The Easter Rising of 1916 was by no means universally supported in Ireland , but by 1919 a sea change in public opinion had occurred. This change in attitude led to violent conflict which would become known as the Irish War of Independence.
So what made the men and women of the Irish Republican Army taken to the streets and hills of Ireland to fight one of the most formidable armies in the world.
The scene is Waterford in 1921 a young reporter is dispatched from a leading English newspaper, his brief is straightforward but not without risk. Find out what’s happening in Ireland by meeting with an I.R.A commander. The journalists brief is to return to England with hitherto unheard of viewpoint that of the “Rebel”.
This short film offers a fascinating insight into the troubles of the time and what motivated people to take up arms.
Supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative and Waterford City and County Council Commemorations Committee.