Green Fields Of France, The [Radio Ulster]

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Gerry Kelly goes on a personal journey to discover the story behind his favourite song.

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On the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, broadcaster Gerry Kelly goes on a personal journey to discover the story behind his favourite song.

Made famous by the Irish folk group, The Fureys, and recorded by a host of musicians down the years, 'The Green Fields of France' is also known as 'No Man’s Land' or 'Willie McBride'. It remains one of the enduring anti-war songs of the twentieth century and has particular significance in Ireland.

In this documentary, Gerry travels to France and comes face to face with the scenes that inspired the song’s writer, Eric Bogle, in a moving attempt both to understand more about World War One and to discover who, if anyone, was the real Willie McBride.

20160703

On the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, broadcaster Gerry Kelly goes on a personal journey to discover the story behind his favourite song.

Made famous by the Irish folk group, The Fureys, and recorded by a host of musicians down the years, 'The Green Fields of France' is also known as 'No Man’s Land' or 'Willie McBride'. It remains one of the enduring anti-war songs of the twentieth century and has particular significance in Ireland.

In this documentary, Gerry travels to France and comes face to face with the scenes that inspired the song’s writer, Eric Bogle, in a moving attempt both to understand more about World War One and to discover who, if anyone, was the real Willie McBride.