End of the Empire

End of the Empire

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S1 E6: Wrapping up the series Simon reflects on how we should view these important buildings today not just as part of our heritage also a vital part of history as he explores the state of Ireland and its castles during the 19th and 20th centuries. Famine and the land wars were a time of great change in Ireland where tenant and landlord relations disintegrated. This final episode details the state of Irish castles during these periods of unrest and features amongst others the stately home of Castle Leslie. A haven for the rich and famous the castle was saved from being burnt out by Irish republicans in the 1920s due to the generosity of the owner to the local village during the Great Famine 50 years before. We see exclusive home movie footage of Mick Jagger from The Rolling Stones staying there in the 1960s and broadcast archive of Paul McCartney getting married to Heather Mills.