A Short History Of Ireland

An epic tale in five-minute episodes, every week day for a year.

Don't miss the most compelling re-telling of our dramatic past ever undertaken

A Short History of Ireland starts on 27 March, 2006 and will run for a total of 240 episodes, taking you on an historical journey spanning the Ice Age, the arrival of Christianity, the Viking era, Brian Boru, the Norman invasion, the plantation and the famine through to the creation of the Irish Free State.

Written by Dr.

Jonathan Bardon OBE, QUB, each programme will be read by local actors Frances Tomelty, James Greene and Richard Dormer, who will interweave eye-witness accounts, letters and diary extracts from the times with the historical facts.

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BBC7003Copper, Bronze And Gold - Before The Celts2007032120090122 BT=1330 (BBC7)

Ireland's epic story continues with the artefacts and monuments revealing organised communities.

With Richard Dormer.

Ireland's epic story, with the artefacts and monuments revealing organised communities.

This episode examines artefacts found in the Bronze Age era, from intricate gold lockets, Bronze Age cookers and stone circles.

Episodes 5-6 of 240.

BBC7004The Coming Of The Celt - Preparing For The Otherworld In Pre-christian Celtic Ireland2007032220090123 (BBC7)
20140102 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues with the arrival of foreign invaders.

With Frances Tomelty.

Enjoyable historical account exploring when the Celts arrived in Ireland and what Celtic life was like.

Episodes 7-8 of 240.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues with the arrival of foreign invaders. With Frances Tomelty.

BBC700920101014 (BBC7)

Exploring the life of monks and their exquisite illustrated manuscripts.

With Richard Dormer.

BBC7010St Columba, St Columbanus And The Wandering Irish - The Vikings Are Coming2007033020090202 BT=1330 (BBC7)

The country's epic story continues with the travels of early Irish monks and the arrival of a major force.

With Frances Tomelty.

The travels of early Irish monks and the arrival of a major force.

These episodes examine the travels of early Irish monks who journeyed to Britain and Europe, and the Viking invasion of Ireland.

Episodes 19-20 of 240.

BBC7012Brian Boru And The Battle Of Clontarf - A Trembling Sod2007040920070403 BT=1315 (BBC7)
20090204 BT=1330 (BBC7)

The country's epic story continues with a long-standing ruler and the impact of events in the year 1014.

With James Greene.

A long-standing ruler and the impact of events in the year 1014.

Brian Boru ruled Ireland for many years, but he had enemies.

In 1014 AD, the fate of Brian and all of Ireland was decided.

Episodes 23-24 of 240.

BBC7013The Rape Of Dervogilla - At Baginbun Ireland Was Lost And Won2007040420090205 BT=1330 (BBC7)

The country's colourful and vivid story continues with events leading up to the Norman invasion.

With Frances Tomelty.

The country's colourful story continues with events leading up to the Norman invasion.

Tracing the colourful and vivid history of Ireland, these episodes look at the events leading up to the Norman invasion.

Episodes 25-26 of 240.

BBC7014Waterford And Dublin, A Tale Of Two Sieges - Henry Ii Comes To Ireland2007040520090206 BT=1330 (BBC7)
20090206 (BBC7)
20140116 (BBC7)

The country's epic story continues with the Norman invasion - and the arrival of fresh royalty.

With Richard Dormer.

Ireland's story continues with the Norman invasion - and the arrival of fresh royalty.

These episodes examine the Norman invasion of Ireland and the arrival of King Henry II.

Episodes 27-28 of 240.

The country's epic story continues with the Norman invasion and the arrival of fresh royalty. With Richard Dormer.

BBC7015Conquests And A Failed Treaty - John, Lord Of Ireland2007040620090209 BT=1330 (BBC7)

Ireland's story continues with more bloody battles - and the arrival of fresh royalty.

With Frances Tomelty.

This instalment examines some of the bloody battles in Ireland under the rule of King Henry II and the arrival of King John.

Episodes 29-30 of 240.

BBC7021Into The Land Of The Savage Irish - A Catalan Pilgrim Amongst The Unconquered Irish2007041620090217 BT=1330 (BBC7)
20090217 (BBC7)
20140127 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

With Richard Dormer.

The story of the noble Spanish pilgrim Ramon de Perillos, who in 1397 risked his life to travel to a remote Irish monastery.

Episodes 41-42 of 240.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues. With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

BBC7023Beyond The Pale - Garret Mor Fitzgerald, The Great Earl Of Kildare2007041820090219 (BBC7)
20101103 (BBC7)
20140129 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

The way Lords lived in the 15th Century and the tale of Great Earl of Kildare is examined.

Episodes 45-46 of 240.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues. With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

BBC7024Garret Og And Silken Thomas Fitzgerald - The Rebellion Of Silken Thomas2007041920090220 BT=1330 (BBC7)
20090220 (BBC7)
20140130 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

Ireland's rich story continues.

Under the reign of King Henry VIII, the post of Royal Governor of Ireland was a powerful yet dangerous position to hold.

Episodes 47-48 of 240.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues. With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

BBC7025The Church In Turmoil - Sober Ways, Politic Drifts And Amiable Persuasion2007042020090223 (BBC7)
20101105 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

With Richard Dormer and Frances Tomelty.

Henry VIII was determined to make himself the head of the Church of Ireland, and to reclaim lands lost by his predecessors.

Episodes 49-50 of 240.

BBC7026Life Under The Tudors20070423

Ireland experienced great change, and each monarch brought with them their own set of religious beliefs.

Episodes 51-52 of 240.

BBC7027Shane The Proud - The Fall Of Shane O'neill2007042420090225 BT=1330 (BBC7)
20090225 (BBC7)
20140204 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

With Richard Dormer and Frances Tomelt.

During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the brutal Shane the Proud was the most powerful man in Ulster.

He had to be stopped.

Episodes 53-54 of 240.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues. With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

BBC7029Holy War In Munster - The Plantation Of Munster2007042620090227 BT=1330 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

During the reign of Elizabeth I, a huge rebellion occurred in Munster in which many lives were lost.

Episodes 57-58 of 240.

BBC7030The Wreck Of The Armada - The Last Voyage Of The Girona2007042720090302 BT=1330 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

With Richard Dormer and Frances Tomelty.

Spanish ships were driven towards the western shores of Ireland by rough seas where they received a grim welcome.

Episodes 59-60 of 240.

BBC7031The Adventure Of Captain Francisco De Cuellar - The Wild Irish Are Barbarous And Most Filthy2007043020090303 (BBC7)
20101115 (BBC7)
20140210 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

Ireland's turbulent story continues.

During the sixteenth century, foreign observers noted that some Irish had savage ways.

Episodes 61-62 of 240.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues. With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

BBC7032A Fit House For An Outlaw, A Meet Bed For A Rebel And An Apt Cloak For A Thief - The Capture2007050120090304 BT=1330 (BBC7)

A look at 16th-Century fashion, Irish style, and the capture of one of Ireland's most powerful Gaelic chieftains, Hugh O'Donnell.

A look at 16th-Century fashion, Irish style, and the capture of Hugh O'Donnell.

Episodes 63-64 of 240.

BBC7033The Escape Of Red Hugh O'donnell - The Pirate Queen Of Connacht2007050220090305 (BBC7)
20101117 (BBC7)
20140212 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

With Richard Dormer and James Greene.

A look at some of the Irish who defied the English in the 16th century, including the Pirate Queen, Grainne O'Malley.

Episodes 65-66 of 240.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues. With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

BBC7034Grainne O'malley And The Composition Of Connacht - The Siege Of Enniskillen2007050320090306 BT=1330 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

Ireland's rich story continues.

Under the reign of Queen Elizabeth, English officials attempted to crush Irish opposition using violence and divide and rule.

Episodes 67-68 of 240.

BBC7035The Battle Of The Biscuits - Freeing The Country From The Rod Of Tyrannical Evil2007050420090309 BT=1330 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

With Richard Dormer and Frances Tomelty.

The story of the powerful Gaelic Lords of Ulster who united together against the English at the end of the 16th century.

Episodes 69-70 of 240.

BBC7036The Survy Fort Of Blackwater - The Earl Of Essex's Failure2007051120070507 BT=1315 (BBC7)
20090310 BT=1330 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

Ireland's rich story continues.

The story of the Battle of the Yellow Ford in 1598 and Queen Elizabeth's mistake in appointing the young Earl of Essex.

Episodes 71-72 of 240.

BBC7037Mounjoy And Docwra - We Spare None Of What Quality Or Sex Soever2007050820090311 BT=1330 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

When Lord Mountjoy became Lord Deputy of Ireland, the fortunes of the Gaelic Lords of Ulster began to change.

Episodes 73-74 of 240.

BBC7038The Battle Of Christmas Eve - The Treaty Of Mellifont20070509
BBC7039Remember, Remember The Fifth Of November - They Wish To Kill Him By Poison2007051020090313 BT=1330 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

Life in Ireland under King James I.

The new monarch was determined to make the Irish Catholics become Protestants.

Episodes 77-78 of 240.

BBC7040The Flight Of The Earls - The Earls In Exile2007051120090316 BT=1330 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

The Gaelic lords, unhappy with increasing English power in Ireland, decided to leave the country and return with a strong army.

BBC7042Planting Down And Antrim - The Rebellion Of Sir Cahir O'doherty2007051520090318 BT=1330 (BBC7)
20090318 (BBC7)
20140225 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

After the Nine Years War, Ireland experienced a time of growth and peace.

By 1608, however, another rebellion was brewing.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues. With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

BBC7044The Londonderry Plantation - The Luck Of The Draw2007051720090320 BT=1330 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

James I had great plans for the colonisation of counties in the northern province of Ireland, but was he too ambitious?

BBC7045The Heretics Intend To Vomit Out All Their Poison - Thomas Wentworth And The Graces2007051820090323 BT=1330 (BBC7)
20090323 (BBC7)
20140228 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

This programme explores the tensions between Catholics and Protestants under James I, and his son Charles I.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues. With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

BBC7046The Eagle Wing And The Black Oath - Presbyterian Anger, Catholic Resentment2007052120090324 BT=1330 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

Charles I managed to upset the Catholics, Presbyterians and the Scots in Ulster during his reign.

BBC7049Cromwell - The Curse Of Cromwell2007052420090327 (BBC7)
20101209 (BBC7)

Oliver Cromwell arrived in Ireland in 1649 and vowed to avenge those who had previously massacred Protestants.

Oliver Cromwell arrived in Ireland in 1649 and vowed vengeance.

BBC7050To Hell Or Connacht - Priests And Tories2007052520090330 BT=1330 (BBC7)
20090330 (BBC7)
20140307 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

Under Cromwell, many Catholic priests feared for their lives and many Catholics lost their lands.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues. With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

BBC7051Restoration Ireland - The Duke And The City2007052820090331 BT=1330 (BBC7)
20090331 (BBC7)
20140310 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

During the Restoration years of 1660-1685, when Charles II ruled, Ireland enjoyed great prosperity.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues. With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

BBC7052Work, Food And Leisure - The Popish Plot2007052920090401 BT=1330 (BBC7)
20090401 (BBC7)
20140311 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

English arrivals in Ireland often wrote home.

Such letters reveal much about the Irish diet and customs under Charles II.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues. With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

BBC7053The Trial And Execution Of Oliver Plunkett - Lilliburlero2007053020090402 (BBC7)
20101215 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

In 1681 Oliver Plunkett, an Irish Archbishop, suffered a grisly death which was a direct result of anti-Catholic sentiment.

BBC7054Three Kings And Thirteen Apprentice Boys - No Surrender2007053120090403 (BBC7)
20101216 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

An exploration of religious tension in Ireland, when Catholic King James II succeeded Charles II to the throne.

BBC7058The Wild Geese - The Penal Laws2007060620090409 (BBC7)
20090410 (BBC7)
20101222 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

After the Treaty of Limerick in 1691 the Penal Laws were brought in.

These were to have a severe impact on Catholics.

BBC7059The Minority Prevailing Over The Majority - The Protestant Ascendancy2007060720090410 (BBC7)
20090411 (BBC7)
20101223 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

The Penal Laws stripped the Irish Catholic elite of their power.

Meanwhile, a charmed circle of Protestants grew rich.

Episodes 117-118 of 240.

BBC7060John Dutton Eats And Sleeps In Connemara - Wood's Halfpence And The Drapier2007060820090413 (BBC7)
20090414 (BBC7)
20101224 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

A short portrait of late 17th-century Ireland, from wild Ireland to Jonathan Swift's protests against English parliament.

Episodes 119-120 of 240.

BBC7061A Modest Proposal - The Year Of The Great Frost2007061120090414 (BBC7)
20090415 (BBC7)
20101227 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

In 1740, Arctic weather descended on Ireland, affecting both rich and poor.

Crops and food stocks were destroyed.

BBC7062The Year Of Slaughter - The First Performance Of Handel's Messiah2007061220090415 (BBC7)
20090416 (BBC7)
20101228 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

With Richard Dormer and James Greene.

In 1741 thousands of Irish died through famine and fever.

The composer Handel came over and gave performances to raise money.

Episodes 123-124 of 240.

BBC7063The Second City Of The Empire - Dublin: Poverty, Crime And Duels2007061320090416 (BBC7)
20090417 (BBC7)
20101229 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

With Richard Dormer and James Greene.

Dublin in the 18th century was a city of extremes - the wealthy built magnificent town houses while the poor crowded in slums.

Episodes 125-126 of 240.

BBC7064The Irish Gentry Are Expensive People - A Sort Of Despot - The Irish Landlord2007061420090417 (BBC7)
20090418 (BBC7)
20101230 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

The Irish gentry enjoyed life to the full, while tenant farmers often suffered hardship at the hands of their rich landlords.

Episodes 127-128 of 240.

BBC7065The Hearts Of Steel And The Hearts Of Oak - Clearing The Land2007061520090420 (BBC7)
20090421 (BBC7)
20101231 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

Exploring the vivid history of Ireland during the 18th century, from angry tenants' uprisings to the growth of the potato.

Episodes 129-130 of 240.

BBC7066The Peasantry - Superfine Cloth Of Home-manufacture2007061820090421 (BBC7)
20090422 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

A look at the Irish farming and textile industry during the 18th Century.

BBC7067Ulster's Domestic Linen Industry - Wash Mills, Bleach Greens And Beetling Engines2007061920090422 (BBC7)
20090423 (BBC7)

The country's rich story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

Ireland's linen industry thrived during the 18th Century and provided a good living for many rural folk.

Episodes 133-134 of 240.

BBC7069137-13820070621

By 1778 the British government's position was desperate.

Irish troops were sent to America, leaving the country defenceless.

Episodes 137-138 of 240.

BBC7070139-140 - In 1782 Dramatic Changes Took Place In Ireland20070622

the British were forced to recognise Ireland as a nation and not just a colony.

BBC7071The Failure To Reform - The 14th Of July 1789 - Sacred To Liberty2007062520090428 (BBC7)
20090429 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer and Frances Tomelty.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

During the late 18th Century, attempts were made to radically reform Irish parliament.

Episodes 141-142 of 240.

BBC7072143-14420070626

Belfast in the 1790s.

The Belfast Harp Festival and the formation of the Society of Native Irishmen.

Episodes 143-144 of 240.

BBC7073145-14620070627

During the 1790s some Irish were so disillusioned with parliament that they began to plan a rebellion.

Episodes 145-146 of 240

BBC7074Peep O' Day Boys And Defenders - I Will Blow Your Souls To The Low Hills Of Hell2007062820110113 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

With Richard Dormer and James Greene.

During the late 18th century, in Co Armagh, violence between Protestants and Catholics escalated, and many were killed.

Episodes 147-148 of 240.

BBC7075The French Are In The Bay - Nothing But Terror Will Keep Them In Order2007062920090504 (BBC7)
20090505 (BBC7)
20110114 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

With Richard Dormer and Frances Tomelty.

During the late 18th century, French troops travelled to Ireland to fight against the ruling powers.

Episodes 149-150 of 240.

BBC7076Croppies Lie Down - Rouse Hibernians From Your Slumbers2007070220090505 (BBC7)
20090506 (BBC7)
20110117 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

In 1798 the United Irishmen planned a huge-scale Irish rebellion which the government were determined to prevent...

at any cost.

Episodes 151-152 of 240.

BBC7077The Boys Of Wexford - The Battle Of New Ross2007070320090506 (BBC7)
20090507 (BBC7)
20110118 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

Towards the end of 1798 the bloody Irish rebellion spread from Wexford to New Ross.

Many were killed, including innocent people.

Episodes 153-154 of 240.

BBC7078The Rebellion Spreads North - Rebellion In County Antrim2007070420090507 (BBC7)
20090508 (BBC7)
20110119 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

As the bloody Irish rebellion of 1798 spread, more lives were lost.

Episodes 155-156 of 240.

BBC7079Rebellion In County Down - Vinegar Hill2007070520090508 (BBC7)
20090509 (BBC7)
20110120 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

By the summer of 1798, the mass rebellion that had shaken Ireland was coming to a close.

Episodes 157-158 of 240.

BBC7080The Races Of Castlebar - The Union Proposed2007070620090511 (BBC7)
20090512 (BBC7)

The country's rich story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

A look at Ireland during the late 18th century; full of battles for independence and attempts to bring the country closer to Britain.

Episodes 159-160 of 240.

BBC7081Jobbing With The Most Corrupt People Under Heaven - The Passing Of The Act Of Union2007070920090512 (BBC7)
20090513 (BBC7)
20110124 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

In 1800 the Act of Union came into force.

From now on, Ireland would be ruled by London.

Episodes 161-162 of 240.

BBC7082Robert Emmet - Now Is Your Time For Liberty2007071020090513 (BBC7)
20090514 (BBC7)
20110125 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

The story of Robert Emmet who, in 1803, tried to overthrow English rule in Dublin.

Episodes 163-164 of 240.

BBC7083Let No Man Write My Epitaph - Caravats And Shanavests2007071720090514 (BBC7)
20090515 (BBC7)

The country's rich story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

BBC7084Ribbonmen, Orangemen And Rockites - Emancipation Refused2007071220090515 (BBC7)
20090516 (BBC7)
20110127 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

A look at sectarian violence in early 19th-century Ireland, and how the Act of Union affected the ruling Protestant Ascendancy.

Episodes 167-168 of 240.

BBC7085The Catholic Association - The Invasion Of Ulster2007071320090518 (BBC7)
20090519 (BBC7)

The country's rich story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

Daniel O'Connor, the leader of the Catholic Association, was a witty and powerful speaker who fought for Catholic rights.

Episodes 169-170 of 240.

BBC7087A Social Laboratory - Property Has Its Duties As Well As Its Rights2007071720090520 (BBC7)
20090521 (BBC7)

The country's rich story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

During the 19th century, the way Ireland was run changed dramatically.

Episodes 173-174 of 240.

BBC7088The Repealer Repulsed - Monster Meetings2007071820090521 (BBC7)
20090522 (BBC7)
20110202 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

A look at Ireland's 'monster meetings', which took place across the country during the early 1840s.

Episodes 175-176 of 240.

BBC7089A Nation Once Again - The Very Extreme Of Human Wretchedness2007071920090522 (BBC7)
20090523 (BBC7)
20110203 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

Ireland during the 1840s saw tension between different nationalists, and a country was on the brink of a national catastrophe.

Episodes 177-178 of 240.

BBC7090The Far Seeing Merchants Of Northern Venice - So Much Wretchedness2007072020090525 (BBC7)
20090526 (BBC7)
20110204 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

Ireland's industry thrived during the early 19th century but when domestic industry collapsed, poverty became widespread.

Episodes 179-180 of 240.

BBC7093185-18620070725

Weakened by starvation, Irish people were dying in their thousands.

Many tried to emigrate but conditions on ships were harsh.

Episodes 185-186 of 240.

BBC7094187-18820070726

Even though a great famine swept through Ireland, some Irish revolutionaries continued to resist the British government.

Episodes 187-188 of 240.

BBC7094The Battle Of Widow Mccormack's Cabbage Patch - The Fenian Brotherhood2007080720090529 (BBC7)
20090530 (BBC7)
20110210 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

BBC7095The Green Flag Will Be Flying Independently - God Save Ireland!2007072720090601 (BBC7)
20090602 (BBC7)
20110211 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

The story of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the 19th-century armed revolutionary group.

Episodes 189-190 of 240.

BBC7098The Land War - The Relief Of Captain Boycott2007080120090604 (BBC7)
20090605 (BBC7)

The country's rich story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

During the late 19th century, 'boycotting' swept over Ireland, achieving formidable results.

Episodes 195-196 of 240.

BBC7099Assassination In The Phoenix Park - The First Home Rule Bill2007080220090605 (BBC7)
20090606 (BBC7)
20110217 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

During the late 19th century, Home Rule and the Land Act were high on the Irish political agenda.

Episodes 197-198 of 240.

BBC7100Is Them Uns Bate? - The Belfast Riots Of 18862007080320090608 (BBC7)
20090609 (BBC7)
20110218 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

When the Home Rule Bill was defeated in 1886, violence broke out in Ireland.

Episodes 199-200 of 240.

BBC7101Belfast, An Imperial City - Committee Room 152007080620090609 (BBC7)
20090610 (BBC7)
20110221 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

In 1888 Belfast was one of the most successful cities in the world and Parnell was viewed as the uncrowned king of Ireland.

Episodes 201-202 of 240.

BBC7102Keep Our Noble Kingdom Whole - The Second Home Rule Bill2007080720090610 (BBC7)
20090611 (BBC7)
20110222 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

News of Parnell's adultery split the Irish party.

Meanwhile, Gladstone tried to bring the Irish Home Rule Bill into law.

Episodes 203-204 of 240.

BBC7103205-20620070808

Many people left Ireland during the late 19th century.

Back at home a vast network of railway lines was being constructed.

Episodes 205-206 of 240.

BBC7103The Country Is Bleeding To Death - Killing Home Rule With Kindness2007081420090611 (BBC7)
20090612 (BBC7)
20110223 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

BBC7104De-anglicising The Irish People - Two Nations?2007080920090612 (BBC7)
20090613 (BBC7)
20110224 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

In the early 20th Century in Ireland, many surnames were anglicised and the Land Purchase Act was passed.

Episodes 207-208 of 240.

BBC7105Cultural Revival - Home Rule Promised2007081020090615 (BBC7)
20090616 (BBC7)
20110225 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

A look at the Gaelic League, which aimed to preserve the Irish language, and the advent of Sinn Féin, founded in 1905.

Episodes 209-210 of 240.

BBC7106The Covenant - The Great Dublin Lock-out2007081320090616 (BBC7)
20090617 (BBC7)

The country's rich story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

During the early 20th century Dublin was in decline.

Meanwhile, Unionists armed themselves to protest against the government.

Episodes 211-212 of 240.

BBC7108Faithful To Erin, We Answer Her Call - The Conspirators Prepare2007081520090618 (BBC7)
20090619 (BBC7)

The country's rich story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

A look at how, for a short time during the First World War, the Irish put their troubles aside and united to fight against Germany.

Episodes 215-216 of 240.

BBC7109We Are Going To Be Slaughtered - Easter Week2007081620090619 (BBC7)
20090620 (BBC7)

The country's rich story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

A study of Ireland's Easter Rising rebellion, which took place on Easter Monday, 1916.

BBC7110Executions And Internment - Sacrifice At The Somme2007081720090622 (BBC7)
20090623 (BBC7)
20110304 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

A look at the aftermath of the Easter Rising and the Irish soldiers who fought in the First World War.

Episodes 219-220 of 240.

BBC7111The Rise Of Sinn Fein - The First Dail2007082020090623 (BBC7)
20090624 (BBC7)

The country's rich story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

The rise of Sinn Fein and Ireland's first revolutionary parliament called the Dail Eireann.

BBC7112Return To Violence - Terror And Reprisal2007082120090624 (BBC7)
20090625 (BBC7)

The country's rich story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

From 1919 violence again returned to Northern Ireland.

There was violence and assassinations as the IRA fought with British forces.

Episodes 223-224 of 240.

BBC7113The Dreary Steeples - Partition2007082220090625 (BBC7)
20090626 (BBC7)

The country's rich story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

During the War of Independence violence spread across Ireland.

In 1920, Northern Ireland was created.

Episodes 225-226 of 240.

BBC7114Stretch Out The Hand Of Forebearance - The Treaty2007082320090626 (BBC7)
20090627 (BBC7)

The country's rich story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

In 1921 following terrible violence in Ireland, the British government met with the Irish Dail to discuss Ireland's future.

Episodes 227-228 of 240.

BBC7115The Split - Troubles North And South2007082420090629 (BBC7)
20090630 (BBC7)
20110311 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

The Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 provoked much heated debate in Ireland.

Meanwhile, in Northern Ireland, the violence continued.

Episodes 229-230 of 240.

BBC7116Civil War - Green Against Green2007082720090630 (BBC7)
20090701 (BBC7)
20110314 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

A look at the beginnings of the Irish Civil War, 1922.

Episodes 231-232 of 240.

BBC7117Divided Ulster - Not An Inch2007082820090701 (BBC7)
20090702 (BBC7)
20110315 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

A brief look at the politics of Northern Ireland during the early 1920s.

Episodes 233-234 of 240.

BBC7118Depression Years - An Empty Political Formula2007082920090702 (BBC7)
20090703 (BBC7)

The country's rich story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

A look at Ireland between the two World Wars and the advent of Eamon de Valera's political party, Fianna Fail.

Episodes 235-236 of 240.

BBC7119The Economic War - Democracy In Peril2007083020090703 (BBC7)
20090704 (BBC7)

The country's rich and turbulent story continues.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich story continues.

The Fianna Fail party came to power in 1932; its leader Eamon De Valera actively opposed the terms of the Anglo Irish treaty.

Episodes 237-238 of 240.

BBC7120 LASTForget The Unhappy Past - Crying For A Happier Life2007083120090706 (BBC7)
20090707 (BBC7)

The country's rich story concludes.

With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.

The country's rich and turbulent story concludes.

An examination of Ireland during the 1930s in the lead up to the Second World War.

Episodes 239-240 of 240.

OMNI40Omnibus 196-20020070107

Omnibus edition of the series that spans the history of the island.

Covering episodes 196 to 200, from the relief of the Captain Boycott in 1880 to the Belfast riots of 1886.

OMNI41Omnibus 201-20520070114

Omnibus edition of the series that spans the history of the island.

Covering episodes 201 to 205, from Belfast's recognition as a city in 1888 to the mass exodus from Ireland.

OMNI42Omnibus 206-21020070121

Omnibus edition of the series that spans the history of the island.

Covering episodes 206 to 210, from the introduction of democracy in 1898 to the Home Rule Bill of 1912.

OMNI43Omnibus 211-21520070128

from demonstrations against Home Rule in 1912 to the outbreak of World War I in 1914.

OMNI44Omnibus 216-22020070204

From the 1916 rising to the sacrifice at the Somme.

OMNI45Omnibus 221-22520070211

Episodes 221 to 225 cover the rise of Sinn Fein to the revival of the Ulster Volunteer Force.

OMNI47Omnibus 231-23520070318

from the outbreak of civil war in 1922 to the Depression years post 1929.

OMNI50Omnibus 226-23020070218

Partition in 1920 to troubles North and South in 1922.

OMNI210Home Rule Promised20070119
OMNI211The Covenant20070122
OMNI212The Great Dublin Lock-out20070123
OMNI214To The Brink Of Civil War20070125
OMNI215Faithful To Erin, We Answer Her Call20070126
OMNI221The Rise Of Sinn Fein20070205
OMNILASTOmnibus 236-24020070325

from the creation of Fianna Fail in 1926 to the outbreak of World War II in 1939.

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An epic tale in five-minute episodes, every week day for a year.

Don't miss the most compelling re-telling of our dramatic past ever undertaken

A Short History of Ireland starts on 27 March, 2006 and will run for a total of 240 episodes, taking you on an historical journey spanning the Ice Age, the arrival of Christianity, the Viking era, Brian Boru, the Norman invasion, the plantation and the famine through to the creation of the Irish Free State.

Written by Dr.

Jonathan Bardon OBE, QUB, each programme will be read by local actors Frances Tomelty, James Greene and Richard Dormer, who will interweave eye-witness accounts, letters and diary extracts from the times with the historical facts.

RU171The Clare Election20061120
RU172Scum Condensed Of Irish Bog20061121
RU173A Social Laboratory20061122
RU174Property Has Its Duties As Well As Its Rights20061123
RU175The Repealer Repulsed20061124
RU196The Relief Of Captain Boycott20070101
RU197Assassination In The Phoenix Park20070102
RU198The First Home Rule Bill20070103
RU199Is Them'uns Bate?20070104
RU200The Belfast Riots Of 188620070105
RU201Belfast: An Imperial City20070108
RU202Committee Room 1520070109
RU203Keep Our Noble Kingdom Whole20070110
RU204The Second Home Rule Bill20070111
RU205The Country Is Bleeding To Death20070112
RU206Killing Home Rule With Kindness20070115
RU207De-anglicising The Irish People20070116
RU208Two Nations?20070117
RU209Cultural Revival20070118
RU213The Curragh Mutiny20070124
RU216The Conspirators Prepare20070129
RU217We Are Going To Be Slaughtered20070130
RU21820070131
RU219Executions And Internment20070201
RU220Sacrifice At The Somme20070202
RU222The First Dail20070206
RU223Return To Violence20070207
RU224Terror And Reprisal20070208
RU225The Dreary Steeples20070209
RU226Partition20070212
RU227Stretch Out The Hand Of Forebearance20070213
RU228The Treaty20070214
RU229The Split20070215
RU230Troubles North And South20070216
RU231Civil War20070312
RU232Green Against Green20070313
RU233Divided Ulster20070314
RU234Not An Inch20070315
RU235Northern Ireland: Depression Years20070316
RU236An Empty Political Formula20070319
RU237The Economic War20070320
RU238Democracy In Peril20070321
RU239Forget The Unhappy Past20070322
RU240 LASTCrying For A Happier Life20070323