February 2, 2012

The Story Of Ireland

Street Date: February 21, 2012
DVD Suggested Retail Price: $29.98 ($37.48 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 300 minutes/ 2-disc set

New York, NY — The Story Of Ireland is a five-part landmark history of Ireland presented by Fergal Keane (Wild AfricaGreat Railway Journeys). Ireland is living through a significant period in its cycle of history – since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, the country 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 and as a modern European nation. The story of Ireland is vivid, exciting and immensely varied. It is far more than the sum of old clichés and myths. This series sees Ireland as an international island which is both changed by and helps to change the world beyond her shores.

The program follows the evolution of the modern nation of Ireland through waves of migration and emigration, and highlights the key moments of Irish history from the adoption of Christianity through the Protestant plantation, Great Famine and Partition to the Good Friday Agreement. It also assesses the influence of prominent figures from Brian Boru, Wolfe Tone and Daniel O’Connell to Éamon De Valera, Michael Collins and WB Yeats.