April 22, 2020 – May 24, 2020 all-day
At the Time of the Rising - Writing Competition

Writing Competition for 8 to 16 year olds.

Some of the individuals portrayed in our current exhibition lived through the 1916 Rising. There were also people who lived, worked or fought in or near Dublin Castle, people who were imprisoned in its barracks, as well as patients treated in the military hospital at the State Apartments.
Imagine that you were a child during that time and write a short piece that narrates your experience in English or Irish. It can be a short story or a chapter in a longer story, or a comic, a mini play, a piece of dialogue, a monologue or a poem.
Dublin Castle has to feature or be mentioned in it, even in passing.

Please submit your short piece by Tuesday 12 May 2020 to dublincastle@opw.ie with ‘Rising’ on the subject line. Languages other than English or Irish will also be accepted on request.

The writers of the best three pieces will receive a range of books on our historic sites and a book voucher. A selection of stories will also be published on the Dublin Castle website. If you have any questions about our history, our buildings, or anything else, don’t hesitate to contact us.

List of useful links:

History Ireland – Ireland’s History Magazine

Military Archives Website

Bureau of Military History (1913-1921) – Image Gallery

Republic | 1916 Group art exhibition | Olivier Cornet Gallery Dublin

1916 People & Places

Chronology of the Easter Rising

What Did James Connolly Have in his Pockets after the Easter Rising?

Women of the Rising

Why Was James Connolly’s Family Prevented from Emigrating to the United States in 1916?

List of children/young people’s literature associated with the 1916 Rising:

‘The Easter Rising 1916 – Molly’s Diary’, by Patricia Murphy

‘Pádraig Pearse and the Easter Rising 1916’, by Rod Smith

‘Blood Upon the Rose – Easter 1916’, by Gerry Hunt

‘Ten Women of the 1916 Rising’, by Ann Carroll

‘James Connolly: Working Class Hero’, by Rod Smith

‘Children of the Rising’, by Joe Duffy

‘The Young Rebels’, by Morgan Llywelyn

‘The Guns of Easter’, by Gerard Whelan