Gripping new TV show will look at Ireland's history of revolution, riots and social change 1 year ago

Gripping new TV show will look at Ireland's history of revolution, riots and social change

From the 1916 Rising to Repeal, this looks excellent.

Given the recent protests over the housing crisis, it's somewhat fitting that Virgin Media One (formerly TV3) are paying tribute to Ireland's history of street marches, riots, occupations, major strikes and mass protest movements.

In their new four-part show, Revolting Ireland, Simon Delaney aims to give viewers a brief social history lesson on the events, people and movements that shaped Irish politics, culture and society.

For example, the first episode looks at how civil protest has changed Ireland through the decades.

In terms of the subjects and topics that are being examined, viewers will learn about The Suffragettes; Jim Larkin and his role in the 1913 lock-out, the formation of the Irish Republic, the spiralling rate of unemployment in the '50s and the subsequent increase in tenement housing projects in Dublin.

Aside from this, Harry Corduff and his battle against potholes in Mayo, the anti-apartheid movement and the fight for Civil Rights in Northern Ireland - leading to Bloody Sunday and the burning of the British Embassy in Merrion Square in Dublin - will all be discussed.

With over 40 stories of heroism, defiance and tragedy, these tales will be brought to life via a series of guests, anecdotes, interviews and cracking tunes.

Over the course of the four episodes, notable figures like Blindboy Boatclub, Joe Duffy, David Norris, Terri Hooley, Diarmaid Ferriter, Bob Geldof, Marian Finucane, Ruairi Quinn, and many others will be providing their views on the issues that shaped and defined Ireland.

The revolution will be televised.

Episode 1 of Revolting Ireland starts at 22:00 on 2 October on Virgin Media One.

Take a look at what's in store.