‘The Rise of Irish Australia’ documentary which illustrates the impact of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising in Australia is now available to stream.
Broadcast on the Irish national broadcaster RTÉ, the Australian public broadcaster SBS, and the global fleet of Etihad Airways, this documentary outlines a remarkable period in Irish-Australian history.
In the midst of World War One, the executions of the leaders of the 1916 Rising would influence the Irish Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, Daniel Mannix, to take a public stance against the question of conscription facing the Australian people. A bitter sectarian divide opened in Australian society, as an Irish-Australian Catholic force, which would shape the political and social trajectory of Australia, was forged.
Featuring rich archives of the period and some of Australia’s leading historical and political experts, this documentary is an insightful contribution to Irish-Australian history.