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Age of Invasions

Story of Ireland Episode 1 of 5

A new five-part landmark series, written and presented by BBC Special Correspondent Fergal Keane, The Story of Ireland is a clear-eyed and expansive view of the history of the island and its people from its earliest times to the present day. Far from being a remote European outpost, episode one charts the formation of Ireland's DNA by successive ways of invaders and settlers. Along the way, Keane exposes the myth of Ireland's Celtic identity; he travels to Norway and presents the Vikings as resourceful settlers and traders in Ireland rather than as the barbarous marauders of popular belief. He also follows the trail of the early Iris monks as they bring their literature and learning through Europe to re-energise the Christian world, in the early middle ages.

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Tue 15 Nov 2011 02:40

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Credits

Role Contributor
Series ProducerMike Connolly
Series ProducerMike Connolly
PresenterFergal Keane
PresenterFergal Keane
Executive ProducerAilsa Orr
Executive ProducerAilsa Orr