Viewers impressed by Patrick Kielty's programme about his father who was shot dead by UFF
The comedian’s father was killed in 1988.
Viewers have said Patrick Kielty did his late father proud, following a BBC programme about his death at the hands of paramilitary gunmen.
The comedian, 47, was born in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, and was only 16 when his dad Jack Kielty was shot dead by the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF).
Three men were convicted in connection with the murder, but they were freed under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.
On the 20th anniversary of the agreement, Kielty returned to his hometown of Dundrum and travelled around to see if the historic peace deal has delivered on its pledge to create a new Northern Ireland.
The star was inundated with messages from viewers who said they were “lost for words” over the “thought-provoking” My Dad, The Peace Deal And Me.
One person wrote on Twitter: “Brilliant Doc Paddy. Best bit of telly I’ve seen in ages. Sincere, intelligent, honest and optimistic.”
Brilliant Doc Paddy. Best bit of telly I’ve seen in ages. Sincere, intelligent, honest and optimistic.— Carl (@norrisofthorpe) April 4, 2018
“What a phenomenal programme you made,” said another. “Thank you for sharing your story with us. Incredibly powerful & really balanced.”
Many people said his father would have been proud.
One person tweeted: “Well done @PatricKielty your dad will be looking down on you tonight a very proud man.”
Well done @PatricKielty your dad will be looking down on you tonight a very proud man.— Terry Hallahan (@TerryHallahan) April 4, 2018
Another said: “Fantastic show Paddy! Your hopes for the province speak for a lot of people here!
“Your da would be proud of you!”
Fantastic show Paddy! Your hopes for the province speak for a lot of people here! Your da would be proud of you!— Maurice Quinn (@QuinnMauri) April 4, 2018
Prior to the programme airing, Kielty tweeted that it was “a film about home. And hope”.
As it concluded, he posted a picture of his father on Instagram, writing: “Our Dad x Here’s to the future…"
I'm 33 and have never watched something that has explained so well the troubles in northern/republic of Ireland.. amazing programme #mydadthepeacedealandme— jen_lo (@LongdenJennifer) April 4, 2018
"If this is what has to happen to stop this from happening to someone else, ok, I'll suck this up." Jesus, talk about strength & sacrificing for others. What an example for the rest of us. Serious respect & love, @PatricKielty. #MyDadThePeaceDealAndMe— ravenwolf68 (@ravenwolf68) April 4, 2018
Watching #mydadthepeacedealandme with my two kids. They’ve only had one question. ‘Why Daddy?’— Stephen (@Stephen__Hillis) April 4, 2018
A very difficult question to answer even now. A great documentary.
Patrick Kielty and his scars of the NI conflict is just one story. @PatricKielty and all those who contributed to this documentary should be commended for their frank and honest summation of the Troubles in such a compelling way #MyDadThePeaceDealAndMe— Siobhán Doyle (@thekickart) April 4, 2018
Absolutely brilliant.— Judith🦁 (@WeeJudiee) April 4, 2018
This man who was blinded by a rubber bullet fired by a British soldier and then forgiving / befriending him... Incredible. So moving and SO IMPORTANT! #MyDadThePeaceDealAndMe
Seriously brave telly @PatricKielty - 100% respect for your forthright and honest approach. This is exactly the humanity & realism that we all need to see right now. #MyDadThePeaceDealAndMe #BrexitShambles— Cllr Julie McKenzie (@joolsmc) April 4, 2018