Ciara Hyland is a highly experienced producer, writer and director focusing on cutting edge history that reveals something about who we still are today.
She is passionate about the visual, cinematic telling of emotionally impactful stories that resonate widely – often focussing on women and their experiences.
She is currently producing and directing 'Widows of the Revolution' for RTÉ on the wives and children of the men who were executed in 1916 and what their subsequent lives say about the status of women around the birth of the new Free State. "Widows of the Revolution" will air on RTÉ One in Spring 2022.
She is also currently in production on 'Eipidéim/ Epidemic' a two part series for TG4 funded by the BAI on the great epidemics of the past such as smallpox, typhus, cholera, tuberculosis and polio and how they were defeated by science and innovative social measures. A hopeful series, it shows how the efforts to bring Covid 19 under control were built on the lesson and innovations of these previous epidemics and ultimately shows how all epidemics eventually end.
In 2020 she wrote and directed ‘Cogadh ar Mhná / A War on Women?’ for TG4 and RTÉ. It broached a taboo topic for the first time – the issue of sexual abuse during the Irish Revolution. Using the witness testimony that women who experienced it left behind, it showed that this was perpetrated by all sides in the conflict.