Mise Éire / Saoirse

The Story of the Easter Rising and War of Independence, as told in 1959

Now available on DVD

Mise Éire was released in 1959 and became an instant classic. It is the first film ever made in the Irish language and this DVD release contains English sub-titles. The musical score was composed by the great Seán Ó Riorda and it too has become a classic.

The second DVD contains Saoirse? which documents the tumultuous period 1919 to 1922 and follows on from where Mise Éire leaves off, covering the War of Independence, the Truce and the Treaty, the establishment of the Free State and most tragically, the  outbreak of the Civil War.

According to The Irish Democrat, "the artistic collaboration in the late 1950s and mid-1960s between photographer and film-maker George Morrison and composer Seán Ó Riorda gave birth to two remarkable feature-length historical documentaries, chronicling Ireland's struggle to free itself from British colonial rule in the opening decades of the 20th century.

"Recently made available on DVD, Mise Éire (I am Ireland) and Saoirse? (Freedom?) feature a wealth of fascinating photographic and film archive material."