Irish History Podcast

By Fin Dwyer

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Subscribers: 3648
Reviews: 9

lynch
 Mar 15, 2021
too many ads and promoting himself. quit the hard sell. good podcast though

Chris
 Nov 14, 2020
Enthralling podcast. The host is excellent. I don't care for podcasts that are under 1 hour, but for this I make an exception.


 May 7, 2020

Lilly
 May 9, 2019
I absolutely love this podcast, the content is fascinating. It's never boring. I've learnt so much about my history. I look forward to seeing where he takes it in the future.

finbarr
 Apr 24, 2019
used to be a great podcast, old episodes are great but the new content is promo heavy on the rare occasions it is released. presumably most of it is behind the paywall on patreon. pity as it was great resource for young history enthusiasts.

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The Irish History Podcast brings you on a journey through Ireland's fascinating past. This podcast is not just dates but an enthralling account of Ireland's history, looking at daily life through the ages. The show is currently focused on the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s (see below), while the archive contains the stories of Ireland's ancient High Kings, Viking raiders and the Norman Invasion of the Middle Ages. The story of the Great Famine has proved the most popular to date, Between 1845 and 1851, during one of the worst Famine's in modern history one million Irish people died. The podcast looks at how this happened and who was responsible. The series also tells the story of the survivors. From rebellion to riots & evictions to emigration when you download the show you embark on a facinating and vivid journey to the world your ancestors lived in. These events not only changed Ireland but also numerous countries across the globe. Irish famine emigrants established communities in the USA, Britain, Canada, Australia and further afield. This series is the story of your ancestors who lived through world changing events. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory

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Revolutionary Justice (The War of Independence Part XVI)
00:32:39

This episode introduces two forgotten but remarkable revolutionaries - Margaret and Rose Quinn. These two sisters operated a secret IRA prison from their home in a Dublin suburb. This was part of wider attempts to solve the problem of growing lawlessness in Ireland by the summer of 1920.


As British authority disintegrated in rural areas someone had to maintain law and order. This would see a revolutionary justice system established, however it raised fundamental questions for the revolutionaries - where did crime end and revolutionary activity begin. Resolving this would bring major divisions in the Irish republican movement to the fore as the rich and poor had very different visions of what constituted a just society.


Sound - Jason Looney

Additional Research - Sam McGrath

Additional Narrations - Aidan Crowe & Therese Murray


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Sep 27, 2021
The War of Independence (Part XV) - Daily Life during the War
00:38:36

After a break of three months, the War of Independence Series finally returns! This episode takes you back to Ireland in the grip of war in 1920. Given it has been a while since the last War of Independence episode, this show eases you back into the story. 


Rather than recap previously covered material, the show looks at what wider life was like for those not directly involved in the conflict. We often forget this, as life continued, and people had to deal with a myriad of other problems.


So along the way I will introduce you to two fascinating but long forgotten people - Alice Morton and Bridget Carolan. While they had to deal with the fall out of the war, the episode explores some of the other problems they had to deal with. 


Bridget Carolan lived in grinding poverty while Alice Morton was a controversial figure who was embroiled in a sensational affair. As I explore their lives I name check the major events covered in the series to date to jog your memory. The show concludes by looking at what how people entertained themselves during the war. 


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Sound - Jason Looney

Additional Research - Sam McGrath 

Additional Narrations - Therese Murray & Aidan Crowe

 

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Sep 20, 2021
Human Skulls and Pagan Idols - The story of a sacred bog
00:30:40

Until recently few people had heard of Gortnacranagh in Co Roscommon. Then, in early August, archaeologists announced they had made startling discoveries during an excavation of what appears to have been a prehistoric sacred bog in the area. 


These included a large wooden pagan idol, human bones and animal depositions. While post excavation analysis has yet to be completed, Dr Eve Campbell, who lead the dig, joins me for an exclusive interview. Eve reveals what they found and more importantly what it tell us about the belief systems of our distant ancestors. 


In this podcast I announce the first live event of 2021 on Sunday September 19th. This three hour guided walk will be lead by myself, Damian Lawlor and Miriam Ryan who feature in the series 'The Road to Oldcroghan'. The walk takes place in the environs of Croghan Hill and brings you through the stunning landscape in Co Offaly where Oldcroghan man was sacrificed in the late Iron Age. Tickets are limited but there are still some available at croghan.eventbrite.com. (make sure to book tickets for September 19th)


Supporters of the show, get a 20% discount not mention hours of bonus content and ad-free episodes. You can support the show at patreon- at www.patreon.com/Irishpodcast or at Acast+ below.

 

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Sep 06, 2021
History off the beaten track - Ireland's top heritage sites (you've never heard of)
00:49:18

Ireland has literally thousands of amazing historic and archaeological sites that stretch back thousands of years. Many of the best of these are off the beaten track and do not feature on tourist trails.


A few weeks ago archaeologist Neil Jackman took me to one of these - the vast sprawling ruins of Athassel priory in South Tipperary. In a wide ranging interview, Neil explained the history of this 800 year old building. We also meandered through fascinating chapters in Irish history and discussed other great sites to visit and how to find them!


It was a really fun episode to record - I hope you enjoy it. 


The War of Independence Series will return in mid September - I have episode 16 and 17 finished and I am currently writing episode18.


You can find Tuatha, the membership service Neil mentioned here abartaheritage.ie/tuatha.


List of Sites mentioned in the show. 

Athassel Priory, Co Tipperary- The best way to find the abbey is by entering these co-ordinates on googlemaps 52.479973, -7.986425 https://www.discoverireland.ie/tipperary/athassel-abbey

Kells Priory, Co Kilkenny https://www.discoverireland.ie/kilkenny/kells-priory

St Mogues Island, Co Cavan https://www.discoveringireland.com/st-mogues-island/

Rock of Cashel, CoTipperary https://heritageireland.ie/places-to-visit/rock-of-cashel/

Sceilig Micheal, Co Kerry https://www.abartaheritage.ie/skellig-michael/

Kylemore Connemara, Co Galway https://www.kylemoreabbey.com/

Omey Island, Co Galway https://www.connemara.net/omey-tidal-island/Derrigimlagh Bog, Co Galway https://www.discoverireland.ie/galway/derrigimlagh

Newgrange, Co Meath https://heritageireland.ie/places-to-visit/bru-na-boinne-visitor-centre-newgrange-and-knowth/

Kilmogue, Co Kilkenny https://www.discoverireland.ie/kilkenny/leac-an-scail-kilmogue-dolmen-harristown-dolmen

Gaulstown Dolmen, Co Waterford https://www.discoverireland.ie/waterford/gaulstown-dolmen

FourKnocks, Co Dublin https://www.discoverboynevalley.ie/boyne-valley-drive/heritage-sites/four-knocks

Loughcrew, Co Westmeath https://heritageireland.ie/places-to-visit/loughcrew-cairns/

Clonmacnoise, Co Offaly https://heritageireland.ie/places-to-visit/clonmacnoise/

Rahan, Co Offaly


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Aug 23, 2021
Passage East - A Medieval D-Day on Ireland's Omaha beach
00:22:20

Do beaches have a history? They very rarely feature in history books, however some of the most important chapters in our past began on beaches.


This episode was recorded at Passage East in Co Waterford. This beach is arguably one of the most important historic landscapes on the island. The Norman Invasion began here as both Strongbow and Henry II made landfall at Passage East.


In this episode I look at the history of beaches, why they are often overlooked by historians and the fascainting story of how the Norman Invasion began at Passage East .


In this podcast I reference the episode 'Dublin 1303 - The business of war'. Its worth checking out if you want to hear more about medieval warfare https://play.acast.com/s/irishhistory/dublin-1303-the-business-of-war


Finally apologies for the lack of shows over the last few weeks - its all explained in this podcast.

 

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Aug 16, 2021
The History of the Knights Templar in Ireland
00:13:38

You've probably heard of the Knights but did you know they had a long history in Ireland lasting nearly two centuries?


In this podcast I interview Maeve Callan, an expert on the history of the Templars in Ireland. Maeve details this intriguing story from their first arrival in the early 12th century through to their dramatic and sensational downfall in the early 14th century.


This is part of a much longer interview available for listeners who sign up on Acast+. When you become a member on Acast+ you get hours of exclusive bonus content and all episodes are ad-free! You can get all these features now at the links below.

 

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Jul 26, 2021
Kylemore Abbey - Life in a Victorian Mansion in Connemara
00:44:22

In this episode you will step back a century to experience life in a Victorian mansion.


Kylemore Abbey is a stunning mansion located in the wilds of Connemara in the West of Ireland. While it hugs the shoreline of the remote Pollacappul lake, this stately home could rival any great house in Ireland. With over seventy rooms including a ballroom, the house frequently entertained high profile visitors from England.


The Henry family who built the house could impress their guests with sumptuous meals. Lavish dinner tables were stocked from hunts on the lakes, rivers and mountains around the house. Visitors also feasted on exotic fruits grown in glass houses on the 15,000 acre Kylemore estate. 

Oh and did I mention Kylemore even had a Turkish bath?


In this podcast recorded in Kylemore Eithne O'Halloran reveals the fascinating history of the Abbey.

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Jul 19, 2021
Sieges, Luxury and Servitude - A day in a 500 year old castle
00:31:02

What was it like to it live in a castle? Were they luxurious? How similar were they to modern houses? 

Last week I visited Clara Castle and recorded an episode inside this 500 year old building. From toilets to secret chambers - castle living is not what we often think it was. 


Tune in to find out more...


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Jul 05, 2021
The Black Death vs Covid-19: A social history of the pandemic
00:36:28

673 years ago in Kilkenny, a Franciscan Friar John Clyn wrote one of the most famous accounts of the Black Death in Ireland. In this episode I am joined by D.J. Walsh and Eoin Tabb, the hosts of the podcast Snugcast, to see how this account shapes up against our experiences of the Black Death. 


While the Black Death was far more deadly, some of our reactions to Covid-19 are surprisingly similar to how our medieval ancestors reacted to the plague.


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Jun 28, 2021
5000 year old tombs, Writers Block & Graveyards of Inspiration
00:23:04

I have writers block again, so I went on a hunt for inspiration in historic locations around Kilkenny. I ended up at a tomb that's over 5,000 years old where our ancestors did very very strange things....


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Jun 20, 2021
Terence MacSwiney's Hunger-Strike (The War of Independence XIV)
00:33:11

Through 1920 Terence MacSwiney became the most well known Irish republican across the world. Elected as Lord Mayor of Cork in March, he was arrested in August and began the longest hunger-strike in Irish history at the time. The story of this battle of wills between MacSwiney and the British Authorities proved a crucial moment in the war and is an extraordinary story.


Additional research was by the archivist and historian Sam McGrath, sound was by Jason Looney, additional narrations are by Aidan Crowe and Therese Murray and the artwork for the series is by Keith Hynes. 


*Episode on Muriel McSwiney https://play.acast.com/s/irishhistory/murielmcswiney-aforgottenrevolutionary*


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Jun 14, 2021
The Rebel County (the War of independence Part XIII)
00:33:14

Cork is known as the rebel county. From late 1919 it earned this adage as some of the most bitter fighting in the War of Independence took place in Cork city and county. This episode begins with the story of Eilis MacCurtain whose husband Tomas was Cork's first republican Lord Mayor and the Commander of the Cork No.1 Brigade of the IRA. 


In the second part of the show we head to West Cork and the mountainous terrain of the Beara Peninsula where the crown forces faced relentless opposition from the republican movement. The show ends with one of the more bizarre stories from the war - the kidnapping of Brigadier General Cuthbert Lucas. 


Additional research was by the archivist and historian Sam McGrath, sound was by Jason Looney, additional narrations are by Aidan Crowe and Therese Murray and the artwork for the series is by Keith Hynes.

 

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May 31, 2021
Belfast, Derry & the War in the North (the War of Independence XII)
00:34:25

The story of the War of Independence in the North of Ireland is often overlooked. This obscures the fact that Belfast was the most violent place in Ireland during the conflict. However it was a very different war when compared to the experience of other parts of the island. 

This podcast explains the war in the north and why, contrary to popular misconceptions, the IRA were not the force they were elsewhere.


To begin the show introduces the Orange Order, the Apprentice Boys of Derry and the Ancient Order of Hibernians who shaped a bitter sectarian divide between Catholic and Protestant communities.


The podcast then goes onto look at the sectarian violence that raged in communities across the North from the Spring of 1920. 


As unusual additional research was by the archivist and historian Sam McGrath, sound was by Jason Looney, additional narrations are by Aidan Crowe and Therese Murray and the artwork for the series is by Keith Hynes.


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May 24, 2021
Women & the Irish Revolution - The War of Independence Part XI
00:30:03

In the latest installment of the War of Independence series I am joined by historian Liz Gills to talk about women and the Irish revolution. While numerous Irish women from revolutionaries to unionists have been covered in the series to date, in this fascinating interview, Liz provides wider context to their involvement in the conflict.


She explains how women were pivotal in establishing Ireland’s revolutionary movement and how many women although often overlooked in later histories played essential roles in the conflict. 


Sound by Jason Looney


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May 17, 2021
The IRA on the Offensive - Easter 1920 (the War of Independence Part X)
00:30:56

As Easter approached in 1920 many politicians in Britain feared a major uprising in Ireland along the lines of the 1916 Rising. While the IRA had a major operation planned it was one that took the authorities off guard. Indeed the Spring of 1920 saw a surge in republican activity as prisoners across Ireland and Britain went on hunger strike which in turn lead to a general strike. Meanwhile the scale of individual IRA attacks increased. This episode focuses one one in particular - the Newry Brigade's assault on the RIC barracks of Newtowhamiliton on May 8th 1920. 


Additional research was by the archivist and historian Sam McGrath, sound was by Jason Looney, additional narrations are by Aidan Crowe and Therese Murray and the artwork for the series is by Keith Hynes. 


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May 10, 2021
An Empire in Crisis (The War of Independence Part IX)
00:31:43

To date the War of Independence series has focused largely on the republican movement. This episode however looks at how the British government and their representatives in Ireland viewed the conflict. 


While the show follows those in the highest office in the land, this is not stuffy office politics. By December 1919 the IRA were preparing an attack on the most powerful British figure on the island - the Viceroy - Lord John French. Meanwhile in London preparations were underway to raise new forces to take on the IRA. These were known to history as the Black and Tans. 


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Additional research was by the archivist and historian Sam McGrath, sound was by Jason Looney, additional narrations are by Aidan Crowe and Therese Murray and the artwork for the series is by Keith Hynes.

 

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Apr 26, 2021
The Fermoy Army Riots (The War of Independence VIII)
00:30:18

In this episode we move south to the Cork town of Fermoy. While most clashes in the war to date have seen the IRA pitted against police constables, this episode will see British Army soldiers enter the fray. These battle hardened veterans from the First World War pose a very different threat to Royal Irish Constabulary. The show also introduces some famous figures including Liam Lynch arguably one of the most influential IRA commander during the war and also Winston Churchill.


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Apr 19, 2021
The Knocklong Ambush (The War of Independence Part VII)
00:29:14

This episode returns to the story of Seumus Robinson, Dan Breen, Sean Hogan and Sean Treacy. Known as the Big Four, these IRA volunteers had come to prominence after playing a leading role in the Soloheadbeg Ambush often considered the opening shots of the war. After five months on the run, the police captured Sean Hogan. Given the eighteen year old almost certainly faced a death sentence, Robinson, Breen and Treacy resolved to free him. 


This would lead to the famous Knocklong Ambush, a daring escape attempt. While two people were killed and several seriously wounded, Knocklong would prove a key moment in the escalation of the conflict. 


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Additional research was by the archivist and historian Sam McGrath, sound was by Jason Looney, additional narrations are by Aidan Crowe and Therese Murray and the artwork for the series is by Keith Hynes.

 

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Apr 05, 2021
The podcast has run aground in the Suez Canal
00:01:37

There was no episode this week and here's why....

 

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Mar 30, 2021
The Limerick Soviet and the Russian Revolution (The War of Independence VI)
00:45:41

*There was an audio issue on an early version of this episode. This was resolved and a new issue was uploaded on Monday 15 March at 21:00 - Fin*.


In April 1919 the focus of the War of Independence shifted to the city of Limerick. In response to an IRA raid, the British Army effectively besieged the city for over a week leading trade unions to launch a general strike. These events would become known to history as the Limerick Soviet.


This episode also looks at how the Russian Revolution of 1917 shaped these events and the wider situation in Ireland. Therefore the show opens by following a previously forgotten figure - Theodosia Naish. Born in Ballycullen outside Limerick, she was one of the few Irish people to witness this revolution which transformed history across the world. Her story includes a remarkable journey across three continents to escape the Russian Civil War in 1918.


Additional research was by the archivist and historian Sam McGrath, sound was by Jason Looney, additional narrations are by Aidan Crowe and Therese Murray and the artwork for the series is by Keith Hynes.

 

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Mar 15, 2021
The Escape from Lincoln Jail (The War of Independence V)
00:29:48

Last weeks episode looked at the story of the Soloheadbeg Ambush, often considered the opening shots of the war. A few weeks later one of the most audacious IRA operations of the entire war took place in England. This saw three high profile republican prisoners attempt a daring escape from Lincoln Jail . Following on from the Soloheadbeg ambush if successful it would serve as a stunning propaganda coup for the republican movement. However it was fraught with risk and danger.


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Additional research - Sam McGrath

Sound - Jason Looney

Additional narrations - Aidan Crowe & Therese Murray

Artwork - Keith Hynes.

 

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Mar 08, 2021
The Soloheadbeg Ambush & the First Dáil (the War of Independence IV)
00:35:26

In the latest installment of the War of Independence series we look at the famous 1918 election from the perspective of a forgotten Sligo woman Sarah Garvey who started a riot on election day! 


The results of this election lead to the historic meeting of the first independent Irish parliament - the Dáil. 

Then to conclude the episode we travel to rural Tipperary, and a place called Soloheadbeg. On January 21st 1919 members of the Irish Volunteers ambush by a convoy of explosives - an action widely considered to be the opening shots of the war. 


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Additional research was by the archivist and historian Sam McGrath, sound was by Jason Looney, additional narrations are by Aidan Crowe and Therese Murray and the artwork for the series is by Keith Hynes.

 

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Mar 01, 2021
The Road to War (The War of Independence III)
00:35:26

An ambush at Soloheadbeg, Tipperary in January 1919 is often cited as the opening shots of the War of Independence. However as early as 1917 political tensions were leading to violence across Ireland. Several people were killed in 1917 and 1918. This podcast looks at this descent into war. 

The episode is based around the story of Edward Murray, a young Dubliner who played a key role in these events.


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Sound - Jason Looney

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Feb 15, 2021
The 1916 Rising (The War of Independence Part II)
00:33:47

The story of the War of Independence continues with the 1916 Rising. The episode begins by looking at the how the revolt unfolded and explains why it was limited to Dublin. It then follows the rebels into captivity in the famous prison camp of Frongach in Wales. The second half of the show turns to the legacy of the Rising. The dramatic transformation of attitudes towards militant republicanism is revealed by focusing on the experiences of the most unlikely of rebels - Countess Markievicz. 


Then to conclude the episode we will meet another key figure in the story - Eamon de Valera when he stands for election in 1917. 


Additional Research - Sam McGrath

Sound - Jason Looney

Additional narrations - Aidan Crowe and Therese Murray

Artwork - Keith Hynes


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Feb 08, 2021
The Irish War of Independence Part I - World War I
00:42:06

This is the first episode in a 24 part series on the War of Independence. Today's show focuses on the First World War and how it destablised Irish society, following the lives of several people in one Irish town - Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny (where I grew up). It includes never before published letters from soldiers at the Front and accounts from life back in Ireland at the time. The episode also reveals how the legacy of the Famine, the Land War and growing labour unrest were adding to growing tensions in the country.


Written, research & produced by Fin Dwyer

Additional Research by Sam McGrath

Sound by Jason Looney

Additional narrations by Aidan Crowe & Therese Murray

Artwork by Keith Hynes


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Feb 01, 2021
(Part III) The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911: An Emigrant's Experience
00:28:17

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 was pivotal moment in US history. The deadly workplace disaster in the heart of Manhattan detailed in the last two episodes, exposed the way many poor immigrants were exploited in the city. This podcast, the third and final installment in the series, looks at the profound legacy of the fire. Following the later lives of the two immigrants featured in the series, Annie Doherty & Celia Walker, the podcast explores how the fire changed New York and the lives of the survivors.


This series was a joint project with Hope C Tarr, an author based in Manhattan. You can find Hope's website here or follow her on twitter.

 

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Jan 25, 2021
(Part II) The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911: An Emigrant's Experience
00:34:15

This is the second episode in the miniseries on the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911. Its worth checking out episode 1 before listening to this show.


In the first installment of this series, we chronicled the lives of Annie Doherty & Celia Walker and the often grueling experience of emigrants to the USA at the turn of the 20th Century. This podcast follows these two women into one of the most deadly sweatshops in New York in 1911 - the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. While working conditions were dangerous at the best of times, this factory would become notorious in March 1911 when a deadly fire broke out. This horrific event would haunt life in New York for decades. The episode focuses on this fire and the experience of Annie Doherty and Celia Walker who were among the hundreds trapped in factory as the deadly conflagration took hold. 


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Jan 18, 2021
The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911: An Emigrant's Experience
00:33:39

On March 25th 1911 a fire ripped through a sweatshop in Lower Manhattan where hundreds of immigrants worked long hours in dangerous conditions. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire would prove a pivotal moment not only in the history of New York but also the United States. This podcast, the first of three episodes on the fire, looks at the early lives of two women Annie Doherty and Celia Walker who worked in the factory. It explains why they emigrated to the US and had little option but to work in such dangerous conditions.


This is a joint project with Hope C Tarr, an author based in Manhattan. You can find Hope's website here or follow her on twitter.


Lots of you have been asking about the War of Independence series - that kicks off on February 1st!

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Jan 11, 2021
The War of Independence
00:02:30

Through 2021 the podcast will be focusing on the story of the Irish War of Independence. It starts on February 1st but check out this short podcast to find out what you can expect...


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Jan 04, 2021
John Charles McQuaid - A Ghost of our Catholic Past
00:30:05

Through the mid 20th century John Charles McQuaid, the archbishop of Dublin was one of the most influential people in Ireland. McQuaid has come to symbolise not only the power of the Catholic Church at the time but also for many the abuse of that power. He exerted huge influence over successive Irish governments and was also in a position to censor what films and literature Irish people had access to. 

However despite his enormous influence he remains a somewhat elusive even shadowy figure to many. In this episode I interview Dr Aoife Bhreathnach, the host of the podcast Censored, about who exactly John Charles McQuaid was.

 

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Dec 22, 2020
A History of the Police in Ireland
00:30:22

One of the first major challenges facing the Irish government after Independence in 1922 was how to police the country. The Royal Irish Constabulary which had existed under British rule was a highly discredited force so they established the Civic Guard which later developed into An Garda Síochána. In this episode, I interview Dr Vicky Conway who reveals the complex history of An Garda Síochána from its early years when a mutiny rocked the force through to the Troubles.


Dr Vicky Conway is an associate professor of law in Dublin City University. An expert on policing in Ireland she wrote a book on the history of the Gardaí. She is also a member of the Policing Authority and hosts the podcast 'Policed'. You can check out Vicky's podcast Policed here.


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Dec 07, 2020
The Forgotten Lives of the Women of Cahir
00:45:50

Women are all too often overlooked in history. The Daughters of Dun Iascaigh, written by the Cahir Womens History Group, addresses this imbalance by profiling the lives of over 20 women from this Tipperary town. The book highlights some fascinating but previously overlooked stories. In this podcast I interview three contributors Josephine O'Neill, Maurice Casey and Annette Condon who reveal intriguing stories about rebels, nuns and revolutionaries from Cahir in the last century. 


If you want to find out more about the project and get a copy of the book contact jocasey09 at gmail.com.


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Nov 30, 2020
The Lepers’ Plot - A Medieval Conspiracy Theory
00:26:11

Conspiracy theories seem more popular than ever. Increasing numbers of people are turning to what are unorthodox understandings of the world. This is not a new phenomemum. In this episode I examine the Lepers Plot, one of the more bizarre chapters in medieval history. In 1321 the Kingdom of France was gripped by rumours lepers were plotting a coup. This had deadly consequences as you are about to hear.


In this episode, I examine the 14th century Lepers' Plot, one of the more bizarre chapters in medieval history. In 1321 the Kingdom of France was gripped by rumours lepers were plotting a coup. As the conspriacy theory spread thousands were killed.


Given the reemergence of conspiracy theories I thought an episode on this fascinating topic was timely. Seven centuries may have passed but they provide interesting insights on modern conspiracy theories and why people are drawn to them.


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Nov 24, 2020
The Irish History Summit 2021 – Calling LC History Teachers.
00:03:54

The first Irish History Summit takes place on January 19th 2021. The summit is an exclusive one day online event where leading Irish Historians will present talks on the Leaving Cert history curriculum. While the summit will be a great advantage for students sitting the taking Leavin Cert History Exams in 2021 the summit will appeal to anyone with a love of Irish History.


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Nov 11, 2020
The Road to Oldcroghan #6 - An Afterlife
00:20:03

It's very human to wonder how we will be remembered. However few have a legacy like that of the victim from Oldcroghan. It was certainly one neither he nor his contemporaries could have envisaged.

Sound by Jason Looney

Artwork by Keith Hynes

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Nov 09, 2020
The Road to Oldcroghan #5 Sacrifice
00:26:54

Several theories have been forwarded to explain the brutal murder that came to light in a bog at Oldcroghan in 2003. Through meticulous research, the former Keeper of Antiquities in the National Museum of Ireland Eamon Kelly has developed the most convincing explanation. In this episode he reveals who exactly the victim was and why he died.

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Artwork by Keith Hynes

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Nov 02, 2020
The Road to Oldcroghan #4 The Crime Scene
00:23:26

In this episode we return to the the scene of the crime Clonearl bog in Croghan where the body was found. This will help us understand who exactly may have carried out the murder…

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Artwork by Keith Hynes

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Oct 26, 2020
The Road to Oldcroghan #3 Tír na nÓg - The Land of Youth
00:20:03

Bogs are strange places. Their unique properties slow down the process of decay. They not only preserve bodies, but also evidence of what may have happened to them...

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Artwork by Keith Hynes

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Oct 19, 2020
The Road to Oldcroghan #2- Identification
00:24:42

Marie Cassidy the state pathologist arrives in Croghan to examine the remains of the victim. When Kevin Barry leads her to the corpse she makes a startling discovery.

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Oct 12, 2020
The Road to Oldcroghan #1 - Murder in a Land Time Forgot
00:30:41

Croghan, Co Offaly is a remarkable place. The scenery is stunning; the local community are friendly and welcoming. However their future is far from certain - the major employer in the region is closing down. In the midst of this crisis, local people are increasingly talking about a dark chapter in their past, a murder that came to light in 2003.

This is the start of the Road to Oldcroghan….

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Artwork by Keith Hynes


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Oct 05, 2020
The Road to Oldcroghan Coming October 5th
00:00:56

Episode 1 of the Road to Oldcroghan drops on October 5th. Exclusive early access available at patreon.com/irishpodcast.

 

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Sep 28, 2020
Ireland and the Anti Slavery Movement
00:35:07

From the 1790s onwards numerous Black anti-slavery activists visited Ireland to build support for the abolition of the slave trade and slavery itself. This would see some of the most famous African Americans in history including Frederick Douglas visit Ireland. I was delighted to interview Christine Kinealy, one of the leading historians of 19th century Ireland, for this episode. She discusses three activists. Alongside Frederick Douglas she also talks about the lives of Equiano Olaudah and Sarah Parker Remond and their experiences in Ireland.

While Christine talks about these activists featured in her new book called ‘Black Abolitionists in Ireland’, in this wide-ranging interview she also discusses the support for anti slavery movements in Ireland in the 1790s, how former slaves were treated in Ireland and also the tensions that emerged between Irish emigrants in the US and people back in Ireland over the issue of slavery. 


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Next Friday Christine is organising a virtual tour for Culture Night. This free online event retraces the steps of Frederick Douglas and the time he spent in Dublin. Book your ticket https://culturenight.ie/event/irelands-great-hunger-institute-at-quinnipiac-university/


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Sep 14, 2020
An Enduring Graveyard (Part 7)
00:19:16

Preban cemetery is not only where the communities in the surrounding region bury their dead, but it also has an important place in day to day life for many in the area. In this podcast, the final episode in 'Stories from a Living Graveyard’ Damian and myself look at how the graveyard has been used through the 20th century through to the present day.


The series will be released daily as part of Heritage Week 2020.


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Aug 23, 2020
The Empty Grave - Stories from a Living Graveyard (Part 6)
00:19:06

The Great Famine haunts every graveyard in Ireland. Alongside victims of the Great Hunger, many graveyards include the names of those who were forced to emigrate. In this podcast we look at how these events affected the communities around Preban.



This episode is the sixth of seven in 'Stories from a Living Graveyard’. The series will be released daily as part of Heritage Week 2020.


Sound by Jason Looney


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Aug 22, 2020
The Big Snow Tragedy - Stories from a Living Graveyard (Part 5)
00:16:04

Graveyards chronicle the history of the communities where we. At Preban, Co Wicklow one of the most tragic stories is that of the Mulhall family. In this episode local resident Helen Byrne talks about the fate of the Mulhall family, who were killed in an avalanche in the hills above Wicklow a story that was covered across the world at the time.


This episode is the fourth of seven in 'Stories from a Living Graveyard’. The series will be released daily as part of Heritage Week 2020.


Narration by Aidan Crowe


Sound by Jason Looney


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Aug 21, 2020
The 1798 Rebellion - Stories from a Living Graveyard (Part 4)
00:18:59

In the summer of 1798 large parts of Ireland were ravaged by one of the largest rebellions in Irish history. Numerous people in communities around Preban marched off to fight alongside the rebels. Some paid a heavy price and their graves can be found in Preban Graveyard. In this episode you will hear the story of the 1798 rebellion and how people from Preban were involved.


This episode is the fourth of seven in 'Stories from a Living Graveyard’. The series will be released daily as part of Heritage Week 2020.


Sound by Jason Looney


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Aug 20, 2020
Pilgrimage - Stories from a Living Graveyard (Part 3)
00:14:41

St Aidan's well is located in the environs Preban graveyard. Rituals have been performed at this holy well for centuries possibly even longer. Although these traditions are now dying out, in this episode we hear the words of the late Maura Carty who can remember pilgrims coming to the well. We also interview Dr Louise Nugent an expert on pilgrimmage and holy sites to hear more about this important archaeological site that links the present community around Preban to their distant ancestors


Thanks to Dr Louise Nugent for her time.


This episode is the third of seven in 'Stories from a Living Graveyard’. The series will be released daily as part of Heritage Week 2020.


Sound by Jason Looney


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Aug 19, 2020
A History through the Ages at Preban (Stories from a Living Graveyard Part 2)
00:16:13

In part II of 'Stories from a Living Graveyard’ Damian and myself journey back into the earliest history of Preban. This takes us deep into the medieval period. We follow the story of the graveyard through the late Middle Ages and the religious turmoil that followed the Reformation. We also talk to archaeologist Chris Corlett to hear the fascinating story of the stonemasons who carved some of the outstanding gravestones that still stand in the cemetery today.


This episode is the second of seven in 'Stories from a Living Graveyard’. The series will be released daily as part of Heritage Week 2020.


Sound by Jason Looney


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Aug 18, 2020
Preban Graveyard - Stories from a Living Graveyard (Part 1)
00:18:28

The ancient graveyard of Preban is situated in the southern foothills of the Wicklow Mountains near the picteuresque town of Tinahely. While its history stretches back over 1,000 years, it fell into severe disrepair through the later 20th century. In 2010 local residents in the Preban Graveyard Committee set about cleaning up the cemetery. In the course of their work they discovered incredible stories stretching back thousands of years. In this podcast series, made with Damian Shiels, host of the Forgotten Irish Podcast, you will hear this remarkable history. In this episode, the first of seven, Damian and myself meet the local community and get a sense of this remarkable place and its rich history.


This episode is the first of seven in 'Stories from a Living Graveyard’. The series will be released daily as part of Heritage Week 2020.


Sound by Jason Looney


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Aug 17, 2020
Preban: A Living Graveyard
00:01:10

This seven part series starting Monday August 17th, explores fascinating stories from a forgotten graveyard. Until 2010 Preban cemetery in Co Wicklow was completely overgrown and largely inaccessible. When the local community set about restoring their graveyard they discovered remarkable personal histories of their ancestors. These incude 1798 rebels, famine emigrants not to mention rock art that stretches back thousands of years. Tune in on Monday to find out more.


Episodes will be released daily.


Created by Fin Dwyer & Damian Shiels

Special thanks to Yvonne Whitty & the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council.

 

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Aug 11, 2020
Divided Loyalties: Letters from World War II
00:27:06

During the Second World War Irish Military Intelligence stepped up their activities monitoring potential threats to the Irish state. Their targets included the family of the far right Irish American activist Aileen O’Brien. Through the course of this investigation Irish Military Intelligence collected a unique set of letters that provided a fascinating and unusual insight into this families experience of the Second World War. By 1941 they found their allegiances tested. While they were American citizens they had personal and possible political connections to Nazi Germany. 

The letters were locked in an archive for decades but recently were opened the public by the Irish Military Archives and they give us a deeply personal account of the war, yet one that is at times uncomfortable given the people involved found common cause with fascists.


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Aug 04, 2020
Irish Farmers Don't Wear Cravats
00:24:45

Over the last few weeks I have been paralysed by writers block. In the hope of clearing my mind, I headed off to explore an old stately home. While often crumbling ruins, buildings like this are absorbing places - they were once the houses of the wealthiest people in Ireland in the 18th & 19th century. The building I visited wasn't quite Downton Abbey but in its heyday this mansion was impressive. In this podcast we will explore this building looking for a secret tunnel that was supposedly in the basement (which I eventually found).

 

The resulting episode is a potted history of stately homes and and also what I found in that tunnel.


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Jul 20, 2020
Irish Spies in World War II
00:27:04

Ireland remained neutral in the Second World War. However by the summer of 1940 a German invasion seemed increasingly likely. Having conquered Western Europe the Nazis prepared Operation Sea Lion, an invasion of Britain which would inevitably have led to an invasion of Ireland. 


While preparations were made for a defence of the country, Ireland's intelligence community increased their surveillance on potential Nazi collaborators. Chief among these was Eoin O'Duffy who had fought for the fascists in the Spanish Civil War. This podcast is based on a dossier which remained secret for decades. Created by the Directorate of Military intelligence the reports in the dossier which feature in this podcast are a fascinating look inside the world Ireland's military intelligence agency during the Second World War. 


The intelligence reports are read by Aidan Crowe.


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Jul 06, 2020
Could you survive on a pre-Famine Irish diet? I tried...
00:30:32

The diet of the rural poor in Ireland prior to the Famine is one of the most unusual in modern history. Adult males consumed as much as 14lb (6.35kg) of potatoes per day. Last week I tried this diet and in this podcast you find out what happened. The results make this the most unusual podcast I've made. 


Regina Sexton, a food historian in University College Cork also explains how people ate these potatoes and what they used to flavour them.


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Jun 22, 2020
Fleeing the war: Basques refugees in Ireland
00:43:29

This show look at a story related to the series Partisans. Its about the life of a Basque family briefly mentioned in that series - the Gallastegis - who moved to Ireland in the aftermath of the bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. 

This show was produced and researched by Ignacio Irigoien and Steward Reddin. I was delighted to be asked to narrate it and I am very grateful to be given permission to share it you now. It includes interviews with the historians Kyle Mccreanor and Brian Hanley along with several members of the Gallastegi family.


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Jun 08, 2020
From Cork to Bermuda: An Irishwoman's life in the British Army
00:30:15

Through the 18th and 19th century, large numbers of Irishmen served in the British Army. However there were also many Irishwomen whose lives were interwoven with the military. While not soldiers they became part of the army through marriage to members of the regiments stationed in Ireland. This lead to unusual and captivating lives.


In this episode I interview historian Dr Aoife Bhreatnach about a Cork woman called Bridget Kent who married a British Army soldier. Aoife gives great insights into the life of Bridget who was born in Fermoy in 1859 but after her marriage to a soldier her life changed dramatically. Aoife gives vivid details about the incredible travels she engaged in which took Bridget from Egypt to Bermuda, but also what life was like when she returned home to an Ireland where attitudes towards the British Army were changing during the First World War and the War of Independence. 


Aoife has her own podcast Censored - which looks at the history of banned books in Ireland. Check out Censored here.

She also has a great blog Garrison towns 


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Jun 02, 2020
The Legacy of the Spanish Civil War (Partisans X)
00:30:35

This is the final episode in the series Partisans. While the Spanish Civil War came to an end in 1939 and the Irish returned home for many Spaniards, Basques and Catalans the conflict would not end for decades. To conclude the series I interview the expert Nick Lloyd for his insights into what happened after Franco took power. Nick explains what the Franco's regime was like, who were the winners and losers and how people resisted.


Nick who is based in Barcelona is starting virtual tours of the Spanish Civil War - find out more www.thespanishcivilwar.com.

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May 27, 2020
The Final Battle & the Mysterious Death of Frank Ryan (Partisans IX)
00:33:35

This podcast, the second last in Partisans, looks at the battle of the Ebro - the last major showdown in the Spanish Civil War. While the show looks at how the war ended for the Irish fighters, it also tackles one of the great mysteries of the Spanish Civil War - what happened to Frank Ryan. This intriguing story continues to perplex and divide historians today.

Research - Stewart Reddin

Additional Narration - Aidan Crowe

 

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May 25, 2020
Paradise Lost (Partisans VIII)
00:34:51

The enduring images of the Spanish Civil War depict armed fighters of one kind or another. This podcast, however, follows the story of a different Irish experience - that of Hannah Ormsby, an Irish nurse who arrived in Spain in the summer of 1937. The savagery of the war ensured she would be treated no different than other antifascists. Hannah had to work in appaling conditions often under fire from snipers.


This podcast also looks at the wider war from 1937 - 1938. After the War in the North, the conflict was clearly not going well for the antifascists. To make matters worse what had started with idealistic hope was turning into a living nightmare for some. This episode podcast looks at how the growing influence of the soviet dictator Joseph Stalin lead to extreme paranoia, conspiracy theories and assassinations behind antifascist lines.


Research - Fin Dwyer & Stewart Reddin


Additional Narration - Aidan Crowe and Muireann Hogan


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May 20, 2020
The Bombing of Guernica & the War in the North (Partisans VII)
00:29:22

The most notorious incident of the Spanish Civil War was the bombing of Guernica by the Nazi Condor Legion. Immortalised by Pablo Picasso's painting it was the first time in world history carpet bombing was deployed against a civilian population. It was part of an overall campaign called 'The War in the North'. This saw General Franco turn his forces agains the antifascist zone along the north coast of Spain. In this podcast we follow the story of the Dubliner Jack Prendergast, the only known Irish person to fight in this theatre of the war. The episode also looks at how Guernica influenced attitudes back in Ireland.


Research by Stewart Reddin


Additional Narrations: Aidan Crowe


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May 18, 2020
Bleeding for Spain (Partisans VI)
00:28:32

This episode continues Partisans - Irish Stories from the Spanish Civil War. In this podcast we follow the Irish in Spain into battle. The show begins with campaigns in Andalusia and takes you through one of the most famous battles of entire war - Jarama. We will see how the Blueshirts and the Antifascist International Brigaders fared when they faced the realities of war. This includes numerous first hand accounts of these battles.


Research: Stewart Reddin


Narrations: Aidan Crowe.


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May 13, 2020
The Blueshirts and the International Brigades (Partisans V)
00:38:27

This episode returns to the series Partisans - Irish stories from the Spanish Civil War. This show looks at the two groups of Irish fighters who traveled to Spain - the Irish Brigade better known as the Blueshirts and the antifascist International Brigades. Over the last eight decades they have been among the most controversial figures of 20th century Irish history. The podcast seperates the fact from fiction looking at who they were, why they traveled and how they got there.


Research: Stewart Reddin

Narrations: Muireann Hogan & Aidan Crowe


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May 11, 2020
Making a Martyr - the story of Oliver Plunkett
00:18:19

St Peter’s Church in Drogheda Co Louth contains what has to be one of the most unsettling religious relics on display anywhere in the world. This is the head of an Irish man - Oliver Plunkett - who was hanged drawn and quartered in London in 1681. For religious catholics, the head of Plunkett, who was later declared a saint, is believed to have supernatural powers and can cure illnesses.


The story of how the body of a man executed in the most barbaric manner imaginable was transformed into one of Ireland’s most popular religious relics in the mid 20th century is intriguing. It’s wrapped up in 17th century religious wars, Catholic Emancipation and Ireland’s struggle for independence in the 20th century.


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May 05, 2020
Ireland's Deaf Community - A History
00:33:04

The Deaf community are rarely mentioned in general histories of Ireland. Prior to making this episode I knew almost nothing about their rich history. In this podcast I interview the historian Cormac Leonard from Trinity College Dublin. Cormac reveals the fascinating history of the Deaf Community in Ireland.


He provides vivid accounts of deaf people struggling against authorities in workhouses and prisons, to those who fought in IRA in the War of Independence.


This episode will challenge preconceptions many of us have about the role deaf people have played in our history.


Find out more about the history of Ireland's deaf community

http://www.deafheritagecentre.com/

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Apr 27, 2020
Irish History Quiz: Test Your Knowledge
00:26:02

How well do you know your Irish history? Nows the time to find out!


In this podcast, I read out 63 history questions. As I read each question you select the correct answer from five options in the online answer sheet here www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/quiz. Once you submit your answers you will get your score and the correct answers automatically sent your email! The top score so far is 52/63. Can you beat it?


This is based on an original quiz I hosted in aid of the Mater Foundation. The Foundation does incredible supporting the Mater Hospital in Dublin. Please give what you can at materfoundation.ie


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Apr 24, 2020
1000 Years from Home
00:39:19

This show is 40 minutes of escapism from Covid-19. In the podcast I explore some of the history and historic places within two kilometres of my home in Kilkenny. This journey starts in the 19th century and takes you back 1,000 years. You will hear stories from a 19th century mental asylum, visit a medieval hospital, walk down a medieval street, hear the strange story of a dog whose death symbolised an epoch of Irish history and finish with the story of a forgotten hero.


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Apr 20, 2020
A History of Epidemics in Ireland
00:22:32

Recently I discovered that my great great grandmother Catherine Murphy lost her sister and her daughter within two days of each other in February 1919 during the Great Flu pandemic. This highlighted how disease has long been part of our history. For this episode I decided to catch up with the historian John Dorney who recently published an article on the history of epidemics in Ireland. You can find John's article on epidemics in Ireland and also his great podcast the Irish History Show at theIrishstory.com.


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Apr 13, 2020
The History of Coffee Part II (1845-2020)
00:26:30

The Great Famine, the Sitcom Friends and Prohibition campaigners in 19th century Belfast all have one thing in common – in some way shape or form influenced the popularity of coffee in Ireland. This podcast which continues the story of coffee in Ireland revealing how modern Irish coffee culture is nothing new. Indeed your great grandparents may well have enjoyed take away coffee as much as you do.


This show also includes a fascinating interview with Dr Órfhlaith Campbell on Ireland's first coffee chain in the later 19th century!


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Apr 06, 2020
ONLINE IRISH HISTORY QUIZ NIGHT
00:01:44

Calling Irish History Fans!


Test your knowledge against listeners from across the world on April 11th. I will be hosting an online history table quiz on YouTube. Listeners from the US, Canada, the UK & Irleand have already signed up so global bragging rights are on offer!


Registration is free but essential at historyquiz.eventbrite.com


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Apr 03, 2020
The History of Coffee Part I (1000-1845)
00:34:14

The Irish coffee industry generates hundreds of million of euros every year. This is a pretty recent development - when I was growing up in the 1980s and 1990s the only coffee available was instant coffee. 


However Ireland's relationship with coffee did not begin in the last 20 years. If anything this is the second or even third wave of coffee culture to hit this country. In this show I Iook at the early history of coffee tracing the origins of the drink in Ireland back to the 17th century

This will bring us inside the coffee houses of 18th century Dublin when coffee was an elite drink in society.


This episode also lifts the lid on a darker side to the Irish history of coffee – in the second half of the show I interview Cuban researcher Giselle Gonzalez Garcia who is researching the history of an Irish man who became one of the largest coffee producers in Cuba in the early 19th century.

 

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Mar 30, 2020
Preparing for a Pandemic in 1900
00:08:36

We are all taking precautionary measures to avoid Covid-19, but this is not the first time humans have faced such threats. This short episode looks at the story of the humorous but frantic preparations that took place in 1900 when Ireland faced an potential outbreak of bubonic plague.


Its will sound strangely familiar!


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Mar 27, 2020
Voices from a Vanishing World - The Aran Islands 1901
00:25:16

Between 1898 and 1902, the Irish playwright John Millington Synge spent several summers on the Aran Islands. Shaped by the harsh environment of the North Atlantic Ocean the islanders lived in a unique society. Old customs and traditions that had died in many parts of Ireland still survived on the islands. 


Synge left a mesmerising account of island life and this podcast transports you back to the summer of 1901. You will hear the vivid descriptions of a society so different it is hard to believe it existed into the 20th century. 


It is a time and place that is now lost and gone forever.


John Millington Synge's words are read by Aidan Crowe http://castawayactors.com/male-actors/aidan-crowe/


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Mar 23, 2020
Murder Will Out - A Land to Die For (Part II)
00:27:01

In the last episode (A Land to Die For Part I) we followed the story of William Sheehan. Raised in a community obsessed with land he had become involved in a violent dispute over his family farm after his eviction in 1882. By late 1883 Sheehan, wanting a fresh start, had emigrated to New Zealand. However he could not escape his violent past. Within months of his arrival news reached New Zealand he was wanted for murder in Ireland


This episode reveals who Sheehan had killed and the sensational trial that followed...


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Mar 16, 2020
A Land to Die For (Part I)
00:29:01

Land has been the cause of some of the most vicious feuds and brutal murders in modern irish history. Often portrayed as the poor tenant farmer against powerful landlords, the real stories were often more complex. In a society where people developed what was an unhealthy obsession with land there were all too many willing to kill friends family and neighbours over it. 


The sentiments which fuelled this were epitomised in John B Keane play and later an Oscar nominated movie The Field, where the central the Bull McCabe who commits murders over land says 


It's my field. It's my child. I nursed it. I nourished it. I saw to its every want. I dug the rocks out of it with my bare hands and I made a living thing of it! My only want is that green grass, that lovely green grass, and you want to take it away from me, and in the sight of God I can't let you do that.


While the Bull McCabe was a fictional character that story was based on real life events. Indeed every county in Ireland had its own story of a land related murder.


This podcast tells one - a feud over a farm outside the East Cork town of Castletownroche. Taking places in the decades after the famine this dispute resulted in the deaths of four people. Buried for nearly a century and half this story is told for the first time in this two part podcast. 


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Mar 10, 2020
Dublin 1916: The calm before the storm
00:35:00

The year 1916 is known for one event in Irish history – the Easter Rising. However as that fateful weekend approached most Dubliners were oblivious to the fact that their city stood on the threshold of history. This podcast focuses on three of those Dubliners, and takes look around their city on the eve of the rising, revealing what the city looked like, sounded like and even smelled like!


This podcast is a journey into the houses of the most wealthy citizens to the homes of those struggling at the margins. We will move from prisons to workhouses and garner a sense of what Dublin was like on the eve of the most famous chapter in its long history. 


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Feb 26, 2020
Nazi Loot & Soviet Spies - Ireland in the Summer of '63
00:25:04

This podcast transports you back to Ireland during the summer of 1963. This was a fascinating time; JFK visited Ireland, 1% of the population were priests or nuns and instead of downloading Tinder you found love in the classifieds of a newspaper! Rumours of hidden Nazi treausre from World War II was headline news while a Third World War with the Soviet Union seemed imminent.

 

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Feb 03, 2020
On the Lash! A history of drinking in Ireland
00:30:21

**I have a live show coming up at Kino, Cork on February 6th, 2020. You can get tickets here https://uticket.ie**


First built in 1582, the Hole in the Wall pub in Kilkenny was the perfect location to record this episode. I was joined by DJ Walsh of the podcast Snugcast and we looked at the history of drinking in Ireland. 


Starting in the late Middle Ages, this podcast is a whistlestop tour through Irish drinking habits over 800 years. Myself and DJ talk about what Irish people drink and how this has changed. We also picked apart the reasons for Ireland's deeply problematic atttitude to alcohol. 

The podcast finishes with a discussion on drinking habits in Ireland in the 21st Century. 

Thanks to DJ Walsh of Snugcast! 

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Jan 27, 2020
Dunmore Cave & Viking Massacres: A history from the Underworld.
00:40:15

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This history of Dunmore cave is mysterious and gripping. Around the year 930 the Vikings massacred large numbers of people in a battle fought around the cave. By the 18th century some of the earliest explorers found large numbers of human remains scattered across this extensive tunnel system. While this may be evidence of a brutal Viking massacre, recent archaeological excavations and analysis have suggested the full story may be more complex.


In this episode myself and the archaeologist Neil Jackman joined guide John McInerney and ventured into Dunmore Cave to record a show in this fascinating location and look at its dark and gripping history.


Neil Jackman is the host of Amplifiy Archaeology a podcast on Irish Archaeology. I can't recommend this show enough. https://www.abartaheritage.ie/amplify-archaeology-podcast/ 


John McInerney is the head guide at Dunmore Cave. You can find out more about Dunmore Cave at https://www.heritageireland.ie/en/south-east/dunmorecave/


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Jan 20, 2020
I need your advice!
00:02:30

I have exciting plans for 2020. Amongst other things I will be starting a major series on the Irish War of Independence. However I need your advice on what shape this wil. Tune in to find out whats coming up in the next few months and how you can help me design this new series.


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Jan 14, 2020
The Rise and Fall of Carrickmines Castle
00:38:21

When creating episodes I normally try to tell wider events in Irish history by focusing on the lives of an individual person. This podcast takes a different approach. I interview Dr Mark Clinton about the history of one specific place - Carrickmines Castle. Mark lead the excavations that unearthed the ruins of the castle destroyed in the 17th century.


By focusing on this castle we were able to have a wide ranging conversation that covers centuries of history. We began with the Norman Invasion, made our way through the origins of sectarian tensions in Ireland before looking at a brutal siege and massacre during the 1640s. Then we finally finished by looking at the destruction of archaeological sites in Ireland in the 21st Century.


You can get Mark's book Carrickmines Castle - Rise and Fall in all good bookshops. This is the final episode for 2019. Thanks for tuning in throughout the year - it means alot to me. I hope you and yours have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Fin

 

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Dec 17, 2019
An Irish Rebel in Spain (The War Begins) Partisans #4
00:35:38

In July 1936 Peadar O'Donnell, a veteran of the Irish war of Independence and civil war travelled to Spain on holiday. He was among those caught up in the opening stages of the Spanish Civil War. He witnessed the chaotic opening phase of the conflict providing gripping eye witness detail. As this podcast reveals O'Donnell was in Barcelona and was both inspired and horrified by what he saw. The city was convulsed by an attempted coup, a socialist revolution and extreme anticlerical violence all within one week!


We also hear the perspective of the Irish priest Alexander McCabe who had very different political views and sympathies to O'Donnell. The famous writer english writer George Orwell also makes an appearance in what is a gripping story of war and revolution.


Created by Fin Dwyer & Stewart Reddin

Narrations by Oliver Farry, Paul Walker-Emig and Finbar Cafferkey


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Dec 09, 2019
The Irish Communist Partisan (Partisans #3)
00:28:38

In this episode we continue the story of the Irish people who fought in the Spanish Civil War. Our focus turns to the life of Bob Doyle. A member of the IRA and later a communist his life explains why people went on to fight against fascism in Spain. Beginning with his early childhood set to the backdrop of grinding poverty in Dublin slums, the podcast is an evocative and fascinating journey through one family's experience of the struggle for Irish Independence and the decades that followed.


Along the way we will find ourselves in riots with fascists in the streets of Dublin and conflict within the IRA in the 1930s which led many of it's activists to Spain.


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Dec 02, 2019
The Irish Fascist Partisan (Partisans #2)
00:26:29

This is the second episode in the series Partisans - Irish Stories from the Spanish Civil War. In this podcast we meet our first partisan Aileen O'Brien, a 22 year old Irish American who moved to Ireland in 1935. O'Brien was always a mysterious figure - her contemporaries were never quite sure what to make of her. Some considered her a fascist, others thought her a naive catholic while intelligence agenices suspected she may have been a covert arms dealer. 


Unsurprisingly not long after she arrived in Ireland Aileen's activities attracted the attention of the Irish police and eventually even military intelligence. Using never before seen archives this podcast follows O'Brien's life up until the summer of 1936. Her strange and intriguing life is an insight into far right activism in 1930s ireland and explains why many Irish people supported the fascist coup in Spain in July 1936.


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Nov 25, 2019
Partisans#1 The long road to Stalingrad: The origins of the Spanish Civil War
00:26:25

This is the first episode of Partisans, a new weekly series created by myself and Stewart Reddin. While the series focuses on the experiences of Irish people in the Spanish Civil War, this episode sets the scene. It explains the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War, the crisis that consumed Spanish politics in the 1930s and the far reaching implications of that conflict not least for people in Ireland.


The show starts however at one of the greatest battles in history...


This series has taken months of research which has only been possible due to the support of listeners like you on patreon

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Nov 18, 2019
Rescuing History: The Four Courts Explosion
00:23:51

**My new weekly series 'Partisans: Irish Stories from the Spanish Civil War' launches on Monday Nov 18th**


This bonus show looks at a famous event that haunts Irish history - the Four Courts Explosion. In June 1922 during the opening phase of the Irish Civil War, the Public Records Office was destroyed in a massive explosion that rocked Dublin City Centre. Several centuries of Irish historical records had been stored in the building, most of which were incinerated. In this episode I explain the background to the explosion and what was lost. Then in the second part of the podcast I visit the National Archives on Bishop Street where I meet Zoe Reid who works restoring items rescued from the site in the aftermath of the explosion.


Thanks to Zoe Reid (twitter.com/NAIConservator) for taking the time to talk to me & Joanne Carrol in the National Library for her help in organising this episode.


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Nov 14, 2019
The Partisans are coming!
00:04:49

On November the 18th my new podcast series 'Partisans' begins. Created by mysef and Stewart Reddin it looks at the fascinating stories of Irish people who fought in Spanish Civil War. Tune in to find out more...

Thanks to Keith Hynes for the Artwork


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Oct 30, 2019
The Mater Hospital: Where History is Made
00:50:13

The Mater Hospital in Dublin first opened its doors in 1861. It has a fascinating although often forgotten history. From using cocaine as pain relief in the 19th century to treating the wounded of the 1916 Rising, the hospital has always been a fascinating place.


Strange as it sounds, it is also where I first came up with the idea to start podcasting. In 2010 having been diagnosed with Crohn's disease I was unable to work and to keep myself occupied I started making this show. Fast forward ten years and nearly 20 operations, podcasting has now become my full time career.


In this show I return to the Mater to look at the extraordinary history of the hospital. In what is a very special episode recorded in the old victorian wing, I look at what the hospital was like in the late 19th century. The archivist Helen Madden gives fascinating insights into

  • What was 19th century operations were like.
  • What was hospital food like in the early days?
  • How the Mater treated those injured in the 1916 Rising.
  • The story of the republican hunger-striker Thomas Ashe who died in the Mater in 1917.
  • How tensions rose between the hospital staff and the IRA during the War of Independence after a patient in a nearby hospital was executed!

I also interviewed Prof Ronan Cahill about the extraordinary history being made in the Mater today through the use of robotics and AI.

I would like to thank Helen Madden & Professor Ronan Cahill for taking the time to talk to me and Debbie Killeen for her work in making this episode possible.


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Oct 21, 2019
Muriel McSwiney: A Forgotten Revolutionary
00:31:33

Muriel McSwiney is a fascinating if tragic and forgotten figure in Irish history. Born in 1892 into one of Cork's wealthiest families, she rejected the privilege this life offered her. She first became a radical republican playing a key role in the War of Independence before becoming a communist in the 1920s. This podcast tells her story.

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Brian Boru

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Hugh O'Neill

Grace O'Malley

Michael Davitt

Constance Markievicz


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Oct 11, 2019
Winners & Losers - How the Great Hunger Ended
00:32:42

'Winners & Losers' looks at the how the Great Famine came to an end. It's set to the backdrop of a News Year's Eve Ball held in Kilkenny Castle on December 31st 1850. The castle was home to the Marquis & Marchioness of Ormonde, who had invited what was considered the elite of Kilkenny to the ball. 


However behind the finery and wealth on display we will see how the Great Famine continued to affect life in Ireland into the 1850s. 

From guests at the ball to the impoverished weavers of Kilkenny, it would be several years before the Great Hunger truly came to an end.


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Sep 19, 2019
Jack the Ripper & Irish Connections
00:31:42

Jack the Ripper brutally murdered five women in the Whitechapel area of London in the Autumn of 1888. While his identity remains a mystery, these murders have haunted our imaginations ever since. The case has spawned an entire industry with countless books, films and podcasts along with a disturbing and crass tourist industry in London.


In spite of all this coverage, most of us know very little history about the case. The lives of the women, why they were killed, even their names is often lost in the endless speculation around the identity of the killer. In this special podcast I interview the historian Hallie Rubenhold. Her latest book 'The Five - The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper' brings the stories of the victims to the fore.


In this fascinating interview Hallie reveals a vivid account of working class life in Victorian England, along with the many Irish connections to the case. She also looks at how conspiracy theories have distorted the history of the murders.


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*Production of the final famine episodes has been delayed so I have changed the scheduled again!*

 

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Sep 02, 2019
Brehon Law: From Divorce to Irish Sex Magic
00:33:30

Divorce and sex magic are not things we associate with medieval Ireland. However for over one thousand years Irish society was governed by a unique and radically different legal system called Brehon Law. In this podcast I interview Dr Gillian Kenny (twitter.com/medievalgill) who explains what Brehon Law was and how it worked. She challenges widely held misconceptions and explains how divorce existed in medieval Ireland given it was banned in modern Ireland until 1995!.


And then of course there is the sex magic.


Tune in to find out more.

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I am currently writing the second last famine episode which looks at how the Great Hunger came to an end. It focuses on my hometown of Kilkenny and the famous Fenian James Stephens who grew up here.

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Aug 16, 2019
Was the Great Famine a genocide? | The Great Famine XXXIII
00:38:42

This subject needs little by way of an introduction. It is one of the most controversial debates in Irish history. It continues to overshadow relations with our nearest neighbour - Great Britain.


In the 1840s one million Irish people died and another million famine refugees fled the island. The Irish population fell by 25% in less than a decade.


Over the past 25 years calls for the Great Famine to be defined as a genocide have gained in popularity. In this podcast I tackle the issue head on answering whether British government policy and their actions in Ireland in the 1840s were genocidal.


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Jul 31, 2019
Three Lives, Three Deaths & One Life Unlived
00:39:27

(I am currently researching the final episodes in the Great Famine series. The next show on the Great Hunger is still two weeks away but in the meantime I have this pretty special bonus podcast.)

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One of the things that makes medieval history so interesting is that the very basics of life are astounding and fascinating in equal measure. We are endlessly intrigued by

  • What did people ate?
  • Life expectancy
  • How people died?
  • What was healthcare like

In a few weeks a new exhibition opens in my hometown of Kilkenny in the Medieval Mile Museum. This exhibition is centred around skeletons of three people discovered during recent archaeological excavations in the city. This podcast interviews the team of experts behind the excavations in a warts and all look at the lives of our medieval ancestors. (Thanks to Colin O'Drisceoil, Dr Linda Lynch, Shiela Dooley & Grace Fegan for their time.

 

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Jul 16, 2019
Landlords & Mass Evictions - Exploiting the Great Hunger | The Great Famine XXXII
00:49:24

During the Great Hunger over 250,000 people were evicted by their landlords. Most of these people were left destitute with little hope in an Ireland decimated by the Great Famine. In this podcast I look at the struggle that took place between tenants and landlords in the final phase of the Great Hunger. The show tries to understand why landlords and their agents acted in such a ruthless manner and why the government in London actually encouraged this process. This episode focuses in on the town of Kenmare and the surrounding Ring of Kerry to see how this played out in one community.


***My next live show in conjunction with Snugcast is on in Grady's Yard Waterford on July 13th. Tickets are free but are going fast - Get yours now at www.waterfordpodcast.eventbrite.ie***

 

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Jul 05, 2019
The Beginning of the End & Queen Victoria in Ireland (1849) | The Great Famine XXXI
00:54:59

In August 1849 Queen Victoria arrived in a famine ravaged Ireland. Contrary to what we might expect there were no protests and in many places the Queen received a rapturous welcome. However this only tells part of the story. This podcast takes you on a journey deep into one of Dublin's most notorious slums - St Michan's. There we follow the lives of a poor couple George and Bridget Shea. Their experience of the Great Famine was in its own unique way intertwined with the Victorias visit. 


This story provides us with an evocative, fascinating and revealing contrast to the royal visit while also explaining the strangely passive response to the monarch's arrival in Ireland. This episode also covers later 1849 as Dublin finally emerged from the Great Famine.


**I have two live shows coming up**

Dublin - The Stoneybatter Festival, June 22nd, 4.30 pm @ The Elbow Room, Stoneybatter

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Jun 17, 2019
Tyranny, Cruelty & Inhumanity - Surviving the Workhouse | The Famine in Clogheen II | The Great Famine XXX
00:50:05

This podcast (the second show on the town of Clogheen) introduces Richard Burke, a man who had a very unusual experience of the Great Famine. Between 1845 and 1848 he was the clerk of Clogheen Workhouse and Richard's life provide us with unique insights into this institution which was central to how the Great Hunger affected this community. The workhouse was where stories of kindness and cruelty played out side by side. The show includes an testimony from Michael Doody, an inmate in Clogheen Workhouse in 1848 which is a fascinating first hand account of life inside this building.


Overall workhouses had a huge impact in every community across Ireland during the late 1840s. The shocking statistic that one in three people who perished in the Famine (over 300,000 people) died in workhouses highlights their importance in the story of the Great Hunger. Richard Burke's experiences in Clogheen give us a greater understanding of why they were so important not only in this town but across ireland.


The next patrons-only podcast will focus on a fascinating murder mystery that relates to todays show. This will be exclusively available on www.patreon.com/irishpodcast.


For Further reading I recommend Edmund O'Riordain's book The Famine in the Valley which is available for free online.

 

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May 23, 2019
Corn, Gunpowder & Class Conflict | The Famine in Clogheen I | The Great Famine XXIX
00:47:44

This episode is a return of the Great Famine Series. Focusing on the town of Clogheen in South Tipperary, this two part episode follows the lives of three individuals Robert Davis, David Keane and Richard Burke. Their stories delve into the fascinating yet often violent struggle for survival in Ireland during the Great Famine. While the show focuses on Clogheen the accounts are reflective of wider experiences.


The podcasts also examines controversial topics such as the export of food and the violent resistence to those exports. I also reveal stories of those who profited during the famine and try to answer why many Irish people who seemed like decent people continued to export food in the midst of the famine. 


The show includes dozens of primary sources including two previously unpublished letters written from Clogheen and Boston giving a first hand perspective of what life for Irish people was like in the 1840s. I would like to thank Ted Reilly and Martin Nutty for their help in New York without whom this episode would not have been possible. 


Credits:

Aidan Crowe read David Keane's Letters 

Maurcie Casery narrated Robert Davis's report 

Mark O'Dwyer voiced the words of James Fraser and Ferguson the pawnbroker


Further Reading: O'Riordain, E. The Famine in the Valley Available for free here

 

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May 02, 2019
The Hellfire Club - Debauchery in the Dublin Mountains
00:33:54

The Hellfire club is an 18th century ruin in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains. The building has a scandalous history and is considered by some to be one of Ireland's most haunted locations. A few years ago Neil Jackman of Abarta Heritage led an archaeological excavation on the site. This podcast is an interview with Neil. He reveals the history behind this building, where the folklore and mythology originates and what he uncovered in the course of his excavations.

You can read the full report of Neil's excavation here

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Apr 23, 2019
Nebraska - Irish Emigrants Surviving on the Frontier
00:22:34

When we think of Irish Emigrants in the USA, images of New York or Boston spring to mind. However on a recent trip to the US I visited friends in Nebraska where I found a very different Irish American history.

Located in the midwest - the landcape and climate in Nebraska are pretty extreme - its very different from the large cities on the Eastern Coast.

In this podcast I look at how Irish emigrants survived on the Great Plains in the 1870s and 1880s. Their accounts are fascinating - from sleeping in tents in brutal winters to an Irish American man who sold something called 'The Great Remedy' that could cure anything!

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Apr 03, 2019
The last of her kind | Peig Sayers II
00:31:18

In 1892 Peig Sayers married & moved from Dunquin in West Kerry to the Great Blasket Island. Her life provides us with fascinating insights into what marriage was like in the late 19th century (a combination of a first date and moving in with your in laws!).

Peig's later life also details how events like the 1916 Rising, the Great War and the War of Independence played out on this remote island. The podcast concludes with the story of how and why the Great Blasket was abandoned in the mid 20th century...

Thanks to Niamh Ní Riain of the NLI, Ciaraíoch & Sean Sheehy for their narrations.

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Mar 15, 2019
The last of her kind | Peig Sayers I
00:33:26

When Peig Sayers died in 1958, she as regarded as one of Ireland's greatest storytellers and folklorists.

Born in Dunquin in 1873 Co Kerry she grew up in the aftermath of the Great Famine in extreme poverty. However life in this remote corner of Ireland is both fascinating and at times unbelievable from a 21st century standpoint.

Later in her life Peig would recall the intriguing details of what is now a lost world. Her life story is full of details which today leave us pondering how our ancestors survived.

She also recorded vivide accounts of major events in Irish history - The Land War, the Great War, the 1916 Rising and the sweeping change that transformed Ireland in the 20th century.

This, the first of two podcasts on Peig, looks at her life in Dunquin Co Kerry in the late 19th century a time when the Great Famine still haunted Irish Society. The second show will look at her life on the Great Blasket Island after she married.

Narrations - Niamh Ní Riain of the National Library of Ireland & Sean Sheehy

 

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Mar 04, 2019
A Very Irish Murder (in Cincinnati)
00:41:26

In April 1894 Cincinnati's Irish Amercian community was rocked by a shocking and brutal murder. It was so scandalous that many newspapers in Ireland refused to even mention it, even though both the victim and the perpetrator were both Irish.

In this podcast you will hear the extraordinary story of Mollie Gilmartin unearthed for the first time in over a century...

Thanks to Muireann Hogan for her narration.

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Feb 11, 2019
A 21st century Witch Hunt | Kilkenny Witch Trial of 1324 III
00:41:40

The city of Kilkenny was rocked by the notorious witchcraft trial of 1324 (covered in the last two episodes). These events took place seven centuries ago in the long distant past. To conclude the series on the trial embarked on my own witch hunt in the 21st century. I wanted to find if anything remained of the supposed witch Alice Kyteler who disappeared in 1324.

I took a recorder and soon found myself in buildings Alice herself used to frequent. Over the course of a few days I was able to unearth numerous places and artefacts associated with Alice Kyteler giving you a unique insight into her notorious trial and the events surrounding it.

Thanks to Grace Fegan, Elizabeth Keyes & Peter Kenny for their time and interviews.

There is still four three tickets available for the Witchcraft Tour which visits all the locations assocaited with the trial. Tickets and more details are available at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/medieval-witchcraft-tour-tickets-53808830661

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Jan 28, 2019
Plan 2019: New Series Announced & New York Event.
00:05:55

The series on the Great Hunger of the 1840s will finish in the summer of 2019, but I have been busy planning something new. Find out what it is in this major announcement. 

I am visiting New York for the first time and speaking at the American Irish Historical Society on February 28th. You can get tickets at aihs.org

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Jan 15, 2019
Kilkenny Witchcraft Trial of 1324 (Part II)
00:35:12

This podcast continues the fascinating tale of one of the first witchcraft trials in European history. It took place in Kilkenny in 1324.

The previous episode (available here History-1-2 – Kilkenny-witchcraft-trial-part-i) explained the background to the trial.

This show picks up the story as the trial and surrounding scandal began in March 1324. This would see the Bishop Ossory clash with Alice Kyteler and her powerful but dangerous allies. The consequences would be devastating for those caught in the middle.

To accompany these podcasts I am organising a once off day long tour on April 20th 2019 to Kilkenny to visit the spectalar remains of the medieval city. This will be an interactive experience enhanced by listening devices so you will hear the sounds of the 14th century while standing in the places where this trial took place.

Tickets which include private coach, entry into three paying sites, a walking tour of Kells priory and medieval Kilkenny cost €100. This also includes a meal.

 

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Dec 21, 2018
Kilkenny Witchcraft Trial of 1324 (Part I)
00:32:47

Growing up in Kilkenny I was surrounded by medieval history - its what drew me to study the past in the first place.

One of the most famous or perhaps notorious incidents in Kilkenny's medieval history took place in 1324 when the Bishop of Ossory accused Alice Kyteler, a powerful merchant in the city, of heresy and witchraft. This sparked a lethal struggle in the town that would end in shocking brutality.

This is the first of two podcasts on the trial. This show sets the scene by painting a picture of life in Kilkenny in the 1320s and introducing the main characters the next episode will follow the trial itself.

To accompany these podcasts I am organising a once off day long tour on April 20th 2019 to Kilkenny to visit the spectalar remains of the medieval city. This will be an interactive experience enhanced by listening devices so you will hear the sounds of the 14th century while standing in the places where this trial took place.

Tickets which include private coach, entry into three paying sites, a walking tour of Kells priory and medieval Kilkenny cost €100. This also includes a meal.

 

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Dec 20, 2018
The 1848 Famine Rebellion | The Great Famine XXVIII
00:58:25

1848 was a year of revolt & rebellion across Europe and Ireland was no different. However unique to Ireland, the 1848 uprising took place to the back drop of one of the worst famine’s in modern history – the Great Hunger.

While it has been overshadowed by the much larger 1798 rebellion and the 1916 Rising, the story of the Famine rebellion is a fascinating if forgotten history.

In this podcast we take a journey through radical politics in Ireland tracing the origins of the famine revolt in the extreme violence of the 1798 rebellion to the pacifism of Daniel O’Connell’s Repeal Movement.

Along the way you will encounter some of 19th century Ireland’s most controversial revolutionaries from John Mitchel to William Smith O’Brien in what is a fascinating story haunted by the spectre of the Great Famine.

This also gives us a chance to take a proper look at how Ireland’s political leaders reacted to the Great Famine which reveals a story of machiavellian deals and betrayal.

This is all told by focusing on the story of a very ordinary rebel, the Tipperary native Martin Ryan.

 

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Dec 13, 2018
Heroes of the Great Hunger - Famine Aid in the 1840s | The Great Famine XXVII
00:42:32

The history of the Great Hunger is rooted in stories of greed, racism and senseless suffering. This episode however sheds light on some of the amazing stories of compassion and solidarity that saved thousands of lives.

While it can be difficult not to focus on the disastrous actions of the British Government, it is also important to remember the forgotten heroes of the Great Famine – the Victorian equivalent of aid workers.

This podcast brings you the story some of these unlikely heroes from a Polish Count Pawel Strelecki to the Evangelical Protestant from Vermont Asenath Nicholson. Their stories of sacrifice in the 1840s are remarkable. The podcast also looks at the stories of generosity among slaves, native americans and prisoners who donated money to the famine relief despite facing extreme hardships themsleves.

Thanks to Olga Jazienicka for the help with the polish pronouniations (which are still pretty terrible - apologies!)

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Nov 14, 2018
BONUS: Ireland's most famous highwayman & Cromwell's siege of Wexford
00:21:44

This bonus episode contains the first two shows in my podcast series 'This Week in Irish history'. These shows look at the life of Ireland's most famous highwayman and Cromwell's Siege of Wexford in 1649. There is a third episode already available once you subscribe to THis Week in Irish History in iTunes

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Oct 15, 2018
Our darkest hour? The forgotten famine of 1847-48 | The Great Famine XXVI
00:52:42

Many histories of the Great Hunger refer to the famine ending in 1847. It is true that the famine did start to ease in some parts of the island in the following years.

However in the west the catastrophe was far from over - some of the darkest chapters lay ahead as 1847 drew to a close.

This episode focuses in on one area – Clifden in Co Galway where the famine in 1848 was arguably even worse than it had been during Black ’47. This show also looks at who was responsible, how the British Government created the illusion (that persists to the present day) that the famine was nearing an end in 1847 and why they did this.

We also look at the brutal struggle for survival in Clifden. This saw people pushed to the extremes and break the greatest of human taboos – cannibalism.

Thanks to Aidan Crowe, Josh Clarke, Tara Lonij, Janet Johnson, Danny Burke, Caitlin White, Wayne O'Brien, Mark Laherty, Conor Lenehan, John Brennan, Sean Comiskey, Denis O'Donnell & Christopher Devine for their help in making the show.

 

 

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Oct 04, 2018
How to get my new podcast series 'This Week in Irish History'.
00:02:28

On October 1st my new free weekly podcast series 'This Week in Irish History' begins.

This short episode tells you want you can expect, what's in the first four shows and the simple step you need to take to make sure you dont miss out on Ireland's newest podcast.

 

 

 

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Sep 17, 2018
Black '47 The Movie Reviewed | The Great Famine XXV
00:19:21

This week see the release of the first major movie set during the Great Famine. Starring James Frecheville, Stephen Rae, Jim Broadbent & Hugo Weaving Black '47 is one of the most eagerly awaited Irish films of 2018.

Last Wednesday I got a sneak preview of the movie and in this podcast I review Black '47.

Last Wednesday I got a sneak preview of the movie and in this podcast I review Black '47.

What is the movie like?

Is it true to history?

Does it pass the Bechdal test?

It goes on general release in Ireland today (Wednesday 5th) and in the US & UK at the end of September. This is another review by John Dorney mentioned in the podcast www.theirishstory.com/2018/08/21/fil…view-black-47/

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Sep 05, 2018
The Road to Black '47 - The history behind the movie | The Great Famine XXIV
00:38:24

This week sees the launch of the movie Black '47 & my return to the Great Famine series.

So whether you want to find out the history behind the movie or catch up on the series to date this is podcast for you. While it does summarise the series to date the show also includes lots of new information. 

The episode tells the fascinating but forgotten story of Margaret Murphy. Margaret's life is one of neglected stories of people who lived through the Great Hunger. 

She was born in Ireland in the final years of the 18th century and was an eyewitness to the rebellions, wars and recession that set the stage for the Great Famine in the late 1840s. 

Thanks to the following people for readings.

Clodagh Leonard

Nick MacCrimmons

Tomas

Hugh Sheehy

Aidan Crowe

& Tara Lonij

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Sep 05, 2018
The Mulranny Police Conspiracy
00:34:28

The Mulranny Police Conspiracy is a little-known story that took place in the west of Ireland at the turn of the 20th century. The setting is Mulranny – a stunning village along the Wild Atlantic Way but in 1900 it was something of a forgotten backwater. However it was here, on the shores of Clew Bay that this story of deceit unfolded. In what is at times a bizarre and tragic plot, the Royal Irish Constabulary turned on this poor community in Co Mayo when they began to campaign for better rights. The following story is intriguing and fascinating.

 

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Aug 20, 2018
The Iniskea Island Mysteries?
00:30:09

The Iniskea Islands are among the most remote places in Ireland. Although deserted today, throughout the 19th century the lives of the islanders were the source of bizarre rumours. Numerous outsiders accused the islanders of piracy & worshipping pagan gods into the 1870s.

In this podcast I look at whether these Islanders were truly the last pagans and pirates in Ireland. The answers are suprising to say the least.

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Jul 30, 2018
The Massacre of Wildgoose Lodge
00:31:07

In the 1830s the British politican George Lewis described the fate of an informer in ireland as a man "doomed to certain death....he would be hunted through the country like a mad dog every hand would be raised against him". 

This was something of an understatement in some cases. 

In 1816 Edward Lynch became an informer. A few months later this resulted in one of the worst crimes in pre-famine Ireland - The Massacre of Wildgoose Lodge......

Tune in to hear the full story.

 

*I have been admitted to hospital since this was finished so the next show will be at least a week late.*

 

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Jul 04, 2018
Did the Famine drive Irish people insane? | The Great Famine XXIII
00:26:17

Did the experiences of the Famine drive Irish people insane?

In this episode I look at the story of the famine survivor John Thompson who ended up in the Rainhill asylum in Lancashire in the 1860s. In this Victorian institution (which treated mental illnesses) he would find himself surrounded by other Irish people.

This podcast looks at why Irish peope found themsleves in British asylums in disproportionate numbers in the 1850s and 1860s. The answers reveal some harrowing details about the difficult lives the Famine Irish in Britain faced.

 

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May 28, 2018
The US Civil War and the Great Famine
00:41:46

The Great Hunger is not something we associate with war and certainly not wars in other countries. However the Famine is inextricably linked to the story of the American Civil War (1861-1865). Around 200,000 Irish people, most of them famine or post famine emigrants, fought in the conflict making it one of the largest wars in terms of Irish participation. This podcast is structured aroud an interview with Damian Shiels of www.Irishamericancivilwar.com someone who has tirelessly researched the stories of these people over the last eight years. Damian’s interview provides fascinating insights into the forgotten lives of the Irish who fought in the US Civil War. Join me on the Dublin Famine Tour - Book your place at www.dublinfaminetour.ie

 

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May 08, 2018
The Famine Irish in the USA - a promised land? | The Great Famine XXII
00:45:47

After Ireland, no country was more affected by the Great Famine than the USA. Millions of Irish people emigrated to the United States during and after the Great Famine. This is their story. Through this podcast you will follow them on voyages across the Atlantic before looking at several Irish communities from the Five Points Slum in New York to the Rocky Mountains. From persecuted Irish miners in the Pennsylvanian Coalfields to deeply racist Irish prospectors in the Californian Goldrush the Irish story in America is fascinating and complex... I am very grateful to Martin Nutty, Ryan McCormick, Laura Pasek, Lisa O'Sullivan and Ronan McGreechin for their recordings. Monica Brennan very generously allowed me use her rendition of Thousands Are Sailing. You can book tickets for my tour at www.dublinfaminetour.ie

 

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Apr 21, 2018
American Wakes, Coffin Ships and Canada | The Great Famine XXI
00:33:40

Coffin Ships are one of the most enduring images from the Great Famine. This was the name given to the boats that carried Irish Famine emigrants to North America in 1847. This sinister title comes from the appalling death rates onboard these ships. This show opens with the hopes and fears of famine emigrants in Black '47. Then I move on to the harrowing voyages and what awaited the emirgants when they landed in Canada, This fell far short of their expectations - this journey will take us onto the dreaded quarantine station of Gross Isle in the St Laurence river. Tune in to find out more.

Thanks to Alexis Kelly for his narrating the words of Archbishop Signay. 

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They have put together a fantastic offer for the listeners of the Irish history podcast. You can get 15% off some classics:

Maamtrasna: The murders and The mystery by Jarlath Waldron This was the key source for my podcast series on the Maamtrasna Murders and contains numerous comtemporary accounts from what is one of the most enduring mysteries in Irish history. 

The highly recommended "Transactions of the Central Relief Committee of the Society of Friends during the The Famine in Ireland" I have used this repeatedly throughout the series and is the source of quotes in this podcast. Its a hardback collection of accounts, reports and letters written by quakers who were helping famine victims.

The Great Irish Book of Genealogies. This is a beautiful translation of the five volume collection of medieval history, prose and poetry. The original was written in the mid 17th century making this translation a collectors item.

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Mar 29, 2018
St Patricks Day in Black '47 | The Great Famine XX
00:22:02

As people across the world prepare to mark St Patrick's day this podcast looks what at happened on St Patricks Day during the worst year of the Great Famine. Celebrations were not cancelled but on a day supposed to celebrat all things Irish, events in Dublin revealed there were two very different Irelands in that year. 

While one half of the city starved the other half planned a party....

My Dublin Famine Tour launches this Sunday. Book you place now at www.Dublinfaminetour.ie 

 

As people across the world mark St Patrick's day this podcast looks what at happened in Dublin on St Patricks Day during the worst year of the Great Famine. Celebrations were not cancelled but on a day supposed to celebrate all things Irish, events in Dublin revealed there were two very different Irelands in that year. 

While one half of the city starved the other half planned a party....

My Dublin Famine Tour launches this Sunday. Book you place now at www.Dublinfaminetour.ie 

 

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Mar 16, 2018
Dublin Famine Tour - A New Interactive Experience
00:02:29

This short podcast explains the Dublin Famine Tour, my new interactive historical experience which launches on St Patricks Weekend.

On this walking tour I guide you through Victorian Dublin, explaining the fascinating but forgotten story of how the Great Famine transformed Ireland’s capital city.

During the tour will also hear what Dublin sounded like in the 1840s along with recordings of accounts written by Dubliners at the time. Tune in for more exciting details.

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Mar 06, 2018
Exiles - Irish Famine Emigrants | The Great Famine XIX)
00:29:34

Emigration is arguably the greatest legacy of the Great Irish Famine. Between 1846 and 1851, 1.25 million Irish people passed through the port of Liverpool alone to escape the Great Hunger. This exodus of refugees transformed the Great Famine from an Irish catastrophe into a global phenomenon as these people established Irish communities across the world. It fitting then that the show opens with a story from the Canadian city of Montreal in the 1870s. The we will hone in on the port of Liverpool which provides us an overall picture of what was happening.  Then to conclude I look at profiles of Irish famine emigrants. Who were these people? How did they manage to escape Ireland? I also debunk some common myths along the way. I have just launched my new Dublin based walking tour on the Great Famine - You can find out more and book your place at www.dublinfaminetour.ie -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This podcast is sponsored by deburcararebooks.com/podcast Ireland's largest stockist of rare books with titles from the 16th century to the present day. They have put together a fantastic offer for the listeners of the Irish history podcast. You can get 15% off some classics: Maamtrasna: The murders and The mystery by Jarlath Waldron This was the key source for my podcast series on the Maamtrasna Murders and contains numerous comtemporary accounts from what is one of the most enduring mysteries in Irish history. The highly recommended "Transactions of the Central Relief Committee of the Society of Friends during the The Famine in Ireland" I have used this repeatedly throughout the series and is the source of quotes in this podcast. Its a hardback collection of accounts, reports and letters written by quakers who were helping famine victims. The Great Irish Book of Genealogies. This is a beautiful translation of the five volume collection of medieval history, prose and poetry. The original was written in the mid 17th century making this translation a collectors item. You can get these for a limited time only at deburcararebooks.com/podcast

 

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Mar 02, 2018
An Eye for an Eye: Evictions & Assassinations | The Great Famine XVIII
00:56:21

Over the course of the Great Famine, hundreds of thousands of Irish people were evicted from their homes.

As ruthless landlords showed no pity, eviction was a death sentence for many starving tenants who were made homeless.

It was inevitable these evictions provoked resistance. On November 2nd 1847, the most famous assassination of the Great Famine took place in North Roscommon.

This podcast details the background of this assassination and how it relates to the wider story of other mass evictions in Ireland in the late 1840s.

The episode also tries to assess who exactly was to blame for the evictions - Irish landlords facing bankruptcy or the British Government in London?

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Feb 07, 2018
The Great Famine 1845 - 47 | The Great Famine XVII
00:30:09

This episode marks a return to the Great Famine Series. Coming podcasts will detail the later phase of the Famine including emigration and the bitter struggle that broke out between lanldords & tenants. This show sets the stage by focusing on the life of the most famous Irish person of the 19th century - Daniel O’Connell. Known as 'King Dan' the final years of his life provide a great opportunity to recap on what has happened so far and tie up loose ends before we continue our story.

 

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Jan 22, 2018
Spies & Jail Breaks: Female Rebels in Medieval Ireland
00:21:58

Isabella Cadel, Grace O Toole, Fynyna O Toohig. These are all women forgotten by history who lived intriguing and fascinating lives. The three had one thing in common - they were all rebels in medieval Ireland.

In this podcast I look at their forgotten stories which took place in an Ireland ravaged by deadly conflict. These medieval female warriors played an overlooked role in the brutal and deadly war that broke out between Norman settlers and Gaelic Rebels in the late Middle Ages.

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Jan 08, 2018
Ireland's Nazi Commando II (Otto Skorzeny)
00:27:36

The last podcast looked at the arrival of the one time Nazi Commando Otto Skorzeny in Ireland in 1957 and the welcome he received from some of the most influential people in Dublin. This podcast continues this bizarre story using recently released files from Ireland's intelligence agency G2. These files contain serious allegations about Skorzeny in Ireland. 

  • Was he using Cork Harbour to smuggle arms to North Africa?
  • Was he guilty of testing a gas gun on concentration camp inmates?
  • Why did he reportedly meet with IRA leader Ruairi O'Bradaigh in Spain in 1971 with a view to import weapons to Ireland?
  • Did Ireland's future prime minister Charles Haughey turn a blind eye to some of these activities?

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Dec 24, 2017
Ireland's Nazi Commando: Otto Skorzeny (Part I)
00:36:02

This is the first of two podcasts which looks at the story of Otto Skorzeny, a notorious Nazi with a long but forgotten connection to Ireland.

It is set in the aftermath of World War II to the intriguing backdrop of the hunt for Nazi war criminals after the war. Once labelled the most dangerous man in Europe the focus of the podcast, Otto Skorzeny, was a man plagued with rumours of war crimes, gun running and Neo-Nazi activities all his life.

His arrival in Ireland in 1957 started a dark chapter in our history one steeped in controversy mystery and unsettling revelations about some of Irelands most prominent figures.

Outsiders is a short mini series I am making over Christmas - I will be returning to the story of the Great Famine in mid January 2018.

 

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Dec 18, 2017
The first Irishman in China (Outsiders Part II)
00:22:32

Believe it or not the first Irish person to visit China left Europe in 1318 arriving. His fascinating journey would take several years. Known only as 'James of Ireland' this a story embroiled in the rise of the Mongols, medieval papal diplomacy and the tediously slow world of medieval travel. 

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Dec 12, 2017
Ireland's Last Executioners (Outsiders Part I)
00:26:32

Over the coming weeks I am taking a break from the Great Famine Series to make a mini series entitled 'Outsiders'. These podcasts will focus on people who for one reason or another lived at the peripherary of Irish society.  First up is Ireland's last executioners. These were members of a family who included one of the most prolific hangmen of all time. This is the story of the Pierrepoints who between them probably executed over 1,000 people in the mid 20th century.  Find out their story in this show. This podcast is brought to you by Irishnewspaperarchives.com/podcast, the gateway to Ireland's great historical past. Withover 70 titles some of which stretch back to the 18th century a subscription will make the ideal Christmas gift for the history buff in your family. You can get 30% of monthly and yearly packages today by going to Irishnewspaperarchives.com/podcast and use the coupon code Pod30

 

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Dec 04, 2017
The Workhouse and the Unwanted | The Great Famine XVI
00:40:40

The crumbling ruins of workhouses are one of the last visible reminders of the horrors of the Great Hunger in the Irish landscape. During the Great Famine they became home to the unwanted in Irish society. Ultimately over 300,000 people Irish people died in these institutions during the Great Hunger. 

While they may have been unwanted by the late 1840s very few of the so called 'inmates' of workhouses were born unwanted. The show begins by looking at how people found themsleves in such a position by following the journey of one 14 year old boy, Patrick Duignan from Co Leitrim. 

This is his story. 

I also look at an often forgotten aspect of workhouses: the bitter and sometimes violent struggles for control of the running of these institutions which explains why so many died. 

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Nov 15, 2017
A Doomed Land? Piracy, Elections and the 1847 Harvest | The Great Famine XV
00:34:12

This show opens with the fascinating story of communities in Mayo who resorted to piracy to survive in 1847. This is only a prelude however before we look at two pivotal events later in the year. 

After two years of starvation, the only election held during the Great Famine took place in August 1847. In some constituencies this poll was more like a blood sport than modern elections. 

That summer was also decisive because no sooner were the ballots counted than the island became fixated on an even more important test – the harvest. If this failed the future was bleak but many had reason to be hopeful...

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Oct 23, 2017
At a Crossroads - Salvation or Starvation (1847) | The Great Famine XIV
00:28:22

This podcast continues our journey through the summer of 1847 as we reach one of the pivotal moments in the history of the Great Famine. The British government finally realise a new policy is needed in Ireland but will it help or hinder?

Decisions taken in this podcast overshadow life Ireland for years to come. 

Tune in to find out more. 

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Sep 25, 2017
A Tale of Transportation | The Great Famine XIII
00:28:03

Transportation was a particularity cruel punishment. For centuries those condemned to this fate were shipped to penal colonies on the far side of the globe to serve out their sentences. It has become synonymous with injustice during the famine when many caught stealing food suffered this fate.   For this podcast I dug deep into the archives and found the story of the Nangle family whose lives were ripped apart after they were caught stealing sheep. Their story also gives us an insight into life in Dublin prisons during the famine. The second part of the show is somewhat different focusing on the bizarre and perverse chapters in the entire famine - the arrival of the french celebrity chef Alexis Soyer to Dublin in 1847 to help famine victims. This episode is brought to you by www.irishnewspaperarchives.com/podcast - the world’s largest and oldest online database of Irish newspapers. Containing nearly 300 years of Irish newspapers, Irish Newspaper Archives.com is an essential tool for anyone interested Irish history or genealogy.Listeners of the Irish history podcast can get 40% off monthly and yearly subscriptions by using the coupon code Pod40 at www.irishnewspaperarchives.com/podcast

 

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Sep 11, 2017
The Great Hunger in Dublin | The Great Famine XII
00:30:41

Dublin is often forgotten in the story of the Great Famine. While death rates in the capital were not as severe as the west of Ireland, the city suffered nevertheless. The show follows the story of the Mulherins, a family who fled famine in their home in Co Leitrim and settled in the Smithfield - Stoneybatter area of Dublin. They quickly found life in the capital city was very different but not necessarily easier...

The show also looks at life in one of the city workhouses and how prostitution increased dramatically during the late 1840s.

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Aug 14, 2017
Voices from Black '47 - Irish emigrants in their own words | The Great Famine XI
00:28:41

From January 1847 Irish people desperately trying to flee the famine began to leave the island in huge numbers. 

220,000 left in that year alone and by 1853 more than one in six people who had lived in Ireland in 1845 had emigrated. While we know a lot about where they went and the horrendous conditions they faced, we know less about the lives they left behind. This show tells that story through the words of these Irish emigrants.

Research for this show took me into the archives of the National Library of Ireland. After sifting through what hundreds of letters from Famine emigrants this podcast publishes several for the first time since the 1840s. These never before heard accounts give a unique insight into the lives of Irish people in 1847 as they prepared to leave Ireland forever. Their stories are far more complex and all too often more tragic than we imagine. 

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Thanks to Clare Ryan, Jamie Goldrick, Thom McDermott and Dave Lordan who narrate the letters. 

 

 

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Jul 24, 2017
Black '47 - A World Turned Upside Down (1847) | The Great Famine X
00:39:51

This series continues the story of the Great Famine into the notorious year of Black '47 by returning to the town of Skibbereen. Looking at how life in the town changed it details the horrifying lives many had to endure. However starvation was not the only way the famine changed Ireland and the show begins by looking at the unusual story of James Dillon, a coroner in Co Offaly who was tasked with investigating two suspicious deaths in December 1846. 

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Jul 10, 2017
Insurrection and Starvation - A Tale of Two Towns (1846) | The Great Famine IX
00:47:58

As the situation deteriorated in Ireland in late 1846, the two Cork towns of Youghal and Skibbereen experienced the unfolding horrors in very different ways. The people of Youghal, due to local dynamics, were in a position to rise up against some of the causes of famine. Through the Autumn of 1846 they launched an insurrection in a desperate bid to stop food being exported. However at Skibbereen in west Cork the people found themselves in a far worse situation. Ravaged by severe starvation from as early as October, the town became notorious for the horrific conditions its inhabitants faced.

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Jun 19, 2017
History vs Reality. What was life really like in 1840s Ireland?
00:23:21

Many travellers who visited the west of Ireland in the 19th century considered it as a frontier of sorts. They were more often than not deeply racist, yet we still rely heavily on their accounts to reconstruct a picture of life at the time. In this show I question how reliable their accounts are. In an effort to create a more vivid picture of life in the 1840s I have interviewed with two archaeologists - Franc Myles and Eve Campbell for this show. 

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Jun 05, 2017
An abandoned village and Ireland's newest beach: Achill Island Day 1
00:10:54

Join Fin as he treks around Achill island visiting Ireland's newest beach and the ruins of a famine era village.

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May 25, 2017
Crisis turns into Catastrophe (1846) | The Great Famine VIII
00:35:01

Through the summer of 1846 Ireland had endured terrible hunger and suffering. However against the odds the numbers who had starved to death were few. As many waited in great anticipation for the coming harvest, disaster struck when the potato blight returned on a much wider scale than in 1845. As the Irish MP Daniel O'Connell stated a 'death dealing famine' was on the cards. This show begins with a story of emigration and passengers on an early coffin ship. 

In the coming days I am heading to Achill Island of the west coast, where I will be making a series of podcasts and videos about life there during the Famine. You can find out more at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast

 

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May 23, 2017
All aboard - Virtual Road Trip to the 1840s
00:03:09

Next week you can join me on a virtual road trip to the 1840s! Tune in to find out more...

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May 20, 2017
The 1846 Summer of Starvation | The Great Famine VII
00:28:52

The summer of 1846 was a tense time in Ireland. As food grew scarce lawlessness, riots and violence became frequent. Everyone eagerly awaited May 15th when the British Government would open it's emergency food depots. Perhaps then the tensions and anxiety at the heart of Irish society would ease? However would the food in these emergency depots be enough to stave off famine until the harvest was ready in Autumn? 

Find out in this episode. 

(Apologies that this show is late. Research took much longer than usual and then the writing proved tricky in places and I had to rewrite several parts. Thanks for your patience).

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May 02, 2017
Free Trade or Famine 1845-46 | The Great Famine VI
00:32:25

This show takes you through the winter of 1845 through to April 1846 as the situation in Ireland deteriorates. Food riots and protests become common, while the Famine crisis facing Ireland is consumed in bitter political disputes around free trade in London. 

While the show follows the fate of millions through increasingly uncertain times it begins (as is often the case now) in a quite secluded spot in the west of Ireland in Co Leitrim. 

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Apr 10, 2017
The Great Hunger Begins | The Great Famine V
00:32:59

As the harvest of 1845 approached in Ireland, rumours circulated that a mysterious disease was attacking the potato crop. While well informed botanists in London grew increasingly anxious about what lay ahead, many Irish peasants dependent on potatoes had little idea what was happening. When the harvest did fail, the Great Famine had begun. Terror gripped the population and I look at what the British authorities did to respond.

 

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Mar 20, 2017
On the verge of disaster: Ireland 1845 | The Great Famine IV
00:30:29

1845 is famous for one thing in Irish history – the beginning of the Great Famine. However contrary to what you might expect, if you lived in Ireland through most of 1845 there was little evidence to suggest Irish society stood on the brink of one of the greatest famines in history. This episode looks at the highs and lows of life in Ireland as the Famine approached.

To this end we follow the life of William A'Court, better known as Baron Heytesbury - the Lord Leuitenant of Ireland appointed in 1844. The show looks at the problems facing Irish society - sectarianism, the political controversy around the Movement for the Repeal of the Act of Union and the Poor Law. It also looks at why there was every reason to be hopeful about the future with the approach of that fateful harvest in 1845.

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Mar 08, 2017
The Scandalous Life of Lola Montez
00:25:32

Lola Montez, born Elizabeth Rosanna Gilbert, was one of the most scandalous women of the 19th century. She took Europe by storm with 'dances' that left little to the imagination - she was known to wear nothing beneath her tutu.

Married three times she also had a string of famous lovers including a king, the composer Franz Liszt and the author Alexander Dumas. Were she alive today her friends would include the most powerful people alive, she would be plagued by the paparazzi, have millions of twitter followers and if she had a website it would be most definitely x rated.

Need is say I more?

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Feb 20, 2017
Was Ireland overpopulated in 1845? | The Great Famine III
00:23:31

In 1845 the population of Ireland was heading towards 9 million with many people surviving on a diet of potatoes. This has lead many to claim that the island was overpopulated. In this podcast I head to a remote village of Inver in Erris to see how the population has changed over the past 150 years. I also investigate exactly how many people lived in Ireland, what was the standard of living and whether the people were healthy. The answers are surprising to say the least. 

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Jan 31, 2017
Rents, Riots and Volcanoes | The Great Famine II
00:32:30

The series on the Great Famine got off to a bloody start with the story of Anne Devlin and the rebellions of 1798 and 1803. By the end of the first episode, Ireland had been incorporated into the United Kingdom under the Act of Union. 

In this show we will see what life in Ireland was like after the Act of Union. Within a few decades inequality was soaring. Strikes, riots and assassination were becoming increasingly common. Then the bizarre story of an eruption of Mount Tambura, a volcano on the far side of the world made everything worse. Tune in to find out more. 

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Jan 24, 2017
Rebel Isle (1750-1803) | The Great Famine I
00:42:37

This podcast, the first in my new series on the Great Famine, gives a background to Ireland in the 19th century. Entitled 'Rebel Island' it focuses on the life of one extraordinary Irish rebel - Anne Devlin. She lived a remarkable life and was involved in the 1798 and 1803 rebellions. These reshaped Ireland and had profound consequences impacting life right up to and during the Great Famine.

Anne Devlin's life also explains why sectarian tensions between Catholics and Protestants dominated life in Ireland, what the Act of Union was and why it was so important.

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Jan 18, 2017
The Great Irish Famine Series - An Introduction
00:05:36

Over the past few months I have been preparing a major podcast series on the Great Famine of the 1840s and its finally here! This short episode is an introduction to the series, what you can expect from it and why I am making it. Basically its like an introduction to a book.

If this isn't your thing and you want to crack on with the series the first episode - Rebel Island is available for patrons now at patreon.com/irishpodcast. Otherwise you will have to wait a week when it will be available through my website (Irishhistorypodcast.ie), iTunes, Googleplay and other platforms.

 

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Jan 10, 2017
Hitchhiker's Guide to 1820s Ireland
00:17:55

In the opening line of his novel The Go Between the writer L.P. Hartley famously quipped ‘The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there’. For me history is about attempting to visit this foreign country L.P. Hartley talked about and seeing what life was like. In this podcast I have trawled through eye witness accounts of travelers to early 19th century Ireland to give you a sense of what life was like in a past where they did things very differently. From bare-knuckle boxing to prostitution, from public transport to what people did for fun, this show takes you on the trip to the foreign country that was Ireland in the 1820s. 

This is the last show of 2016, thanks to everyone who has supported the show through the year and I hope you & yours have a great christmas and an even better new year!

Nollaig Shona

Fin

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Dec 21, 2016
Letters from Dakota
00:27:13

'Letters from Dakota' is the story of my grandaunt Mollie Dwyer who emigrated to the USA when she was 15 years of age in 1906. Her emigrant experience was very different to most. Within two months she found herself in a convent in South Dakota training to be a nun. She would never return to the town she grew up in, save for the very occasional visit. 

However for over 40 years she wrote to her brother Jack Dwyer (my grandfather) in Castlecomer revealing intriguing insights into her unusual life as a nun in rural Dakota. I recently discovered her letters where she writes about prohibition in the 1920s, World War II but also her lonely life in the Midwest of the USA as well as her struggles with depression. 

These are her Letters from Dakota. 

My sister Ruth narrates her letters in this episode.

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Dec 13, 2016
The Land War (1879-1882)
00:10:43

I launched my first exclusive patron’s podcast on the Land War yesterday.The Land War is a fascinating struggle between Irish landlords and tenants between 1879 and 1882.

This podcast contains some of that show (for free) and if you enjoy what you hear, the details of how to get the full episode at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast available only to patrons.

I also introduce the mysterious other person involved in making the Irish History Podcast - It might be you with you even knowing it. Tune in to find out more.

 

 

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Dec 08, 2016
The Phoenix Park Murders II - The Manhunt
00:28:28

The Phoenix Park Murders are one of the most famous assassinations in Irish History. On May 6th 1882 Lord Frederick Cavendish and Thomas Henry Burke were killed in brutal circumstances in the Phoenix Park. The full story is covered in Part I.

This episode follows the manhunt for the assassins. While the police quickly identified the likely suspects, they had almost no evidence to make arrests.

This lead to a fascinating and relentless pursuit for evidence through victorian Dublin, while the assassins prepared to carry out more attacks.

The show concludes with the trials and one of the most notorious informers in Irish history.

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Dec 01, 2016
The 1882 Phoenix Park Murders Part I - A Fatal Day in Dublin.
00:21:24

The Phoenix Park Murders are among the most famous political assassinations in Irish History. On May 6th 1882, Lord Frederick Cavendish the new chief secretary for Ireland was assassinated in the Phoenix Park in brutal circumstances. Taking place at the height of the Land War, the fascinating story of the murders is set to the backdrop of riots, protests and other assassinations. In part I, I look at this context by following Frederick Cavendish on his last day alive before finishing up with the assassination itself. 

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Nov 23, 2016
Tales from the Great Famine in Dublin.
00:26:09

In this episode I took my recorder and headed around my neighbourhood looking for the history of the Great Famine. Unsurprisingly I didn't have to travel far. With the Women's prison, the North Dublin Workhouse and the residence of the Lord Lieutenant all within a kilometre, this show is full of fascinating accounts recorded at the sites they took place. From the mansions of the powerful to the prison cells of the powerless, this is a fascinating account of life in Dublin in the late 1840s. Among the lives recalled is that of 13 year old Mary Keane was imprisoned for not having a train ticket! However others faced worse punishment...

I am planning a major podcast series on the Great Famine in 2017. To deliver this I need your support. I have launched a campaign at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast. This allows you to become a patron of the series and support my research with small monthly donations. In return for your support you will get lots of bonus content including an exclusive monthly patrons podcast, a patrons guide to each episode and much more. Check it out at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast.

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Nov 16, 2016
The Maamtrasna Murders Part III - The Guilty and the Innocent
00:31:28

In this final episode on the Maamtrasna murders, we begin by picking up the story of this fascinating murder case in December 1882. Eight men have been sentenced to die in Galway Jail on December the 15th for their role in the brutal killings of the Joyce family.

While five get their sentences commuted to the life imprisonment three are set to die. However at the last minute new evidence emerges. This is sent to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland of Ireland John Poyntz Spencer. However he doesn't have much time to decide what to do - the hangman William Marwood was already on his way to Galway prison. Find out what happens in the show.

In this episode I also launch a new patreon campaign where you can support the podcast as I build towards my upcoming major series on the Great Famine. You can find out more at patreon.com/irishpodcast where i also have a new video. Filmed in an abandoned famine village in the Cooley Mountains, it explains what you can expect from the podcast in 2017. For more check out patreon.com/irishpodcast 

 

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Nov 14, 2016
The Maamtrasna Murders Part II - The Trials
00:32:21

In Part I of this series on the Maamtrasna murders I looked at one of the most brutal killings in 19th century Ireland when the Joyce family were attacked in their remote home in Maamtrasna on the Mayo-Galway border.

This podcast follows looks at the trials. While the police made a major break through within days of the murder a botched attempt at swift justice would see the story of the trials become nearly as famous the murders themselves.

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Nov 09, 2016
The Maamtrasna Murders Part I - The Killings.
00:26:46

Prior to 1882, Maamtrasna a remote townland in the west of Ireland, was known to few outside Co. Galway. That all changed on the night of August 17th 1882 when one of the most brutal murders in 19th century Ireland took place there.

Five members of the Joyce family were killed in a horrific and disturbing attack. In a deeply unnerving aspect of a case still shrouded in mystery, the perpetrators were almost certainly known to the victims.

This first podcast looks at what exactly happened in Maamtrasna on that fateful summers night in 1882 before looking at some possible motives. Following shows will look at the trials and scandal that followed brutal murders.

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Nov 01, 2016
The tale of Jack of Ireland, a medieval outlaw.
00:21:37

Medieval outlaws have captured the human imagination for centuries. The story of Robin Hood who famously robbed from the rich to give to the poor has proved the most enduring. However most were ruthless individuals, many were willing to rob from the rich but few ever gave their bounty to the poor.

This podcast is about a Irish man who was an outlaw in all but name. While Jack would avoid being declared an outlaw his life gives a much better sense of what a medieval outlaw was like rather than the oft recounted tales of Robin Hood. His story is a the real life tale of an Irish man who ran amok across the North of England living well beyond the bounds of what was legal but was protected by friends in very high places!

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Oct 24, 2016
Haunted by our history: Ireland and Child Sexual Abuse
00:16:33

 This podcast was funded by the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund.

We don’t remember 1980s fondly in Ireland. Emigration and recession were features of life. The political atmosphere was defined by divisive and bitter debates around abortion in 1983 and divorce in 1986.

There was also a third deeply discomforting debate that rocked Irish society. Almost completely forgotten, this debate around child sexual abuse lifted the lid on a topic previously shrouded by shame, taboo and a code of silence. Contrary to what we might expect this did not involve priests, institutions or the Catholic Church. This debate has had an enduring legacy - shaping stereotypes and misinforming how we understand child sexual abuse in the 21 Century.

This podcast deals with Child Sexual Abuse. It is not suitable children. If you find this is a topic distressing you may not want skip this show.

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Ireland www.oneinfour.ie

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The podcast is part of a wider investigation funded by the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund where myself and Peter McGuire looked into child sexual abuse in the recent past and the present. You can find more material here.

 

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Oct 17, 2016
The Manchester Martyrs
00:22:21

In November 1867 tension and fear gripped the city of Manchester. A regiment of the British Army was drafted in to support a police force already bolstered by an extra 2,000 recruits.

With the most contentious execution in a century due to take place at the New Bailey Prison, it was feared racial tensions in Manchester would erupt into violence.

The three condemned men Michael O'Brien, Michael Larkin and William Allen were all Irish. It was widely believed that the British courts had treated them harshly. As the execution day approached rumours spread that an escape orchestrated by the Fenians was on the cards. The city was on a knife edge...

This podcast tells the fascinating story of these three men remembered as the Manchester Martyrs.

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Oct 11, 2016
Fatal Feuds V - Medieval Downfall
00:28:46

The Fatal Feuds series has tracked the dramatic rise of the de Burgh Lords of the West and Earls of Ulster - the most powerful family in Medieval Irish history.

In 1326 the family Patriarch, the Red Earl, died leaving the family facing an uncertain future. The heir, known as the Brown Earl, was only 15 years of age. He now had to unify his vassals and powerful relations many of whom had ambitions of their own in an Ireland beset by war and hardships. As the title suggests things dont go according to plan in what is a dramatic conclusion to the series.

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Oct 05, 2016
Bonus: An Irish Childhood in a Stately Mansion
00:13:34

TV series like Downton Abbey offer a sensationalised view of life in Stately Homes but what was it really like? This podcast uses the never before published words of Florence Doreen Wandesforde who wrote a short account of her childhood in Castlecomer House before she died in 1999 at the age 95.

This is a fascinating insight to the world of upstairs-downstairs. Doreen and her family had their own butler, cook, servants and even gym instructor. Their house had a heated swimming pool in the early 20th century! She even met King George V and Queen Mary. However she also gives an insight into the simplicity of children's games and the tragedies inflicted on her family during World War I.

 

 

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Sep 19, 2016
Fatal Feuds IV - The Fall of the Red Earl
00:29:01

The show picks up the story of the de Burgh family in August 1316 as the biggest battle in medieval Irish history approaches. The De Burghs have paid an huge ransom to free their best battle commander William 'Liath' de Burgh. He will lead the Norman forces against the might of the O'Connors and their king Felim. This battle fought beneath the walls of Athenry will decide the fate of a generation.

This episode also continues the story of the Bruce Invasion and Dublin's earliest popular revolt.

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Sep 08, 2016
Bonus: Stealing the Stone of Destiny
00:12:13

In 1296 King Edward I of England invaded Scotland. During this campaign he removed the Stone of Destiny (a.k.a. The Stone of Scone) bringing it back to England. The removal of the stone which had been used to inaugurate medieval Scottish Kings, symbolised Scotland's domination by her southern neighbour. That was until Christmas 1950 when three students and a teacher attempted to take the stone back north of the border. Hear the full story of a heist that dominated the headlines around the world.

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Aug 30, 2016
Fatal Feuds III - The Bruce Invasion
00:33:04

The third part of the mini-series Fatal Feuds focuses on the Bruce Invasion of Ireland in 1315. This sees the famous Scottish King Robert the Bruce wage war on his father-in-law the Red Earl of Ulster Richard de Burgh. This podcast on the greatest war in Medieval Irish history is packed full of fascinating characters and stories not to mention the longest siege in Irish history.

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Aug 22, 2016
Bonus - Medieval Ireland's Red Wedding
00:10:23

The Red Wedding is an infamous chapter in the Game of Thrones series. It saw one family wipe out their rivals in a treacherous and brutal massacre. In this podcast I look at a comparable event from Ireland in the 14th century.

In 1305 the Lord of Tethmoy Peter de Bermingham invited several leading members of the O'Connor-Faly family to Carrick castle for a feast. The guests included his godchild. What followed was one of the most notorious incidents in what was already a brutal age. Listen to the show for the full story.

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Aug 15, 2016
Fatal Feuds II - The Making of a Medieval Superpower
00:39:29

This show picks up the story of Richard de Burgh, the Red Earl of Ulster at Christmas 1294. At the end of Fatal Feuds Part I he had been kidnapped & imprisoned in Lea castle by his rival John Fitzthomas. This plunged Ireland into chaos.

In this show with the the Earl in captivity Fitzthomas goes on the offensive attacking his rivals in Connacht. Mayhem sweeps across Ireland in an event known as The Time of Disturbance. This show covers the following 20 years of frantic warfare in Ireland.

And if Ireland's nobles weren't creating enough trouble, by the end of the episode Robert the Bruce Scotland’s most famous King will enters the fray.

 

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Aug 09, 2016
2019 update on the future of the podcast.
00:04:27

This short epsiode updates you on changes coming in the show.

 

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Jul 29, 2016
Fatal Feuds Part I – The rise of the Red Earl (1281 – 1295)
00:31:27

This episode is the first of four that looks at a series of related feuds that ripped Ireland apart in the late Middle Ages. 'Fatal Feuds' begins in the late 13th century when the de Burgh and FitzGerald families fought out a private war of epic proportions. This episode begins by introducing the most important character in the series - Richard Og de Burgh, The Red Earl of Ulster and Lord of Connacht. Before the podcast ends Ireland is gripped by war, barbarism and uncertainty.

 

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Jul 27, 2016
Bridget Cleary - the last woman burned alive in Ireland
00:31:27

In 1895 Bridget Cleary made international news after she was burned to death in South Tipperary. Rumours circulated she had been accused of being a witch. Could this be true? On the eve of the 20th century a woman was burned as a witch in Ireland. This podcast tells the full story and looks at the horrific murder of Bridget Cleary - the last person who was burned to death in Ireland.

 

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Jul 11, 2016
The 'witch' Mary Doheny and a 19th century supernatural scam.
00:16:32

Mary Doheny was born in Ireland in the 1820s. A ruthless, mysterious and controversial woman she gained notoriety in the 1860s. In 1864 she stood trial for organising one of the most bizarre scams of the 19th century which involved among other things raising people from the dead. Unsurprisingly rumours of witchcraft were never far from what was an incredible story. Hear her fascinating but forgotten history in the latest show.

 

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Jun 30, 2016
Ireland’s Forgotten World War II Bombings
00:17:32

The Irish Free State remained neutral in World War II. Nevertheless the country and its people still faced attack. In 1941 the Nazis bombed the North Strand in Dublin. However the most lethal explosion took place in a remote corner of Donegal killing 19 people. An eyewitness recalled a "tremendous explosion shook the heavens and a brilliant blinding flash of light illuminated the countryside lighting up mountains many miles to the rear" Hear the forgotten story of this and the other casualties of World War II bombs in Ireland in this episode.

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Jun 13, 2016
Hubert Butler - Ireland’s forgotten World War II hero.
00:19:28

Hubert Butler (1900-1991) is a forgotten Irish hero. In 1938-39 he traveled to the Nazi Third Reich to help Jews escape persecution. While he ultimately helped save 150 people from the holocaust, he was not celebrated in Ireland. Instead after he revealed how the church was involved in supporting the Nazi allies in Yugoslavia he suffered what was in effect internal exile. Listen to Hubert's fascinating story in this podcast.

 

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May 09, 2016
New Black Death book (preview & listeners discount)
00:09:30

I've just released my new book '1348: A Medieval Apocalypse -The Black Death in Ireland' at www.irishhistorypodcast.ie. This couldn't have happened without your support so this episode has an extract and info on how to get your 20% exclusive listeners discount. Thanks for all the support folks!

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'1348: A Medieval Apocalypse' will immerse you in a fascinating and forgotten world. Late medieval Ireland was a land ravaged by invasion, famine and disease where history proves stranger than fiction.

The book begins in 1315 when a Scots army invaded Ulster triggering three years of devastating war and famine. Ireland had scarcely recovered before the greatest killer in recorded human history – The Black Death – struck in 1348. Life would never be the same again. As this devastating plague swept through Ireland’s cities and towns, many believed they were facing the end of the world.

Telling the story of eight individuals who lived through such chaotic times, the book is laced with evocative details from daily life in late medieval Ireland.

From the life of James Butler, the Earl of the Ormond to that of Johanna Stackpoll (a previously unknown Dublin widow unearthed in research) this book will fascinate and unnerve in equal measure.

Some people were survivors, others were less fortunate, their stories are all fascinating.

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May 04, 2016
Free State or Fair State: Ireland after Independence
00:23:39

In 1921 the War of Independence came to an end. Many had high hopes for what the future held in store for them in an Independent Ireland. However while people lived in what was officially called the Irish Free State, Fin asks was it a free or fair state?

This episode is not suitable for younger listeners as it contains references to sex.

 

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Apr 19, 2016
The Revolution Underground (Secret Societies, Communism and Coal Part V 1919-1922)
00:35:09

In 1919 the War of Independence broke out in Ireland. In Castlecomer, Ireland’s largest mining community, this had a profound effect. While the I.R.A. fought the British Army in the surrounding countryside, below ground the miners waged their own revolution. This brought not only ambushes and assassination to Castlecomer but strikes, industrial Sabotage & kidnapping. Listen to the full show to hear this enthralling story!

 

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Mar 07, 2016
The Road to War (1894 -1918) – Secret Societies, Communism and Coal Part IV
00:49:40

'The Road to War' returns to my series on the Castlecomer Coalfields. It takes you on a gripping journey through life in one small Irish town and the surrounding coalfields between 1894 & 1918. From the relative peace of the 1890s to the dark years of World War I and the tumultuous days of the Easter Rising, life in Castlecomer and its mines was never dull.

This show also reveals for the first time the attitude of R.H. Wandesforde (one of of Ireland's most famous businessmen & mine owner) towards the 1916 Rising. He voiced some pretty controversial opinions when writing to his wife Florence. While he never thought these letters would see the light of day, they are (for the first time in a century) published in this episode.

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Jan 18, 2016
A Christmas Feast in Medieval Ireland
00:13:55

The turkey only arrived in Northern Europe in 16th century so what did people eat for Christmas Dinner? In this episode I look at the foods available in medieval Ireland. This includes everything from larks cooked in cinnamon and cloves, geese cooked in garlic to soggy pies and lethal takeaways!

 

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Dec 16, 2015
The Superstitions and Strange Customs of Medieval Ireland.
00:11:05

Strange as it may sound, if you lived in the Northwest of Ireland 1000 years ago you may well have witnessed your king attempting to mate with a horse! Medieval Ireland was a very strange place and this show looks at the stranger aspects of magic, superstition and the custom from the world of our medieval ancestors...

 

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Dec 15, 2015
Ireland's hidden hand in history
00:13:03

Its Christmas and to celebrate I am releasing three podcasts this week. This episode looks at the Ireland's hidden hand in history - Irish people who you have never heard of but nevertheless played key roles in history. For example the first is a 50 year old Irish woman who tried to assassinate the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in 1920s. Others include Eliza Lynch a cork woman who became the first lady of Paraguay in the 19th century and Joseph Kavanagh a leading figure in the French Revolution. This show also includes a competition and an update about my book on the Black Death.

 

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Dec 14, 2015
The Land War & the Great 1881 Strike – Secret Societies, Communism and Coal Part III
00:22:34

In the aftermath of the famine the people of Castlecomer were shell-shocked, reeling from years of death, disease and emigration. However by the 1880s this had changed. When yet another famine threatened in 1879, and landlords threatened eviction, tenants across Ireland rose up in rebellion. The miners of Castlecomer, not to be left behind, launched the Great Coal Strike of 1881. Hear this fascinating story here in this latest episode of Secret Societies, Communism and Coal – Life in the Castlecomer Colliery.

 

 

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Nov 06, 2015
The Great Famine in Castlecomer - Secret Societies, Communism and Coal Part II
00:24:04

In 1845 life in the Castlecomer Coalfields was racked by economic recession and grinding poverty. When the potato crop, the staple diet of millions across Ireland, failed disaster struck. In the following years around one million Irish people died and over one million emigrated.

In Castlecomer the fate of thousands lay in the hands on one man - Charles Wandesforde - the mine owner and local landlord. His decisions were controversial but it not easy to decide whether they were good bad. One thing is for certain life in the coalfield would never be the same again.

 

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Oct 02, 2015
Secret Societies, Communism & Coal; Life in the Castlecomer Colliery Part I..
00:21:20

For three centuries the town of Castlecomer in North Co. Kilkenny staged one of the most fascinating but forgotten struggles in Irish history. Miners who worked in some of the most harsh working conditions constantly struggled against the mine owner. Given it was often a matter of life and death this struggle was often bitter and conflict was never far from the surface. This saw the miners form secret societies, trade unions, republican and indeed even communist organisations. This is the first of four podcast to tell their story being in the 17th century.

 

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Sep 14, 2015
The Black Death, Black Lung & The Great Famine
00:19:46

Fin hasn't joined a Black Metal band. However this episode is a break from the usual format and explores three very different topics. The Black Death section takes you through the medieval equivalent of the Battle of Stalingrad - The Siege of Calais 1346-47, while updating you on when my upcoming book on the plague is out. Then the show delves into the harsh world of mining in the 19th century before turning to some thoughts on the Great Famine.

 

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Sep 07, 2015
The Conquered Lands - The Norman Invasion part XXIII
00:30:51

By 1190 the Normans were utterly dominant throughout much of Ireland. As undisputed masters they set about tranforming their lands into societies modelled on their homelands in Wales and England. Gaelic Society was destroyed. This podcast looks at what exactly this change was like, what happened and what it was like to live in the Norman Colony. In order to gain a clear insight the show focuses on the Gaelic Kingdom of Ossory and how it became the Norman County of Kilkenny.

 

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Sep 02, 2015
The North - The Norman Invasion XXII (1190 - 1205)
00:28:02

In this episode the Normans push far into the North and North west. There they come up against one of the greatest powers in medieval Ireland - the kingdom of Tyrone and its ruling families - the O’Neills and their cousins the McLochlainns. The last of the great Gaelic Irish kingdoms faces an onslaught but will it survive? Hear the full story in this podcast. 

 

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Aug 18, 2015
The Battle for Connacht - The Norman Invasion XXI (1190 - 1205)
00:27:44

The Kingdom of Connacht in the west of Ireland represented one of the greatest obstacles to Norman domination of Ireland. The ruling family, the O'Connors had resisted Norman intrusion into their kingdom on several occasions. However in the 1190s their power began to fade. As three members of the family - Cathal 'of the Red Hand' O'Connor, his brother and grandnephew battled for the crown, the Normans were quick to intervene. The results were disastrous. Led by William Burke and the self styled 'Prince of Ulster' John de Courcy, their arrival saw Connacht explode in violence.*************************************************************************This show proved to be one of the most difficult to write and make. While I have a fairly good handle on the topic, the intrigues that make it interesting are byzantine in nature. The very essences of the story - a dispute within the O'Connor family is deeply confusing. There are four distinct factions all lead by relatives who share similar names. The faction is lead by Rory O'Connor while two others are lead by his brother Cathal 'of the Red Hand' and his son Conor (yes his name is Conor O'Connor!). Finally to make matter even more complicated a fourth faction is lead by Conor's son, another Cathal. He was known as a Cathal 'Carrach' O'Connor. To make the storyflow easier I changed Cathal 'Carrach' O'Connor's name to the simpler Carrach (pronounced Carr-ock)O'Connor. The Norman side is equally complex. The two leading figures are John de Courcy and William Burke. Burke supported three differing factions and this makes their involvement labyrinthine at times. When you listen to the show I would be really grateful if you could let me know what you thought - feedback is very useful when I am making future shows. Thanks Fin

 

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Jul 16, 2015
My enemy's enemy is still my enemy, The Norman Invasion XX - (1190s)
00:18:02

Part XX sees us enter the 1190s and the Norman Invasion enters what might be called end game. In this decade they begin to advance in to the far west of the island. The Gaelic Irish response is at times baffling. Old internal feuds only intensify as the ruling families cannot let go of past transgressions and unify against the Normans. This leads to a disasterous otcome. This episode looks at events in Munster while coming shows will look at Connacht and Ulster.

 

 

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Jun 22, 2015
Living and dying by the sword - The Norman Invasion XIX (1186-89)
00:25:39

This show covers the chaotic years between 1186 and 1189. Assassinations, warfare and violence break out across Ireland as many of the key figures in the story so far struggle to survive in what is an increasingly unpredictable world. 

My medieval roadtrip is on this weekend. If you want to book a ticket for this unique trip visiting some of the best sites in medieval Ireland contact me now at booking@Irishhistorytours.ie

 

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Jun 02, 2015
Prince John in Ireland - Norman Invasion XVIII (1185)
00:26:45

Bad, possibly mad and very dangerous, Prince John was one of the most notorious men of the Middle Ages. While his cruel reputation is preserved in the Robin Hood myths his real life notoriety began in Ireland in 1185. If the Island did not have enough problems in the aftermath of the Norman Invasion, the arrival of this prince threatened not only the Gaelic Irish kings but the existing Norman Colonists aswell. Hear the full story of the Johns escapades in Ireland in this show.

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May 20, 2015
Road Trip Through Medieval Ireland.
00:18:28

A few weeks ago I hit the road with a recorder taking in some of the best medieval sites in Ireland. The show takes in 1000 years of Irish history in one day-trip. Starting in around the year 600 in the monastery Glendalough at sunrise before driving through the Wicklow mountains to Kilkenny, I visited many places mentioned in the podcast. The trip finished off in the 16th century in a spot off the beaten track, but a real forgotten gem.

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Apr 13, 2015
Liberty and Riots: Magna Carta in Ireland
00:16:31

Magna Carta is the most famous medieval document ever written and the story behind it a fascinating. Forged amidst a civil war in England some people even claim it is the cornerstone of modern democracy. This podcast looks at the brutal reign of King John which led to Magna Carta being written, before looking at its impact in Ireland. The show concludes with why I think its over rated and perhaps why medieval riots are as important....

 

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Mar 24, 2015
Irish-American Radicals - The Forgotten Emigrants
00:20:11

This podcast tells the story of Irish-Americans who have been forgotten by history. These were the revolutionaries, feminists, socialists, and trade union organisers in the early 20th century . Often dubbed as unamerican they strenuously rejected this notion. They saw themselves as much Americans or Irish American as much as anyone else, they just held a very different view of what America should be. Hear their fascinating story in the show.

 

 

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Mar 16, 2015
The Conquest of Ulster - The Norman Invasion of Ireland XVII (1177-85).
00:25:49

This episode covers a frenetic period of activity. The show starts in 1181 when Hugh de Lacy is suspected of treason by Kking Henry II. The Normans in Ireland wait with bated breath to see what future holds for their most powerful Lord. From there we travel to Munster in 1182 where a revolt breaks out leading to the death of one of the most well known of the invaders. Finally in the second half of the show we return to Ulster where a somewhat mysterious figure, the knight John de Courcy, was leading the Norman charge north against one of Ireland's most powerful families - the O'Neills.

 

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Mar 04, 2015
The arrival of Hugh de Lacy - The Norman Invasion XVI (1177-81)
00:17:49

This show sees the arrival of the man who is probably the most important figure in our story after Strongbow. Hugh de Lacy, the Lord of Meath ruled over 800,000 acres of land north of Dublin. When he arrived however it was ruined by years of war. During his first four years as the kings representative in Ireland he transformed these territories, but it came at a cost. Nevertheless by the time he was finished many would struggle to recognise what had once been the Southern O'Neill kingdom of Meath.

 

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Feb 10, 2015
(1177) The Norman Invasion XV - The Invasion of Munster.
00:19:03

So far in the story of the invasion the kingdoms of Munster - Desmond and Thomond have escaped relatively unscathed. That is until this episode. In this show we see a fresh Norman army land in Waterford bent on conquering Munster. They are however stepping into a minefield of bloody feuds that stretch back centuries. In this episode I take a different approach, focusing on experience of the Gaelic Irish rather than the Normans. This takes us into a bitter world of dynastic feuds and bloody struggles for domination in the world of Gaelic Munster. Add a Norman army into the mix and the results are explosive.

 

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Jan 27, 2015
(1176-77) The Norman Invasion XIV – New Blood
00:28:46

The last show on the Norman Invasion ended in somewhat dramatic circumstances with the death of Strongbow, the leader of the Norman Invasion. As you can imagine the fall out from this was immense.

The episode begins with a group of Normans lead by Raymond le Gros who hear the news when they are deep in Gaelic territory. No one knows how the kings of Gaelic Ireland will react when they hear the news. Some will surely take the chance to revolt. Raymond tries to keep the news secret while he attempts to escape back to the safety of Dublin. Meanwhile other Norman knights in Ireland, seize the opportunity to launch new conquests. This results in one of the most dramatic events of the entire invasion - the conquest of Eastern Ulster.

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Jan 12, 2015
Grubs up - Food in medieval Ireland.
00:07:47

Many of the foods you will eat on Christmas day were unknown to medieval Europeans. Turkey, cranberries and even potatoes only arrived in Europe after the conquest of the Americas began. This podcast looks at the world of medieval food to see at what was available . You will be surprised at the variety of food in medieval Ireland (if you had the money). This show also looks at the strange, lethal and somewhat scary world of takeaway food in medieval Ireland.

 

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Dec 22, 2014
(1175-76) The Norman Invasion XIII – The end of the beginning
00:19:16

This podcast takes the story to a pivotal year in the Norman Invasion of Ireland - 1176. The episode begins where part XII left off - the aftermath of Raymond le Gros' successful siege of Limerick. Raymond makes his way back to Dublin where he receives the shock of lifetime. He is not welcomed by his fellow Normans but instead faces accusations of treachery. This show sees the Normans turn on each other and then ends in the most dramatic of circumstances! Listen to find out more about these intriguing events

 

 

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Dec 09, 2014
(1173-75) The Norman Invasion XII - Revolt and Reprisal
00:29:37

In 1173 Strongbow returned to Ireland after fighting in Normandy for his king Henry II. Within months he faced one of the biggest crises since the invasion had begun as Gaelic resistance to the Invasion surged. Not only was his castle at Kilkenny destroyed but west of the Shannon Ireland's most powerful king Rory O'Connor was planning a major assault on the colony. The Norman presence in Ireland teetered on the brink of potential annihilation. Listen to the podcast to find out what happened.

 

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Dec 03, 2014
Did the Irish Government cover up mass starvation in 1920s?
00:14:34

In the Spring of 1925 newspapers around the world carried stories that a famine had broken out in Ireland. The Manchester Guardian reported 750,000 people were at risk, a figure repeated by the Soviet Union's daily Pravda. However there is no mention of this "famine" in Irish history books so in I went to the National Archives in search of evidence. What I found was tragic details of yet another cover up. Listen to the show to find out what I discovered.

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Nov 11, 2014
Update on the Norman Invasion
00:03:04

This is a brief update on whats coming next in the Norman invasion series.

 

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Nov 10, 2014
(1174) The Norman Invasion XI: A tour of Ireland in 1174
00:27:48

The year is 1174, much of Ireland is reeling from 5 years of warfare since the Norman Invasion began in earnest in 1169. The island is gripped by sweeping change and chaos. This podcast is an enthralling journey through this land ravaged by conflict. 

Before I continue the story of the invasion this episodes stops and takes stock of how the invasion so far was changing life in Ireland. Taking the form of a tour around Ireland it looks at the varying impacts across the Island from war-torn Meath and Leinster to Ulster and Connacht revealing a population traumatised, living in uncertain times with only more chaos and upheaval on the horizon. The show looks at Ireland through eyes of Marcus Judeus one of the earliest Jews recorded in Ireland who had probably arrived in Dublin in the aftermath of the conquest.Find out more about my upcoming book at www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/book

 

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Nov 07, 2014
Halloween Special: Ireland's first witch-burning (Kilkenny 1324)
00:17:53

On November 2nd 1324, Petronilla of Meath, one of 12 people charged with witchcraft in Kilkenny was burned at the stake in the town. She was the first person to suffer this horrendous fate in Irish history. In this festively themed podcast I trace the story behind this fascinating case and those accused and convicted of witchcraft. What actually happened in Kilkenny in 1324? Was Petronilla of Meath a witch? And what were medieval witches supposed to have done anyway?Contact me with any questions, queries and suggestions for future shows at history@irishhistorypodcast.ie

 

 

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Oct 30, 2014
Riots, murder and the mob; protest in medieval Ireland.
00:16:25

The story of protest in medieval Ireland is a forgotten but fascinating chapter in our history. While forthright and often violent these protests voiced the concerns of ordinary people so often excluded from written records. In this podcast I look at five protests from late medieval Ireland including a water tax in 1244 and Ireland's first recorded strike in 1299. The intriguing stories behind these protests are brought to light for the first time in centuries in this podcast.

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Oct 20, 2014
(1172-1174) The Norman Invasion X. The return to war.
00:24:11

At Easter 1172 Henry II left Ireland, having spent six months on the island. Before departing he conferred the Kingdom of Meath onto the Norman baron Hugh de Lacy. However Meath already a king, in fact it had several. Through most of the 12th century numerous Irish kings had been laying claim to what was one of the oldest territories in Ireland. Naturally when de Lacy tried to claim what Henry II had no right to give him he faced opposition. However nothing is simple and his attempted invasion of Meath took a most unusual direction.

This show also sees Henry II return home to face rebellion not only from his sons but also his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine. This revolt has massive consequences for Strongbow, Hugh de Lacy and the Normans in Ireland who are soon embroiled in one of the bitterest family disputes in history.

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Oct 14, 2014
(1171-72) The Norman Invasion IX - King Henry II in Ireland
00:23:51

On October 17th 1172 Henry II became the first King of England to set foot in Ireland. Henry had come in the hope to proclaiming himself lord over the entire island. Awaiting him were not just his own Norman subjects who had been fighting in Ireland since 1169 but also dozens of Gaelic kings. How these kings in particular would react to Henry's claims would be crucial. The King however had prepared for all eventualities bringing an army of over 4,000 warriors and even prefabricated siege towers. In the show I look at how Henry was received, why he had come and what a medieval royal visit like this looked like.

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Sep 25, 2014
(1171) The Norman Invasion VIII – The arrival of Henry II
00:21:59

Despite their victory at the siege of Dublin (covered in Part VII), Strongbow and his Normans followers in Ireland are by no means in a secure position. In Wexford their comrade-in-arms Robert FitzStephen is being held prisoner. Meanwhile across Leinster they face widespread opposition. The man who invited them to Ireland Diarmait McMurrough is dead and his brother is hostile to the Normans. Meanwhile the neighbouring king of Ossory, Gillapatrick, is a constant threat. If these aren't enough problems, King Henry II in England is demanding answers as to what is happening in Ireland and decides he will come in person to investigate. This podcast takes us through a hectic three months period in late 1171 as Strongbow tries to stabilise his presence in Ireland but the odds are he will fail....

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Sep 10, 2014
(1171) The Norman Invasion VII - The second siege of Dublin
00:27:11

This podcast sees the Normans suffer a ferocious backlash after their conquests in the year of 1170. A Norse army including beserkers - feared viking warriors - attack Dublin before a vast host lead by the king of Connacht - Rory O'Connor besieges the town. The Norman presence in Ireland hangs by a thread as they lose the few friends they had. This episode also sees tensions ramp between Strongbow and his king back home Henry II who is increasingly fearful Strongbow is about to establish a rival kingdom in Ireland.

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Aug 29, 2014
(1170-71) The Norman Invasion VI - The first siege of Dublin
00:23:34

After their brutal conquest of Waterford, Diarmait McMurrough and his Norman allies marshaled their forces and marched on Dublin. If the most important town in medieval Ireland fell into their hands it could be a game changer. The claims of Rory O'Connor of Connacht to be Ireland's most powerful king would be in tatters. This scenario set up a major conflict over Dublin as Rory marched west, reaching the town before the Normans and digging in. Listen to the show to find out what happened....

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Aug 13, 2014
(1170) The Norman Invasion V. The arrival of Strongbow and the Siege of Waterford.
00:28:16

In the summer of 1170, Ireland stood on a precipice. After the arrival of several hundred Norman mercenaries in 1169 the fortunes of Diarmait McMurrough had changed. He had reconquered his lost power in the kingdom of Leinster and re-established himself as a major player in Irish politics.

However this was only the beginning, a violent prelude to Diarmait’s main ambition. He was still waiting for the main force of his mercenaries lead by the Norman Lord Strongbow to arrive and when they did they in the summer of 1170 they did not fail to make their mark. The arrival of the Norman lord and 1200 men signaled the beginning of a dark period in Irish history fittingly preceeded by the battle of Baginbun in May and then followed by the siege of Waterford in August. These crucial encounters form the basis of this episode.

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Jul 31, 2014
(1169-70) The Norman Invasion IV. The siege of Wexford and the conquest of Leinster.
00:29:47

On May 1st 1169, Robert FitzStephen a Norman Knight from Wales, finds himself on Bannow Strand, Ireland leading 300 Norman mercenaries. Their mission - to restore Diarmait McMurrough, the one time gaelic king of Leinster to power. However both they and Diarmait have much greater ambitions.

With a few days of arriving in Ireland the Normans are outside the walls of Wexford besieging what is one of Ireland's most important medieval towns. Although few know it at the time the Norman conquest is well underway. However its not all plain sailing for the Normans - before this show ends they will face the wrath of Ireland's most powerful king Rory O'Connor. 

 

 

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Jul 18, 2014
(1167-1169) The Norman Invasion III, the conquest begins.
00:22:01

This podcast looks at the first Normans to arrive in Ireland, in a chapter often forgotten by the history books. These mercenaries accompany Diarmait McMurrough who returned to Ireland in 1167 to pave the way for the larger forces of Strongbow. However if these warriors led by Robert FitzGodibert, thought the Gaelic Irish were going to be a pushover they are in for a rude awakening.

They quickly run into the might of Rory O'Connor, perhaps the most powerful Gaelic King in Irish history and things don't go according to plan. Let me know what you thought of the show by contacting me @irishhistory on twitter or irishhistorypodcast on facebook

 

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Jun 25, 2014
Dark truths and open secrets – who knew what about Ireland's child abuse scandal?
00:11:26

Over the last few weeks Ireland has been rocked by yet another child abuse scandal. Newspaper headlines around the world have reported in disbelief details of how society in Ireland treated unmarried mothers and their children in so called “Mother and Child homes". Child mortality rates reached over 50% in some of these institutions.

While many around the world are understandably astounded as to how a society could be so cruel to children, in Ireland this is only the latest chapter in a long horrific story of institutional abuse that has been emerging over the last two decades. As a light is finally shone into the darkest recesses of modern Irish history, the question of how will Irish society deal with this is increasingly important. It is here where history has a crucial role to play.

For years the dominant narrative around abuse in Ireland was that it took place behind closed doors and that the vast majority of people had no idea it was being perpetrated. However historical research indictaes this is not entirely true. I think if we are to move forward and deal with our dark past we must acknowledge who knew what and why they were powerless to act. In this podcast, based on this article, I am going to look over some of the evidence that indicates there was a widespread knowledge of child abuse in Ireland throughout the 20th century.

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Jun 17, 2014
(1166-67) The Norman Invasion II - In search of kings, lords & allies.
00:22:30

This show looks at some of the most pivotal events in Ireland's history. As Part I of the Norman invasion drew to a close Diarmait McMurrough, the King of Leinster was routed after his powerful ally Muirchertach McLochlainn was killed in 1166. His rivals Rory O'Connor and Tiernan O'Rourke then forced him into exile.

This episode follows Diarmait as he journeys across into the medieval crossroads that was the Irish sea in the Middle Ages. Diarmait is on mission to find allies in the powerful Norman Angevin Empire ruled by Henry II. He is in a desperate position - if he cannot secure the help of Henry II to restore him to power he is doomed.

Diarmait's enthralling quest takes us across Northern Europe from Wales to Normandy and even as far as the Duchy of Aquitaine in western France. Before the show ends he will have met with King Henry II and several Norman nobles not least among them the famous Lord - Strongbow. As Diarmait negotiates with these men - some of the most of the age - seeking military aid, the history of Ireland hangs in the balance!

 

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Jun 13, 2014
(1156 -1166) The Norman Invasion Part I
00:34:32

This is the first in a multipart series on the Norman invasion of Ireland. The Invasion was one of the most important and fascinating events in Irish history beginning Ireland's turbulent relationship with England. This episode sets the same in the brutal struggle for dominance between Irish kings in the 12th century.

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May 29, 2014
The IRA, the Boston College Tapes and who tells the past?
00:34:33

1972 was one of the darkest yet defining years in modern Irish history. Nearly five hundred people were killed in the conflict known as “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland. Events of that year like Bloody Sunday, Bloody Friday and Operation Motorman would shape Ireland for decades to come. In many ways one death has been remembered more than any other – this was abduction and murder of Jean McConville in December 1972.

 

In the last two weeks this event in particular has brought 1972 back centre stage when the prominent Irish politician and leader of Sinn Féin, Gerry Adams was arrested in relation to Mrs. McConville’s murder. This has had huge implications for history, as much of the case against Adams appears to have originated in a historical archive seized by the police.

 

In this podcast I look at the events in Ireland in 1972 and how it has come to pass that 42 years later one of the Ireland’s most prominent politicians arrested. What was in this historical archive? What are the rights of historians to record history vs. the rights of families of victims who may want to read private archives looking of answers? What are the rights of people to their good name when allegations are made about them in historical interviews? Finally perhaps the most important question for historians - who has the right to record our history? This show takes you through these controversial questions and indeed the interviews conducted with former members of the IRA revealing what the allegations made were.

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May 12, 2014
Ireland 1014 - What a difference a millennium makes
00:10:14

On this day 1000 years today, one of the most famous battle in Irish history, the Battle of Clontarf took place. In this show I look at day to day life in Ireland in 1014. Its a strange world that would stun, shock and surprise in equal measure.

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Apr 23, 2014
Five of the greatest killers in Irish history
00:20:51

 

In a show with a title such as this you might expect names such as Oliver Cromwell or Strongbow to feature heavily. While these men are responsible for the deaths of thousands of people in Ireland, the greatest killers in Irish history are not humans but disease. In this show I take a look at the worst diseases to hit Ireland and how they changed the course of our history.

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Apr 16, 2014
Friend or Foe: The Impact of the potato on Irish history
00:21:52

The potato is synonymous with the biggest disaster in Irish history – the Great Famine of the 1840s. However this is only part of the story of the potato in Irish history. The arrival of the potato in Ireland transformed the island and resulted in changes in how people lived their lives. In the podcast I examine the good, the bad and the ugly of the potato's fascinating and chequered relationship with Ireland.

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Mar 25, 2014
Ireland's other great famine - the year of Slaughter of 1740-41
00:18:06

Everyone has heard of the Great Irish Famine of the 1840's when around 10% of the Irish population died from starvation and disease. This however was not the worst famine in Irish history. A century earlier in the 1740s the island was ravaged by an event known as the year of slaughter when as much as 20% of the population perished. Hear the full story

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Mar 12, 2014
The Battle of Ath-an-Chip and the life of the rebel king Aodh O'Connor.
00:24:13

In 1270 the battle of Ath-an-Chip saw a major Gaelic Army take on the forces of the powerful Norman Lord of Connacht Walter de Burgh on the upper reaches of the river Shannon. This decisive battle would shape the history of medieval Ireland in Connacht for decades if not centuries to come...

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Mar 05, 2014
Medieval Ireland - Was there ever any good old days?
00:17:53

Most of the podcasts I make focus on the darker aspects of medieval life. War is a common theme and famine is never far away. However in this podcast I am asking the question was life in medieval Ireland ever anything other than an endless struggle for survival. The show start in the Vale of Dublin in 1326 when the region was an apocalyptic wasteland before looking back to 1234 when the region enjoyed better days. Support the show on patreon.com/irishpodcast Join me on a tour at dublinfaminetour.ie

 

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Feb 27, 2014
Climate change in Medieval Ireland; a warning from the past.
00:25:04

Climate change is constantly in the news. In the late 13th & early 14th centuries Ireland was also battered by storms and maligned by poor weather. This podcast takes a look at some of the ways it impacted the medieval world. While society didn't collapse if the experience of our ancestors is anything to go by our future could be something of a rocky and hungry road!

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Feb 20, 2014
The Sounds of Medieval Life - A walk through Dublin in 1320
00:18:05

What did Dublin sound like in 1320? What was the news of the day? Who were the people who lived there? In this episode you will experience the world of late medieval Dublin. The podcast takes the form of a walk through the city as it was in 1320 where we encounter everything from pigs roaming the streets to the city hangman Philip of Colchester.

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Feb 12, 2014
From Carpenter's son to King - the Lambert Simnel conspiracy of 1487.
00:21:15

Lambert Simnel's life must be one of the most unusual stories from medieval history. Born the son of a carpenter he became embroiled in a conspiracy to overthrow Henry VII and before he knew what was happening he became the only english King crowned in Ireland and was on his way to invading England...

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Feb 05, 2014
Prostitution in Medieval Ireland - the story of Cristiana la Sadelhackere
00:13:09

This podcast is based on this article I wrote on my blog (irishhistorypodcast.ie) about Cristiana la Sadelhackere, a woman who worked as a prostitute in medieval Ireland. Her story is an intriguing account of a precarious life on the fringes of medieval society struggling against the authorities of the day. The podcast also takes a fascinating look at why women became prostitutes in medieval Ireland and how wider society viewed them.

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Jan 23, 2014
Drogheda 1310 - Murder and Solidarity in a Medieval Crisis.
00:20:39

The year is 1310. Ireland was gripped by a severe economic, military and political crisis - pretty much everything that could go wrong had gone wrong for the Norman colonists. In October, a man called Jordan the Chaplain made his way to Drogheda, a major port in medieval Ireland. However not long after arriving he got involved in a dispute with one of the townspeople - Robert the Tailor. What started as a fraca in a tavern, quickly escalated begining a fascinating story which ended in a murder, producing strange and unexpected reactions in the divided and crisis ridden Drogheda.

This podcast is a little different that many of the previous episodes. In this story, I attempt to explain how a major crisis in Ireland in the 14th century affected two ordinary people who lived in these trying times. Through this story of murder and unexpected solidarity the podcast explains why such what were seemingly minor events were indicative of much bigger changes underway in medieval Ireland. It is a bit of an experiment so I would appreciate feedback - whether you enjoyed the show and whether agree with my argument or disagree, mail me at history@irishhistorypodcast.ie

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Dec 05, 2013
(1101 - 1103) The Great War of Ulster and Munster Part II
00:19:30

This show returns to the story of Gaelic Ireland in the final decades prior to the Norman Invasion. Ireland is being torn apart by long running tensions between the kings of Munster and Ulster. The show begins in 1101 with Donal McLochlainn the king of the O'Neills on his knees. His great rival Muirchertach O'Briain, the king of Munster had just invaded and ravaged his kingdom. However Donal is by no means finished; further war and bloodshed loom ahead. However for the people of medieval Ireland this is not the only problem they face as in 1102 the king of Norway Magnus Barelegs arrives threatening invasion!

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Nov 11, 2013
The Top 5 turning points in Medieval Ireland, Part II (the Battle of Athenry)
00:24:56

This podcast concludes our journey through the Top 5 turning points of Medieval Ireland. This show focuses on one of the most intriguing events of our medieval past, the Battle of Athenry in 1316. This conflict occured during one of the most fascinating wars in Irish history - the Bruce Invasion of 1315-18. In May 1315, a Scots army led by Edward Bruce, brother to the King of Scotland, invaded Ireland, so this podcast starts in Scotland, with none other than William Wallace a.k.a. Braveheart making an appearance.Then it follows the Scots invasion of Ireland in a story of sieges, battles, deceit and even cannibalism! Although the war would last until 1318, the decisive turning point I argue occured beneath the walls of Athenry on the 10th of August 1316. While there was not a single Scot on this battlefield this particularly bloody affair decided their fate nonetheless. Tune in to see how!

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Oct 14, 2013
The top 5 turning points in Medieval Ireland (Part I).
00:30:33

This episode is a whistlestop tour through medieval Ireland stopping off at battlefields along the way, taking a look at the top five turning points as I see them. This podcast will introduce some of the key characters from Irish history, some of whom are well known such as Strongbow and Brian Boru, others less well-known but equally fascinating such as Flann Sinna and William 'Liath de Burgh'. Part I starts in 908 at the long forgotten battle of Ballymoon and finishes at the siege of Dublin in 1171. Part II out next week will conclude the top 5.

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Oct 08, 2013
Ireland 1300 A.D. A tale of honour, violence and justice.
00:14:58

Honour was all important in Ireland in 1300 A.D. Unsurprisingly when a miller, Walter de Capella, insulted the mistress of John Thebaud it sparked a row between the two men. This row escalated and within a few short weeks a vicious and ultimately violent feud broke out. This podcast tells the story of the previously untold, hair-raising story of medieval honour, violence and justice...

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Oct 02, 2013
Castlekevin: life and death on a medieval frontier.
00:27:00

Today, the long forgotten ruins of the medieval fortress and town of Castlekevin, are situated in a remote valley in the Wicklow mountains. In the early 14th century this was the epicentre of a ferocious struggle between Gaelic Irish and Norman Colonists in the Wicklow Mountains. This podcast charts the long and bloody battle for survival at Castlekevin when the surrounding region became a warzone.

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May 30, 2013
The Norman Conquest of Connacht
00:23:39

During the high summer of 1235 the west of Ireland witnessed one of the most violent chapters in its history when the Normans launched their conquest of the west. This campaign culminated in the storming of an Island fortress using siege engines on floating platforms and fire-ships. Need I say more?

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May 12, 2013
The 1317 Siege of Dublin
00:12:57

In February 1317 Dublin faced its greatest crisis. A huge army lead by Robert the Bruce, king of Scotlan d was making its way to lay siege to the city. With no army to defend the city, Dubliners were effectively on their own. However everyone in the city could not be trusted, a few days earlier the Earl of Ulster who also happened to be Bruce’s father in law arrived. Within weeks most of Dublin would be burned to the ground but not in the way you might expect

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May 12, 2013
Special: Dennis Doherty – A Life of Survival Against the Odds
00:29:48

This episode looks at the fascinating story of Dennis Doherty. Born in Derry in 1814, Doherty would spend most of his life in Australian prisons. His story is remarkable – he was flogged 3,000 times and spent years in solitary confinement but yet he continually struggled for freedom.

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May 12, 2013
The Great Gaelic Revolt of the 1270s
00:23:35

After the Norman conquest of Ireland, the Wicklow region was surprisingly peaceful. Despite the fact the Gaelic Irish had been dispossessed, many appeared to be getting on with life. This was deceptive and in 1270 a massive rebellion broke out deep in the Mountains that would see settlement after settlement raided and burned. This is the story of that rebellion...

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Mar 19, 2013
Dublin 1303: The Business of War
00:11:53

In 1303 the Earl of Ulster, Richard de Burgh, amassed a large army in Dublin which was destined for Scotland. In the podcast we look at a forgotten story of medieval Dubliners who had to undertake what now seem as strange, unusual and often chaotic preparations to get a medieval army to the battlefield and the chaos this caused for people in early 14th century Dublin.

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Mar 19, 2013
(1090-1101) The Great War of Ulster and Munster Part I
00:33:33

In 1090 Muirchertach O Briain, grandson of Brian Boru, faced the darkest moment of his rule as King of Munster. Defeated and vanquished by his rival the king of Ulster, Domnal McLochlainn, he faced two options; either accept his fate or try to claw his way back to power. As grandson of Brian Boru giving up wasn't in his DNA.

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Mar 19, 2013
(1072 -1090) The Return of the O Briains.
00:31:04

In 1072 the aging King of Leinster Diarmait Mc Mael na mBó died. His death saw the descendents of Brian Boru try to follow in the footsteps of their famous ancestor and dominate Ireland but there was a queue of people waiting to stop them. Although initially Ireland witnessed a certain amount of stability, the rise of the O Briains sparked a ferocious struggle as several kings sought to dominate the island. In todays show we traverse Ireland in the late 11th century through a real life game of thrones, daring naval raids and unending brutality and war.

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Mar 19, 2013
Life in Ireland in the 11th Century.
00:28:25