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11th Dec 2018

RTÉ Is Rolling Back The Years With A Very Unusual Programme This Friday Night

James Fenton

In this day and age we’re all used to seeing election coverage on TV (perhaps too much) but back in 1918 it was a different story altogether.

100 years ago, Ireland went to the polls in a historic election which saw Sinn Féin secure a landslide victory while women over 30 were allowed to vote for the first time. Of course, there wasn’t a camera in sight – until now.

This Friday night, RTÉ will roll back the years for a special programme entitled Election ’18 as David McCullagh and Sinéad O’Carroll present reenacted coverage of the 32-county vote from a century ago.

Actors will take on key roles as the drama unfolds as it would in the modern television age. This will be blended with archive footage to give viewers a real sense of the era and it sounds like it’ll make for some fairly interesting viewing.

If it sounds like your bag, be sure to tune into RTÉ One this Friday night at 7pm for the 90-minute special.

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