VIDEO: A very special RTÉ 1916 drama series is set to air for the first time in 50 years 6 years ago

VIDEO: A very special RTÉ 1916 drama series is set to air for the first time in 50 years

It was RTÉ's biggest ever undertaking at the time.

Insurrection - an eight-part drama originally screened on RTÉ in 1966 depicting the events of the Easter Rising as they unfolded day-by-day - is set to air again.

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The first episode in the series - which was an incredibly ambitious project for RTÉ during its infancy - will be shown on Friday, March 18.

Ray McAnally was the studio presenter, while legendary Abbey actor Eoin O’Suilleabhain portrayed Padraig Pearse.

Here's an idea of what it's going to look like.

https://youtu.be/c-0VPmLQhzg

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Clip via YouTube/RTÉ - IRELAND’S NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE MEDIA

Speaking about the series, Brid Dooley, Head of RTÉ Archives said:

RTÉ Archives maintains and preserves the largest collection of audio visual recordings in Ireland.

"It is a significant and unique record of Irish life which we preserve and care for in the public interest.

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"We are delighted to bring this beautifully restored programme to audiences 50 years after it was first created.

"Our restoration project for Insurrection which was completed in 2007 involved painstaking picture and audio restoration work by RTÉ’s expert archives conservation staff and Windmill Lane post production studios.”