Irish History Podcast

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.

 

 

Direct download: IHP_PROMO.mp3
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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 general release in Ireland today (Wednesday 5th) and in the US & UK at the end of September. This is another review by John Dorney mentioned in the podcast www.theirishstory.com/2018/08/21/fil…view-black-47/

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Direct download: Black47.mp3
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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 the final years of the 18th century and was an eyewitness to the rebellions, wars and recession that set the stage for the Great Famine in the late 1840s. 

Thanks to the following people for readings.

Clodagh Leonard

Nick MacCrimmons

Tomas

Hugh Sheehy

Aidan Crowe

& Tara Lonij

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Direct download: The_Road_to_Black_47.mp3
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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 better rights. The following story is intriguing and fascinating...
 
You can support the show on www.patreon.com/irishpodcast.
 
Book your tickets on the interactive tour of Medieval Dublin mentioned in the show here https://tinyurl.com/y7tuxg5k

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Direct download: ric.mp3
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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 patreon.com/irishpodcast

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Direct download: Iniskea_Island_Podcast.mp3
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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 admitted to hospital since this was finished so the next show will be at least a week late.*

 

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Direct download: The_Massacre_of_Wildgoose_Lodge_.mp3
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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
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Direct download: Murder_at_Mother_Mountain.mp3
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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 difficult lives the Famine Irish in Britain faced.

Direct download: The_Famine_Irish_in_Britain.mp3
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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 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
Direct download: US_CIvil_War_.mp3
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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 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

Direct download: The_Famine_Irish_in_the_USA_-__A_promised_land.mp3
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