I have been meaning to post this for awhile but I didn’t know it had been posted on youtube yet. I saw this at the Alliance Francaise Symposium and I loved it and I hope you will too. Very informative!
This video was created by the Irish delegation to the EU’s 60th Anniversary Celebrations of the Schuman Declaration held over the weekend of May 9th 2010. The first screening of the video was in Scy-Chazelles, Robert Schuman’s birthplace and it’s first public screening in Ireland was at the European Symposium in UCC on May 18 2010.
The video traces major events which linked, and continue to link, Ireland with the wider European Union with the content being split into the relevant decades. It begins in the 1970s and Ireland’s first years as an EEC member before going on to document events throughout the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. The end of the video casts an eye to the future and Ireland’s position within the EU as our membership continues to mature.
The events documented range from the political to the cultural but all are links that bind us to Europe in some manner. The music was specially chosen by the delegation during the editing process with it being exclusively Irish in order to show a further cultural linkage and the songs are played during the decades they were recorded.
For Ireland and the EU, this video is just an overview of a relationship that goes much deeper than ten minutes could possibly represent.