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Mr. Yeats and the Beastly Coins

Irish Culture, History, Short Film,
Directed by:
Ann Maire Hourihane, Laura McNicholas
Produced by:
Ann Maire Hourihane, Laura McNicholas, 925 Productions


12 mins

Ten years after the Easter Rising, in 1926, the Free State government decided to create a new coinage for the new state. They invited the most famous poet in the world, W.B.Yeats, to chair the design committee.

Behind-the-scenes battles were fought before the new coins became one of the most enduring success stories of the new Irish state.

Funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, After ’16 is a creative response by Irish filmmakers to the events of Easter 1916. This collection of nine short films is a mixture of live-action, animation and documentary, telling stories from the eve of the Rising all the way to the Troubles in 1970s Northern Ireland and beyond.

To see more of the Collection, click here.

With kind permission of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.

Classroom Worksheet:


Recommended Age:
TY Film / Senior History/ English / Politics & Society

Currency, The Foundation of the State, National Identity, The role of the Artist, Culture vs Commerce

Note to Teachers:

In collaboration with IFI Education, each of the After’16 short films includes a complimentary Classroom Worksheet. These are downloadable documents that can be used as a guide for teachers and students.The nine short films in this collection have not been classified so an age recommendation has been added to each film. While most of the films are suitable for a 12+ audience, the content and lesson ideas are geared towards Transition Year +. As with all content on the IFI Player, we recommend that you view the material in advance of showing them in class.


Download worksheet for Mr. Yeats and the Beastly Coins here.