Modern Ireland

Modern Ireland

2011, Society  -   6 Comments
Ratings: 6.63/10 from 8 users.

Modern Ireland is an observational documentary series in which we follow three people in one day, from morning till night.

The series gives an insight into today's Ireland with behind the scenes looks at the VIP Style Awards, a Body Building Competition featuring female body builders, three First Holy Communions, the European Winners Dog Show in the RDS, and a look at Modern Ireland's quest for the Body Beautiful in our make over show.

In the first programme, Supersized Shes, we follow two female body builders on the day of Ireland's biggest Body Building competition. The second programme focuses on Ireland's celebrity culture on the day of the VIP Style Awards.

In the third installment in the series, we meet three of the 60,000 children who made their First Communion in 2009. With almost 80 million euro spent on the festivities throughout the country, three families show us how they chose to celebrate their child's special day. In Gone to the Dogs we go behind the scenes at the European Winners Dog Show. We see all the tension that goes into this seminal event in the dog lovers calendar.

In the last episode in the series we spend one day following three very different characters with one thing in common – self-improvement – they want it, or they're helping others achieve it.

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6 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Sorsha

    This is for airheads. Nothing to learn here. Better watch reruns of Father Ted.

  2. Cormac

    Documentaries that manage to be even shallower and even more superficial and air headed than their subjects!

  3. Useful Eater

    For a more realistic view of Ireland watch the Hardy Bucks.

    This show is mostly about the nouveau riche spawned by the financial bubble commonly referred to as the Celtic tiger.

    2 year old show already showing its age as Ireland loses more and more to the proper rich people :P

    1. Anthony

      This was made at the end of the celtic tiger, lots of the people in this documentary are probably now facing eviction.

    2. Useful Eater

      I feel sorry for the people getting evicted or in negative equity etc.

      This doc however is populated by bodybuilders,fashion victims,plastic surgery fans and wannabe Crufts goers.

      The disappearance or weakening of that daft culture is probably the only good thing to come out of the collapse.

      I watched this country change from a welcoming place almost like the Bord Failte ads would have you believe it is into a land of coke sniffing racist snobs that cared about nothing but the value of their car and how much they could borrow against their inflated house price.

    3. Anthony

      I totally agree with your comment. What i meant was the people walking by in the streets not the daft wannabe celebs. Suppose i should have made that clear. I to feel pity for the people being evicted, some of whom are my friends,

      I dont live in ireland now and the people where i am now living,, some of them have lots of money but are more cultured about it. Hopefully Ireland in the future can stike a balance between having money and keeping our old ways alive that have made us so loved around the world. What happened during the celtic tiger was vulgar to the point where it would make you physcially sick.