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TV ON DEMAND | Patrick Kielty: One Hundred Years of Union


Patrick Kielty in Dundrum, County Down


On the 100th anniversary of its creation, Patrick Kielty explores what the future holds for Northern Ireland, in an authored documentary for BBC One.



He investigates why a new trade border in the Irish Sea has led to violent protests, sparking fear among some of a return to conflict, nearly 25 years after the end of the Troubles; a conflict which claimed thousands of lives, including that of his father Jack Kielty.


Patrick Kielty in Belvoir Estate, south Belfast

In this very personal film, Patrick focusses on a new generation born after the ceasefire, as he tries to understand what is driving this 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.


The film is made by Dragonfly and produced in partnership with The Open University for BBC.


Patrick Kielty in Belvoir Estate, south Belfast


Patrick Kielty: One Hundred Years of Union


Aired: Thur 16 September on BBC One NI

Now available on demand BBC iPlayer