1916 The Irish Rebellion

Narrated by Liam Neeson, this award-winning, landmark documentary tells the dramatic story of the events that took place in Dublin during Easter Week 1916, when a small group of Irish rebels took on the might of the British Empire. The documentary – featuring a combination of rarely seen archival footage, new segments filmed on location worldwide, and interviews with leading international experts – also uncovers the untold story of the central role Irish Americans played in the lead-up to the rebellion. Although defeated militarily, the men and women of the Easter Rising would wring a moral victory from the jaws of defeat and inspire countless freedom struggles throughout the world – from Ireland to India.

An initiative of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, this documentary tells the story of the 1916 Easter Rising in a comprehensive way and, for the first time, places these events in their proper historical, political and cultural context as the precursor to an independent Irish state and the disintegration of colonial empires worldwide.

Two formats for 1916 The Irish Rebellion, both narrated by Liam Neeson:

(1) Three one-hour documentary series, which was awarded "Best Documentary Series" at the 2016 Irish Film and Television Award ceremony, held on Friday, October 7, in Dublin.
          Read more about the award

         The documentary also received:
          The  "Silver Saber Award" at the International Historical and Military Film Festival on October 28 in Warsaw, Poland; and
          American Public Television's "Programming Excellence Award" on November 3, 2016.
          Read more about the Silver Saber and Programmng Excellence awards

(2) Feature film version (86 minutes), ideal for screenings and events.


To learn more about the events associated with the documentary and its successes worldwide, Download 1916 The Irish Rebellion: A Preliminary Report (December 2016) (8 MB)