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TitleREBELLION AT EASTER: THE SONGS THEY SANG WERE OF IRELAND FREE
Production companyRediffusion Network Productions
Country of originGreat Britain
ProducerALLAN, Elkan
DirectorSHEPPARD, John
Script/AdaptationALLAN, Elkan
Colourb&w
Soundsound
Duration45
Production date1966
TX channelITV
TX date06/04/1966
CopyNFTVA
SummaryCommemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, using songs of the time as commentary. Singers include Dominic Behan, Billy Boyle, James Caffrey, Eileen Colgan, Jerry Fox, Joe Lynch, Maeve Mulvanny, Michael Flynn, Eddie McGinley, and Patrick Duggan. On Easter Monday, 1916, a tiny but determined army sized five key buildings in Dublin. Their stories and the events that followed are told through the songs they sang and the films and photographs of the time. A musical documentary in the style of 'Freedom Road', this was Rediffusion's triple prizewinner at the Berlin Television Festival, 1964. The featured songs: 'The Croppy Boy', 'Who Dares Not Speak of Easter Week', 'The Foggy Dew', 'Soldier's Song', 'Erin Go Brath', 'God Save Irish', 'The Wearing of the Green', 'Skibbereen', 'My Old Fenian Gun', 'Roddy McCorley', 'The Dying Rebel', 'The Merry Ploughboy', 'The Bold Black and Tan', 'Tipperary So Far Away', 'Shall my Soul Pass Through Old Irish?', 'Kevin Barry'. (Adapted from TV Times).
Format16mm
LanguageEnglish
Keywords1916 Easter Rebellion






Ballads
Traditional Irish Music
Dominic Behan
Billy Boyle
James Caffrey
Eileen Colgan
Gerry Fox
Joe Lynch
Maeve Mulvanney
Michael Flynn
Eddie McGinley
Patrick Duggan

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