The 1916 School Tour Tour was founded in 1996 by Lorcan Collins with the aim of showing students the sites of the Easter Rising and explaining, in a concise and accessible fashion, the various events that shaped our nation.
The tour includes Trinity College / Old Irish Parliament, the Customs House, Liberty Hall, the GPO, the Four Courts, City Hall and Dublin Castle.
Four bestselling history books
Collins is author of four bestselling history books all published by Ireland’s leading publisher O’Brien Press. He co-authored The Easter Rising in 2001. Collins was the series editor of 16 Lives, a collection of sixteen biographies of the executed leaders of the Easter Rising. He authored the biography of James Connolly in the 16 Lives series which was published in 2013 and in 2016 he compiled twenty years of research into 1916; The Rising Handbook which was a number one bestseller.
Collins has taken hundreds of school groups on the tour and also runs daily walking tours for adults (www.1916rising.com). He also lectures extensively in the US and as far afield as Australia.
Collins is very engaging and his enthusiasm for his subject has not diminished after twenty-three years. His booming voice can easily be heard above the noise of passing traffic.
Intriguing and eye-opening
The Irish Times reviewed it as follows: “The 1916 Rebellion walking tour is a true gem. Fascinating, intriguing and eye-opening, even for those who have visited the capital before or who have lived here all their lives.”
Test his knowledge
The tour is a very useful educational aid for both Primary and Second Level students and Collins gives participants ample opportunity to ask questions and test his encyclopaedic knowledge of the revolutionary period.
Lorcan’s latest book is The War of Independence, The IRA’s Guerrilla Campaign 1919-21 and is as riveting as his tours.
To book a tour for your school contact Lorcan Collins directly by email at Lorcan@1916rising.com or telephone 086 85 83 847.