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Liam Neeson to use his very particular set of skills to narrate 1916 doc

The series will be aired on RTÉ as well as the BBC.
Apr 1st 2015, 10:29 AM 12,439 21

IRISH ACTOR LIAM Neeson will be narrating a new documentary series commemorating the 1916 Rising.

His famous phone speech in the movie Taken won him notoriety, with many a spoof being made.

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However, this time, his voice will be used for more serious matters.

’1916: The Irish Rebellion’ is being produced by Notre Dame’s Keogh-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and will be broadcast worldwide throughout the year.

The series will be aired on RTÉ, the BBC and American Public Television (APT).

The programme is also going to be shown in Irish embassies around the world.

The Oscar-nominated actor will narrate the three-part series, presenting the historical, political and cultural events of the Rising and the relationships it brought about between Ireland, the US and Britain.

According to Christopher Fox, director of the Keough-Naughton Institute, the programme is an unprecedented attempt to present the Easter Rising as a pivotal event in world history before a global audience.

“We look forward to being an integral partner in Ireland’s celebration of the centenary,” Fox said. “With the world’s leading program of Irish studies, and Notre Dame’s global recognitions and networks, we can help Ireland reach and educate her diaspora,” said Fox.

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