Patrick Kielty overhears fears of violence in Frampton, discusses bridge to Scotland with architect and meets former UFF commander “keeping the peace” for BBC document One Hundred Years of Union
Comedian Patrick Kielty explores what the future holds for Northern Ireland on the occasion of its centenary in a new BBC documentary on Thursday night.
Patrick Kielty: One hundred years of union will see the Co Down native investigate why the Irish Sea’s new trade border has sparked violent protests this year and consider whether the conflict could resume, almost 25 years after the end of the troubles.
In January 1988, Kielty’s own father, Jack, was shot dead in his home village of Dundrum by a loyalist paramilitary group, the UFF.
The TV star focuses in her new personal film on the generation born after the ceasefire.
He first talks to Joel Keys, a 19-year-old from Belfast who has established himself as a modern voice for young loyalists.
Joel was arrested during the Belfast riots in April 2021 which began to protest the Northern Ireland protocol, but was released without charge.
The protocol was agreed by the UK and the EU as a way to maintain a fluid land border on the island of Ireland after Brexit. Trade unionists in Northern Ireland have vehemently opposed its terms, which provide for additional checks on goods arriving in the region from the rest of the UK.
Joel brings Kielty to celebrate bonfire night on July 11 and the couple also chat with Jackie McDonald, who was the UFF commander during the unrest, but is now a community worker trying to ‘keep the peace’ .
Kielty is also meeting with former local boxing world champion Carl Frampton, who talks about his concerns for Northern Ireland’s future and has considered moving overseas as he believes there is “real potential. of violence “to return.
Lisa McGee, the creator of the global hit comedy Derry Girls, also chats with Kielty about her experiences growing up in Northern Ireland in the 1990s and her hopes for the future.
Scottish professor Alan Dunlop, the architect behind the prospect of building a bridge between Northern Ireland and Scotland, makes an appearance in the documentary.
In a bid to appease trade unionists after the implementation of the NI protocol, Prime Minister Boris Johnson had proposed plans to build a transport link to Scotland.
The Financial Times reported on Monday that the plans, estimated to cost at least £ 15billion, had been canceled due to limits on government spending by the Treasury, but Dunlop talks to Kielty about what a bridge could do “Celtic power”. the two countries.
Kielty also learns about the transgenerational trauma from Bronagh McConville, 26-year-old granddaughter of Jean McConville, who was kidnapped and killed by the IRA in 1972.
The Republican paramilitary group claimed the 38-year-old mother of 10 was a British Army informant, although no evidence of this has ever been produced.
Ms McConville’s body was not discovered until 2003, when the IRA revealed that they had buried her at Shelling Hill Beach in the Republic of Ireland.
Bronagh, who was eight at the time, was there to research and discuss with Kielty how her family’s past experiences have affected her own mental health today.
Patrick Kielty: One Hundred Years of Union will air on BBC One NI Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.