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The Irish Republic's foundation is one hell of a story, complete with spying secretaries, pig thieves, politicians, poets, school teachers and the world's biggest empire. In quick, bite-sized episodes, we're going to explore the causes, characters and aftermath of the Irish War of Independence.

The Irish Republic's foundation is one hell of a story, complete with spying secretaries, pig thieves, politicians, poets, school teachers and the world's biggest empire. In quick, bite-sized episodes, we're going to explore the causes, characters and aftermath of the Irish War of Independence.
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The Irish Republic's foundation is one hell of a story, complete with spying secretaries, pig thieves, politicians, poets, school teachers and the world's biggest empire. In quick, bite-sized episodes, we're going to explore the causes, characters and aftermath of the Irish War of Independence.

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English


Episodes

19 – The Spy In The Castle

9/13/2019
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This week we finally introduce David Nelligan, one of the Irish Intelligence networks most successful spies and learn how Michael Collins convinced him to turn double agent. Support The History of Ireland by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/historyofireland

Duration:00:10:22

18 – A Night In The Barracks

9/8/2019
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In this episode we introduce the spy Ned Broy and tell the story of how he snuck Michael Collins into the G Divisions headquarters one April night in 1919. Support The History of Ireland by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/historyofireland

Duration:00:11:55

17 – Librarians & G Men

8/28/2019
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In this, the second episode on the the Irish intelligence network we meet the men who became undercover operatives inside the G Division, as well as the amazing librarian who helped introduce them to Collins and his team. Support The History of Ireland by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/historyofireland

Duration:00:11:05

16 – Spying Secretaries

8/19/2019
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How does a small island go about defeating one of the biggest empires in the world? By outsmarting them, over and over again. In this episode, the first of three parts, we explore the the intelligence warfare of The War of Independence and the amazing women who were perfectly placed to spy on the British. Support The History of Ireland by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/historyofireland

Duration:00:13:05

15 – Courts, Loans and the Counter State

8/12/2019
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In this episode we explore the nitty gritty of getting a government off the ground. You need propaganda, money and proof that you can run things smoothly. In 1919 the Dáil was working on all three. So strap in and get excited for government loans, court systems and more. Don't worry it's fascinating, trust me. Support The History of Ireland by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/historyofireland

Duration:00:14:14

14 – Back In The USS Limerick

8/2/2019
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This is the second part of our two part episode on the Limerick Soviet. After the death of Bobby Byrne things really kicked off, with Limerick creating it's own strange little socialist mini-state. There's one mess up of a sentence in there, 10 points to Gryffindor if you can spot it. Support The History of Ireland by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/historyofireland

Duration:00:10:53

13 – The Breakout of Bobby Byrne

7/24/2019
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In this, the first of two episodes looking at the Limerick Soviet we follow how one angry postman kicked off a strange and short lived mini socialist state in Limerick. Support The History of Ireland by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/historyofireland

Duration:00:08:54

12 – Coming To America

7/16/2019
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In this episode we follow Eamon De Valera after his breakout from Lincoln Gaol. What does he do now that he can return to Ireland, well he decides to head off to the United States. Support The History of Ireland by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/historyofireland

Duration:00:11:21

11 – Going Solo

7/8/2019
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The War of Independence is finally kicking off. In this episode we look at the moment that's gone down (rightly or wrongly) as the first incident of the whole thing. We also investigate the difficulties in a decentralised military force like the Irish Volunteers/IRA and introduce some of the guys on the ground. Support The History of Ireland by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/historyofireland

Duration:00:10:19

10 – Are We At War Yet?

7/1/2019
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In this episode we study the structure of the Irish Volunteers, charting how their increase aggression in 1918 and 1919 eventually led to a war finally kicking off. Support The History of Ireland by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/historyofireland

Duration:00:10:43

9 – The Big Fellow

6/20/2019
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Wild. Studious. Angry. Playful. Friendly. Violent. Michael Collins was a series of contradictions. In this episode we explore the early life of Ireland's most famous accountant and one of the most interesting characters in this whole story.

Duration:00:15:09

8 – The Long Fellow

6/1/2019
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In this episode explore the formative years of Eamon de Valera – one of the most influential men in modern Irish history. From prayer boy to politician, we examine how a teacher from Limerick turned himself into the figurehead of the post-Rising rebel movement. Support The History of Ireland by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/historyofireland

Duration:00:12:01

7 – The First Dáil

5/19/2019
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Sinn Fein had won the election and now it was time to start taking control of the country. Even if almost half of them were locked up. The First Dáil was the Irish Republic's first official step and would lead to all kinds of conflict... This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:08:15

6 – On The Campaign Trail

5/12/2019
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In this episode we go all West Wing on 1918 and look at the election that would completely transform the Irish political landscape. Finally, Sinn Fein move from the fringes to the forefront, while the IPP disappear into the history books. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:12:31

5 – Boy Oh Boy A Boycott

5/3/2019
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After successfully stopping conscription Sinn Fein and the Irish Volunteers started increasing pressure on the British. This led to an inevitable clash with the Royal Irish Constabulary. In this episode we investigate the RIC, looking at how Sinn Fein turned the public against them and how this was an integral first step towards all out hostility. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:09:59

4 – Oh No We Won't Go

4/25/2019
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By 1918 Sinn Fein were on the rise. Home Rule had come to a stand still and the population had become more and more radicalised. All Sinn Fein needed was one last thing to unify the country against the British. Did someone say conscription? Yep, that'll do. This week, we look at the Conscription Crisis of 1918 and hear one of the big hits from that year. Thanks to Ciaran Boyle for extra help with the music this episode. You can listen to his great EP, About Time here or follow him on...

Duration:00:15:07

3 – Poorly Managed Mayhem

4/18/2019
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Cartoonists in love, tricksy Welsh wizards and a fickle public. In this episode we look at how the plucky little 1916 Rising went from being a haphazard mess to one of Ireland's most important historic events, and how this changed the radical fringe group Sinn Fein into a political heavyweight. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:12:01

2 – Two Very Different Approaches

4/10/2019
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Not dissimilar to Brexit and arguments over the backstop, the Home Rule Crisis was one of the biggest political nightmares of its day. In fact, it could very well have led to a British Civil War if World War 1 hadn't interrupted. Talk about out of the frying pan and into the fire. In this episode we look at the mess that was the Home Rule Crisis, the influence of World War 1, and how it all led to the 1916 Rising. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:12:07

1 – Setting The Scene

3/26/2019
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In this the inaugural episode the parties, players and movements bouncing around Ireland in the early 1900s are introduced. Subscribe for more episodes coming soon. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:11:39