Patrick Kielty: One Hundred Years of Union
Patrick Kielty: One Hundred Years of Union

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

He’ll investigate 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.

In this very personal film, Patrick’s focus will be 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’ll also be exploring 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.