Fergal Keane presents a landmark five-part series charting the history of the island and her people from the earliest days to the present. This fascinating series on the history of Ireland featured the St Patrick's Parade London 2011. (IMAGES FROM THE PROGRAMME)

EPISODE ONE - AGE OF INVASIONS
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.

EPISODE TWO - THE AGE OF CONQUEST
Fergal Keane examines how the huge upheavals of Europe in the Middle Ages altered the story of Ireland irrevocably. Beginning with the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland in 1169, he investigates how the Normans changed Irish life and why Gaelic kings initially welcomed an English ruler. But it is also the story of an incomplete conquest. The English crown only finally moves to impose its will in Ireland after the Protestant Reformation places Ireland at the forefront of religious war.

EPISODE THREE - THE AGE OF REVOLUTION
Fergal Keane explores how the influx of Scottish Presbyterians during the 17th century Plantation of Ulster changed the make-up of the island and its subsequent history. We also see how revolution in America and France paved the way for Ireland's 1798 rebellion.

EPISODE FOUR - THE AGE OF UNION
Fergal Keane's Story of Ireland explores the great changes of the 19th century. Starting with the 1801 Act of Union, when Ireland becomes part of the United Kingdom for the first time, Keane shows us how modern Ireland comes into being through the great constitutional battles for Catholic Emancipation, Land Reform and Home Rule. We also witness the horrors of the potato famine of the 1840s.

EPISODE FIVE - AGE OF NATIONS
The dramatic history of Ireland throughout the 20th century is the subject of this concluding episode of Fergal Keane's series. The War of Independence in the south and the fierce resistance that ensued in the north lead to a partition of the island for the first time in its history. Keane charts the developments of the two religiously dominated states, driven by big personalities like Edward Carson and Ian Paisley in the North and Eamonn de Valera and Charles Haughey in the South, up to present day. He follows Northern Ireland's troubles and peace process and the boom and bust of the Celtic Tiger years in the Republic.

The series is repeated at regular intervals on BBC4 and the BBC iPlayer.

THE STORY OF IRELAND
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00yyc7b




Philip Treacy is one of the most prolific and acclaimed hat designers working in the UK. His work was very much in evidence at this year's Royal Wedding and at Royal Ascot. Meghan Markle wore one of his designs for her first official public engagement as the Duchess of Sussex. Other notable clients include Madonna, Tina Turner, Grace Jones, who has showcased his creations on and off stage, and Lady Gaga, for whom he made a black telephone hat.
Originally from Ahascragh, a small village in County Galway, Ireland, Philip learned to sew when he was six years old. He grew up opposite a church and he recalls how, as a young boy, he would go to all the weddings, uninvited, to look at the clothes and in particular the wedding dresses.


He went on to study fashion at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, and then won a place on the MA fashion design course at the Royal College of Art in London, graduating in 1990 with first class honours. He enjoyed a meteoric rise to success when fashion stylist Isabella Blow saw his student hat collection. She introduced him to Karl Lagerfeld, who quickly invited him to design hats for Chanel Couture when he was still in his early twenties. He has won the title of British Accessory Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards on five occasions, and was awarded an honorary OBE for services to the British fashion industry in 2007.
Presenter Kirsty Young (LISTEN)

MORE EPISODES OF DESERT ISLAND DISCS WITH IRISH CASTAWAYS:

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DESERT ISLAND DISCS: DAVE ALLEN

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DESERT ISLAND DISCS: MARAY O'HARA



Rory Gallagher was in Dublin to perform three concerts at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, before moving on to Belfast. In this performance for The Late Late Show he plays ‘Out On The Western Plain’ on acoustic guitar. (LISTEN)

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