1916 Discussion and ‘Terrible Beauty’ Screening

Sunday, October 9th, 1.30pm, map

Enjoy a discussion on the stories that have emerged during the 1916 centenary. Former Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan was responsible for international commemoration events in 2016 and he gives us a wrap-up account of the year that was.  Since making the the Easter 1916 docudrama, ‘A Terrible Beauty’, the creators have created a digital portal of interviews and archive footage showing ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Screening of the Easter 1916 docudrama, ‘A Terrible Beauty’ follows.

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When we started working on ‘A Terrible Beauty’ we had no idea of where it would take us and the extent of public interest in hearing the personal stories of ordinary people caught up in the 1916 Rising in Dublin. Since we finished the film, the project has grown into something much more, ” Keith Farrell, filmmaker.


Stories from 1916 is a “Living History” project, a digital portal for the collection and presentation of stories of the participants and living relatives of all those involved in the Rising in Dublin. The stories emerged as a result of the making of A Terrible Beauty, a docudrama by filmmaker brothers Keith, Dave and Colin Farrell.

There are vast numbers of little known individual accounts of the ordinary men and women who did extraordinary things during Easter week 1916 and a wealth of previously unseen archive material held by their living descendants. By engaging with relatives and presenting photographs, video, audio and text we will chronicle and preserve vital stories as a resource for all. Through the prism of those who were a part of this transformative event in Irish history, audiences can explore the conflict, reflect on past traumas and discover the lessons to be learned from this pivotal moment in history.


A Terrible Beauty is the story of the men and women of the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916, Irish and British, caught up in a conflict many did not understand and of the innocent men and boys, executed because of what transpired in The Battle of Mount Street Bridge. The British soldiers were the last of the Great War volunteers, who joined up together to fight the Germans. They knew that there was a strong chance they would die in France, but to die in Dublin would never have crossed their minds. The Irish Volunteers were weekend warriors many of whom had no idea they were about to take part in large scale battles on the streets of Dublin. In A Terrible Beauty, the acclaimed docudrama from filmmakers Keith, Colin and Dave Farrell, firsthand accounts tell the little-known stories of the “ordinary” people involved in the 1916 Easter Rising: Irish volunteers, British soldiers, and the innocent civilians who were caught in the middle. Focusing on the bloody Battle of Mount Street Bridge and the skirmishes around Ned Daly’s Four Courts garrison, A Terrible Beauty provides a close and personal look at the often ferocious fight that affected the lives of the men and women caught up in the chaos.

Screening of a A Terrible Beauty follows (90mins). 



Dave Farrell
davefarrellDave Farrell helped build Irish company Tile Films into a leading international producer of factual TV programming. He has a long list of credits to his name as producer and sometimes writer/director. Programmes that he has produced which have received Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) nominations include; Ireland’s Nazis (RTE/History Channel), The Ghosts of Duffy’s Cut (Smithsonian Networks) and Death or Canada/Fleeing the Famine (RTE/History Channel), which was also nominated for four Gemini awards in Canada. Cromwell in Ireland, which Dave was an Executive Producer on, won the IFTA award for Best Single Documentary in 2009.

His most recent credits include producing and researching A Terrible Beauty (TG4), Death on the Railroad which he co-directed and wrote (PBS/RTE), The Mystery of the Lost Ship (Channel 5/TG4) and the Tile Media produced TV pilot Jubilee Nurse, which is currently in development.


Colin Farrell
ColinFarrellColin has a wide range of experience in various sectors of the film and television industry having worked in many differing roles over his time in the business. He is also somewhat unusual in having worked both in front of and behind the camera during his career. His background in both music and film is a decided asset for Tile Media, which he joins as Creative Director.

He was a key member of the Art Department team on the 1916 docudrama A Terrible Beauty and has worked in similar roles on other Tile Films productions such as Death or CanadaCromwell in Ireland (both for RTE/History Channel) and Death on the Railroad (PBS/RTE). He has also worked extensively in location scouting and management on many Irish and large-scale international projects such as The Savage Eye (RTE), Penny Dreadful (Showtime/Sky), King Arthur (Touchstone Pictures) and The Tudors (Showtime).

As an actor, Colin played the role of Frank Shouldice, an Irish Volunteer sniper, in A Terrible Beauty. Other TV acting roles include parts in Jubilee Nurse, The Ghosts of Duffy’s Cut, Death on the Railroad, and Clear the Way.

His most recent credit was as Production Manager on the Tile Media produced TV pilot Jubilee Nurse and he has been overseeing the Stories from 1916 project.