People absolutely loved the first episode in RTÉ's new War of Independence documentary 2 months ago

People absolutely loved the first episode in RTÉ's new War of Independence documentary

It's now available for free. A wonderful start.

It's somewhat fitting that almost 100 years since the first Dáil convened in Dublin's Mansion House,  part one of RTÉ's new documentary series, The Irish Revolution, depicted the events of that day.

As stated in our review of Ruan Magan's three-part series, the documentary is incredibly accessible because history savants will devour it and casual TV viewers will learn something new.

Narrated by Cillian Murphy, viewers were re-introduced to various milestones in Irish history like the creation of Sinn Fein, the Irish Volunteers, the events of the Easter Rising (and how the attitudes of some Irish people turned against the rebels, due to the loss of life in WWI), Cumann na mBan, John Redmond's Irish Parliamentary Party, the issue of Home Rule, the rise of de Valera as a politician, and the radicalisation of the Irish public after they learned about the mass executions of the 1916 leaders.

Aside from this, seismic events like World War I and a sweeping sense of nationalism throughout the world helped to solidify Ireland's call for Independence as something that's symptomatic of a more worldwide trend.

With the second episode set to air next week, it's clear that plenty of people will be tuning in again to watch The Irish Revolution when it airs next Monday at 21:30 on RTÉ One.

If you missed the first episode, you can view it here.