The Story Of Ireland

The Story of Ireland – a groundbreaking new series presented by Fergal Keane about the history of Ireland – cultural, social, and economic, and its role on the international stage.

The Story Of Ireland is a five-part landmark history of Ireland, to be presented by Fergal Keane.

Ireland is living through a significant period in its cycle of history – since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, the island has been at peace. This is unprecedented in the history of modern Ireland and so seems like a perfect time to reflect on the Irish as a people now, as a modern European nation, and how we got to this place.

The big ambition of this telling of the story is that it should be expansive and outward looking. When the previous television history series was told by the historian Robert Kee in 1981, Ireland was in a very different place, at war with itself in the north and economically ravaged in the south. The series naturally reflected those conditions and primarily viewed our story through the prism of our troubled relationship with our nearest neighbour.

This series will show us that this view is narrow and self – limiting. The Story of Irelandwill look at the evolution of the country in a world context and will show that as an island people our very DNA has been formed by successive waves of peoples coming from outside and that we in turn have travelled and influenced world events for nearly 2000 years.

As a BBC foreign correspondent, Fergal Keane has nurtured a world view of current affairs and history for over 20 years and will act as a knowing and trustful guide for this new Story of Ireland.

The Story of Ireland is vivid, exciting and immensely varied. It is far more than the sum of old cliches and myths which set the Irish as a people who were prisoners and victims of history. This series sees Ireland as an international island which is both changed by and helps to change the world beyond her shores. As a foreign correspondent who has traveled on every continent I have tried to bring my experience of the wider world to this story of Ireland and. I have tried to see our past with a clear eye and an open heart.

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  • Anonymous

    History is fascinating, and yet this documentary continuously spews “our” people, “us” and “them” statements, nationalism and patriotism which all serve to continue to divide people. Couple that with religious separatism, particularly the hideous christian religion and its “chosen people” and we are left with a rather tiresome documentary. Beyond that, it’s ok.

    • Malcolm McLean

      thanks Zenqi

      I agree – couldn’t watch even the first part – got tired of the we, us, all the others are foreign aliens!

      Of course there again I am British.

      Ireland now owes Britain over $15 Billion in sovereign funds are are basically bankrupt!

    • Malcolm McLean

      thanks Zenqi

      I agree – couldn’t watch even the first part – got tired of the we, us, all the others are foreign aliens!

      Of course there again I am British.

      Ireland now owes Britain over $15 Billion in sovereign funds are are basically bankrupt!

      • Tom

        Ireland now owes Britain over $15 Billion in sovereign funds are are basically bankrupt?

        Call it pay back for the billions you stole from Ireland and many other countries colonised by you over the centuries.

  • Bavwill

    Quit whining. It’s obviously provoking to a few, so, to its credit, quite interesting. You can’t omit religion from history. Whether we like it or not, it’s followers hold the only remaining record of anything comprehendible in history.

  • Cracked_actor_no1

    soo inspirational I wrote a song about it!

  • Bobdredds

    It’s too vague to be called the story of Ireland and it has no real indepth relevence. I wached it on the BBC and once I could see the lack of focus and the obivious bias, i lost all interest in it. It is trying to be relevent and to fit some sort  of misguided paradigm but it fails on many levels. If it was used as an educational tool it would do more damage than good.

  • conor

    @ malcom
    15 billion for 800 years of imperial oppression is a fair deal.

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