Wanted: Documentary About Ireland
July 13, 2010 6:17 PM   Subscribe

Can anyone give me a recommendation for a good, informative documentary about Irish history?

I'm not looking for a travelogue, but a history of the Irish people, up to and including the Northern Ireland Troubles.

Thanks for any tips!
posted by Pants McCracky to Media & Arts (2 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The Troubles, a BBC doc from the 70s (that used to be on youtube but I can only find pieces of now), is essential and really really depressing.
posted by destro at 7:53 PM on July 13, 2010

Robert Kee's Ireland - A Television History is thirty years old, so it misses most of the Troubles, and some of the historiography is now questioned, but it belongs to an era of landmark documentaries. It appears to be chunked up on the YouTubes.

RTÉ hasn't really done anything of that scope since; they really ought to get Roy Foster to do something along the lines of Schama's History of Britain.
posted by holgate at 8:14 PM on July 13, 2010

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