2016 marked the centenary of The 1916 Rising. The challenge was to represent and celebrate a selection of Irish counties with a story from The Rising not known to most.
A significant amount of research was undertaken, going back into the RTE archives and British Pathe to find the best story.
The selected four counties were:
- Dublin: How history became our future – the impact of the Rising into the present day.
- Sligo: Countess Markievicz’s transformation and legacy.
- Limerick: Kathleen Daly’s imagined love letter to her executed husband Tom Clarke.
- Monaghan: On his deathbed James Connolly bemoaned that ‘They’ll forget I am an Irishman’. The film emphasised his Irishness – both his parents were from Monaghan.
The campaign saw such success on TV that it transferred to Cinema and was flighted across the country during the course of 2016.