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ATTENTION COACH and TOUR OPERATORS

ATTENTION COACH and TOUR OPERATORS
Our friendly and excellent guides are available as Step On Guides for any visiting tour or coach operators who may like a unique, entertaining and educational tour of Irish History and the events of Easter Week 1916.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

The GAA & The Easter Rising in 1966

With an advertised ‘cast of 500’ the GAA’s main event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising in 1966 was ‘Seachtar Fear, Seacht La’ performed at Croke Park. This specially commissioned pageant was written by Kerryman Bryan McMahon. The ninety minute show featured the lives of the signatories of the Proclamation and featured a young Niall Tobin in the role of Patrick Pearse. Supporting the dramatic roles was the music performed by The Artane Boys Band and the Black Raven pipe band.



The show cost an estimated £6,000 to stage with admission costing five schillings. Beginning at 8.20pm nightly it was staged on three consecutive nights from St Patricks Day until the 19th of March. Initially there was an agreement that RTE would film the event for transmission but they failed to reach an agreement with the actors’ union equity and recording required an extra daytime show as the night time productions could not be recorded for television in those early days of Telifis Eireann.  

This led to much tit for tat criticism but eventually an agreement was reached and an extra show was performed in Croke Park on Saturday April 2nd with transmission the following night. The show was also performed in Tipperary and at Casement Park in Belfast.


In 2016 ‘Seachtar Fear - Seacht Lá’ will form the centrepiece of the ceremonies marking the official opening of the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann on Sunday, 14th August 2016.   The county grounds of Cusack Park in Clare will play host to the event.

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