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Video: Arts and Letters Students Intern on 1916 Documentary in Ireland

Author: Todd Boruff

“I’m thrilled to be a part of this project and to be in Dublin. It’s an amazing opportunity,” said Katie Brennan, a sociology major in the College of Arts and Letters.

During the summer of 2014, Brennan and three other University of Notre Dame undergraduates interned on the production of 1916: The Irish Rebellion, a three-part television documentary set to air on PBS, the BBC, and Irish broadcaster RTÉ in 2016. The documentary is an initiative of Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and will be narrated by Liam Neeson. Intern duties ranged from checking scripts and coordinating with the production manager to researching and scouting locations for the production team.

“This is a very unusual and also extremely exciting project,” said Bríona Nic Dhiarmada, the Thomas J. and Kathleen M. O’Donnell Professor of Irish Language at Notre Dame. Nic Dhiarmada, who is writer and producer of the project, notes that while the Irish rebellion of 1916 was a relatively small event, it was pivotal in world history.

“It was a tiny pebble in a vast sea, and it had huge consequences and very far-reaching consequences.”

A concurrent professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre and a faculty fellow in the Keough-Naughton Institute, Nic Dhiarmada feels that the project is a great fit for Notre Dame and the students involved because it demands high scholarship.

“I think it’s wonderful to be able to engage [our undergraduates] from the very beginning and allow them to see the whole project through.”

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