Wednesday 23 October 2019

Anne walks in the footsteps of Wexford's 1916 Volunteers


RTE news presenter Anne Doyle took a stroll through the back roads of Wexford recently as she retraced the steps of those involved in the 1916 Rising.

As part of a special RTE documentary, the Ferns native met with local filmmakers Michael Fortune and Aileen Lambert in Effernogue for a chat about their ambitious 'Backroads to the Rising' project. Crowds of people came along to get a flavour of their project and of course, have their moment to shine on screen. They included Rachel Connor from Tinashrule who was celebrating her seventh birthday on the day

Fortune and Lambert introduced their project to the masses during the RTE filming. The community walk, which is based on the journeys undertaken by those involved in the 1916 Rising, will take place on Easter Monday of next year. Already the film duo is receiving plenty of attention for their efforts and with the RTE feature due to be aired next month, they hope to spark further interest.

'We are currently seeking interest from groups, communities and individuals from the north, south, east and west of Enniscorthy Town for four synchronised walks that will converge on the town for the Easter Monday Commemorations,' said Michael.

Through their research for next year's project, Fortune and Lambert made an interesting discovery which they unveiled during the filming. Two bicycles used by Volunteers to cycle to Enniscorthy during Easter Week, proved to be a focal point of the day, with Anne Doyle even posing for photos beside one.

Anne continued her Wexford journey later in the week, when she travelled to Enniscorthy to film people as they watched a short screening. The film, which featured schoolchildren from Wexford commemorating their Volunteer ancestors, was aired in SuperValu carpark in Abbey Square.

The RTE documentary about Wexford's role in the Rising will be broadcast on RTE One at the end of November.

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