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Irish History Podcast

English, History, 1 season, 375 episodes, 5 hours, 55 minutes
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Have you ever been puzzled by history? Did people really only live to 40? Maybe you’ve been puzzled how people survived before email, phones, cars or even proper roads?
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Three Days in July - A Forgotten Victim of The Troubles

In the summer of 1970, Belfast stood on the precipice of war. By June, months of rising tensions burst into violence, setting the stage for one of the most controversial British military operations of the Troubles – the Falls Curfew. This three-day siege of a large nationalist working-class community marked a point of no return for many.During the Curfew, four people were murdered.Among the victims was Zbigniew Uglik, a young Londoner. His death has been shrouded in rumour for decades. In this first episode of "Three Days in July," I set out to uncover the truth about Zbigniew, a forgotten victim of the Troubles, and reveal how the British Army twisted his death to defend the indefensible.Zbigniew’s story is a fascinating one that started in Eastern Poland in the early days of World War II. An innocent man, his tragic death at the hands of the British Army highlights the human cost of the Troubles.Through careful research and respectful storytelling, the series will shed light on his life and the circumstances surrounding his death. We’ll also delve into the dark world of Black Propaganda, a sinister tool used during the conflict to mislead and deceive. This episode sets the stage for understanding how lies and misinformation played a role in the tragic events of those days.Credits:Written and Researched by Fin DwyerBased on Original Research by the Belfast writer and Journalist Pádraig Ó Meiscil. His substack is available here. You can reach him by email at [email protected] special word of thanks to Marta Riehle-Stern for sharing her family's history.Interviewees: Marta Riehle-Stern, Pádraig Ó Meiscill & Dr Brian HanleyAdditional Narrations by Aidan Crowe and Therese MurraySound by Kate DunleaAdditional Thanks: Sebastian Zimnoch and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/17/202444 minutes, 55 seconds
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Beyond the Famine: A History of the Potato in Ireland

Throughout history, bread has consistently been one of the most popular foods across the world. For two centuries, Ireland was an exception.Indeed, by the early 19th century, some communities in the west of Ireland had lost all knowledge of how to bake bread.This was down to the remarkable history of the potato in Ireland. Our ancestors had an insatiable appetite for spuds. In this podcast, I explore the history of the potato in Ireland beyond the Famine. Beginning back in the 16th century, I chronicle our enduring love of the humble potato! Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/11/202427 minutes, 50 seconds
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Lord Haw Haw - Ireland's Most Notorious Nazi

William Joyce aka Lord Haw Haw was Ireland's most notorious Nazi. Raised in the west of Ireland he was an unlikely spokesman for Hitler's Third Reich. Nevertheless millions tuned in to his sinister broadcasts on behalf of the Nazi regime during the Second World War. This podcast follows his journey from Galway to Hitler’s Third Reich. In his teenage years, he acted as a scout for the Black and Tans and was implicated in one of the most notorious murders of the Irish War of Independence. This set the stage for his rise through violent far-right extremism, which eventually led him to Nazi Germany.Support the show and get access to my exclusive series on the Outbreak of the Troubles https://patreon.com/irishpodcastCheck out my episode on Ireland Redaktion which explores the history of Nazi propaganda towards Ireland https://shows.acast.com/irishhistory/episodes/irland-redaktion-world-war-ii-nazi-propaganda-in-ireland-125 Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/28/202433 minutes, 50 seconds
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Breaking the Silence: Post-Famine Trauma in Ireland

In this episode I delve into the lasting impact of the Great Hunger on Ireland. Its often said that the Famine was a taboo subject and a 'Great Silence' surrounded the 1840s. In this podcast I challenge this myth and explore how grief, guilt, and trauma were expressed and processed by the survivors. Join me as I uncover the untold stories and voices that defy the myth of an unspoken past. I also argue that it was revisionist historians and official Ireland who shut down debate on this crucial topic. As always the history is structured around a story so the show begins with an unlikely person - the descendant of an Irish rebel living in India.If you want to hear my thoughts on whether the Great Famine was an act of genocide, check out this episode: Was the Great Famine Genocide? - Irish History Podcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/21/202430 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Rise of the Irish in New York

Within the space of a few years following the Great Hunger, hundreds of thousands of Irish emigrants settled in New York quickly becoming one of the largest communities in the city.These Irish emigrants are synonymous with slums, starvation, and misery; however, groundbreaking new research challenges this one dimensional stereotype.While poverty was central to the lives of many Irish immigrants in the 19th century, it did not define their experience of New York. In this episode, Prof. Tyler Anbinder from George Washington University shares stories from his research that reveals a very different history than we often imagine.Based on his latest book, Plentiful Country, this interview will change your understanding of what New York was like for Irish emigrants in the later 19th century.Check out Tyler's new book Plentiful Country Plentiful Country to buy here There is an excellent audio version available as well Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/14/202439 minutes, 6 seconds
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From Dublin to Devil's Island - The Life & Crimes of Vere Goold

In 1879 Vere Goold was a celebrity in Ireland. After winning Ireland’s first tennis championship, he reached the prestigious Wimbledon final later in the year.Exactly 30 years later he would die in the most notorious prison in the world – Devil’s Island.Known as the 'dry guillotine' the conditions in the French penal colony were horrendous.However few had sympathy for the Irish aristocrat.His crime had been unspeakable and shocked the world.This is the Life & Crimes of Vere Goold.-----As a listener to the show you can get a 30% discount off everything in the shop at https://www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop when you use the code SALE30. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/8/202431 minutes, 14 seconds
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Unsolved: The 1928 Disappearance of Arthur Poole

Arthur Henri Poole was one of the most celebrated photographers in early 20th-century Ireland. An Englishman by birth, he was also most well-known figures in the city of Waterford where he lived for over four decades.In 1928 Poole disappeared almost without trace. Even though he was well known in Waterford, it would be almost three years before many people in the city realised he was missing.Adding to the intrigue, his disappearance eerily mirrored that of another person connected to the Poole family two decades prior. This podcast explores the mystery surrounding Arthur Poole. ----Use the code SALE30 to get 30% off all purchases in the shop at Irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/1/202427 minutes, 2 seconds
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Daily Life in the Middle Ages. Worse than you imagine...

How difficult was life in the Middle Ages? This is something archaeologists and historians have debated for decades. In recent years, new techniques, including genetic analysis, have given us new insights into the lives of our distant ancestors in the Medieval Era. Their findings are unsettling. Life in the Middle Ages was far more difficult than we imagine.My guest in this episode is Prof. Eileen Murphy from Queen's University Belfast. Eileen has recently published groundbreaking research on daily life in early medieval Ireland, based on her analysis of human remains excavated in Co. Roscommon. In this podcast, she answers all your questions on what life was like.Eileen shares her discoveries on how people survived in a hard and difficult world. It's not for the faint of heart.This episode is not suitable for children.Our interview is based on the book "The Forgotten Cemetery: Excavations at Ranelagh, Co. Roscommon," available for free at https://www.tii.ie/technical-services/archaeology/publications/tii-heritage/.Eileen is the deputy head of the School of Built & Natural Heritage at Queen's University Belfast: https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/NBE/. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/17/202438 minutes, 28 seconds
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Manipulating the Past - A History of Photography in Ireland

The camera never lies or does it? In this episode, I take a trip to the National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar, Dublin. Joining me is the archivist, Nora Thornton. Nora not only leads you through the history of photography from its earliest days but also delves into the murky history of image manipulation. It's much older than modern photoshopping. From your great-grandmother, who was eager to alter her figure, to more significant political editing, there's a fascinating history that unfolded behind the scenes.You can visit the National Photographic Archive - its located on Meeting House Square in Templebar. You can also check out thousands of images from their collection that have been digitised here https://www.nli.ie/collections/our-collections/photographsThese are the images mentioned in the show No.1 https://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000188503No.2 https://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000188275No.3 https://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000183831No.4 https://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000354193  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/10/202428 minutes, 21 seconds
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Strongbow & Aoife: The wedding that changed Ireland

In 1170, the Norman Lord Strongbow landed an army in Ireland. The following day, he launched a deadly assault on the nearby city of Waterford. Before the day was out, Strongbow had not only conquered Waterford in a brutal assault but also made time for his wedding.This marriage changed Ireland forever.Discover how the marriage of Aoife, a seventeen-year-old, and Strongbow, a man in his mid-forties, altered the course of Irish history. I also explore how it elevated Aoife to one of the most powerful women in medieval Irish history.In addition, my supporters of "The Troubles" with Dr. Brian Hanley continues this week with part four, as we delve into the years 1970 and 1971. During this time, the IRA begins to engage the British Army across Northern Ireland.Get the first four episodes at patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/3/202436 minutes, 29 seconds
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Exiled: Irish Writers in the 1930s

The 1930s stood out as one of the most dramatic decades in modern history. Fascism was on the rise, and Europe was hurtling towards the Second World War.However, it was a peculiar time in Ireland. The Revolutionary Era was firmly in the rearview, and the optimism and hope it once inspired had long faded. Irish society was increasingly dominated by the Catholic Church and conservative political forces. This podcast delves into life in Ireland during the 1930s by examining the experiences of a series of writers. These writers were critical of Irish society, and due to their political or religious beliefs, they found themselves labeled as outsiders. This podcast tracks their journeys as they left Ireland for London, where they mingled with the most renowned writers of the age, such as T.S. Eliot and George Orwell, and were drawn into the dramatic global politics of the time.My guest is Katrina Goldstone. Katrina has published a book Irish Writers and the 30s and is available here https://www.routledge.com/Irish-Writers-and-the-Thirties-Art-Exile-and-War/Goldstone/p/book/9780367634995You can find Katrina’s website https://www.katrinagoldstone.com/ Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/27/202428 minutes, 1 second
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Ireland's Lost Generation - The Orphans of the Great Hunger

In 1851 there were nearly 90,000 orphans in Irish Workhouses. Many of these children had lost their parents to hunger and disease. Others had been abandoned. This podcast explores the lives of these resilient children as they turned into young adults and rebelled against a world that had forsaken them... Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/20/202428 minutes, 25 seconds
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Time's Untold Tales: Life before clocks & Dublin's two time zones in the 1870s

Telling the time in hours and minutes seems so natural that we don’t even question where it came from. However it is a pretty recent development. For most of history our ancestors didn’t have clocks and understood time itself in a very different way. In this podcast we will journey back through the centuries to explore how our ancestors measured time. Its an intriguing story. In the medieval world the length of an hour changed every day while Dublin in the 1870s had two separate time zones!WhatsApp Irish History ChannelTelegram Irish History ChannelSupport the show and get my exclusive series on the Troubles www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/5/202431 minutes, 10 seconds
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The IRA ambush in Central Park, New York

On April 13th, 1922, three IRA volunteers chased a man through Central Park in New York. In front of dozens of witnesses, they shot him four times before escaping. This event marked the culmination of an international manhunt as the IRA tracked an informer across the world.In this episode, I am joined by New York Times Senior Editor Mark Bulik. During the interview, Mark shares the intriguing story of Patrick 'Cruxie' O'Connor and why he was hunted by the IRA in 1920s New York.Follow up on the episode at my new socials. WhatsApp Irish History ChannelTelegram Irish History ChannelGet Mark's book Ambush at Central Park - When the IRA Came to New York Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/28/202429 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Slaves who helped Ireland during the Great Hunger

During the Great Hunger of the 1840s, vast sums of money were sent to Ireland by people across the world. One of the most remarkable stories is that of the First African Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. Even though many of the congregants were slaves, they still sent a donation.In this podcast, I interview Anelise Shrout, who shares this and other stories of remarkable generosity. Anelise also reveals why people chose to give money to Ireland above other causes and crises. We also discuss the motivation behind what was arguably the most controversial of all donations during the Great Hunger - that of the Charleston Hibernian Society, whose members were supporters of slavery and enslaves themselves. Get Anelise's book "Aiding Ireland - The Great Famine and the Rise of Transnational Philanthropy" at https://nyupress.org/9781479824601/aiding-ireland/.Follow Anelise on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/dr.a.h.shrout/ and check out her website at https://www.anelisehshrout.com/.Become a supporter and get the next episode of my exclusive series on the Troubles at https://www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/21/202430 minutes, 42 seconds
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Saving Ireland from Sin & Sex - Film Censorship in Ireland

Through most of the 20th century, authorities in Ireland operated a strict censorship regime when it came to film. At its height, around one in every three films was censored in Ireland. The reasons for this are often hard to fathom today. Scenes that showed a dancer's legs or even a long kiss were often edited out. Allusions to sex were considered far too racy. And this was all before they even got into the films that strayed into politics or religionIn this episode, I am joined by Aoife Breathnach and Lloyd Maedbh Houston to explore the very strange world of film censorship in Ireland on both sides of the border. Want to hear more? Lloyd joins Aoife on a special season of her podcast, Censored, that looks at censorship in film in Ireland. I highly recommend checking this out. You can find it at link to the podcast: https://play.acast.com/s/censored. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/14/202427 minutes, 15 seconds
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What started The Troubles?

In the late 1960s, Northern Ireland erupted into major violence, marking the opening phase of The Troubles. Over three decades, this conflict would claim thousands of lives and continues to dominate life in Ireland today.In my new exclusive supporters series, I am joined by Dr. Brian Hanley to explore how and why The Troubles began. This fascinating history begins in the 1920s when Northern Ireland was forged amid intense violence. Over six episodes, the series explores the rising tensions of the 1960s when Nationalists demanded equality and how seminal events such as the Battle of the Bogside and Bloody Sunday proved to be pivotal moments in our history.Episode 1 is exclusively available for supporters at https://www.patreon/irishpodcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/8/20241 minute, 40 seconds
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Polygamy, the Pope or Politics. Why was 19th century Ireland so hostile to Mormonism?

In the mid 19th century Mormonism was one of the fastest growing religions in the world. However when Mormon missionaries arrived in Ireland in 1840 they failed to establish a foothold. Over time Ireland gained a reputation as the most hostile country on earth for Mormons.This podcast explores why this was the case. The answer is the complexities of Irish identity, our relationship with Catholicism and scandals surrounding the 19th century Mormon practice of polygamy.The show starts however with the bizarre story of a 19th century Irish conman who played a role in getting the church off the ground in the 1830s.Sources.If you are interested in exploring more about the history of Mormonism I would recommend the podcast Mormon Stories has an extensive back catalogue. https://www.mormonstories.orgBrent Barlow’s PhD thesis on the history of Mormonism is extremely useful - https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/etd/4503/The website https://sites.google.com/site/patrickhenrymcguire2 is an excellent resource on the Irish born Mormon Patrick McGuireIrish Mormons- Reconciling identity in Global Mormonism by Hazel O’Brien is analysis of contemporary Mormonism. https://www.google.ie/books/edition/Irish_Mormons/WbW7EAAAQBAJ?hl=en&gbpv=0Support the show and get my exclusive series on the outbreak of the TroublesPatreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/31/202434 minutes, 48 seconds
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Shipwrecked: The Story of the Samson

The story of the Samson is one most bizarre shipwrecks in Irish history.When this enormous sea crane ship crashed into the Irish coast, it's owners got more than they bargained for.While an RAF helicopter rescued the crew, a local man battled mountainous seas to climb aboard and claim the ship as his own!This began a 40 day saga…Check out pictures of wreck the Samson on new channelsWhatsApp Irish History ChannelTelegram Irish History ChannelSupport the show at: www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/24/202427 minutes, 16 seconds
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New Geneva: Ireland's Lost City

In the 1780s work began on a new city in Ireland. Called New Geneva it was designed to provide a new home for exiled revolutionaries from Switzerland. Today there are few traces of this now lost city. This masks a fascinating and dark history. When New Geneva failed, life there descended into barbarism and brutality.I have posted images of New Geneva to my new WhatsApp and Telegram channels WhatsApp Irish History ChannelTelegram Irish History Channel  Key sources Whatmore, R. Terrorists, Anarchists, and Republicans: The Genevans and the Irish in Time of Revolution https://www.omahonys.ie/terrorists-anarchists-and-republicans-p-10509914.htmlDurey, M. Andrew Bryson’s Ordeal An Epilogue to the 1798 Rebellion https://www.corkuniversitypress.com/9781859181447/andrew-brysons-ordeal/Support the show at patreon.com/irishpodcast Support the show at https://www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/16/202431 minutes, 4 seconds
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Plan 2024: It's ambitious but you can make it possible

We've been on an extraordinary journey since the show launched 14 years ago. From medieval battlefields to revolutions we've shared ringside seats to some of the greatest moments in history. My plan for 2024 is to embark on an even more ambitious journey with you. All is explained in this short episode...Become a supporter www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/10/20244 minutes, 32 seconds
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Forgotten: The Irish in the American West

New York, Boston, and Chicago dominate the history of Irish migration to the United States. However by 1900 one of the most Irish cities in the US was Butte Montana. Situated high in the Rocky mountains, Butte was just one of hundreds of Irish communities dotted across the American West. Beginning back in the California Goldrush of the 1850s, tens of thousands of Irish immigrants ventured into the American West. Seeking opportunity, they were often greeted with racism and distrust. This podcast tells the stories of the men and women who forged vibrant Irish communities in the face of adversity. My guest is historian Alan Noonan the author of 'Mining Irish-American Lives Western Communities from 1849 to 1920'. Alan shares the fascinating history of the Irish in the American West. He details the personal stories of larger-than-life figures, such as Mother Jones and Marcus Daly, who shaped the Irish story in the American West.You can get Alan's book 'Mining Irish-American Lives Western Communities from 1849 to 1920' here https://upcolorado.com/university-press-of-colorado/item/6201-mining-irish-american-lives. Check out Alan's website at noonanhistory.comWhat did you think?I would love to hear what you made of the episode. I will be starting a discussion on Friday with a few of my own reflections on an episode I thoroughly enjoyed making. You can find this discussion at https://patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/13/202331 minutes, 10 seconds
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Taking the world by storm – a history of podcasting 2/2

In the past decade, podcasting has taken the world by storm. The advent of smartphones and the ground-breaking podcast 'Serial' would see podcasting surge in popularity.In 2020 alone over a million new shows were launched. But does it have a future? Some are not convinced.In the second and final part of my series on the history of podcasting I look at how podcasting became so popular and where it’s heading. The show features Blindboy, Jennifer Forde, Sam Bungey, Brian Greene and Sinead the host of Mens Rea.The final episode of the year will be out next week when we will look at the story of the Irish In the American West. Contributors to the episode Brian Greene https://www.briangreene.com/Blindboy Podcast https://play.acast.com/s/blindboyMens Rea https://mensreapod.com/West Cork https://www.westcorkpodcast.com/Snugcast https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/snugcast/id1603925189I mentioned This is the satire podcast from the Onion I mentioned https://podcasts.apple.com/za/podcast/a-very-fatal-murder/id1333714430 Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/6/202334 minutes, 36 seconds
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Are you in a cult? A history of podcasting part I.

‘You might not be a revolutionary, but you are living through a revolution.’ Podcasting is much older than you might imagine. A decade before the true crime show Serial took the world by storm, creators were making some of the earliest shows.  This podcast is a nostalgic trip through the early days of the internet in Ireland when podcasting emerged. Brian Greene who was making shows in the mid 2000s shares his memories of the early days of podcasting. I also interview some of your favourite hosts including Blindboy and Sinead, the host of Mens Rea.  The show also includes an ancient artefact of podcasting – an episode from the mid 2000s.  Special thanks to Brian Greene for his interview and sharing his research, Blindboy and Sinead the host of Men’s Rea. Thanks to Jennifer Forde & Sam Bungey the team behind West Cork, DJ Walsh & Eoin Tabb the hosts of Snugcast. While they feature in the next episode their interviews and insights were extremely useful in shaping this series. Brian Greene https://www.briangreene.com/Blindboy Podcast https://play.acast.com/s/blindboyMens Rea https://mensreapod.com/West Cork https://www.westcorkpodcast.com/Snugcast https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/snugcast/id1603925189 Support the show Patreon https://www.patreon.com/irishpodastAcast+ https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/29/202334 minutes, 28 seconds
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Assassinated: A Story of Vengeance & Murder in the Great Hunger

It’s a dark evening in early November 1847.A carriage makes it's way through lawless starving countryside in North Roscommon.A gun shot rings out, a man falls dead.A family mourns but a community rejoices.While the Great Hunger of the 1840s resulted in one million deaths, this one murder encapsulated the stark choices facing that generation of Irish people in a one gripping story. It is retold in this episode.Assassinated: A Story of Vengeance & Murder in the Great Hunger is the studio recording of chapter 4 of my new book ‘A Lethal Legacy - A History of Ireland in 18 Murders’.You can get the full audiobook hereThe hardback is available here  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/22/202328 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Irish in Andersonville 'the deadliest place in America'

In the mid 1860s, Andersonville became one of the most feared places in America.This sleepy corner of Georgia gained notoriety in the later stages of the US Civil War when the Confederacy opened a prison camp there. Nearly one third of all prisoners who entered Andersonville never left. Among their number were hundreds of Irish men. This podcast tells their stories.I am joined by historian Damian Shiels who runs the Andersonville Irish project. An expert on Irish involvement in the US Civil War, Damian explains what Andersonville was and why conditions were so bad. He also shares his latest research including stories of prisoners who had fled the Great Hunger at home.You can find out more about the Andersonville Irish at https://irishamericancivilwar.com/andersonville-irish/Listen to my 2018 episode with Damian where we discuss broader Irish involvement in the US Civil War. https://play.acast.com/s/irishhistory/the-us-civil-war-and-the-great-famineSupport the show and get exclusive content today!Acast+ https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistoryPatreonb https://www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/15/202336 minutes, 48 seconds
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Rose McKenna & Sydney Arnold – Rebels With A Secret History

Writing histories of people who led secret lives is difficult because they leave few records. Yet that is precisely what my guest in today’s show has done. In this podcast, Dr Maurice Casey, shares the fascinating history of Rose McKenna and Sydney Arnold and how he uncovered their secret lives.In the early 20th century, this Latvian-Irish couple participated in two revolutions in Ireland and Russia. While Rose tried to arms for the IRA in London, they were also contemporaries of Ho Chi Minh when they lived in Moscow.Maurice shares this forgotten story with you in this episode.  You can read Maurice’s article on McKenna & Arnold here  Support the show-Patreon - Patreon.com/irishpodcastAcast+ - https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. My latest book, the Irish Times bestseller is available https://linktr.ee/alethallegacy Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/1/202323 minutes, 55 seconds
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A History of the Supernatural in Ireland

As we prepare to celebrate Halloween, this episode is a timely exploration of the history of the supernatural in Ireland.Ghosts have long played an important role in Irish history and culture. In this podcast I am joined by Dr Clodagh Tait, a historian of the supernatural. Our conversation focuses on a specific type of ghost referred to as a crisis apparition. These usually appeared far from home, often informing an emigrant about an imminent death in their family. We discuss where these stories and beliefs came from, why they were shared and how they have survived into the 21st century!You can read Clodagh's article mentioned in the show here https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14780038.2023.2258606Voice Actor Therese Murray also narrates a traditional Irish ghost story which took pace in Philadelphia in the late 19th century. This was taken from the book True Irish Ghost Stories by St. John Seymour which is available here https://archive.org/details/trueirishghostst14099gutSound by Kate Dunlea Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/25/202328 minutes, 14 seconds
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A History of Ireland's Deaf Community [From the archives]

I have come down with a cold so rather than subject you to me coughing and spluttering through a show I have selected a classic from the archives. As I explain, I recently listened back to this episode after a chance meeting with my guest Cormac Leonard. The episode on the history of the Deaf community is the definition of forgotten history. Until recently the community was largely ignored by historians. In this episode Cormac explains how the deaf community shaped Irish history. He also shares individual stories such as John Neville who spent most of his life in a workhouse and the IRA volunteer William Leavey. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/18/202333 minutes, 37 seconds
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Anti-Irish Racism in 1930s Britain

In the 1920s and 30s Irish emigrants in Britain faced widespread racism and discrimination. Labelled drunks, subversives, and a threat to society, right wing politicians whipped up fear and hatred against the community.This podcast tells the forgotten stories of these emigrants.The episode begins with humorous story of Martin King whose drunken escapades after downing half a bottle of whiskey revealed the racism at the heart of British society.The show goes on to look at what was often the grave consequences of this bigotry. In Liverpool the racist Irish Immigration Investigation Bureau campaigned against the Irish in the city. Meanwhile the deadly 1937 Kirkintilloch fire in Scotland illustrated the dangerous conditions in which seasonal workers lived. Written, narrated and produced by Fin DwyerAdditional Narrations Aidan CroweSound Kate Dunlea. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/11/202330 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Arigna Soviet

In 1923 as the Irish revolution came to an end, large parts of the North Roscommon town of Arigna lay in ruins. While war and revolution had swept across Ireland over the previous years few places shared Arigna’s unique experience. When workers occupied local coalmines demanding better working conditions this began years of intense and bitter conflict with the authorities. This is the story of the Arigna Soviet You can find Oisín Ó Drisceoil's essay on the Arigna Soviet in Labour HIstory in Irish History here.Find out more about the Arigna Mining Experience at https://www.arignaminingexperience.ie/ Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/4/202332 minutes, 6 seconds
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Addiction in Irish History

At the turn of the 20th century alcoholism was a major problem in Irish society. The island had 17,300 pubs while around 40% of all prison sentences were alcohol related. There was a general sense alcohol addiction was out of control. The stereotype of the happy-go-lucky drunk certainly masked the reality of the Irish alcoholism. In this podcast I explore addiction in Ireland at the turn of the 20th century by focusing on the life of one woman - the Sligo native Sarah Garvey. ***My latest book A Lethal Legacy - A History of Ireland in 18 Murders is out now. Get your eBook, audiobook, kindle or hardcopy here A Lethal Legacy | Linktree*** Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/27/202327 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Origin Story of 'A Lethal Legacy'

Every book has an origin story. My new book ‘A Lethal Legacy – A History of Ireland in 18 Murders’ is no different. While the book goes on sale today, the origin story goes back to 2015 when I found a trove of old letters belonging to a grandmother I never knew.Tune in to find out more.THE BOOK LAUNCH IS ON TONIGHT (SEP 14) AT 6P.M. IN HODGES FIGGIS BOOKSHOP ON DAWSON ST.Get your eBook, audiobook, kindle or hardcopy here A Lethal Legacy | Linktree Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/14/202315 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Cork tsunami & other historic natural disasters

This podcast looks at forgotten story of the tsunami that hit Cork in 1755, the volcanic winter of 1816 and a meteor that was way to close for comfort in 1908. Although they dont feature prominently in history, they had huge impact at the time.Articles referenced in the show A seismic tsunami in the Irish annals, recorded at Iona in October 720 https://arxiv.org/abs/2211.05224Folklore about the Cork tsunami http://www.deepmapscork.ie/past-to-present/climate/1755-lisbon-earthquake-tsunami-west-cork-coast/The Tunguska impact event and beyond https://academic.oup.com/astrogeo/article/50/1/1.18/201316Narrations - Aidan CroweSound - Kate Dunlea. 
My new book a book a lethal legacy is out this Thursday. You can still pre-order and get 10% off when you use the discount code FD10 at Eason.*The launch takes place Thursday September 14th in Hodges Figgis on Dawson Street in Dublin at 6pm*. If you are in Dublin drop in if you are around. It would be lovely to put a face to a listener!  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/12/202327 minutes, 2 seconds
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The First Modern Royal Visit to Ireland

In 1821 George IV was the first British monarch to visit Ireland in modern times. It was a historic occasion for multiple reasons. Not only was he the first king to set foot on Irish soil since the 17th century but he was the first to do so without an army.Many held out hope the king's arrival might usher in a new era in Irish history.However George himself had other ideas. Beginning as he meant to continue, George was dead drunk on arrival. The following weeks were defined by pomp, ceremony and scandal - everything we have come to expect from a modern royal visit.This show is based on research for my upcoming book that never made the final cut.The book, A Lethal Legacy - A History of Ireland in 18 Murders, will be released on 14 September. You can still pre-order your copy today and get 10% off when you use the code FD10 at Eason.com. The article referenced in the show by Karina Holton is entitled ‘All our joys will be complated’: The visit of George IV to Ireland, 1821. Its available in Irish Historical Studies, 44(166), 248-269. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/6/202322 minutes, 8 seconds
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A Broken People: The Survivors of the Great Hunger

The Great Hunger left deep scars on the Irish society. Many of those who survived the 1840s never fully survived the harrowing ordeal they had endured. They were traumatised in body and spirit. For the rest of their lives, they carried the physical and psychological injuries the Great Hunger inflicted on them.This podcast follows the life one of the last survivors in Dublin - Catherine Mulhern.This podcast was included in an early draft of my upcoming book A Lethal Legacy – A History of Ireland in 18 Murders. While it didn’t make the final edit for reasons explained in the show, it is a fascinating story.A Lethal Legacy - A History of Ireland in 18 Murders is currently available for pre-order today. If you buy your copy at Easons.com & use the coupon code FD10 you will get 10% off. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/30/202334 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Brighton Bombing - the attempt to kill Margaret Thatcher

In 1984, the Conservative Party, lead by the British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, gathered in the seaside town of Brighton for their annual conference. In the early hours of October 12th a bomb ripped through the Grand Hotel where Thatcher and several other conservative leaders were staying. The following day the Provisional IRA would claim responsibility for the attack. This triggered one of the largest manhunts in history. While the plan was audacious, the police operation to catch the IRA team that planted the bomb was extraordinary. In this episode I am joined by Guardian journalist and author Rory Carroll to discuss the bombing, the wider historical context and the man hunt that followed. Rory has recent published an excellent book on the Brighton Bombing called Killing Thatcher the IRA, the manhunt and the Long War Against the Crown.-----------My upcoming book 'A Lethal Legacy - A History of Ireland in 18 Murders' will be released on September 14th 2023.Pre-Order at Easons today and get 10% off when you use the coupon code FD10 https://www.easons.com/a-lethal-legacy-finbar-dwyer-9780008555993-----------You can get Rory's book Killing Thatcher: The IRA, the Manhunt and the Long War on the Crown Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/23/202350 minutes, 5 seconds
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A Deep, Dark History. Bunmahon & the Copper Rush of the 19th Century

Bunmahon is an idyllic seaside town in Co Waterford but it has a deep dark history. It's a story that begins in an abandoned mine and ends in a search for a lost town...Need I say more?You can find out more about Bunmahon at the local visitor centre.My upcoming book 'A Lethal Legacy - A History of Ireland in 18 Murders' will be released on September 14th 2023. Pre-Order at Easons today and get 10% off when you use the coupon code FD10 https://www.easons.com/a-lethal-legacy-finbar-dwyer-9780008555993 Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/16/202341 minutes, 30 seconds
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Jack the Ripper: Irish Connections [From the Archives]

This episode was originally released in 2019. Over the past week I was recording the audio version of 'A Lethal Legacy - A History of Ireland in 18 Murders' so I didnt have time to prepare a new episode but this is worth a relisten! Normal service resumes next week.“In the later half 1888 London was gripped by fear when five women were murdered within a few months of each other in the East End of the city. Initially dubbed the Whitechapel murders after the district where they took place, they are better known today by the sensational title of the Jack the Ripper murders. Over the past century the case has become without doubt the most famous serial killings in history however the victims have been largely forgotten. The identity of the killer, frequently cast as an evil genius, dominates the seeming endless retellings of the murders both in fact and fiction. However in 2019, this changed when Hallie Rubenhold published a book called The Five – The untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper…”In this interview with Hallie Rubenhold explores Irish connections to the notorious murders and shares her new research from her book ‘The Five’.Pre-Order A Lethal Legacy - A History of Ireland in 18 Murders today https://www.easons.com/a-lethal-legacy-finbar-dwyer-9780008555993 Use the Code FD10 & get 10% off today! Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/2/202329 minutes, 50 seconds
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Taking the Hard Road - Edward O’Rourke & opposing Hitler

As I mention in the episode I am recording the audio version of A Lethal Legacy - A History of Ireland in 18 Murders this week! Don't forget to pre-order at Easons and use the code FD10 to get 10% off!Edward O’Rourke is not a name you expect to encounter in the history of Eastern Europe, yet he is a celebrated figure in the Polish city of Gdansk for the role he played in opposing the rise of the Nazis in the city in the 1930s.In this episode I am joined by the Irish Times journalist Derek Scally to explore the life of Edward O'Rourke which was in a word unique. This episode reveals why a man born near Minsk in the Russian Empire in 1876 was named O’Rourke and how he went to oppose Fascism at a time when many of his contemporaries were supporting Hitler.  This is the image at the start of the show https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_Landmesser#/media/File:August-Landmesser-Almanya-1936.jpg  Follow Derek on twitter - @DerekinBerlin Articles references in the podcast https://www.irishtimes.com/news/irishman-honoured-in-polish-city-where-he-warned-of-nazi-danger-1.642893 - https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/2023/07/04/sean-lester-and-edward-phelan-irish-world-leaders/     Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/26/202328 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Road to War - How the Irish Civil War Started

'The Road to War' is the first episode in a five part Irish History Podcast production on the Irish Civil War. The full series, exclusively available for supporters, features the leading Irish historian Dr Brian Hanley from Trinity College Dublin. Over the five episodes the series covers the full story of the Irish Civil War from the National Army assault on the Four Courts through to the IRA order to dump arms in 1923. The series also explores the legacy and memory of the conflict, looking at how movies like Michael Collins leave us with a problematic understanding of the Civil War. Become a supporter on Patreon and Acast+ today and get the full seriesPatreon https://patreon.com/irishpodcastAcast+ https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistoryWhen you become a supporter today you will getThe five part series on the Irish Civil WarMy Audiobook on the Black DeathHours of Bonus podcasts only available to supportersAd free contentEarly Access to the show   Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/12/202331 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Irish Women Who Fought the Nazis in World War II (The French Resistance Part II)

**This is the second of two episodes on the story of Irish people who fought in the French Resistance. Part I was released last week.**Few Irish people recognise the names Sr Katherine Anne McCarthy or Patricia O'Sullivan. However during the Second World War II they were among the dozens of Irish women who fought in the underground war against the Nazi occupation of France. The stories of these women are unbelievable. My guest in this episode, Dr David Murphy, from Maynooth University reveals the risks they took and the harrowing consequences for those who were caught. If you have family members who served in the Resistance get in touch with David at [email protected].**I am currently working on a new series on the history of podcasting. I have interviewed some of the biggest names in podcasting and now I am looking for your input. I would be really grateful if you could complete this short survey on your experience as a listener at https://irishhistorypodcast.ie/listenersurvey.**📢Walking Tour 📢I am thrilled to announce my brand new walking tour in Ireland's oldest city, Waterford. Join me and explore 1,000 years of history from the Vikings to Cromwell & Strongbow to the Irish Revolution. Enhanced by wireless headsets 🎧 you will hear the sounds of the city through the ages and the words of the people who made history in Waterford. Tours take place each Saturday and places are strictly limited to 15 people. Book your place today at www.Irishhistorypodcast.ie/tours*New Book: A Lethal Legacy - A History of Ireland in 18 Murders *My new book A Lethal Legacy - A History of Ireland in 18 Murders is available for Pre-Order now. If you order your copy today at Easons and use the promo code FD10 you get a 10% discount Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/5/202321 minutes, 7 seconds
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Irish Volunteers in the French Resistance Part I

The struggle of the French Resistance against the Nazi Occupation of France remains one of the most famous chapters in World War II history. It has been immortalized in numerous film and books. However the story of the dozens of Irish people who served in the Resistance has been almost completely forgotten. In this podcast I interview Dr David Murphy from Maynoooth University who has researched the Irish people who served in the Resistance.While the writer Samuel Beckett is the most famous David reveals the forgotten history of other Irish volunteers and their experience of the war.**I am currently working on a new series on the history of podcasting. I have interviewed some of the biggest names in podcasting and now I am looking for your input. I would be really grateful if you could complete this short survey on your experience as a listener at https://irishhistorypodcast.ie/listenersurvey.**If you are aware of Irish people who served in the Resistance David is working on a database and you would love to hear from you. You can get in touch with him at [email protected] a supporter & access dozens of exclusive podcastsPatreon www.patreon.com/irishpodcastAcast https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory📢Walking Tour 📢I am thrilled to announce my brand new walking tour in Ireland's oldest city, Waterford. Join me and explore 1,000 years of history from the Vikings to Cromwell & Strongbow to the Irish Revolution. Enhanced by wireless headsets 🎧 you will hear the sounds of the city through the ages and the words of the people who made history in Waterford. Tours take place each Saturday and places are strictly limited to 15 people. Book your place today at www.Irishhistorypodcast.ie/tours*New Book: A Lethal Legacy - A History of Ireland in 18 Murders *My new book A Lethal Legacy - A History of Ireland in 18 Murders is available for Pre-Order now. If you order your copy today at Easons and use the promo code FD10 you get a 10% discount Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/28/202325 minutes
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Rotten Prod - The Life of James Baird

This episode needs a bit of an introduction. While the term Rotten Prod, short for Rotten Protestant, sounds like a sectarian slur, the phrase has a very different and fascinating history. It actually originated within the Protestant community in Ulster to describe a person considered disloyal to Unionism. At the turn of the 20th century, the majority of Ulster Protestants were Unionists, meaning they supported Ireland remaining in the United Kingdom. However a largely forgotten minority, many of whom were Protestant working class socialists, rejected this view. Believing a United Ireland of one kind or another was better for workers, this left them alienated from their own community. Labelled Rotten Prods, they not only faced vilification but often violence from their neighbours and workmates. In this podcast, I interview Emmet O’Connor historian in the University of Ulster and author of the book Rotten Prod, the unlikely career of Dongaree Baird. Our discussion focused on the life of James 'Dongaree' Baird a man who lived and worked in the epicentre of sectarian violence in 1920s Ireland - the Belfast Shipyards.Emmet's book Rotten Prod, the unlikely career of Dongaree Baird is available here My upcoming book, A Lethal Legacy - A History of Ireland in 18 Murders will be released on September 14th! I think you will love the book, it was shaped by your feedback over the years and written with you in mind. If you pre-order your copy today at Easons & get a 10% discount with the listener coupon code below.Link https://www.easons.com/a-lethal-legacy-finbar-dwyer-9780008555993 Coupon Code FD10 Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/21/202328 minutes
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A Lethal Legacy - A History of Ireland in 18 Murders (A New Book from Fin Dwyer)

This episode is short, but has a big reveal! For nearly two years I have been working on a new book and I can finally tell you all about it. Published by Harper Collins, it's called 'A Lethal Legacy - A History of Ireland in 18 Murders.' In this podcast I explain what you can expect from the book, how it was shaped by you and, most importantly, how you can get your hands on a copy.A Lethal Legacy - A History of Ireland hits the shelves on September 14th. Pre-order your copy today today from Easons at https://www.easons.com/a-lethal-legacy-finbar-dwyer-9780008555993 and use the coupon code FD10 to get a 10% discount. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/14/20234 minutes, 4 seconds
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Sights, Sounds & Smells: Life in Dublin on the Eve of the 1916 Rising [from the archives]

The 1916 Rising is one of the most famous events in Irish history but it’s easy to forget it took place in a city that 300,000 people called home. In this podcast (originally released over three years ago) I explore Dublin on eve of the rising revealing what the city was like in the early 20th century. You will hear the sounds of Dublin, what the city looked like, even how it smelled by following the city coroner Dr Louis A Byrne.He and his contemporaries would find Dublin of the 2020s almost unrecognisable. As you will hear their Dublin would be equally strange and bewildering to us.Get your tickets for my new walking tour here https://www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/historytours Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/7/202336 minutes, 31 seconds
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Oliver Cromwell - Still Notorious, But Why?

The Cromwellian Conquest of Ireland took place over 370 years ago. Despite the passage of time the man who led that conquest remains one of the most reviled figures in Irish history. In this podcast I look at why he, above others, is so reviled in Ireland.****Get tickets for my new walking tour mentioned in the episode are available here.****The episode is recorded in the ruins of Dunhill Castle. An exclusive supporters video tour of the castle is available here. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/31/202327 minutes, 29 seconds
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A Journey to the Gates of Hell

In 1397 Ramón de Perellós left the city of Avignon in the Kingdom of France, setting out on a 2,000 km journey to Ireland. His ultimate destination was a fabled gateway to the afterlife on Station Island, Lough Derg, Co Donegal. In this episode you will follow in the footsteps of de Perellós on this medieval pilgrimage. Forget the problems of the modern world and prepare yourself for a gruelling journey by land and sea through medieval Europe. Written produced and narrated by Fin Dwyer, sound by Kate DunleaSupport the show www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/24/202346 minutes, 39 seconds
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Belfast and the Slave Trade

The history of Belfast has been dominated by the Troubles of the late 20th century and the longer history of sectarian conflict in the city. However Belfast holds a lesser-known yet significant chapter in its past—it's connections to the slave trade. In this episode, I am joined by Tom Thorpe who uncovers Belfast's complex ties to slavery in the United States. Join us as Tom sheds light on how Belfast's economy became intertwined with the slave trade and explores the emergence of a radical anti-slavery movement within the city. To delve deeper into this fascinating topic check out Tom's walking tour at  antislaverybelfast.com Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/17/202325 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Parnell Divorce Case - a story that shocked the Victorian world

In the 1880s Charles Stewart Parnell was the most famous Irish politician of his generation. Dubbed 'the uncrowned king of Ireland' he was respected and admired across the political spectrum.However 1890 he was embroiled in a sensational scandal that rocked the Victorian world when it emerged he had been in a decade long relationship with a married woman. In this episode I am joined by Dr Lloyd (Meadhbh) Houston. Their recent book Irish Modernism and the Politics of Sexual Health explores the impact this scandal had on Irish politics and society.They explain who Parnell was, his rise and then his spectacular downfall.If you want to learn more about the Land War - check out my Patron's Exclusive Podcast on this fascinating conflict that changed Irish history here https://www.patreon.com/posts/patrons-podcast-7434081You can find Lloyd's book here. It's an academic text so its on the pricey side but you can read Lloyd's work at their website https://lmhouston.co.uk/ Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/10/202330 minutes, 37 seconds
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Disert - A Place Where Mythology and History Meets

Disert is a remote townland in the Bluestack Mountains in Co Donegal. For reasons that are not entirely clear, our ancestors have been drawn here for thousands of years. There is no question it is a special place.Located in the shade of a sacred mountain - Carnaween - it was a site of pagan worship associated with some of the most famous figures in Irish mythology. There are stories relating to Finn MacCumhail (McCool), Diarmaid and Grainne in the surrounding area.It was also used by early Irish Christians and medieval pilgrims. In the 18th century Catholics were drawn to Disert when their religion was suppressed by the penal laws. Even into the 20th century it was used as a cillín to bury unbaptised children. Today the local community continues to pray at the site.The questions remains why? What is special about this site?Over the last few years archaeologists led by Dr Fiona Beglane from Atlantic Technological University, Sligo have been excavating Disert to try and understand its complex story.Her international team of archaeologists from the Institute for Field Research and California State University Los Angeles have made some fascinating discoveries.Last summer I visited Disert to record an episode at the excavation. In this podcast Fiona shares what her team uncovered in this remarkable place...Thanks to Dr Fiona Beglane for her time and archaeologist Rebekka Grace who arranged the recordings.Find out more about Disert at https://disertheritage.com/ Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/3/202332 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Lingaun – Exploring Ireland's Oldest Frontier Part II

In this episode Neil Jackman and myself continue our journey down the Lingaun Valley, one of Ireland’s oldest frontiers. As we move closer to the present day we explore an 800 year old church, a castle and a battlefield from the 1798 rebellion looking at how this once contested frontier fell into obscurity after thousands of year.Support the show at patreon.com/irishpodcastCheck out Neil’s episodes 26 and 28 of Neil’s Podcast Amplify Archaeology which cover topics related the Lingaun. If you are planning a a trip down to explore the Lingaun Neil’s website Tuath.ie has all you need. This article on Knockroe is a great place to startYou can read more about Knockroe at https://www.tuatha.ie/knockroe-passage-tomb/ Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/26/202331 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Lingaun – Exploring Ireland's Oldest Frontier Part I

The Lingaun Valley is a little known valley that forms the border between Co Kilkenny and Co Tipperary. However for thousands of years this small river formed one of the most important frontiers in Ireland.While the societies and kingdoms that fought and died over this valley are long vanished the region is littered with their remains in the tombs, religious sites, castles and battlefields.A few weeks ago I met up with archaeologist Neil Jackman, an expert in the region and we spent a morning exploring the valley. Our initial intention was to focus on the Lingaun, but our conversations took in a range of topics from what life was like 5,000 years ago, to the spiritual beliefs of our distance ancestors down to the story of battle in the 1798 rebellion!Check out Neil’s episodes 26 and 28 of Neil’s Podcast Amplify Archaeology which cover topics related the Lingaun.If you are planning a a trip down to explore the Lingaun Neil’s website Tuath.ie has all you need. This article on Knockroe is a great place to start https://www.tuatha.ie/knockroe-passage-tomb/ Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/19/202335 minutes, 43 seconds
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Heroes or Villains? How To Trace Your Ancestors...

Have you ever wondered about your ancestors and who they were were? Were they on the right side of history? Maybe you’re curious to find out if your family have dark secrets? In this podcast genealogist Martin Costello gives you a step by step guide to tracing your family. Over the episode I follow Martin’s steps and trace my ancestors back to the Great Hunger. Along the way I found out a few secrets my great grandparents would prefer had remained in the 19th century!These are the resources Martin mentions1901 and 1911 census census.nationalarchives.ie/ Irish civil records Irishgenealogy.ie Catholic Church Parish records https://registers.nli.ie/ Church of the Latter Day Saints transcription of Irish Parish Records www.familysearch.org British Newspaper Archives (contains numerous Irish publications) https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk  Irish Newspaper Archive https://www.irishnewsarchive.com Ancestry Websites. Findmypast.co.uk & Ancestry.co.uk Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/12/202334 minutes, 26 seconds
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Bad Bridget: When American Dreams became Nightmares

Emigration has been one of the defining features of Irish life since the Great Hunger. Generations have been drawn to the United States in the hope of finding a better life across the Atlantic. Many succeeded but for some these dreams became nightmares. Over the last few years The Bad Bridget Project in Queens University Belfast by Dr Elaine Farrell and Dr Leanne McCormick has focused on criminal and deviant Irish women in North America. Now an award winning podcast and book, Leanne and Elaine join me in this episode share the stories they have uncovered. These include Annie Young a woman who lived in grinding poverty, the sex workers Maud Merrill and Marion Canning and the somewhat unbelievable Ellen Nagle a child prosecuted for being stubborn! Check out the Bad Bridget Podcast  Get the book Bad Bridget: Crime, Mayhem and the Lives Irish Emigrant Women Become a supporter and get my exclusive Series on the Irish Civil War with Dr Brian Hanley Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/29/202327 minutes, 51 seconds
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Burned Alive: The Burning of Bridget Cleary

In 1895 Bridget Cleary was a confident independent woman in a rapidly changing Ireland. This brought her into conflict with dark and sinister figures in her own community. After being labelled a 'changeling' (a fairy who had taken the place of the real person) Bridget was tortured in a brutal ritual. This podcast, based in an original episode released in 2016, explores Cleary's life and why those closest to her ultimately murdered her.The book mentioned in the show is The Burning of Bridget Cleary: A True Story by Angela BourkeSound By Kate Dunlea Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/22/202332 minutes, 4 seconds
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Women on Trial - The Alice Morton Divorce Case of 1920

Until 1981 a woman was considered the property of her husband under Irish law. A husband could even sue another man for damaging his property if he had an affair with his wife. Referred to as 'criminal conversation’ these trials were demeaning and humiliating for the women involved. 'Women on trial looks' looks at the story of Alice Morton. When her marriage fell apart in 1919, she found herself at the centre of a sensational divorce and criminal conversation trial. When this developed into an early 20th century sex scandal, Alice went on the run rather than be subjected to such humiliation.The episode follows Alice's story as she evaded private detectives, and a court system stacked against her.Sound: Kate DunleaAdditional Narrations: Aidan Crowe and Therese MurrayRead more about criminal conversation trials:Adultery in the Courts: Criminal Conversation in Ireland by Niamh Howlin https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2787632Ireland’s criminal conversations by Diane Urquhart https://journals.openedition.org/etudesirlandaises/3162Support the show Patreon - https://patreon.com/irishpodcastAcast+ https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/15/202341 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Mystery of Henry Wilson’s Assassination

On June 22nd 1922, the British Field Marshall, Henry Wilson was shot dead in London. The assassination sparked a major political crisis in Ireland. The British government blamed the killing on a faction of the IRA opposed to the recent Anglo-Irish Treaty. When they demanded action be taken against them, Michael Collins oversaw an attack on an IRA unit occupying the Four Courts in Dublin. This sparked the Irish Civil War.Over the last century the incident has been shrouded in controversy.  Many at the time and since have accused Michael Collins himself of ordering the attack on Wilson. In this episode I am joined by John Dorney to discuss the assassination of Henry Wilson, the fallout and who was responsible.  My exclusive supporters' series on the Irish Civil War with Dr Brian Hanley of Trinity College Dublin continued this week on Acast+ and Patreon. Ep #1 explains backdrop to the war, while Ep #2 profiles Michael Collins, his involvement in the war and his death in August 1922.My guest on this week’s show is John Dorney. John’s website theIrishstory.com is one of the leading online resources on Irish History. He also the co host of the Irish History Show https://irishhistoryshow.ie/ Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/1/202328 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ireland's Alcatraz - the Story of Spike Island

Spike Island in Cork Harbour is often referred to as 'Ireland’s Alcatraz'. While this famous island prison began life as a monastery it was transformed into a fortress during the American Revolutionary War. However Spike island gained it's notorious reputation during the Great Hunger of the 1840s when a prison was opened in the fort. This episode recorded on Spike island tells the story of Ireland’s Alcatraz…I would like to thank the team on Spike Island for facilitating the recording of this episode. In particular I would like to thank Tom O’Neill for his time and expertise. Sound by Kate DunleaVisit Spike Island: https://www.spikeislandcork.ie/If you want find out more about Spike Island these texts come highly recommended. Spike Island: Saint Felons and FamineToo beautiful for thieves and pickpockets: A history of the Victorian convict prison on spike island Spike Island republican prisoners 1921 My exclusive Supporters Civil War Series with Dr Brian Hanley from Trinity College Dublin continues on Thursday. Episode II looks at Michael Collins and the Outbreak of the War. This is available on www.patreon.com/irishpodcast and Acast+. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/21/202330 minutes, 15 seconds
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How the Famine Irish built New York

Between 1840 and 1860 the population of New York almost trebled growing from 300,000 to 800,000. This influx of migrants from Europe gave birth to modern Manhattan. At the heart of this story were the 250,000 Irish people who made the city their home in the aftermath of the Great Hunger. This is the story of the Famine Irish in New York.In this episode I interview Dr Tyler Anbinder from George Washington University. An expert in the history of New York, Tyler vividly explain New York of the 1850s and how the Famine Irish adapted to life in the city. You can find Tyler’s books here https://history.columbian.gwu.edu/tyler-anbinder. I would recommend Five Points: The Nineteenth-Century New York City Neighborhood that Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections, and Became the World's Most Notorious SlumMy series on the civil war continues next week when myself and Dr Brian Hanley discuss Michael Collins, the man, the myth and his role in the conflict. You can get the series on Acast+ or at the $5 tier on patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/14/202332 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Myth of Irish Neutrality in World War II

Five days after the end of the Second World War, Winston Churchill launched into a blistering critique of Irish neutrality on the BBC World Service. He would famously claim the government of Éamon de Valera had frolicked with German representatives in Dublin while Britain fought the Nazis. The reality of Irish neutrality in the World War II was somewhat more complicated. To discuss the story of Irish neutrality I am joined by the Dr Donal Ó Drisceoil from the History of Department of University College Cork.Donal has written extensively on the history of neutrality and in this episode he explains why Ireland took a neutral position in the war. He also reveals how and why the government aided the Allies behind the scenes but remained adamant they were neutral. Sound by Kate Dunlea.Support the show to get hours of exclusive content at patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/1/202328 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Story of Irish Coffin Ships Continued...

This episode continues the story of emigration and Irish Coffin Ships during the Great Famine. Dr Cian T. McMahon, the author of The Coffin Ship - Life and Death at Sea during the Great Famine discusses The death rate onboard coffin ships What factors determined whether someone lived or died.How Irish Famine emigrants adjusted to life in the U.S.You can get a copy of The Coffin Ship - Life and Death at Sea here If you want listen to more stories form the Great Hunger my 30 part podcast series is available here.My exclusive supporters Civil War series with Dr Brian Hanley kicks this Thursday here on Patreon and Acast+ Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/25/202324 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Story of Irish Coffin Ships Part I

Between 1845 - 1855 over two million people left Ireland to escape hunger, poverty and disease during the Great Hunger. The experience of these emigrants was often harrowing. The term Coffin Ship has became synonymous with their journeys across the Atlantic. While the term conveys misery, what was the experience actually like?In the first of two podcasts on the subject, I am joined by Dr Cian T. McMahon author of The Coffin Ship - Life and Death at Sea during the Great Famine. Cian's work is deeply personal. Laced with hundreds of individual narratives he creates a vivid account of the complexities of escaping hunger in Ireland in the 1840s. You can get a copy of The Coffin Ship - Life and Death at Sea here  If you want listen to more stories form the Great Hunger my 30 part podcast series is available here. My exclusive series on the Irish Civil War with Dr Brian Hanley kicks off next week. Exclusively available for show supporters on Acast+ and patreon.com/irishhistory, the series will be an expert guide to one of the most formative conflicts in modern Ireland. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/18/202328 minutes, 22 seconds
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How will 2022 be remembered in history?

Are we living through historic times? The Russian Invasion of Ukraine, the Queen's death, Liz Truss and Elon Musk have all dominated the headlines in 2022. However headlines don't always make history. Will the events of our lifetime be remembered in the future?In this episode I look at how the last twelve months might be remembered by future historians.Become a supporter at https://patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/19/202223 minutes, 33 seconds
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A Slum City - Life & Death in Late Victorian Dublin

Life in Dublin at the turn of the 20th century was difficult to say the least. Working Class Dubliners were lucky if they reached 50. In those five or so decades, they worked dangerous jobs and lived in appalling conditions. In this episode I am joined by Dr Ciara Breathnach. Ciara has spent several years researching the records of Dublin's Coroners Court for her book 'Ordinary Lives, Death, and Social Class: Dublin City Coroner's Court, 1876-1902'. As the Coroner investigated suspicious, unexplained and unusual deaths, this research gave Ciara a unique insight into life in Dublin around 1900. Over the course of our interview Ciara explained how Dubliners lived and died. She also shares some individual cases from the Coroner's Court which provides a deeply personal history of the time and the challenges people faced.You can find Ciara’s Profile at the University of Limerick where she is an Associate Professor in History https://www.ul.ie/research/dr-ciara-breathnachHer book Ordinary Lives, Death, and Social Class: Dublin City Coroner's Court, 1876-1902 is available here https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ordinary-lives-death-and-social-class-ciara-breathnach/1141544052 (You can also ask your local library to order the book!)My audiobook on the Black Death in Ireland is available for download at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. This can be purchase for a one off payment of €5.99 or is available for show supporters at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/7/202226 minutes, 41 seconds
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A lost town in the Wicklow Mountains

Castlekevin was once a thriving settlement deep in the Wicklow Mountains. However in the 14th century after decades of warfare the historical record fell silent. Over the past year the Roundwood & District Historical & Folklore Society have been working with a team of archaeologists to uncover the story of this lost town and castle. Using ground penetrating radar, drones and ecological surveys the team have started to unlock the lost story of this forgotten town.This podcast reveals what was found...A special word of thanks to:Roundwood & District Historical & Folklore Society, the National Monuments Service Community Monuments fund, Yvonne Whitty, Dr Paul Naessens, Faith Wilson, Ivor Kenny, Dr Ger Dowling, Wicklow Co Council Heritage Officer Deirdre Burns, Martin Timmons, Mary Rochford, Chris Corlett and Catherine Wright in Wicklow Archives .Additional narrations from Aidan CroweSound by Kate Dunlea Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/23/202226 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Black Death in Ireland

The Black Death changed Europe and Ireland forever. This disease which swept across the continent through 1348 carried off around 40% of the population. Its aftermath was no less sensational as social upheavel, wars and revolts broke out across Europe. Ireland was no different, indeed it was arguably affected in more profound ways than most of the continent. Over last few months I have produced a new hour three hour audio feature on the Black Death in Ireland based on my 2016 book 1348: A Medieval Apocalypse.This podcast previews the audiobook explaining the fascinating history behind these events. How can you get your audiobook of The Black Death in Ireland?Get the book as a one time purchase. You can buy the book for €5.99 in a one time purchase here https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Select 'The Black Death in Ireland Audiobook' and then you can download the audio to your podcast app.Become a supporter. Supporters of the show at patreon.com/irishpodcast also have access to the book. This recurring monthly fee also gives you access you my extensive back catalogue of exclusive show and my upcoming series on the Civil War. Find out more at https://patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/9/202212 minutes, 39 seconds
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Contraception in Ireland

Believe it or not, it was a crime to sell contraception in Ireland between 1935 and 1979. The Irish government also banned all literature on family planning for decades as well. This had a profound impact on life in Ireland. Couples couldn't plan families or engage in recreational sex without fear of pregnancy. This devastated relationships and left many people with a very limited understanding of sex and pregnancy. In this podcast I interview Dr Laura Kelly from the University of Srathcylde. Laura is a leading expert in this area and she explains the background to contraception in Ireland, why it was banned and the devastating consequences of the ban.  Find out more about Laura's research and publications here. Follow Laura on twitter here. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/2/202229 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Hunt for Nazi Spies in World War II

While Ireland remained neutral in the Second World War several Nazi agents were smuggled into the country. Their aims varied, some sought to establish contact with the IRA while others were spies. In this episode, I interview historian Marc McMenamin about the attempts of Irish Military Intelligence's to catch these spies and agents. Marc also explains the attitude of the IRA towards these individuals & the forgotten Irish code breakers in the war. Its a fascinating story. Marc has published two books on Irish Military Intelligence in the Second World War Codebreaker & Ireland's Secret War both of which are fantastic reads. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/26/202227 minutes, 55 seconds
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Exploring A Medieval Fortress - Conwy Castle

There is a photo essay to accompany this episode here Conwy castle in Wales in one of Europe's most spectacular medieval castles. Built in the 1280s by Edward I the castle has withstood sieges and the ravages of time. On Sat October 8th I organised a supporters trip to the castle. Early the following morning, as the sun rose over the medieval town I recorded this episode. Using the acoustics of the castle and the walls I explain the history, what the castle looks like today and how its elaborate and lethal defences worked in the middle ages. Deadly stuff in all meanings of the word!Support the show at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/19/202228 minutes, 34 seconds
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[Ep 3/3] Ireland's Last Aristocrat - The Life of Olive Packenham Mahon

In this final episode of Ireland's Last Aristocrat, you will hear how Olive Packenham Mahon adjusted to life in Ireland after the War of Independence. This follows her story through the chaotic early days of the Irish Free State, her futile attempts to budget as money ran out and how she would end up an eccentric living in a mansion that crumbled around her. There will be a bonus episode of recordings from Strokestown Park House for supporters at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast later this week. By becoming a supporter you will also get access to my upcoming series on the Irish Civil War. You can find out more about Strokestown Park House and how you can visit Olive Packenham Mahon's home a thttps://strokestownpark.ie/ Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/12/202242 minutes, 42 seconds
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[Ep 2/3] Ireland's Last Aristocrat - The Life of Olive Packenham Mahon

Olive's unpublished diary and letters reveal a story of war, revolution and scandalous relationships in Ireland during the War of Independence.After being raised in splendour with servants taking care of her every need (see part I), this episode follows Olive Packenham Mahon through the Irish revolutionary era. After the outbreak of World War I everything changed. The Packenham Mahons and other aristocrats found themselves on the wrong side of history as revolution swept through Ireland. Olive recorded her experiences in an unpublished diary and letters which provide the basis for this episode. While these recount an unusual perspective on the Irish revolution, they also reveal a love affair that scandalised her family!There is also bonus episode with exclusive content for supporters here.Artwork - Keith HynesSound - Kate DunleaNarrations - Aidan Crowe and Therese Murray Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/28/202240 minutes, 41 seconds
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[Ep 1/3] Ireland's Last Aristocrat - The Life of Olive Packenham Mahon

Olive Packenham Mahon was born into wealth and privilege in 1894, but the legacy of a secret funeral and the spectre of war and revolution defined her life. She was no ordinary aristocrat - Olive was the last of her kind...A special thanks to Oisin O'Driscoll, Martin Fagan & Tony Aspel and all the team at Strokestown Park House for their time.Olive Packenham Mahon's home Strokestown Park House is open to the public. You can find out more at https://strokestownpark.ie/.Sound by Kate Dunlea. Artwork by Keith HynesAdditional narrations by Aidan Crowe and Therese Murray.There is a bonus episode with exclusive content from Strokestown available later in the week for show patrons at Patreon - patreon.com/Irishpodcast Acast+ - https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/21/202238 minutes, 14 seconds
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[Coming Weds 21st] Ireland's Last Aristocrat - the Life of Olive Pakenham Mahon

Olive Pakenham Mahon was one of Ireland's last Aristocrats. Haunted by a secret funeral in her families past, revolution and war defined her life. She was anything but normal...Subscribe to the Irish History Podcast where you listen to podcasts https://linktr.ee/irishhistory Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/18/20222 minutes, 11 seconds
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Who was Bridget O’Donnel? AKA The Most Famous Irish Woman in History

You may not recognise the name Bridget O’Donnel, but she is one of the most recognisable women in Irish history. In December 1849 her image (pictured in the episode artwork and here) appeared in The Illustrated London News. Over the following decades she became the face of the Great Famine. Today she is one of the most recognisable women in Irish history, but who was Bridget O’Donnel?Is it possible she never existed but was the creation of an artist called James Mahony?Hear the full story of the woman behind this iconic image.Additional narrations from Therese MurrayH/T to Mark Lagan for his help in this!The poster of Bridget mentioned in the episode is available here.Dont forget the supporters trip to Conwy Castle is fast approaching - we leave on October 8th! If you would like to join me on this trip to this amazing castle get in touch today at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/14/202222 minutes, 40 seconds
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From Ancient Ireland to Westeros: A History of Dragons

In this special episode brought to you by NOW, I look into why humans are fascinated with dragons. Did you know mythology around dragons is older than organised religion and spiritual beliefs of any kind? Meanwhile images of dragons has been found on all continents in societies from ancient Ireland to China. In this podcast I look at why dragon myths are so old, where did this mythology came from and what does it mean? Additional narrations - Aidan Crowe Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/31/202229 minutes, 7 seconds
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15 Minutes in Medieval Dublin [From the Archives]

2022 has been stressful so this episode treats you to 15 minutes of escapism. It brings you back to Dublin in 1320 in a soundscape of the medieval city. Reconstructed by trawling through 700 year old records for distinctive sounds; it was originally released back in 2014 but is definitely worth another listen. I am currently binge editing audio for an upcoming series but I will be back next week with a fresh episode!Join me on patreon, get access to hours of bonus content and join me on my upcoming trip to the stunning Conwy Castle in Wales - www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/24/202218 minutes, 2 seconds
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Was the Great Famine a Genocide? [From the Archives]

Over the next two weeks I will be busy writing and editing an upcoming series called Ireland's Last Aristocrat. In the meantime I have dusted down two episodes I thought you might enjoy diving back into. This podcast was released in 2019. It's one of was the most listened to and generated the most feedback! It asks if the Great Hunger was a genocide.Become a supporter and join me on the trip to Conwy - https://www.patreon.com/irishpodcastTickets for this Saturdays live show in Waterford on Michael Collins are available here https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/irish-history-snugcast-history-from-the-high-stool-tickets-390149617007 Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/17/202238 minutes, 3 seconds
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From Newgrange to D-Day: A History of Weather Forecasting

Since the dawn of history humans have been intrigued by the weather. However while it has the potential to sustain or destroy life, our ability to accurately forecast it is very recent. In this podcast I am joined by meteorologists Evelyn Cusack and Noel Fitzpatrick to explain the fascinating history of weather forecasting. Our desire to predict the weather is a story driven by war, natural disasters, human ingenuity and super computers.You can find the Met Eireann podcast here https://www.met.ie/education/the-met-eireann-podcast/. The specific episode referenced by Noel in relation to Newgrange is available here https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/the-met-%C3%A9ireann-podcast/id1469018144Become a member on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/Irishpodcast and get access toMy upcoming exclusive series on the Civil War with Dr Brian HanleyJoin me on the supporters' trip to Conwy Castle in WalesEarly access to the showAd free episodesHours of supporters only content Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/10/202232 minutes, 12 seconds
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‘No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs’ - The Irish in London

The 1950s were a dismal time in Ireland. While the economy tanked, the catholic church, at the height of its power, maintained strict control over social life. Desperate to find a better life, nearly 500,000 Irish people emigrated. This staggering figure was equivalent to 80% of those born in the Free State between 1931 and 1941. This was a level of emigration unseen since the days of the Great Hunger of the 1840s.The vast majority went to Britain with many making London their home. However they found the English capital isolating, lonely and unwelcoming. The poster in boarding houses stating ‘No Dogs, No Blacks, No Irish’ embodied the racism they faced. While many of the 1950s generation are no longer with us, in the late 1990s author Catherine Dunne recorded their stories. The experiences of these emigrants were the basis for her book An Unconsidered People - the Irish in London. In this moving episode Catherine recounts the experiences they shared with her, the racism they faced as well as the isolation and loneliness. She also reveals the importance of solidarity within the Irish community, the legendary Irish clubs such as the Galtymore in Cricklewood and how many made a better life in the face of adversity.You can find Catherine’s book An Unconsidered People - the Irish in London at https://www.newisland.ie/nonfiction/an-unconsidered-people-the-irish-in-londonFollow Catherine’s catherinedunneauthor.comfacebook.com/Author.CatherineDunnetwitter.com/DunneCatherineBecome a member on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/Irishpodcast and getMy upcoming exclusive series on the Civil War with Dr Brian HanleyJoin me on the supporters' trip to Conwy Castle in WalesEarly access to the showAd free episodesHours of supporters only content Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/2/202237 minutes, 25 seconds
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A voicenote from Fin

Hey folks, I have a few important announcements for you:🎙️🎙️Starting in September supporters (at the $5 tier or more) will receive an exclusive series on the Civil War with Dr Brian Hanley from Trinity College Dublin. You can hear more on this above. Become a supporter to get the seriesPatreon - Patreon.com/irishpodcastAcast+ - https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory🛥️🏰I am delighted to invite announce my a supporters' trip to Wales to visit the stunning Conwy Castle. Conwy is spectacular - you can see a video here https://irishhistorypodcast.ie/video-tour-of-conwy-castle-wales/. If you are a supporter (or become one!) on Acast+ or Patreon and would like to join me, I am currently looking for expressions of interest from you for a trip in September or early October. Let me know on patreon or at [email protected] if you are interested.🎙️ 🍻Live Show - I am doing a live show with Snugcast in Phil Grimes pub, Waterford on August 20th. There are only 30 tickets available for this special event. Get yours now here. https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/irish-history-snugcast-history-from-the-high-stool-tickets-390149617007 Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/29/20225 minutes, 51 seconds
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Murder at Mother Mountain 5/5 - Redemption?

In the series finale 'Redemption', we follow Ellen's life in Australia where a strange and unexpected redemption awaits.Support the show:Patreon https://patreon.com/IrishpodcastAcast+ https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistoryThis week's special supporters are:Z HammingR DownesE ZimmerG HickeyR HurleyM NuttyE RusheP KopfC WilsonJ GuthK McNamaraM KellyL RosewoodD GleasonC StapletonMJ BrodieG Robertson Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/18/202230 minutes, 6 seconds
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Murder at Murder Mountain 4/5 - The Punishment

The trials are over, the sentences have been passed down and there is nothing left but the punishment. However as we have seen in the story so far, this is story is if anything unpredictable.Support the show:Patreon https://patreon.com/Irishpodcast Acast+ https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistoryThis week's special supporters areStephenAM MulhernB DonohoeK ConnollyS WallG BrowneD HealyB ClearyP LynchL AndersonK L MayerE LewisE JordanD Hensey Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/11/202232 minutes, 58 seconds
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[Deep Dive] Behind the scenes of a victorian murder investigation

Given the popularity of true crime genre, we are increasingly familiar with how murder investigations work in the 21st century. However they were quite different in the 19th century. In the third deep dive of Murder at Mother Mountain I am joined by Dr Niamh Howlin to explain how murder investigations & trials worked in the 1840s. Niamh is an expert on 19th century law and she explains how the process worked before DNA, forensics or even the concept of a trial by a jury of our peers existed! Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/6/202224 minutes, 50 seconds
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Murder at Mother Mountain 3/5 - The Trial

The trial begins in Nenagh Courthouse in August 1846. What lies ahead for the accused is more uncertain than ever - murder in 19th century Ireland carries the death sentence.Get add free early access to the next episode and help fund the show Patreon https://patreon.com/Irishpodcast Acast+ https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistoryThis week's special supporters are B FlahertyE FogartyH LewisC RowlandD BrowneP ForanP HurleyC Wright P MeagherM McLoughlinA DunneA PhilbrickK Finn M GrayJ NixonK O'Connor Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/4/202230 minutes, 27 seconds
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Murder at Mother Mountain Part 2/5 - The Crime

In part 2 of Murder at Mother Mountain Ellen’s life changes forever on March 10th 1846 when the violence that overshadowed her life finally comes to her door...Support the showwww.patreon.com/irishpodcasthttps://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistoryThis week's special supporters are M ReneeD Mosier A DacyA O'Brien M KellyJ A C McGowanK L. Daly E LaurentB WalshD Hill C BleakleyM LynchA JamesonG B. LaneG B Lane Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/27/202235 minutes, 14 seconds
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[Deep Dive] Religion in Ireland before the Famine

To accompany Murder at Murder Mountain, I am releasing five deep dive episodes which delve into the history of the early 19th century Ireland in greater detail. These will be released between the main episodes. This is deep dive looks at the pre-Famine catholic church. While religion was very important during Ellen Kennedy's childhood, the catholic church emerging from centuries of repression was a very different organsation than it is today. In this podcast Salvador Ryan, professor of Ecclesiastical History in Maynooth, discusses religion and wider spiritual beliefs in the decades before the famine. He also explains why rituals surrounding pattern days and ancient holy wells (also mentioned in episode one) were frowned on by the church hierarchy. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/20/202245 minutes, 4 seconds
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Murder at Mother Mountain 1/5 - Nurtured by Violence

Ellen Kennedy was born into in Western Tipperary in 1803. Her youth was one nurtured by violence. Hunger and food shortages were common. The stark inequalities lead to frequent outbreaks of violence. In this deeply unequal society young women like Ellen faced the threat of abduction and forced marriage.Ellen however was far from average...Support the show and get early access to the next episode. Patreon http://patreon.com/irishpodcast Acast+ https://play.acast.com/s/irishhistoryAdditional Research - Liam CostelloAdditional narrations - Aidan Crowe and Therese MurrayTheme tune - The Banks of SullanePerformed by Nell Ní ChróinínUilleann Pipes Pipes - Liam CostelloThis week's special supporters areP LynchA HannumM BushertS GrayS WinsorK NeueN BarryB DuffyM O'DonnellA FungeB NicholsonB PoonJ GladdenThe J & L showM Guinane Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/20/202240 minutes, 32 seconds
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New Series - Murder at Mother Mountain Coming June 20th

Ellen Kennedy was born into in Western Tipperary in 1803. Her youth was one nurtured by violence…Listen to an exclusive preview of episode 1 now at https://patreon.com/irishpodcast or Acast+https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/15/20221 minute, 45 seconds
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175 years on - Does Black '47 & the Great Hunger still matter?

Over the last decade there has been countless events to mark the centenary of the Irish Revolution. However 2022 is also the 175th anniversary of Black ‘47, one of worst years of the Great Hunger. This has received little or no attention. This begs the question does the Great Famine matter anymore or is it fading in to the distant past?In this podcast I looked at the impact of the Great Famine, asking what if any meaning it has for day to day life in the 21st century. Sources mentioned:The school's folklore collection is available at https://www.duchas.ie/en/cbesMy series on the great Famine is available here https://irishhistorypodcast.ie/category/podcast/the-great-famine/The article on the Year of Slaughter - the Famine of the 1740s is available here https://irishhistorypodcast.ie/1741-the-year-of-slaughter/The Special Supporters for this episode are S SteinkerchnerK ChapmanA Stewart-MailhiotK SamarB O'DonovanK Costello B Dunphy TarabuJ DonelanJ.M. CulverW Edwards D Lawall T McCool J LavinD Federman Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/8/202227 minutes, 39 seconds
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From Bastardstown to Slutsend: A History of Irish Place Names

Ireland has some very strange place names. They range from the perplexing – Skeoghvosteen in Kilkenny, to the scandalous - Slutsend in Dublin and Bastardstown in Co Wexford. But where do these names come from and what do they tell us about our history? Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/25/202219 minutes, 46 seconds
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A Violent History of Fun - Having the Craic in Medieval Ireland 50/16

When you think of the Middle Ages what springs to mind? Medieval battles, warfare and general hardship? Certainly not fun. However while medieval Ireland was a violent place by any standard people were still able to enjoy themselves. In this episode I explore what our medieval ancestors did for fun. From football to archery, poetry to the pub they knew how to have a good time! Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/18/202214 minutes, 18 seconds
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'From the Backwoods to the Motorway' A History of Traditional Irish Music

Traditional music is central to Irish culture and identity in the 21st century. Contrary to what we might think, this is a relatively recent development. As late as the 1960s Trad was perceived as unfashionable and musicians were not allowed to play in pubs. 60 years later it has become extremely popular and recognised the world over. So what happen?Last weekend I sat down with Tom Mulligan, a legend in Trad scene to talk about the history of Trad over the century. Tom hales from a well known musical family and owns the Cobblestone, the best known traditional music pub in the country. Indeed it was become something of a cultural institution over the last 35 years. In this interview Tom explains the roots of modern trad from Poland, Africa, the USA and back to Ireland. He also elaborates on the intriguing story of how trad went from a marginal genre in Irish society to its contemporary popularity.While Trad has enjoyed a resurgence in recent decades, it faces an uncertain future in the 2020s. Property speculation in Dublin has seen numerous live music venues close in recent years to make way for hotels. There are fewer and fewer spaces for musicians in the city. Last year saw Tom's pub the Cobblestone became the latest to be earmarked for 'development'. Given its historic role in developing and nurturing trad music, this provoked large demonstrations and a campaign #dublinisdying. While the plans to build a hotel on the site were withdrawn last week, Tom explains how the Cobblestone is not out of the woods yet.Follow the Cobblestone on twitter and Insta Music by Liam CostelloSupport the show at Patreon.com/irishpodcast or https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistoryThis week's special supporters areT Troy S LucasAlexanderW McGuireC Steuland T HigginsR SpowartD BohanGregP McKeyP MyersB BradyB McDonoughK StaufferM MulvaleT Murray Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/4/202232 minutes, 11 seconds
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Cocaine, Murder & Inquests: A night on the town in Victorian Waterford [Live from Katty Barry’s] 50/14

This live podcast pokes in to the darker corners of the past looking at life in Victorian Waterford. Recorded live in Katty Barry’s in Waterford, it's a strange journey through macabre inquests that took place in pubs through to dentists who peddled cocaine!The second half of the podcast looks at a bizarre murder involving a veteran of the Famine.Support your historywww.patreon.com/irishpodcastThis week's special supporters areA MurphyM CallaghanE KelleherD DwyerA RogersM MaloneL O'BrienWJ MurphyC DoranJ O'HaganM DwyerS QuinnR MorseM DurkinS Reddin Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/26/202250 minutes, 41 seconds
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Hitler, Copperfaced Jack & Bodysnatching - The real history of Stephens Green. 50/13

Stephen’s Green is one of Dublin’s well known areas. Located in the heart of the city centre, the Green is home to several prestigous instiutions and businesses including the Royal College of Surgeons, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Shelbourne Hotel. It's history however is very different. Originally a swampy marshland, it was home to numerous brothels and the city gallows. In this podcast I am joined by historian Frank Hopkins to explore the history of St Stephen's Green. We begin on the gallows as Frank explains how public executions were a form of entertainment for many Dubliners. Then moving through the centuries Frank explains who the notorious bodysnatchers of Goat Alley were and the history behind Copperfaced Jack, the man after whom the famous night club is named.The show ends by introducing a certain A Hitler who was regular sight around St Stephens Green in the early 20th century! You can find Frank’s excellent book St Stephen's Green: A History of the Green online and in all good bookshops. What does 50/13 mean? With your support I am planning on releasing 50 episodes this year. 13 is the number of episodes I have produced so far with your support so we are on track! You can support the show and get ad free episodes, early access to the show and exclusive episodes.Each week I acknowledge listeners who support the show. This week's special supporters areThe week's special supporters are:J Arbaugh D Eggleston M Fields W Tolan S Corbet R D Moore L Slavens J Reilly C Donoghue D D Rau J BatesD Celment B Conneely J LooneyR Morahan B White Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/11/202229 minutes, 43 seconds
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Nazi Propaganda in Ireland - the story of Irland Redaktion (50/12)

Irland Redaktion was a Nazi radio station established during the Second World War. It's sole purpose was to shape and influence Irish public opinion in favour of the Nazis. In this episode I am joined by William Quinlan, the winner of the Irish History Summit RSR competition. William, a stuident in St Jospeph's College Borrisoleigh, wrote his R.S.R. (Research Study Report) on Irland Redaktion. In this podcast he details the fascinating story of this little known station, explaining why it was initially broadcast in Irish, what the Nazis hoped to achieve and if it was successful. Over the last three months I have increased the number of podcasts by one third on the same period last year. This is due to the support of listeners like you who support the show on Acast+ and Patreon. They allow me to dream bigger and make a better show. In recognition of this each week I will be listing patrons of the show as special supporters of episodes in the coming weeks and months. You can get onboard and help the show atPatreon - https://patreon.com/IrishpodcastAcast - https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistoryThe week's special supporters are:R McCormickI Wöstemeyer A O'BrienM BradyJ FordN ReillyM MullaneyN FeelyJ FitzGeraldF D’ArcyC T MorganC O’NeillK CrossmanC BrennanD GleesonA O'BrienM BradyJ Ford Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/4/202231 minutes, 28 seconds
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Getting Dirty in a Digital Archive

What did Dublin look like before the authorities demolished the medieval city? How did Irish people address Queen Victoria during the Famine?The answers to these questions lie in documents stored in Dublin City Library's archives which chronicles 800 years of life in the city. Until now the only way to access the archive and it's fascinating stories was to go in person to Pearse Street Library. That is all about to change. This week sees the launch of a ground breaking project as Dublin City Library and Archive publish 50,000 documents online. Better still they are asking history fans across the world to help transcribe this archive.In this podcast librarian Padraic Stack brings you behind the scenes in the archive. He tells the fascinating stories of letters to the Queen during the Famine and how medieval Dublin was demolished. He also explains how you (yes you!) can get involved in transcribing these documents from the comfort of your home. Its a rare opportunity to get dirty in Dublin's archives! The link referenced in the show is here.  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/28/202222 minutes, 37 seconds
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A Human History of Forests and Woodlands in Ireland

Its National Tree Week! In this special episode brought to you by Wolfgang Reforest, I investigate the history of Ireland's woodlands and forests. The show begins by looking what an actual native Irish woodland because woodlands and forests looked very different in the past. Then we embark on a journery through 12,500 years of our history. From the distant past when 80% of the island was covered with forests through to the 1920s when there was scarcely a single tree in the Irish landscape, the story of our woodlands and forests is interwoven with the history of humans on the island.From the development of agriculture to the Norman Invasion major changes in the way we live our lives has had huge consequences for the trees in the landscape.Follow the show @ Irishhistory on Insta irishhistory on Twitteririshhistorychannel on YouTube Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/21/202234 minutes, 3 seconds
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'Riding the Lartigue' Ireland's only Monorail

In 1888 Ireland's most unusual railway, the Lartigue monorail, opened for business. Although largely forgotten, the story of this unique train is intriguing. Operating between the 1880s and the 1920s, it carried everything from tourists to livestock.This show (recorded in Listowel, Co Kerry) explains how this train inspired by camels in the Sahara went onto support an early form of mass tourism in the west of Ireland. Special thanks to John Looney, Martin Griffin and Michael Guerin for their time. Sound by - Jason LooneyAdditional Narrations - Therese Murray. Support your historyPatreon - https://patreon.com/irishpodcastIrish History Podcast+ https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistoryYou can visit the Lartigue Monorail and Museum and ride the monorail today. Find out more at https://www.lartiguemonorail.com Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/14/202220 minutes, 48 seconds
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Grace O'Malley, an Irish 'Pirate Queen'

Grace O'Malley or Granuaile is an iconic name in Irish history. Born in 1530, she emerged as a powerful leader in the West of Ireland in ruthless and violent era as the Tudor reconquest of the Island was in full swing. Grace is often called a pirate queen, a chieftain or even in some tellings a queen of the west. In this episode I interview her biographer Anne Chambers about the real woman and her remarkable life. Anne's book 'Grace O'Malley Ireland's Pirate Queen' is available at her website http://www.graceomalley.com/.Check out the pin of grace in the shop https://irishhistory.bigcartel.com/product/grace-o-malley-pin Support the showPatreon: https://patreon.com/irishpodcastAcast+ https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/7/202236 minutes, 9 seconds
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The War of Independence Finale (Endgame III)

We've made it! This is the final episode in the War of Independence series. The episode begins as Michael Collins and an Irish negotiating team lock horns with Lloyd George and Winston Churchill in London. When a controversial treaty is agreed we return to Dublin to see how it is received. The show also includes extensive recreations of the famous Treaty debates from Aidan and Therese.I hope you enjoy the show. Thank you so much for you support. I have some really great content lined up for coming weeks. These include shows on Grace O'Malley the 16th century pirate queenThe history of Ireland's monorail. A history of hurling. A six part series on life in pre-famine Ireland told through a 19th century murder.A series on the history of podcasting in Ireland (its older than you think!)Sound - Jason LooneyAddition research - Sam McGrathAdditional Narrations - Aidan Crowe and Therese Murraywww.irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/28/202239 minutes, 41 seconds
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Endgame II

This is the second last episode in the War of Independence series. In this podcast we travel to Belfast in the summer of 1921. Despite major violence, the city was preparing for what was only its third visit from a reigning monarch since 1690.With George V due to arrive on June 22nd over 10,000 troops were drafted into Belfast in a massive security operation. What unfolded was unquestionably the most significant royal visit to Ireland since the 17th century.Sound by Jason Looney, additional research Sam McGrath with additional narrations from Aidan Crowe & Therese Murray.The three episodes in Endgame are being released over 8 days. Its around 2 hours of content from scripts totalling over 20,000 words. It took a lot of time to make and would not have been possible without the support of listeners on patreon and Acast+. If you are not listening on Acast+ or Patreon you can support the show herehttps://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistoryhttps://patreon.com/irishpodcastCheck out the range of pewter figures of Irish revolutionaries from the War of Independence at https://irishhistory.bigcartel.com/category/handcrafted-historic-models Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/23/202239 minutes, 39 seconds
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Endgame Part I

This is the first of three episodes which will be released over the next 8 days to conclude the War of Independence Series. Endgame I is a fast moving show that takes you back to Cork in the opening weeks of 1921. The war develops a new ferocity with the declaration of martial law. The episode is based around one of the enduring controversies of the war - the kidnapping of the widow Maria Lindsay. The episode also looks at the IRA's worst defeat - the Clonmult ambush and the largest battle of the war - Crossbarry. Then we move to Dublin and finish with the IRA assault on the Customs House. Sound by Jason LooneyAdditional Research Sam McGrath Additional Narrations by Aidan Crowe and Therese MurrayHand painted pewter figures of Irish Revolutionary - https://irishhistory.bigcartel.com/category/handcrafted-historic-models Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/21/202242 minutes, 10 seconds
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From Kerry to Antarctica - The Life of Tom Crean

Tom Crean was born outside Anascaul, Co. Kerry in 1877. One of eleven children from a small farming family, Crean grew up in a world where Antarctica was still a largely unknown continent.Although overlooked by history, Crean went on to become one of the most distinguished Antarctic explorers of his age. Over the course of his life he would play a key role in several attempts to reach the South Pole. With very limited protective clothing he frequently found himself battling temperatures of -60 C(-76 F). Through these trials he emerged as a tenacious and courageous figure. The stories of Crean's endurance and will to survive are at times unbelievable.In this episode I interview Michael Smith. His book An Unsung Hero: Tom Crean - Antarctic Survivor brought the remarkable life of Crean to public attention after nearly a century in obscurity.Sound by Jason Looney Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/14/202231 minutes, 21 seconds
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Radio News from Black 47

Imagine radio had existed during the Great Famine. What would it sound like if you could go to an archive and listen to news reports from 1847?To mark the 150th Anniversary of the Great Hunger in 1997, BBC Merseyside created news reports as if their journalists were reporting live from 1847. With the permission of BBC Merseyside I am delighted to share some of these reports with you in this special episode. Given each report is based on actual events from Liverpool in 1847, this is history like you have never heard it before.Thanks to Pauline McAdam for talking to me about the making of the reports, Mick Ord for sharing them with me and BBC Merseyside for permission to republish them.Sound by Jason LooneyApologies for the delay in getting this show out - I got Covid-19 :( Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/31/202247 minutes, 31 seconds
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Nixie Boran - An Underground Rebel

The life of Nicholas Boran was extraordinary. Known as 'Nixie', he was born outside Castlecomer in Co Kilkenny in 1904. At the age of 18 he fought in the Civil War alongside Dan Breen in Tipperary. The harrowing violence he witnessed in the conflict permanently scarred him and challenges the romanticised myths that often surround the life of Dan Breen. While this had an enduring legacy, Nixie would gain a national reputation for his actions following the Civil War. After the conflict he returned home but soon found himself in another struggle in Castlecomer. The town was built around coalmines and many of the mine workers toiled in appalling conditions.The pay was poor, the hours were long and conditions were extremely dangerous. With limited legal protections, children as young as 14 were sent to work in the mines. From the 1920s Nixie set about changing this. This began a decades long struggle with the Catholic Church, the Irish government and the local mine owners.In this episode I interview Nixie's daughter, Anne Boran. Anne has recently published a fascinating biography of her late father. In this episode she provides fascinating details about life in the Castlecomer Coalfields and how the Civil War changed her father. Perhaps most interesting of all is how his attempts to improve life in Castlecomer resulted in the Catholic Church attempting to excommunicate him. Its a fascinating story.The history of Castlecomer and its coalmines up until 1921 is the focus of this series https://irishhistorypodcast.ie/category/podcast/communism-coal/Anne's book "Challenge to Power: Nixie Boran (1904-1971), Freedom and the Castlecomer Coal Miners" is available here http://www.geographypublications.com/product/challange-power-nixie-boran-1904-1971-freedom-castlecomer-coal-miners/ Sound by Jason Looney. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/17/202241 minutes, 53 seconds
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Inside the Vault - Behind the Scenes in the National Museum

One of the most important buildings in terms of Irish history or archaeology is located in North County Dublin. Strange as it may sound, this building is not very old. It actually only dates from the later 20th century and it was originally an electronics factory. However it is now owned by the National Museum of Ireland and houses millions of artifacts amassed over the decades. This fascinating complex, which measures over 200,000 sq feet, is not open to the public. However last Autumn when I was organising the upcoming Irish History Summit in association with the National Museum I got an exclusive tour. In this podcast recorded behind the scenes at the museum you will hear the stories behind some incredible artifacts. Nigel Monaghan tells the story behind a 4000 million year old meteorite that was an ornament in an Irish farmhouse for decades. Later in the episode Brenda Malone explains the remarkable story of an Irish man who served in the RAF during the World War II and captured some pivotal moments of the conflict on camera. Get your tickets to the Irish History Summit (Saturday Jan 15th)https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/irish-history-summit-2022-tickets-194400466027National Museum linkshttps://www.museum.ie/en-IE/Collections-Research/Natural-History-Collections/Collections-List/Meteorites-and-Spacehttps://twitter.com/NMIrelandhttps://www.instagram.com/nationalmuseumofireland Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/10/202234 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Mary Celeste of Medieval Ireland

The Mary Celeste is one of the great mysteries of modern times. The ship was found abandoned in the Atlantic in 1872 and the ten people who had been onboard the vessel were missing. However everything else appeared normal. It has never been satisfactorily explained what provoked the crew to abandon the ship in mid winter far from any coast.This episode is recorded in a very Irish unusual castle with echoes of the Mary Celeste - Ballymoon Castle. It too has a somewhat mysterious history. It was abandoned around the year 1300 for reasons that are not entirely clear. In this show I investigate this fascinating building and speculate what may have happened...This is the last show of 2021. I hope you and yours have a great holiday season. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/20/202123 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Ladies of Llangollen

The Irish women Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby are known to history as the Ladies of Llangollen. In 1780 the two aristocrats caused controversy when they rang away together. They would spend the rest of their lives in Llangollen, a town in north Wales.For nearly 250 years their relationship has been the source of intense speculation. Some claim they were Ireland’s first openly lesbian couple. Others insist they just kindred spirits. Last October I visited Plas Newydd, their home in Llangollen and recorded this special episode of the show about these remarkable women.Thanks to Garth A.P. Thomas for his time.Lori Moriarity’s lecture mentioned in the show can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMEiZKFESNgGet your tickets for the history summit at irishhistorysummit.eventbrite.comVisit Plas Newydd at https://www.denbighshire.gov.uk/en/leisure-and-tourism/museums-and-historic-houses/plas-newydd-llangollen.aspx Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/15/202128 minutes, 50 seconds
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Growing up Black & Irish - A personal history of Liverpool

Last month I recorded a show at the Liverpool Irish Festival with Teresa Hill. Teresa is really passionate about her fascinating family history. Her father from was from Freetown in Sierra Leone while her mother's family were from Ireland. In this interview Teresa spoke candidly about her life. She grew up in a Liverpool where racism was common and many Irish families ostracised mixed race family members. However her grandfather Luke Bernard was very different as Teresa explains he was 'a forward thinking man'. She also talked about how sectarianism was a major feature of life in Liverpool and how the Troubles impacted her life. It was a really fascinating discussion about Irish communities in Britain in the 1960s and 70s. I hope you enjoy it. Get your tickets to the Irish HIstory Summit - https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/irish-history-summit-2022-tickets-194400466027Get Irish history themed Christmas presents - www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/29/202136 minutes, 29 seconds
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Reprisals, Concentration Camps or ‘Indian measures’ - British paths to victory in 1921? (The War of Independence Part XXII)

Following on from the collapse of the Clune Peace talks in December 1920, the British Government adopted an even more aggressive attitude to the war. However as they prepared to escalate the conflict in 1921 some leading figures in the British military and political establishment suggested extreme measures. This episode reveals what were deeply alarming debates taking place about how the war should be escalated.To this end we hear from men who would go on to become some of the most famous British generals of the 20th century - Bernard Montgomery and Arthur Percival both of whom served in Ireland in 1921. The episode also looks at the growing tensions between Eamon DeValera and Michael Collins and the problems this created for the republican movement in 1921. Check out the new shop at www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop The Irish History Summit 2022 early bird offers end next week - Irishhistorysummit.eventbrite.ie Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/24/202137 minutes, 39 seconds
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Peace, Partition & Christmas 1920 (The War of Independence Part XXI)

Over the last three episodes of the War of Independence Series, we saw the Republican movement demonstrate an ability and willingness to fight on despite recent setbacks. This episode looks at how the British authorities reacted to these developments. While the immediate reaction was to declare martial law across the South West, there was also murmurings of peace.While indirect talks between republican leaders and the British Authorities started in early December these faced huge challenges. As we will see the republican movement suffered from a lack of cohesion while hardliners in Britain were opposed to any settlement with the IRA.Meanwhile this all took place as the House of Lords passed the most far reaching Irish legislation in a century - the Government of Ireland Act. This legislation which partitioned Ireland had a lasting impact right up the present day.The Irish History Summit is coming in January 2022. No matter where you live you can participate in this day long event from the comfort of your home. https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/irish-history-summit-2022-tickets-194400466027 Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/15/202130 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Irish History Summit January 2022 – Cultivating Ireland’s Historians of the Future

The Irish History Summit returns! Taking place on Saturday January 15th 2022 we have a great line up of historians and educational experts to prepare students for the Leaving Cert history exams. Headlining this year is the journalist and historian Leo Enright. He will be joined by Dr Sarah Anne Buckley, Dr Brian Hanley and Liz Gillis. We are also delighted to welcome our first international guest - Dr Dieter Reinisch from the University of Vienna.Summit 2022 also has a competition for attending students. They can submit their RSR (Research Study Report) and I will interview the winner on the show in 2022. You can find out more in the show above or at https://irishhistorypodcast.ie/summit Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/3/20214 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Kilmichael Ambush & the Burning of Cork (The War of Independence XX)

Kilmichael is remembered as one of the most important and controversial battles in the War of Independence. This episodes explains what actually happened in this remote valley in Cork in late November 1920. The podcast also continues the wider story of the war through one of the most turbulent periods of the conflict. Beginning with dramatic attacks in Liverpool, the shows carries the story through to the burning of Cork City in mid December.This is the excellent discussion mentioned in the episode https://www.theirishstory.com/2020/12/18/podcast-tom-barry-and-the-kilmichael-ambush/#.YZCvHFPLffASupport the show➡️ Patreon https://www.patreon.com/posts/58052656➡️ Acast+https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory.We have just launched our first clothing range in the shop. Check out the polo shirts at https://irishhistory.bigcartel.com/product/irish-history-podcast-embroidered-polo-shirtSound By Jason Looney Additional Research - Sam McGrathAdditional Narrations Therese Murray & Aidan Crowe Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/1/202131 minutes, 58 seconds
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Bloody Sunday (The War of Independence part XIX)

November 21st, 1920 was one of the most violent days in the War of Independence. It has gone down in history as 'Bloody Sunday'. While this episode explains the days events, it also introduces the man who was arguably the most important republican in the conflict - the IRA director of Intelligence, Michael Collins.Get your tickets for my live show in Kikenny November 6th https://www.eventbrite.com/e/irish-history-podcast-live-show-tickets-190958380657 or historyshow.eventbrite.comCheck out the new merch in the shop - www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/25/202129 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Fernside Raid & the Execution of Kevin Barry (The War of Independence XVIII)

This is the first of three back-to-back episodes that will take us through one of the most critical periods of the war. The Autumn of 1920 witnessed an intensification of the conflict as British Crown forces began to get the upper hand on the IRA. This lead to two key events in Dublin - the Fernside Raid & the Execution of Kevin Barry. While these set the stage for the pivotal events of Bloody Sunday, the Fernside Raid and the bloody gun battles that followed were a key moment in the war.Additional Research - Sam McGrathSound - Jason LooneyAdditional Narrations - Therese Murray & Aidan CroweYou can get tickets to my live event (featuring Aidan Crowe) in the 800 Year old St Mary's Church, Kilkenny on November 6th now at https://historyshow.eventbrite.com Tickets for my show at the Liverpool Irish Festival at Grand Central, Liverpool on October 24th are available here https://www.liverpoolirishfestival.com/events/the-irish-history-podcast/ Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/18/202136 minutes, 58 seconds
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The IRA Campaign in Britain (The War of Independence Part XVII)

Although frequently overlooked, the IRA and the wider republican movement in Britain played an important role during the War of Independence. While they were actively involved in gun running and several high profile jail breaks, their operations included some of the most controversial IRA actions during the war.In this episode I interview Sam McGrath on the IRA campaign in Britain. Sam, who has been working on the series has also conducted in-depth research into the IRA in Britain, particularly Manchester. In this podcast he provides a fascinating insight into what is an often overlooked chapter of the war.Sound by Jason LooneyMerch available at irishhistorypodcast.ie/shopTickets for my live show at the Liverpool-Irish Festival are available here https://www.eventim.co.uk/noapp/event/14026433/?affiliate=E24 Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/4/202137 minutes, 27 seconds
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Revolutionary Justice (The War of Independence Part XVI)

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 LooneyAdditional Research - Sam McGrathAdditional Narrations - Aidan Crowe & Therese MurrayCheck out new merch at irishhistory.ie/shopSupport the show at Patreon.com/irishpodcast   or on Acast+ below Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/27/202132 minutes, 43 seconds
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The War of Independence (Part XV) - Daily Life during the War

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. Support the show at https://www.patreon.com/irishpodcastBecome a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistorySound - Jason LooneyAdditional Research - Sam McGrath Additional Narrations - Therese Murray & Aidan Crowe Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/20/202138 minutes, 41 seconds
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Human Skulls and Pagan Idols - The story of a sacred bog

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/6/202130 minutes, 44 seconds
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History off the beaten track - Ireland's top heritage sites (you've never heard of)

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-abbeyKells Priory, Co Kilkenny https://www.discoverireland.ie/kilkenny/kells-priorySt 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/derrigimlaghNewgrange, 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-dolmenGaulstown Dolmen, Co Waterford https://www.discoverireland.ie/waterford/gaulstown-dolmenFourKnocks, Co Dublin https://www.discoverboynevalley.ie/boyne-valley-drive/heritage-sites/four-knocksLoughcrew, Co Westmeath https://heritageireland.ie/places-to-visit/loughcrew-cairns/Clonmacnoise, Co Offaly https://heritageireland.ie/places-to-visit/clonmacnoise/Rahan, Co Offaly Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/23/202149 minutes, 24 seconds
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Passage East - A Medieval D-Day on Ireland's Omaha beach

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-warFinally apologies for the lack of shows over the last few weeks - its all explained in this podcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/16/202122 minutes, 20 seconds
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The History of the Knights Templar in Ireland

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/26/202113 minutes, 40 seconds
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Kylemore Abbey - Life in a Victorian Mansion in Connemara

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.Find out how to visit the abbey at kylemoreabbey.com Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/19/202142 minutes, 38 seconds
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Sieges, Luxury and Servitude - A day in a 500 year old castle

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...Copies of my book Life in Medieval Ireland are available here https://irishhistory.bigcartel.com/product/life-in-medieval-ireland-witches-spies-and-stockholm-syndrome Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/5/202131 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Black Death vs Covid-19: A social history of the pandemic

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.Check out the show merch at irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/28/202136 minutes, 28 seconds
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5000 year old tombs, Writers Block & Graveyards of Inspiration

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....www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/20/202123 minutes, 4 seconds
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Terence MacSwiney's Hunger-Strike (The War of Independence XIV)

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*Check out the revolutionary poster series in the shop now at irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/14/202133 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Rebel County (the War of independence Part XIII)

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/31/202133 minutes, 14 seconds
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Belfast, Derry & the War in the North (the War of Independence XII)

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.The initial batch of my first book Witches Spies and Stockholm Syndrome sold out within 72 hours last week but I have more copies in the shop now at irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/24/202134 minutes, 25 seconds
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Women & the Irish Revolution - The War of Independence Part XI

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 LooneyAs mentioned in the show there are currently a limited number of signed copies of my first book 'Life in Medieval Ireland' available in the shop at https://irishhistory.bigcartel.com/product/life-in-medieval-ireland-witches-spies-and-stockholm-syndrome Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/17/202130 minutes, 3 seconds
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The IRA on the Offensive - Easter 1920 (the War of Independence Part X)

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. Check out the range of books to compliment the show now available at irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/10/202130 minutes, 56 seconds
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An Empire in Crisis (The War of Independence Part IX)

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. Check out cumann in mBan badge in the shop at Irishhhistorypodcast.ie/shopAdditional 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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/26/202131 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Fermoy Army Riots (The War of Independence VIII)

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.Check out the latest posters, flags and badges at irishhistorypodcast.ie/shopAdditional 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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/19/202130 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Knocklong Ambush (The War of Independence Part VII)

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. The Dan Breen poster mentioned is available at www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/product/breen/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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/5/202129 minutes, 14 seconds
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The podcast has run aground in the Suez Canal

There was no episode this week and here's why.... Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/30/20211 minute, 37 seconds
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The Limerick Soviet and the Russian Revolution (The War of Independence VI)

*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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/15/202145 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Escape from Lincoln Jail (The War of Independence V)

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.Check out the latest merch in the shop - irishhistorypodcast.ie/shopSupport the show - patreon.com/irishpodcastFollow the showTwitter - IrishhistoryInsta - IrishhistoryAdditional research - Sam McGrathSound - Jason LooneyAdditional narrations - Aidan Crowe & Therese MurrayArtwork - Keith Hynes. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/8/202129 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Soloheadbeg Ambush & the First Dáil (the War of Independence IV)

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. You can find the posters mentioned at irishhistorypodcast.ie/shopAdditional 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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/1/202135 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Road to War (The War of Independence III)

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.Support the show - www.patreon.com/irishpodcastCheck out the posters from the revolutionary era www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/shopSocialstwitter.com//irishhistoryInstagram.com/irishhistoryAdditional research - Sam McGrathSound - Jason LooneyAdditional narrations - Aidan Crowe & Therese MurrayArtwork - Keith Hynes Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/15/202135 minutes, 26 seconds
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The 1916 Rising (The War of Independence Part II)

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 McGrathSound - Jason LooneyAdditional narrations - Aidan Crowe and Therese MurrayArtwork - Keith HynesSupport the show at patreon.com/irishpodcast.Check out the posters from the revolutionary period mentioned in the show at www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/8/202133 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Irish War of Independence Part I - World War I

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 DwyerAdditional Research by Sam McGrathSound by Jason LooneyAdditional narrations by Aidan Crowe & Therese MurrayArtwork by Keith HynesFollow the show on socials @irishhistory on insta & twitter.Support the show at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/1/202142 minutes, 6 seconds
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(Part III) The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911: An Emigrant's Experience

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/25/202128 minutes, 17 seconds
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(Part II) The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911: An Emigrant's Experience

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. 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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/18/202134 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911: An Emigrant's Experience

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!Support the show - Patreon.com/IrishpodcastFollow me on twitter.com/irishhistory Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/11/202133 minutes, 39 seconds
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The War of Independence

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...www.patreon.com/irishpodcastwww.twitter.com/irishhistorywww.instagram.com/irishhistory Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/4/20212 minutes, 30 seconds
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John Charles McQuaid - A Ghost of our Catholic Past

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/22/202030 minutes, 5 seconds
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A History of the Police in Ireland

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.Get your tickets to the Irish History Summit at www.historysummit.eventbrite.com The HIstory Summit is a one day oline event with seven speakers. The speakers will provide students with key lessons Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/7/202030 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Forgotten Lives of the Women of Cahir

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.Sound by Jason Looney. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/30/202045 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Lepers’ Plot - A Medieval Conspiracy Theory

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.Support the show - www.patreon.com/irishpodcastGet christmas merch - www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/24/202026 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Irish History Summit 2021 – Calling LC History Teachers.

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.www.historysummit.eventbrite.com Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/11/20203 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Road to Oldcroghan #6 - An Afterlife

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 LooneyArtwork by Keith HynesTo find out more about Damian & Miriam's tour - www.croghan.eventbrite.ieVisit the National Museum - https://www.museum.ie/Support the show - www.patreon.com/irishpodcastCheck out the shop - www.irishhistorypodcast.ie Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/9/202020 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Road to Oldcroghan #5 Sacrifice

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.Sound by Jason LooneyArtwork by Keith HynesSupport the show - www.patreon.com/irishpodcastCheck out the shop - www.irishhistorypodcast.ie Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/2/202026 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Road to Oldcroghan #4 The Crime Scene

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…Sound by Jason LooneyArtwork by Keith HynesSupport the show - www.patreon.com/irishpodcastCheck out the shop - www.irishhistorypodcast.ie Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/26/202023 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Road to Oldcroghan #3 Tír na nÓg - The Land of Youth

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...Sound by Jason LooneyArtwork by Keith HynesSupport the show - www.patreon.com/irishpodcastCheck out the shop - www.irishhistorypodcast.ie Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/19/202020 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Road to Oldcroghan #2- Identification

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.Sound by Jason LooneyArtwork by Keith HynesSupport the show - www.patreon.com/irishpodcastCheck out the shop - www.irishhistorypodcast.ie Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/12/202024 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Road to Oldcroghan #1 - Murder in a Land Time Forgot

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….Sound by Jason Looney Artwork by Keith HynesSupport the show - www.patreon.com/irishpodcastCheck out the shop - www.irishhistorypodcast.ie Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/5/202030 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Road to Oldcroghan Coming October 5th

Episode 1 of the Road to Oldcroghan drops on October 5th. Exclusive early access available at patreon.com/irishpodcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/28/202056 seconds
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Ireland and the Anti Slavery Movement

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. Sound by Jason LooneyNext 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/Support the show at patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/14/202035 minutes, 7 seconds
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An Enduring Graveyard (Part 7)

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.Sound by Jason LooneySpecial thanks to Yvonne Whitty, the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Coucil & Preban Graveyard Committee. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/23/202019 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Empty Grave - Stories from a Living Graveyard (Part 6)

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 LooneySpecial thanks to Yvonne Whitty, the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Coucil & Preban Graveyard Committee. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/22/202019 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Big Snow Tragedy - Stories from a Living Graveyard (Part 5)

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 CroweSound by Jason LooneySpecial thanks to Yvonne Whitty, the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Coucil & Preban Graveyard Committee. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/21/202016 minutes, 4 seconds
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The 1798 Rebellion - Stories from a Living Graveyard (Part 4)

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 LooneySpecial thanks to Yvonne Whitty, the Heritage office of Wicklow County Coucil & Preban Graveyard Committee. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/20/202018 minutes, 59 seconds
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Pilgrimage - Stories from a Living Graveyard (Part 3)

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 ancestorsThanks 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 LooneySpecial thanks to Yvonne Whitty, the Heritage office of Wicklow County Coucil & Preban Graveyard Committee. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/19/202014 minutes, 41 seconds
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A History through the Ages at Preban (Stories from a Living Graveyard Part 2)

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 LooneySpecial thanks to Yvonne Whitty, the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Coucil & Preban Graveyard Committee. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/18/202016 minutes, 13 seconds
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Preban Graveyard - Stories from a Living Graveyard (Part 1)

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 LooneySpecial thanks to Yvonne Whitty, the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Coucil & Preban Graveyard Committee. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/17/202018 minutes, 28 seconds
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Preban: A Living Graveyard

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 ShielsSpecial thanks to Yvonne Whitty & the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/11/20201 minute, 10 seconds
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Divided Loyalties: Letters from World War II

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. Support the show www.patreon.com/irishpodcast www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/4/202027 minutes, 6 seconds
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Irish Farmers Don't Wear Cravats

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.Support the showwww.patreon.com/irishpodcast.Check out the bespoke range of gifts now available atwww.irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/20/202024 minutes, 45 seconds
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Irish Spies in World War II

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.Support the show www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/6/202027 minutes, 4 seconds
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Could you survive on a pre-Famine Irish diet? I tried...

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. Support the show www.patreon.com/irishhistory Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/22/202030 minutes, 32 seconds
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Fleeing the war: Basques refugees in Ireland

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.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/8/202043 minutes, 29 seconds
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From Cork to Bermuda: An Irishwoman's life in the British Army

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 Support the show www.patreon.com/irishpodcastwww.irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/2/202030 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Legacy of the Spanish Civil War (Partisans X)

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.You can follow Nick on twitter - https://twitter.com/Civil_War_Spain Support the show - patreon.com/irishpodcastCheck out the Spanish Civil War memorabilia in the shop - www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/27/202030 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Final Battle & the Mysterious Death of Frank Ryan (Partisans IX)

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 ReddinAdditional Narration - Aidan Crowe Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/25/202033 minutes, 35 seconds
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Paradise Lost (Partisans VIII)

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 ReddinAdditional Narration - Aidan Crowe and Muireann HoganSupport the show - www.parteon.com/irishhistoryShop - www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/20/202034 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Bombing of Guernica & the War in the North (Partisans VII)

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 ReddinAdditional Narrations: Aidan CroweSupport the show www.patreon.com/irishpodcastwww.irishhistorypodcast.ie Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/18/202029 minutes, 22 seconds
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Bleeding for Spain (Partisans VI)

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 ReddinNarrations: Aidan Crowe.Support the show patreon.com/irishpodcastCheckout the shop at irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/13/202028 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Blueshirts and the International Brigades (Partisans V)

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 ReddinNarrations: Muireann Hogan & Aidan CroweCheck out the new Spanish Civil War merchandise in the shop: https://irishhistorypodcast.ie/product/flag/Support the show at patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/11/202038 minutes, 27 seconds
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Making a Martyr - the story of Oliver Plunkett

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.Support the Irish History Podcast at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/5/202018 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ireland's Deaf Community - A History

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 communityhttp://www.deafheritagecentre.com/https://www.facebook.com/DeafIrishInstitutions/http://deafirishinstitutions.blogspot.comhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPjp_Rw1AElO5Lp175XsK5gSupport the showwww.patreon.com/irishhistorywww.irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/27/202033 minutes, 4 seconds
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Irish History Quiz: Test Your Knowledge

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.ieSupport the show at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/24/202026 minutes, 2 seconds
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1000 Years from Home

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.Support the show:www.patreon.com/irishpodcastwww.irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/20/202039 minutes, 19 seconds
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A History of Epidemics in Ireland

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.Support the show:www.patreon.com/irishpodcastwww.irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/13/202022 minutes, 32 seconds
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The History of Coffee Part II (1845-2020)

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!Dont forget to register for next Saturday's Irish History Quiz Night at www.historyquiz.eventbrite.comSupport the show at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/6/202026 minutes, 30 seconds
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ONLINE IRISH HISTORY QUIZ NIGHT

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.comWhile the quiz is free but I am urging participants to donate to the Mater Foundation https://www.materfoundation.ie/ Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/3/20201 minute, 44 seconds
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The History of Coffee Part I (1000-1845)

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 centuryThis 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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/30/202034 minutes, 14 seconds
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Preparing for a Pandemic in 1900

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!The next episode of the podcast is part I of the Irish history of coffee. To get exclusive early access to that episode and all bonus podcasts and audiobooks (including an audiobook on the Black Death in Ireland check out patreon.com/irishpodcast). Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/27/20208 minutes, 36 seconds
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Voices from a Vanishing World - The Aran Islands 1901

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/www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/23/202025 minutes, 16 seconds
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Murder Will Out - A Land to Die For (Part II)

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 IrelandThis episode reveals who Sheehan had killed and the sensational trial that followed...Support the show at patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/16/202027 minutes, 1 second
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A Land to Die For (Part I)

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. Support the show at patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/10/202029 minutes, 1 second
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Dublin 1916: The calm before the storm

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. Tickets for the 10th anniversary live podcast are available now at irishhistorypodcast.eventbrite.ie. Merch is available at www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/26/202035 minutes
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Nazi Loot & Soviet Spies - Ireland in the Summer of '63

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/3/202025 minutes, 4 seconds
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On the Lash! A history of drinking in Ireland

**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! You can hear DJ's podcast below iTunes  SpotifyFollow Snugcast on twitter Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/27/202030 minutes, 21 seconds
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Dunmore Cave & Viking Massacres: A history from the Underworld.

Tickets for my upcoming show in Cork City on Feb 8th 2020 are available now at https://uticket.ie/event/irish-history-podcast-qbp202**********************************************************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/Help create the upcoming series on the Irish War of Independence - www.irishhistorypodcsast.ie/survey Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/20/202040 minutes, 15 seconds
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I need your advice!

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.www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/survey Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/14/20202 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Rise and Fall of Carrickmines Castle

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 Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/17/201938 minutes, 21 seconds
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An Irish Rebel in Spain (The War Begins) Partisans #4

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 ReddinNarrations by Oliver Farry, Paul Walker-Emig and Finbar CafferkeySupport the podcast: www.patreon.com/irishpodcastSocial: @irishhistory on Insta and twitteremail [email protected] Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/9/201935 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Irish Communist Partisan (Partisans #3)

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.Partisans is listener support history. You can support the show at patreon.com/irishpodcastCheck out my new Irish history badges available at irishhhistorypodcast.ie/shoptwitter & insta @irishhistory Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/2/201928 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Irish Fascist Partisan (Partisans #2)

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.Support the showwww.patreon.com/irishpodcastwww.irishhistorypodcast.ie/shopPartisans is created by myself Fin Dwyer and Stewart Reddin. Logo design - Keith Hynes Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/25/201926 minutes, 29 seconds
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Partisans#1 The long road to Stalingrad: The origins of the Spanish Civil War

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 patreonwww.patreon.com/irishpodcastwww.irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop@irishhistory Twitter & Insta Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/18/201926 minutes, 25 seconds
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Rescuing History: The Four Courts Explosion

**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.For more details on Explore Your Archive Week mention in the podcast check out www.araireland.ieSupport the show www.patreon.com/irishpodcasttwitter/Insta irishhistory Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/14/201923 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Partisans are coming!

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 ArtworkBadges available at www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/30/20194 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Mater Hospital: Where History is Made

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 intoWhat 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.www.twitter.com/irishhistorywww.patreon.com/irishpodcastwww.materfoundation.ie Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/21/201950 minutes, 13 seconds
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Muriel McSwiney: A Forgotten Revolutionary

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.--------------------------------------------------------------I have just released a set of unique metal and enamel badges depicting some of the key figures in Irish history over the last 1000 years. They includeBrian BoruDermot MacMurroughHugh O'NeillGrace O'MalleyMichael DavittConstance MarkieviczGet yours today at www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/11/201931 minutes, 33 seconds
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Winners & Losers - How the Great Hunger Ended

'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.Support the podcast www.patreon.com/IrishpodcastTwitter @irishhistoryInsta @irishhistory Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/19/201932 minutes, 42 seconds
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Jack the Ripper & Irish Connections

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.Get the book on a free trial - audibletrial.com/IrelandGet early access & ad-free versions at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------*Production of the final famine episodes has been delayed so I have changed the scheduled again!* Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/2/201931 minutes, 42 seconds
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Brehon Law: From Divorce to Irish Sex Magic

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.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------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.twitter.com/irishhistorypatreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/16/201933 minutes, 30 seconds
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Was the Great Famine a genocide? | The Great Famine XXXIII

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.Support my research at www.patreon.com/irishpodcastContact@irishhistory on twitterEmail [email protected] Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/31/201938 minutes, 42 seconds
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Three Lives, Three Deaths & One Life Unlived

(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.)-----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 byWhat did people ate?Life expectancyHow people died?What was healthcare likeIn 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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/16/201939 minutes, 27 seconds
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Landlords & Mass Evictions - Exploiting the Great Hunger | The Great Famine XXXII

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*** Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/5/201949 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Beginning of the End & Queen Victoria in Ireland (1849) | The Great Famine XXXI

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, StoneybatterWaterford - Grady's Yard July 13th Waterford with Snugcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/17/201954 minutes, 59 seconds
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Tyranny, Cruelty & Inhumanity - Surviving the Workhouse | The Famine in Clogheen II | The Great Famine XXX

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/23/201950 minutes, 5 seconds
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Corn, Gunpowder & Class Conflict | The Famine in Clogheen I | The Great Famine XXIX

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 pawnbrokerFurther Reading: O'Riordain, E. The Famine in the Valley Available for free here Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/2/201947 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Hellfire Club - Debauchery in the Dublin Mountains

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 www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Picture: Abartaheritage.ie Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/23/201933 minutes, 54 seconds
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Nebraska - Irish Emigrants Surviving on the Frontier

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! Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/3/201922 minutes, 34 seconds
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The last of her kind | Peig Sayers II

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.www.patreon.com/irishpodcastThis podcast is supported by Irishnewspaperarchives.com. the gateway to Ireland's great historical past. The archive contains dozens of Irish newspapers which cover nearly three centuries of Irish history.Subscribe today at www.irishnewspaperarchives.com/podcast and use the coupon code history30 to get 30% off monthly and yearly packages. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/15/201931 minutes, 18 seconds
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The last of her kind | Peig Sayers I

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 Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/4/201933 minutes, 26 seconds
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A Very Irish Murder in Cincinnati.

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.Book tickets for my upcoming New York Event at AIHS.orgSupport the show and the new upcoming series at patreon.com/irishhistory Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/11/201941 minutes, 26 seconds
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A 21st century Witch Hunt | Kilkenny Witch Trial of 1324 III

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-53808830661This podcast is brought to you by listeners to the show on www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/28/201941 minutes, 40 seconds
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Plan 2019: New Series Announced & New York Event.

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 Support the show at patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/15/20195 minutes, 55 seconds
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Kilkenny Witchcraft Trial of 1324 (Part II)

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/21/201835 minutes, 12 seconds
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Kilkenny Witchcraft Trial of 1324 (Part I)

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/20/201832 minutes, 47 seconds
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The 1848 Famine Rebellion | The Great Famine XXVIII

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/13/201858 minutes, 24 seconds
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Heroes of the Great Hunger - Famine Aid in the 1840s | The Great Famine XXVII

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!)This show is sponsored by www.irishNewspaperArchives.com/podcastAs a listener to the show you can get 30% off monthly or yearly subscriptions by using the Coupon Code Pod30 at www.irishNewspaperArchives.com/podcast  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/14/201842 minutes, 32 seconds
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BONUS: Ireland's most famous highwayman & Cromwell's siege of Wexford

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 iTuneswww.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/15/201821 minutes, 44 seconds
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Our darkest hour? The forgotten famine of 1847-48 | The Great Famine XXVI

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.  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/4/201852 minutes, 42 seconds
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How to get my new podcast series 'This Week in Irish History'.

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.   Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/17/20182 minutes, 28 seconds
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Black '47 The Movie Reviewed | The Great Famine XXV

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/This episode is brought to you by www.irishNewspaperArchives.com/podcast As a listener to the show you can get 30% off monthly or yearly subscriptions by using the Coupon Code Pod30 at www.irishNewspaperArchives.com/podcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/5/201819 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Road to Black '47 - The history behind the movie | The Great Famine XXIV

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 LeonardNick MacCrimmonsTomasHugh SheehyAidan Crowe& Tara LonijThis episode is brought to you by www.irishNewspaperArchives.com/podcastAs a listener to the show you can get 30% off monthly or yearly subscriptions by using the Coupon Code Pod30 at www.irishNewspaperArchives.com/podcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/5/201838 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Mulranny Police Conspiracy

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/20/201834 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Iniskea Island Mysteries?

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.The episode guide is available at patreon.com/irishpodcast------------------------------------------------------------------------------------This episode is brought to you by www.irishNewspaperArchives.com/podcastAs a listener to the show you can get 30% off monthly or yearly subscriptions by using the Coupon Code Pod30 at www.irishNewspaperArchives.com/podcast  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/30/201830 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Massacre of Wildgoose Lodge

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.* -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------This episode is brought to you by www.irishNewspaperArchives.com/podcastAs a listener to the show you can get 30% off monthly or yearly subscriptions by using the Coupon Code Pod30 at www.irishNewspaperArchives.com/podcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/4/201831 minutes, 7 seconds
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Did the Famine drive Irish people insane? | The Great Famine XXIII

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/28/201826 minutes, 17 seconds
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The US Civil War and the Great Famine

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 Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/8/201841 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Famine Irish in the USA - a promised land? | The Great Famine XXII

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 Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/21/201845 minutes, 47 seconds
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American Wakes, Coffin Ships and Canada | The Great Famine XXI

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. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------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  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/29/201833 minutes, 40 seconds
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St Patricks Day in Black '47 | The Great Famine XX

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  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/16/201822 minutes, 2 seconds
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Dublin Famine Tour - A New Interactive Experience

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.Book your place today at www.dublinfaminetour.ie Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/6/20182 minutes, 29 seconds
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Exiles - Irish Famine Emigrants | The Great Famine XIX)

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 Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/2/201829 minutes, 34 seconds
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An Eye for an Eye: Evictions & Assassinations | The Great Famine XVIII

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?A fully referenced episode guide is available at patreon.com/irishpodcast-----------------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  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/7/201856 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Great Famine 1845 - 47 | The Great Famine XVII

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/22/201830 minutes, 9 seconds
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Spies & Jail Breaks: Female Rebels in Medieval Ireland

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.The next installment of the Great Famine Series is currently in production and will be available in two weeks. It will be released early on patreon.com/irishpodcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/8/201821 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ireland's Nazi Commando II (Otto Skorzeny)

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?Support the podcast www.patreon.com/irishpodcastGet unique rish history pins badges at irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/24/201727 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ireland's Nazi Commando: Otto Skorzeny (Part I)

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. Support the podcast www.patreon.com/irishpodcastGet unique rish history pins badges at irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/18/201736 minutes, 2 seconds
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The first Irishman in China (Outsiders Part II)

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. Hear his story in this podcast...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. This podcast is brought to you by Irishnewspaperarchives.com/podcast the gateway to Ireland's great historical past. With over 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 at Irishnewspaperarchives.com/podcast and use the coupon code Pod30. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/12/201722 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ireland's Last Executioners (Outsiders Part I)

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 Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/4/201726 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Workhouse and the Unwanted | The Great Famine XVI

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. This episode is brought to you by www.irishNewspaperArchives.com/podcast As a listener to the show you can get 40% off monthly or yearly subscriptions by using the Coupon Code Pod40 at www.irishNewspaperArchives.com/podcast  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/15/201740 minutes, 40 seconds
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A Doomed Land? Piracy, Elections and the 1847 Harvest | The Great Famine XV

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...This episode is brought to you by www.irishNewspaperArchives.com/podcast As a listener to the show you can get 40% off monthly or yearly subscriptions by using the Coupon Code Pod40 at www.irishNewspaperArchives.com/podcast  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/23/201734 minutes, 12 seconds
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At a Crossroads - Salvation or Starvation (1847) | The Great Famine XIV

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. This episode is brought to you by www.irishNewspaperArchives.com/podcast As a listener to the show you can get 40% off monthly or yearly subscriptions by using the Coupon Code Pod40 at www.irishNewspaperArchives.com/podcast  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/25/201728 minutes, 22 seconds
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A Tale of Transportation | The Great Famine XIII

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 Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/11/201728 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Great Hunger in Dublin | The Great Famine XII

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.****Become a patron of the show today and get the 78 minute audiobook of An Emigrants Narrative. This is the first time this fascinating personal account written by William Smith in 1850 has been released on audio. Smith crossed the Atlantic with Irish emigrants in the winter of 1847 and his account is an amazing insight into what our ancestors endured.You can get this today at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/14/201730 minutes, 41 seconds
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Voices from Black '47 - Irish emigrants in their own words | The Great Famine XI

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. This is only possible through the support of patrons - previously I would not have been able to devote the necessary time to one episode. If you want to become a patron today and get bonus content check out patreon.com/irishpodcast.Thanks to Clare Ryan, Jamie Goldrick, Thom McDermott and Dave Lordan who narrate the letters.   Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/24/201728 minutes, 41 seconds
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Black '47 - A World Turned Upside Down (1847) | The Great Famine X

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. You can get bonus content by supporting the show at patreon.com/Irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/10/201739 minutes, 51 seconds
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Insurrection and Starvation - A Tale of Two Towns (1846) | The Great Famine IX

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.You can support the show and get lots of bonus content on patreon at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/19/201747 minutes, 58 seconds
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History vs Reality. What was life really like in 1840s Ireland?

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. You can support the show at patreon.com/irishpodcastYou can contact me at [email protected]/irishhistorypodcastwww.twitter.com/irishhistory Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/5/201723 minutes, 21 seconds
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An abandoned village and Ireland's newest beach: Achill Island Day 1

Join Fin as he treks around Achill island visiting Ireland's newest beach and the ruins of a famine era village.To get exclusive content from Achill check out patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/25/201710 minutes, 54 seconds
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Crisis turns into Catastrophe (1846) | The Great Famine VIII

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 Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/23/201735 minutes, 1 second
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All aboard - Virtual Road Trip to the 1840s

Next week you can join me on a virtual road trip to the 1840s! Tune in to find out more...www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/20/20173 minutes, 9 seconds
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The 1846 Summer of Starvation | The Great Famine VII

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).You can support the show on patreon at www.patreon.com/irishpodcastBook tickets on the tour at www.facebook.com/irishhistorypodcast or [email protected] Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/2/201728 minutes, 51 seconds
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Free Trade or Famine 1845-46 | The Great Famine VI

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. You can support the show at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/10/201732 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Great Hunger Begins | The Great Famine V

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/20/201732 minutes, 59 seconds
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On the verge of disaster: Ireland 1845 | The Great Famine IV

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.You can support this series at www.patreon.com/Irishpodcast  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/8/201730 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Scandalous Life of Lola Montez

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?You can support the show at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/20/201725 minutes, 32 seconds
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Was Ireland overpopulated in 1845? | The Great Famine III

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. You can support the Great Famine Series and get lots of bonus content by becoming a patron today at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/31/201723 minutes, 31 seconds
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Rents, Riots and Volcanoes | The Great Famine II

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.  You can get a listeners guide to this episode which includes a transcript of the show at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/24/201732 minutes, 30 seconds
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Rebel Isle (1750-1803) | The Great Famine I

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.An episode guide including a fully referenced transcript of the show is available for patrons at https://www.patreon.com/Irishpodcast. Become a patron today and get lots of exclusive content. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/18/201742 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Great Irish Famine Series - An Introduction

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/10/20175 minutes, 36 seconds
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Hitchhiker's Guide to 1820s Ireland

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 ShonaFinPS Don't forget in January I will be launching my new series on the Great Famine. You can help with the series and get lots of extra content by becoming a patron of the podcast today at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/21/201617 minutes, 55 seconds
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Letters from Dakota

'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.Become a patron of the show today and for a small monthly subscription you can get lots of bonus content. Find out more at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/13/201627 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Land War (1879-1882)

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.  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/8/201610 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Phoenix Park Murders II - The Manhunt

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.So far 65 listeners like you have supported my crowd funding campaign to make a podcast series on the Great Famine in 2017. You help me make that series by becoming a patron of the series today at https://www.patreon.com/Irishpodcast. As a patron you will receive bonus and exclusive content including episode guides, exclusive patron's podcasts and access to patrons discussions. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/1/201628 minutes, 28 seconds
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The 1882 Phoenix Park Murders Part I - A Fatal Day in Dublin.

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. You can become a patron of the podcast at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast. Patrons receive bonus shows, episode guides and much more. Find out more at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/23/201621 minutes, 24 seconds
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Tales from the Great Famine in Dublin.

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.ThanksFin Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/16/201626 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Maamtrasna Murders Part III - The Guilty and the Innocent

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  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/14/201631 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Maamtrasna Murders Part II - The Trials

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.www.facebook.com/irishhistorypodcastwww.twitter.com/irishhistoryEmail: [email protected] Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/9/201632 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Maamtrasna Murders Part I - The Killings.

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.Follow the show atwww.facebook.com/irishhistorypodcastwww.twitter.com/irishhistory  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/1/201626 minutes, 46 seconds
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The tale of Jack of Ireland, a medieval outlaw.

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!You can get my copies of my book "1348: A Medieval Apocalypse - The Black Death in Ireland" at www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/product/1348/I will be speaking about The Black Death in Dublin at the Street Stories History Festival in the Cobblestone Pub, Smithfield, Dublin 7 at 12 noon, Saturday October 29th https://www.facebook.com/events/325711434474828/ Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/24/201621 minutes, 37 seconds
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Haunted by our history: Ireland and Child Sexual Abuse

 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. If you are affected by issues in this podcast these organisations may be of help. Ireland www.oneinfour.ie Britain www.oneinfour.org.uk 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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/17/201616 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Manchester Martyrs

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.You can see pictures of the individuals involved at www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/manchester Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/11/201622 minutes, 21 seconds
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Fatal Feuds V - Medieval Downfall

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.You can find a de Burgh family tree and biographies of the major figures at www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/fatal Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/5/201628 minutes, 46 seconds
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Bonus: An Irish Childhood in a Stately Mansion

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.  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/19/201613 minutes, 34 seconds
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Fatal Feuds IV - The Fall of the Red Earl

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.You can find the show on social media @www.facebook.com/irishhistorypodcastwww.twitter.com/irishhistory Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/8/201629 minutes, 1 second
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Bonus: Stealing the Stone of Destiny

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.Buy the audiobook of 1348: A Medieval Apocalyspe - The Black Death in Ireland using the couponcode 'listener' before August 31st and you will receive 20% off.The book is available now at www.irishhistorypodcast.ie  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/30/201612 minutes, 13 seconds
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Fatal Feuds III - The Bruce Invasion

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.Dont forget to buy your audio book of 1348: A Medieval Apocalyspe at www.irishhistorypodcast.ie before August 31st using the couponcode listener to get your discount of 20%. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/22/201633 minutes, 4 seconds
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Bonus - Medieval Ireland's Red Wedding

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.You can get in touch at [email protected] latest book '1348: A Medieval Apocalypse - The Black Death in Ireland' is available at www.irishhistorypodcast.ie. If you buy the audio book before August 31st you get 20% off by using the couponcode 'listener'.  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/15/201610 minutes, 23 seconds
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Fatal Feuds II - The Making of a Medieval Superpower

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/9/201639 minutes, 29 seconds
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2019 update on the future of the podcast.

This short epsiode updates you on changes coming in the show. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/29/20164 minutes, 27 seconds
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Fatal Feuds Part I – The rise of the Red Earl (1281 – 1295)

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/27/201631 minutes, 27 seconds
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Bridget Cleary - the last woman burned alive in Ireland

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/11/201631 minutes, 27 seconds
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The 'witch' Mary Doheny and a 19th century supernatural scam.

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/30/201616 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ireland’s Forgotten World War II Bombings

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.As a podcast listener you can also avail of a 20% discount on my new audio book '1348: A Medieval Apocalypse: The Black Death in Ireland'. Just use the coupon code 'listener' at www.irishhistorpodcast.ie Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/13/201617 minutes, 32 seconds
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Hubert Butler - Ireland’s forgotten World War II hero.

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/9/201619 minutes, 28 seconds
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New Black Death book (preview & listeners discount)

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!*****'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.Funded by listeners to The Irish History Podcast book is exclusively available through www.Irishhistorypodcast.ie Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/4/20169 minutes, 30 seconds
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Free State or Fair State: Ireland after Independence

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/19/201623 minutes, 39 seconds
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The Revolution Underground (Secret Societies, Communism and Coal Part V 1919-1922)

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! Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/7/201635 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Road to War (1894 -1918) – Secret Societies, Communism and Coal Part IV

'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.The research and time needed to produce this episode was funded by listeners like yourself. You can help me research the next episode by donating towards the costs of making the show at www.Irishhistorypodcast.ie. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/18/201649 minutes, 40 seconds
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A Christmas Feast in Medieval Ireland

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! Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/16/201513 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Superstitions and Strange Customs of Medieval Ireland.

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... Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/15/201511 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ireland's hidden hand in history

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/14/201513 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Land War & the Great 1881 Strike – Secret Societies, Communism and Coal Part III

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.  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/6/201522 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Great Famine in Castlecomer - Secret Societies, Communism and Coal Part II

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/2/201524 minutes, 4 seconds
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Secret Societies, Communism & Coal; Life in the Castlecomer Colliery Part I..

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/14/201521 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Black Death, Black Lung & The Great Famine

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/7/201519 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Conquered Lands - The Norman Invasion part XXIII

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/2/201530 minutes, 51 seconds
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The North - The Norman Invasion XXII (1190 - 1205)

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.  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/18/201528 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Battle for Connacht - The Norman Invasion XXI (1190 - 1205)

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 Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/16/201527 minutes, 44 seconds
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My enemy's enemy is still my enemy, The Norman Invasion XX - (1190s)

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.  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/22/201518 minutes, 2 seconds
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Living and dying by the sword - The Norman Invasion XIX (1186-89)

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 [email protected] Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/2/201525 minutes, 39 seconds
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Prince John in Ireland - Norman Invasion XVIII (1185)

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.To book tickets for the Bus tour mentioned in the show mail [email protected] Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/20/201526 minutes, 45 seconds
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Road Trip Through Medieval Ireland.

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.You can join me on a similar trip on Saturday June 6th (2015). Mail [email protected] to reserve your spot. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/13/201518 minutes, 28 seconds
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Liberty and Riots: Magna Carta in Ireland

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.... Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/24/201516 minutes, 31 seconds
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Irish-American Radicals - The Forgotten Emigrants

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.  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/16/201520 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Conquest of Ulster - The Norman Invasion of Ireland XVII (1177-85).

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/4/201525 minutes, 49 seconds
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The arrival of Hugh de Lacy - The Norman Invasion XVI (1177-81)

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/10/201517 minutes, 49 seconds
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(1177) The Norman Invasion XV - The Invasion of Munster.

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/27/201519 minutes, 3 seconds
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(1176-77) The Norman Invasion XIV – New Blood

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.You can find a map of medieval Ireland here http://irishhistorypodcast.ie/1176-77-the-norman-invasion-xiv-new-blood/ Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/12/201528 minutes, 45 seconds
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Grubs up - Food in medieval Ireland.

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/22/20147 minutes, 47 seconds
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(1175-76) The Norman Invasion XIII – The end of the beginning

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  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/9/201419 minutes, 16 seconds
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(1173-75) The Norman Invasion XII - Revolt and Reprisal

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. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/3/201429 minutes, 37 seconds
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Did the Irish Government cover up mass starvation in 1920s?

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.If you have any questions or queries about this show you can mail me at [email protected] or find me at Irishhistory on twitter and Irishhistorypodcast on facebook. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/11/201414 minutes, 34 seconds
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Update on the Norman Invasion

This is a brief update on whats coming next in the Norman invasion series. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/10/20143 minutes, 4 seconds
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(1174) The Norman Invasion XI: A tour of Ireland in 1174

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 Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/7/201427 minutes, 48 seconds
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Halloween Special: Ireland's first witch-burning (Kilkenny 1324)

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 [email protected]  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/30/201417 minutes, 53 seconds
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Riots, murder and the mob; protest in medieval Ireland.

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.To get more free podcasts from my new series on the black death subscribe to my mailing list at www.irishhistorypodcast.ie Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/20/201416 minutes, 25 seconds
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(1172-1174) The Norman Invasion X. The return to war.

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.You can contact me at www.twitter.com/irishhistory, www.facebook.com/irishhistorypodcast or email at [email protected] Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/14/201424 minutes, 11 seconds
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(1171-72) The Norman Invasion IX - King Henry II in Ireland

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.If you want to receive my exclusive podcast series on the Black Death Subscribe at www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/blackdeath/  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/25/201423 minutes, 51 seconds
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(1171) The Norman Invasion VIII – The arrival of Henry II

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....You can subscribe to the my podcast series on the Black Death at www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/blackdeath  Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/10/201421 minutes, 59 seconds
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(1171) The Norman Invasion VII - The second siege of Dublin

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.At the end of the episode I have an exciting announcement about how you can get more exclusive podcasts on Irish history and how you can have your say over my next book. You can find out more at www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/blackdeath. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/29/201427 minutes, 11 seconds
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(1170-71) The Norman Invasion VI - The first siege of Dublin

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....In the show I ask for your feedback on this series on the Norman Invasion @irishhistory on twitter, Irishhistorypodcast on facebook or if email works better you'll find me at [email protected] Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/13/201423 minutes, 34 seconds
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(1170) The Norman Invasion V. The arrival of Strongbow and the Siege of Waterford.

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.Let me know you thoughts on the show @irishhistory on twitter or www.facebook.com/irishhistorypodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/31/201428 minutes, 16 seconds
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(1169-70) The Norman Invasion IV. The siege of Wexford and the conquest of Leinster.

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.   Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.