Global Irish Network Event: History, Storytelling and the 1916 Rising – In Conversation with Cilian Fennell


Location: Webinar format

Centenary Bord Gais 2

In 2016 to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising, RTÉ, the Irish national broadcaster, commissioned an 85-minute live show, Centenary, which was first broadcast on 28 March 2016. Critically acclaimed as a masterpiece of storytelling, told through drama, dance and music, with over 600 people involved in the production, including 21 choirs, 10 actors, 18 dancers, six aerial dancers and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. The creator and producer of the award-winning show was Cilian Fennell.

This webinar provides a rare opportunity to explore the creative journey behind Centenary with Cilian Fennell, who will be joined by a panel of experts from Ireland, Britain and the United States to discuss the show, storytelling and the 1916 Rising in what promises to be a fascinating conversation.


Sarah-Anne Buckley, National University of Ireland Galway
Roisín Higgins, Teesside University
P. J. Mathews, University College Dublin
Barry McCrea, University of Notre Dame


Presented by the University of Edinburgh's Irish History Research Group, this event is part of an on-going Global Irish Network series.