A five part series about the Irish abroad, THE IRISH EMPIRE pulls together archival footage, interviews, and documentary footage to depict how the Irish view themselves and how they are seen by others. Though today many recall Ireland as an almost mythic, idyllic land, scores of its population emigrated to the far corners of the Earth. In five volumes, this series attempts to explore the different experiences that Irish emigrants had after they left their homeland.
Behind every one of the 70 million Irish lives around the globe, there stretches a centuries-old history of exodus, hope and fierce struggle to establish a life in foreign lands. This landmark documentary series takes a look at what has come to be known as the 'Irish Diaspora' examining the history of emigration and the impact which emigrants have had in their adopted countries. This series contains 5 full-length programs and was filmed throughout Europe, North America and Australia. The programs include: The Scattering, Building of the World, A World Apart, Keeping the Faith and Dreams of Home