Renowned film composer Patrick Cassidy has recently completed the score for 1916 The Irish Rebellion. This project will be presented in two formats; three one-hour documentaries and a feature film version, both narrated by Liam Neeson. The score was recorded by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
This landmark production 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. The production is an initiative of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Home from Los Angeles in Limerick recently, Cassidy was honoured with the Richard Harris International Film Festival Outstanding Talent Award which was presented to him by Minister Frances Fitzgerald and celebrated actor Jared Harris.
1916 The Irish Rebellion is produced by COCO Television and directed by Ruán Magan and Pat Collins.