on this site.
Co-curator and archivist Niamh Crowley (great niece of 1916 rebel Patrick Doyle) also talks about her family experience.

Talks by photo historians

Talks programme 

Family photographs and the Revolution 2.00pm – 3.00pm                                        
Speaker: Orla Fitzpatrick, Photo historian and writer


Fascinating talk examined snapshots, family albums, and the work of photographic studios active in Dublin both before and after the Rising.  In addition, the Catholic Bulletin’s use of photographic portraits of the widows and orphans of the leaders of the Rising featured in the exhibition was explored.

Reflections on Photography and History 1916   3.00pm – 4.00pm
Speaker: Dr. Justin Carville Photo historian, writer and lecturer


Illustrated talk reflected on the pivotal role played by photography and the photographic legacy in the context of the centenary commemorations.

“Pictures in the Hallway” 4.00pm -5.00pm
Speakers: Joe Mooney, East Wall History Group


Illuminating illustrated talk discussed how local historians have worked with their community to research the history of the North Docks in the build up to and during the 1916 Rising. Joe Mooney is a local historian from the East Wall/North Docks.

Archiving your family photographs 5.00pm – 6pm
Digital archivists and Reflecting 1916 researchers Brendan Maher and Niamh Crowley will discuss how to look after your family photographs and the basics of digital archiving.

Outdoor Projection                         Easter Sunday 27th March 8pm– 9.30pm
Venue: Meeting House Square, Temple Bar – open admission
Projection presentations by the National Photographic Archive/The National Library and Photo Museum Ireland look at the role of photography in documenting and commemorating the Easter Rising.


Feature presentation: Irish premiere of PROCLAMATION – an assertive multi-venue art project by leading figures from the Irish visual art, dance and performance world – engaging with the Centenary of the 1916 Rising. Featured Artists: Jazmin Chiodi & Alexandre Iseli, Andrew Duggan, Olwen Fouéré, Anthony Haughey, Francis Hegarty & Andrew Stones, Nigel Rolfe and John Scott.

Reflecting 1916 was the Photo Museum Ireland’s 1916 commemorative photography programme funded by Dublin City Council. The exhibition, publication and programme of events looked at the pivotal role photography played in documenting, commemorating and shaping our understanding of 1916. The exhibition included material generously contributed by key archives and museums together with private family photographs to reflect broader, more inclusive representations of this key period in history.

O'Donovan 1916 internees Mansion House