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A Sovereign People

This is a story of history, politics, culture and society. This documentary film explores the two decades that laid the stepping stones for the foundation of the Irish state and the claim to sovereignty.

The period that followed the death of Parnell was the most exciting, turbulent, innovative decades in modern Irish history where intellectual, cultural, political and military activity reached a degree of intensity never before or since experienced on the island of Ireland.

This documentary film produced and directed by Sean O Mordha, traces the historical and cultural significance of this entire endeavour, the road to the Easter Rising and the Independent State that emerged in 1922.

A Sovereign People
  • RTÉ One, Thursday, 10.15pm