A documentary film on 1916 devised by The Clare People’s Joe Ó Muircheartaigh and directed by Ennis artist Shelagh Honan that’s supported by the Clare 1916-2016 Centenary Programme will be aired as part of the Galway Fringe Festival this coming weekend.
A STORY that has been described as a foundation stone of the 1916 Easter Rising has been selected to be part of this year’s Galway Fringe Festival that opens on Saturday and continues until 25 July.
‘Seomra 1916’ tells the tale of a room within an old school in Dublin, which was attended by Clare People journalist Joe Ó Muircheartaigh in the 1980s, which had a famous back story that helped spark the Easter Rising.
In 1914, number 25 Parnell Square North was the headquarters of The Gaelic League that had been founded just over 20 years earlier by Douglas Hyde and Eoin MacNeill, before later becoming the acclaimed Irish language secondary school Coláiste Mhuire.
“Going through the school as a student,” says Ó Muircheartaigh, “I was always aware of the place’s connection with the 1916 Rising, so doing some kind of project on it was something I felt I had to do in this centenary year, because this was where the seed for the revolution was sewn,” he adds.
It was 9 September 1914, just over a month after the outbreak of the World War, where the seven signatories of the Proclamation met for the first time ever as a group.
“I was consulted by Clarke and McDermott as to whether it would be convenient for me to allow an important meeting to consider the new situation created by the war in Europe to take place in may office in my office at 25 Parnell Square,” revealed Sean T Ó Ceallaigh in his Bureau of Military History statement.
And so they gathered: Tom Clarke, Sean McDermott, Padraig Pearse, James Connolly, Eamonn Ceannt, Thomas McDonagh and Joseph Plunkett. Others there were Sinn Féin leader Arthur Griffith, Major John McBride, trade unionist William O’Brien, IRB men Sean Tobin and Sean McGarry, as well as Sean T Ó Ceallaigh himself.
“After protracted discussion the meeting unanimously agreed that an effort be made to win complete independence for Ireland before the European war was brought to a close. All present fully accepted this policy,” revealed Ó Ceallaigh.
“It was agreed an effort should be made by all the organisations represented at the meeting to organise an insurrection in Ireland to drive the British out and end British government in the country,” he added.
This story is told in a documentary created and produced by Joe Ó Muircheartaigh and filmed and directed by artist Shelagh Honan that has been supported by Clare County Council’s 1916 Centenary Programme.
The Galway Fringe Festival is a boutique multidisciplinary Arts Festival based in Galway City. The festival has an international roster of talented artists and encompasses visual art, music, theatre, dance, literature, cabaret and exciting street spectacles.