St. Patrick’s Day 2019

This March HISTORY has curated an extensive selection of the best programmes in commemoration of St. Patrick’s Day and Ireland’s rich history.

Journey back to a heroic age of timeless legends, of mighty warriors and immortal rulers.

 


St Patrick’s Day Eve

The Kennedy’s Irish Mafia

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy was acutely felt in his ancestral homeland of Ireland. Just five months before his death in Dallas on the afternoon of the 22nd November 1963, the young President had captivated the Irish people with his charm, his wit, and his rhetoric. Over the course of four days in June of that year, Kennedy visited the cities of Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick and his family homestead in Dunganstown, Co Wexford. When President Kennedy died, a part of Ireland died with him.


St Patrick’s Day Morning Marathon

Wild Ireland

Christine Bleakley is going home to Ireland on a very special trip. She’ll drive, climb, walk and swim her way along the longest continuous coastal route in the world, Ireland’s 1500 mile long Wild Atlantic Way. She’ll meet a host of fascinating characters as she explores the entire route from Malin Head in the north to Clonakilty in the south. Along the way she uncovers a landscape of natural wonders right on Britain’s doorstep and reveals its hidden treasures.

 

A Fanatic Heart: Bob Geldof on W.B. Yeats

Musician and advocate Bob Geldof examines the life and work of one of the 20th century’s greatest poets, William Butler Yeats. Geldof argues that as a poet and statesman, at the vanguard of a cultural revolution, Yeats brought about immense change in Ireland’s struggle for independence, without firing a bullet.


St Patrick’s Day Evening

Origins of The Irish

Why are the oldest Irish human remains less than 10,000 years old when just 100 kms away in Britain, human traces go back 700,000 years? Did the first Irish arrive overland on an ice bridge, or on a small fragile boat blown ashore by the winds of chance?

Broadcaster Diarmuid Gavin travels to the heart of Africa and beyond in a quest to find the very origins of the Irish people. Who are the Irish and whose blood flows in our veins?

A landmark documentary and winner of an Irish Film & TV Award, ‘Origins of the Irish’ explores the most fundamental questions about the Irish population; who were the first people to settle here and where did they come from?

The series combines cutting edge science, the latest archaeology and superb visuals to bring this enthralling topic to our screens.

 

Spitfire Paddy

Discover the life story of the youngest Wing Commander ever in the RAF. During WW2 Brendan ‘Paddy’ Finucane age 21 was a Wing Commander for the Royal Air Force, he was known as Spitfire ‘Paddy’ to his colleagues and the press, to Jean, his fiancee, he was just Brendan. Born in Dublin, Ireland during the civil war, Brendan dreamed of becoming a pilot and all he wanted to do was fly. When an opportunity came to join the RAF, his dream was realised. Far from being a natural flyer, he struggled his way through training, but when he flew a Spitfire in combat, his talents as a fighter made him a top Ace and a deadly adversary.