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Landmark civil war documentary to explore the conflict 100 years on

The Irish Civil War, a three-part documentary series exploring the conflict, will be screened on RTÉ in December. Picture: RTÉ
Paul Ainsworth

A NEW landmark documentary on the Irish Civil War is set to be screened next month as part of the island-wide Decade of Centenaries commemorations.

The three-part series on RTÉ is based on the mammoth Atlas of the Irish Revolution publication by University College Cork (UCC), which was named Irish Book of the Year in 2017.

To be screened from December 11 - 13, The Irish Civil War will feature extensive archive footage, along with witness accounts read by performers including Love/Hate actor Peter Coonan.

The documentary will be narrated by The Banshees of Inisherin star Brendan Gleeson, who said the 100th anniversary of the conflict that followed partition was something "we have to start talking about".

He added: "It's uncomfortable because we don't like to see ourselves in a savage light but everybody has savagery in them and we have to address it because it's never that far away from the surface."

UCC's John Fitzgerald said: "Over three episodes, the series re-examines the causes and the terrible events of the Civil War, using leading experts and adopting the perspective of the ordinary person, to ask: Why did this war happen? Who did it really impact? What is its legacy?"

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