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Irish History Podcast

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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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English


Episodes

Ireland's Last Executioners (Outsiders Part I)

12/4/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:30:12


The Workhouse and the Unwanted.

11/15/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:46:02


A Doomed Land? Piracy, Elections and the 1847 Harvest (The Great Famine Part XV)

10/23/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:37:21


At a Crossroads - Salvation or Starvation (1847) The Great Famine Part XIV

9/25/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:33:33


A Tale of Transportation: The Great Famine Part XIII

9/11/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:31:22


The Great Hunger in Dublin (The Great Famine XII)

8/14/2017
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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 parish of St Paul's in 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...

Duration: 00:32:02


Voices from Black '47 - Irish emigrants in their own words (The Great Famine XI)

7/24/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:30:21


Black '47 - A World Turned Upside Down (1847) The Great Famine Part X

7/10/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:42:25


Insurrection and Starvation - A Tale of Two Towns (1846) The Great Famine Part IX

6/19/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:48:46


History vs Reality. What was life really like in 1840s Ireland?

6/5/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:23:17


An abandoned village and Ireland's newest beach: Achill Island Day 1

5/25/2017
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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

Duration: 00:10:53


In the Valley of the Shadow of Death (1846) The Great Famine Part VIII

5/23/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:34:58


All aboard - Virtual Road Trip to the 1840s

5/20/2017
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Next week you can join me on a virtual road trip to the 1840s! Tune in to find out more... www.patreon.com/irishpodcast

Duration: 00:03:08


The 1846 Summer of Starvation (The Great Famine Part VII)

5/2/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:31:13


Free Trade or Famine 1845-46 (the Great Famine Part VI)

4/10/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:33:00


The Great Hunger Begins (The Great Famine Part V)

3/20/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:34:06


On the verge of disaster: Ireland 1845 (The Great Famine IV)

3/8/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:31:44


Lola Montez - 19th Century Ireland's most notorious lady.

2/20/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:26:45


People & Potatoes: Was Ireland overpopulated in 1845? (The Great Famine Part III)

1/31/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:25:11


Rents, Riots and Volcanoes (Ireland 1800-1845) The Great Famine II

1/24/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:33:26

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