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The Story of Ireland [DVD]

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Fergal Keane    Exempt   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Fergal Keane
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 16 May 2011
  • Run Time: 294 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004FV4R7M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,531 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Meticulously researched and beautifully filmed, The Story of Ireland is the definitive 21st Century account of Ireland’s remarkable past.

Presented by Fergal Keane, this expansive and outward-looking series offers an authoritative reappraisal of Ireland’s dramatic past, looking at the evolution of the country in a global context and challenging some of the potent myths that have become an accepted facet of the country’s history.

It follows the evolution of the modern nation 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.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Meticulously researched and beautifully filmed, The Story Of Ireland is the definitive 21st Century account of Ireland's remarkable past. Presented by Fergal Keane, this expansive and outward-looking series offers an authoritative reappraisal of Ireland's dramatic past, looking at the evolution of the country in a global context and challenging some of the potent myths that have become an accepted facet of the country's history. It follows the evolution of the modern nation 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. ...The Story of Ireland - 2-DVD Set

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking man's Irish history 16 Jun 2011
Format:DVD
Have seen all the episodes and come to much the same conclusion as the other reviewer; there is balance in the comments, a willingness to lay some painful ghosts, to objectively evaluate the English/British involvement and also to bring in some of the less heroic aspects of Irish actions, not least of all against each other. This series should form part of any British person's education about our nearest neighbour, and if it makes the English/British more aware of the impact they have had in Ireland, both positive and negative, it will have served its purpose well. One of the most heartwarming moments is in the first episode, when FK interviews his old History teacher, who is prepared to challenge his students' Irish conventions about Edward Carson and make them think about identities, not just one identity. If the Irish are prepared to rethink their national preconceptions, it behoves the English/British to do likewise. The photography is superb and the music not too intrusive. Well worth buying.
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79 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Quality Series 5 Jun 2011
By GJ
Format:DVD
This is a beautifully produced, well-balanced series and Fergal Keane does a fine job explaining Ireland's difficult and complicated history. Particularly I found the story of Ireland's 800 years of problems with the English, and England's 800 years of problems with the Irish, to be very illuminating. There's a lot to be learned here and it is quite sobering to hear how seemingly simple decisions by leaders at key moments in history have led to years of grief, struggle and brutality. Apparently, Keane had the idea for the series from watching the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. He had asked himself at the time where this had all come from and whether this was to be the beginning of the resolution of hundreds of years of conflict. Wherever this leads, I think Ireland's history is important in helping us inform our understanding of the present.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 800 years ...? 28 Dec 2011
By DavidQ
Format:DVD
There are some good things in this series, but it's worrying that a "re-look" at Irish history is so appallingly inadequate when it comes to the Norman invasion.

The invading Normans are almost immediately identified as "English" and then we have regular mentions of the Irish/English conflict. But those who invaded Ireland in 1169 were not only not English'; they were not even acting on behalf of England. The King of England to whom the Irish lords submitted a few years later was French, and French dominance of England lasted for many years. So much for the "800 years of oppression" nonsense.

This conflation of the early invaders of Ireland with the English derives from past Irish tendencies to exaggerate the duration of "English" oppression and from continuing English reluctance to recognise that England was subject to the Normans/French for centuries. (The most ludicrous example of the latter was the Tory MP some years ago who said that Richard the Lionheart was an English hero. He was clearly not aware that Richard Coeur de Lion could not speak English.)

In general, these popularising series need to be watched with scepticism.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of Ireland 30 Jun 2011
Format:DVD
I agree entirely with the comments of the other two reviewers. My two young teenage children and I watched the entire series and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm Irish (an emmigrant of the 1980s just like FK) and my children have been educated in the UK where Irish history sadly is ignored in the curriculum up to GCSE. This series filled that void in a wonderfully balanced manner. My children have visited many of the historical sites in the series and know all that I could teach them about the historical events attached to such sites. But the beauty of this series is that it lives up to its title. Its the "story" of Ireland and all the separate historical events I told them about over the years, FK has now placed in the appropriate chapters of that book. Now they fully comprehend those isolated facts and see the bigger picture. Fergal's series reminds me of my primary school history lessons, chronological (starting with the Stone Age as an 8 year old and ending with Lemass's policies as a 12 year old -learning brief facts about key events along the way) and then in the complex years from the 1400s to the present day delving into those facts a bit more deeply - just as we did with our secondary school history curriculum. In addition, just like our primary and secondary school history books did, he weaves in all the international events of the same time period so that the viewer is aware how entwined global historical events are on national historical events. The difference with this series and what we learned at school is the balance which his commentary and interviews with respected academics from both sides of the pond bring to the story. The BBC has created a masterpiece. This series will be used extensively in Irish schools without a shadow of doubt. What a pity that it is unlikely to be seen in schools on the mainland except by those taking History at A Level.The Story of Ireland [DVD]
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Story of Ireland 15 Sep 2011
By JoanP
Format:DVD
An excellent programme. Very well written and presented. A fascinating story of Ireland. It is great demand from friends to borrow it. Fergal Keene is a first class communicator.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Story of Ireland 14 Aug 2011
By rosec
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Having watched one of the episodes on TV I knew what I was buying - an excellent series with a fresh eye on the history of Ireland. Brilliant. Service from Amazon very good too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fergal Keane has done an excellent job telling the Irish story "like...
Fergal Keane has done an excellent job telling the Irish story "like it is". There has been a tendency in the past to over-romanticise the Irish history, and Fergal has... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Miss Ellen M Behrens
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Fergal Keane is just fab and this is such a comprehensive view at Ireland's rich history. A great opportunity to escape to Ireland for few hours!
Published 8 months ago by Blueangel
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of history
Covers all of Irelands history and as I bought this product for a relation I thought I would give it the "once over "Will be buying product for myself as I found it... Read more
Published 8 months ago by PATRICK MCKENNA
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of a very complicated story
The photography and film clips are excellent and the narration is intelligent and doesn't patronise. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Timothy Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful insight into a wonderful country
Everyone should watch this DVD - not only is it fascinating, but it explains a lot of the issues between Britain and Ireland that might come as a surprise to a lot of British... Read more
Published 11 months ago by RosieT
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of Ireland
Have been seeking a history of Ireland for a long time as I need to know something of my ancestors. This is a superbly produced DVD.
Published 12 months ago by Shirley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of Ireland
This DVD set gave me everything I was looking for in the history of Ireland an unbiased view of the history of the Republic with a good presentation of not only facts but also... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rogaro
2.0 out of 5 stars Simplistic nonsense
How did someone get commissioned to make rubbish like this ??
Keane seems to assume the viewer believes that Ireland has always been a pure Celtic Nation and an island of... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Irish_in_bkk
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for me ....
As a relatively recent convert to the Emerald Isle, I found the 5 episodes very informative and helped to improve my knowledge of Ireland. Read more
Published 19 months ago by G S Entwistle
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to go
I was ashamed that I knew nothing about Ireland but after watching this CD I can't wait to visit the wonderful country
Published 19 months ago by Lorna Bateman
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