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RTÉ unveil programme to commemorate 1916 Centenary
05 Nov 2015 :
RTÉ today unveiled RTÉ 1916, a programme of content and events across television, radio, mobile and online that invites audiences, at home and throughout the world, to watch, listen and take part as they commemorate and celebrate, debate and analyse the centenary of the 1916 Rising.

Featuring major television drama, groundbreaking documentary, curated on-street events and a slate of young people’s programmes, RTÉ 1916 will consider the event itself as well as the broader cultural, political and historical complexities of the Rising, and its impact on the decades and century that followed. Programmed in both languages, RTÉ 1916 will reach out to Irish people of all ages.

Announcing RTÉ 1916, Noel Curran, Director-General, RTÉ, said: “1916 is a year of huge emotional and political significance in Irish history. In our approach to covering and commemorating the centenary of 1916, RTÉ is embracing all of its complexity of by planning a range of diverse programming and events - across television, radio, mobile and beyond - where audiences can understand, debate, commemorate, and celebrate. Our coverage will include the many planned events that will commemorate and celebrate, but it is not limited to the Rising itself – it will also look back at the last hundred years in Ireland and look to the decades ahead of us now. It will embrace music, the arts and street events, as well as historical programming. The scale and range of our programming is suitably wide-ranging and ambitious. I believe that in this special commemorative year, this is RTÉ’s role and responsibility. We hope our audiences will join us for a unique series of programmes and events that chart, explain, critique and celebrate a century of Irish life.”

Commenting at the launch of RTÉ 1916, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny said: “In commemorating 1916, RTÉ has unique responsibilities as a public service media organisation. The various strands of programming planned by RTÉ for the coming months will play an enormously important role in educating, enlightening and empowering the Irish public, young and old, with an authentic sense of our culture, history and identity. I am delighted to see that RTE has embraced the significant challenge of doing so and created an impressive and wide-ranging slate of programmes and events. I would like to thank Director-General Noel Curran and all those in RTÉ who are involved in the creation of this diverse and imaginative suite of programmes which draws on our wealth of artistic talent.”

Moya Doherty, Chair, RTÉ Board, said: “RTÉ 1916 offers a unique opportunity to showcase the value and uniqueness of public service media. On radio, on television, on mobile and online, in both Irish and English, RTÉ will offer a breadth of content across its 25 services, to audiences of all ages, in Ireland and across the globe. From the dramatic intensity of Rebellion to the intimacy of radio documentary; from the impressive scale of major choral and orchestral performances to the contemporary insights of younger audiences, this schedule will illuminate the deep complexities of that pivotal moment in the birth of our nation, and our complex relationship to it, through entertainment, spectacle, examination, discussion and, most importantly, participation. It allows RTÉ to do what I believe it does best - make the good popular, and the popular good.”

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