The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland form one of the most beautiful islands in the world: a place steeped in history, culture and belief, but one with a complex and troubled past.
We’ve collated a range of resources written by our academics to complement the series and expand your knowledge. Click on a link to jump to content:
- Try our interactive timeline of Irish history, from 3000BC to 1998
- Find out about The Open University in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
- Find out more about the North Belfast parading dispute
- Learn more about Ireland by trying some of our free learning materials in history, literature and society
- See what Arts and Social Science courses we offer at the OU
- Learn more about the series
The first episode of Ireland with Simon Reeve airs on BBC TWO on Sunday 22nd November 2015 at 8pm. Full broadcast details and watch again links can be found on bbc.co.uk.
Miss our live Twitter Q&A with Simon Reeve? You can now read the highlights on Storify as he answered your questions about the programme and his experiences in Ireland.
Try our interactive timeline on Irish history...
Timeline: History of Ireland Featuring: Activity xmascarol under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Delve into Irish history with our interactive timeline. Launch now: Timeline: History of Ireland
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Open University in The Republic of Ireland "Dublin castle". Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
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Welcome to The Open University in Northern Ireland. Read more: Open University in Northern Ireland
Find out more about the North Belfast parading dispute...
A clash of rights: Parading in Northern Ireland "12 July in Belfast, 2011 (130)" by Ardfern - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons. under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
What is the background to the North Belfast parading dispute? Read more: A clash of rights: Parading in Northern Ireland
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Developments in Ireland were a major factor in the English Civil War. Plot the impact of the war on Ireland as events... Read more: Irish Plantations: By map
What was the Easter Rising? Featuring: Video Pammie 76 under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
How close did the Easter Rising come to achieving the aims of its leaders? Watch now: What was the Easter Rising?
Do we use our buildings to declare who we are? How far does our heritage influence our collective identity? This... Watch now: The Arts Past and Present: Ireland
The Giro D'Italia's Big Start in Ireland is a fitting event for a place always quick to adopt the latest cycling... Read more: Whizzing in all directions: A history of cycling in Ireland
From Catholic rebellion to Civil War, what happened during the latter years of the reign of Charles I that caused... Try: The origins of the wars of the three kingdoms now
With this degree course you will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history from antiquity to... Visit prospectus for BA (Honours) History
Three Irish Poets - Introduction Copyright: Image of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill: Paul Sherwood/The Gallery Press. Others: Public Domain
A look at three female Irish Poets – Ellen O'Leary, Katharine Tynan and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. Read more: Three Irish Poets - Introduction
How did the fictional world James Joyce created reflect his own experiences of Dublin? Did Joyce write about a... Listen now: James Joyce’s Dublin
Do you want to get more out of your reading of poetry? This free course, Approaching poetry, is designed to develop... Try: Approaching poetry now
English literature is a broad and accessible subject that is important in its own right and offers connections to a... Visit prospectus for BA (Honours) English Literature
Education in Northern Ireland: segregation, division and sectarianism? Free Course lightruth under CC-BY-NC under Creative-Commons license
Is education in Northern Ireland a vehicle for social cohesion or for perpetuating community divisions? Read more: Education in Northern Ireland: segregation, division and sectarianism?
Newry: Frontier town or border city? D Mull under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Newly-minted Newry's city status may be - but it still relies on the same commerce and location that has kept it... Read more: Newry: Frontier town or border city?
Upper Buckingham Street, Dublin, Ireland: from speculative landowners to multi-tenanted tenements Featuring: Activity Copyright: G&T Crampton Limited Archive
The story of Upper Buckingham Street, from its initial layout in 1788 to the present day, reflects the ups and downs... Launch now: Upper Buckingham Street, Dublin, Ireland: from speculative landowners to multi-tenanted tenements
Where do social order (and disorder) come from? How can we make ourselves richer, and does society always gain? What... Visit prospectus for BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics
What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to crime? Social science explores such... Visit prospectus for BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences
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The arts past and present Course Copyright: Beauneveu: Giraudon/The Bridgeman Art Library; Kandinsky: © The Art Institute of Chicago. © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2012
Study a broad range of arts subject areas (from history to philosophy, music to English) across multiple cultures and... Visit prospectus for The arts past and present
This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and enjoyment of the arts and humanities –... Visit prospectus for BA (Honours) Humanities
This module is an ideal introduction to the social sciences – psychology, social policy and criminology, geography... Visit prospectus for Introducing the social sciences