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The Irish history podcast brings the listener on a journey through Irish history starting in the 9th century when high kings battled for control of Ireland. This podcast is not just dates but an enthralling journey deep into Ireland's past looking at daily life when violence was common and life was short. If you've been puzzled how people survived before email, phones, cars or even proper roads the Irish history podcast is for you! The series tracks Irish history and archaeology trying to understand what daily life was like for normal people whilst also tracking the big picture of war, politics and, needless to say, invasions.

The Irish history podcast brings the listener on a journey through Irish history starting in the 9th century when high kings battled for control of Ireland. This podcast is not just dates but an enthralling journey deep into Ireland's past looking at daily life when violence was common and life was short. If you've been puzzled how people survived before email, phones, cars or even proper roads the Irish history podcast is for you! The series tracks Irish history and archaeology trying to understand what daily life was like for normal people whilst also tracking the big picture of war, politics and, needless to say, invasions.
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Dublin, Ireland

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The Irish history podcast brings the listener on a journey through Irish history starting in the 9th century when high kings battled for control of Ireland. This podcast is not just dates but an enthralling journey deep into Ireland's past looking at daily life when violence was common and life was short. If you've been puzzled how people survived before email, phones, cars or even proper roads the Irish history podcast is for you! The series tracks Irish history and archaeology trying to understand what daily life was like for normal people whilst also tracking the big picture of war, politics and, needless to say, invasions.

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Episodes

How to get my new podcast series 'This Week in Irish History'.

9/17/2018
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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.

Duration:00:02:28

Black '47 The Movie Reviewed

9/5/2018
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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...

Duration:00:21:36

The Road to Black '47 - The Great Irish Famine Explained

9/5/2018
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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...

Duration:00:41:46

The Mulranny Police Conspiracy

8/20/2018
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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...

Duration:00:36:39

The Iniskea Island Mysteries?

7/30/2018
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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...

Duration:00:32:41

The Massacre of Wildgoose Lodge

7/4/2018
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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...

Duration:00:33:43

Murder at Mother Mountain

6/11/2018
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Mother Mountain is situated in a remote corner of Co Tipperary. An axe-murder that took place here in March 1846 shocked Irish society. Indeed had it not been obscured by the Great Famine Mother Mountain may well have been remembered alongside Maamtrasna as one of the notorious Irish murder cases of the 19th century. Find out why.... Book your place on my Famine tour at www.dublinfaminetour.ie ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This...

Duration:00:43:24

Did the Famine drive Irish people insane? The story of the Famine Irish in Britain.

5/28/2018
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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...

Duration:00:28:52

The US Civil War and the Great Famine

5/8/2018
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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...

Duration:00:41:42

The Famine Irish in the USA - a promised land?

4/21/2018
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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...

Duration:00:49:52

American Wakes, Coffin Ships and Canada

3/29/2018
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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...

Duration:00:37:26

St Patricks Day in Black '47

3/16/2018
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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...

Duration:00:22:01

Dublin Famine Tour - A New Interactive Experience

3/6/2018
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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...

Duration:00:02:29

Exiles - Irish Famine Emigrants (the Great Famine XIX)

3/2/2018
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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...

Duration:00:33:34

An Eye for an Eye: Evictions & Assassinations (The Great Famine XVIII)

2/7/2018
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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...

Duration:00:57:59

The Great Famine 1845 - 47 (Part XVII)

1/22/2018
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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.

Duration:00:31:11

Spies & Jail Breaks: Female Rebels in Medieval Ireland

1/8/2018
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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...

Duration:00:21:55

Ireland's Nazi Commando II (Otto Skorzeny)

12/24/2017
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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...

Duration:00:30:46

Ireland's Nazi Commando: Otto Skorzeny (Outsiders III Part 1)

12/18/2017
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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...

Duration:00:38:56

The first Irishman in China (Outsiders Part II)

12/12/2017
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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...

Duration:00:26:01