Wednesday, January 24, 2007

'Flight of the Earls' Documentary Airs Tonight

We're happy to convey the contents of a news release, in English and Gaeilge, from Richard Gibson, Flight of the Earls Coordinator,, sent this morning:

2007 marks the 400th anniversary of the Flight of the Earls. As part of this year long commemoration, BBC is screening a three-part documentary series titled Flight of the Earls, produced and presented by Antaine O Donnaile. This feeds in with Donegal County Council's commitment to commemorating the anniversary. The first episode will be screened tonight, at 10.40 pm on BBC1 Northern Ireland.

The Flight of the Earls, from Rathmullan, on September 14 1607, is a pivotal event in the history of Ireland, and indeed in the history of Europe. The series takes an in-depth look at what led to the sudden departure of Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, and Rory O'Donnell, Earl of Tyrconnell, and charts their epic journey across Europe as they sought allies who would assist them in their quest for victory at home. Dramatic reconstructions of various battles (such as the Battle of Kinsale 1601) have been used in the series to create a clearer picture of the events leading up to the departure and the repercussions in Europe. Presenter and producer, Antaine O Donnaile travels across Europe, tracing their footsteps, ending at Rome at the Earls' final resting place.

Digital viewers will have the choice of watching the series in Irish or English (by pressing the red button on the control). The Irish version of the series will also be shown on BBC2 Northern Ireland on Sundays at 10.45pm starting Sunday.

For further information on other events taking place throughout the year to commemorate the Flight of the Earls, contact Donegal County Council on 074 91 94200.

Sraith faisnéise ar Imeacht na nIarlaí i dtrí choda ag tosnú Dé Ceadaoine ar BBC1 Thuaisceart Éireann.

Tá 2007 ag comóradh 400 bliain d'Imeacht na nIarlaí. Tá BBC ag scannánaíocht trí shraith faisnéise 'Imeacht na nIarlaí' a léiriú agus a chur i láthair ag Antaine Ó Donnaile. Beidh seo ceangailte leis an tionscnamh ceiliúraithe atá a eagrú ag Comhairle Chontae Dhún na nGall. Beidh an chéad sraith a thaispeáint ar an Cheadaoin, 24ú Eanair ag 10.40in ar BBC 1 Tuaisceart Éireann.

Is eachtra fiorthábhachtach i stair na hÉireann, agus fiú i stair na hEorpa, é 'Imeacht na nIarlaí' ar 14 Meán Fómhair 1607. Amharctar ar an fáth gur imigh Aodh Ó Néill, Iarla Thír Eoghain agus Ruaidhrí Ó Dónaill, Iarla Thír Chonaill, chomh tapaidh agus a d'fhág siad chun tearmann a fháil agus tacaíocht a lorg dá gcás trasna na hEorpa. Déantar atógáil ar chathanna éagsúla (mar Cath Cheann tSáile 1601) chun na himeachtaí suas go dtí an 'Imeacht' agus frithbhuailte san Eoraip a dhéanamh níos soiléire. Leanann Antaine Ó Donnaile á gcuid lorga trasna na hEorpa, ag críochnú suas ag uaigh na nIarlaí san Róimh. Beidh rogha ag an lucht féachána ar an tsraith Gaeilge nó Béarla. (Beidh an sraith Gaeilge a thaispeáint ar BBC2 Tuaisceart Éireann ar an Domhnach ag tosnú 28Eanair ag 10.45in.)

Déan teagmháil le hOifig na nIarlaí Chomhairle Chontae Dhún na nGall ag 074-9194200 fá choinne tuilleadh eolais ar chomóradh Imeacht na nIarlaí i rith na bliana


Anonymous said...

"This is a great documentary. Don't miss it. Heart wrenching to see these brave men lose their grip on the land! Such an infliction of suffering."

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