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The Story of Ireland

S1-E3 The Age of Revolution

S1-E3 The Age of Revolution

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Review

You need to have your wits about you to keep up with Fergal Keane’s excellent sweep through Irish history. His account tonight gallops along, dispatching key events of the 17th and 18th centuries with a few well-turned phrases and choice contributions from historians.

It’s strikingly done, but there’s a lot packed in: blink and you’ll miss another turning point, a massacre, a rebellion or a wave of settlement. And it’s shot through with tragedy and dispossession, from the seeds of sectarianism in the Ulster plantation, starting in 1606, to the birth of republicanism in the rebellion of Wolfe Tone in 1798.

With little fuss, Keane expertly dramatises his tale.

Summary

Fergal Keane explores the events between the Ulster Plantation at the beginning of the 17th century and the 1801 Act of Union, an era that saw Ireland take centre stage in a much wider European conflict involving Louis XIV's battles. He also draws attention to how 18th-century Dublin experienced an intellectual, architectural and cultural boom, and tells the story of why the French Revolution resonated so well with Wolfe Tone and his fellow reformers.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Fergal Keane
Executive Producer Ailsa Orr
Series Producer Mike Connolly

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