Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Adapted from the 1979 novel by Thomas Flanagan, the Anglo-French co-production The Year of the French was set in the Ireland of 1798. Long dreaming of independence from the British, a hardy band of Irish freedom fighters from County Mayo rose up against their English Oppressors, with the help of a group of French revolutionaries who'd "invaded" the country at Kileummin Bay. The musical score for this six-episode series was provided by the Chieftains, and proved to be a best-seller on its own. The Year of the French debuted in the British Isles over the Radio Telefis Eireann (RTS) broadcasting organization in 1982.