Preview: Patrick Kielty: One Hundred Years of Union

Patrick Kielty
Patrick Kielty knows first hand the need to prioritise peace. Photo: BBC

It was 100 years ago that Northern Ireland was officially brought into being as we know it today, and Patrick Kielty asks what the future has in store for the area moving forward.

He investigates why a new post-Brexit, trade border in the Irish Sea is leading to violent protests, sparking fear among some of a return to conflict. It is nearly 25 years after the end of the Troubles, a conflict that claimed thousands of lives, including that of Patrick’s father Jack Kielty.

This is a deeply personal film; Patrick focuses on a new generation born long after the ceasefire, as he tries to understand what is driving the new wave of unrest, particularly in Loyalist communities. He also explores why some feel that a united Ireland could now be on the horizon and how the trauma of Northern Ireland’s past is shaping its future.

One Hundred Years of Union – Thursday at 9pm on BBC One

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