The Battle of the Boyne on TV…

IF anyone wants to know why the Twelfth is celebrated in Northern Ireland, Peter Snow and son will be telling the story of the Battle of the Boyne on BBC1 at 10.40pm in Battlefield Britain.

  • sammaguire

    Battlefield Britain?? Surely, as a Dubliner, Peter Snow should know that that Battle took place on the island of Ireland not the island of Britain.

  • ouch!

    sammaquire

    “the island of Ireland not the island of Britain”

    Well it was on the British Isles which Ireland is Part of 🙂

  • CÓB

    While “the British Isles” has never been an officially used or accepted term anyway, no part of Ireland has ever been part of Britain regardless.

  • overhere

    Will be interesting to see if Peter metions that the Supreme Pontiff in Rome gave his blessing and money to King William of Orange.

  • jpeters

    surprised the boyne is mentioned at all, as battles go it was militarially unexceptional

  • Cruimh

    “While “the British Isles” has never been an officially used or accepted term anyway”

    never ?

  • Reader

    jpeters: surprised the boyne is mentioned at all, as battles go it was militarially unexceptional
    … but conclusive. Also, it was politically pivotal, at least for the British Isles.

  • Cruimh

    The battle of Aughrim was the conclusive one.

  • D’Oracle

    Boyne is in Ireland?! I always thought in was in Normandie in France

  • DK

    “The battle of Aughrim was the conclusive one” – agree, but William wasn’t at that one, and neither was James, so it doesn’t have the same fascination as the Boyne. Augrim holds the record for the battle on Irish soil with the most killed.