Irish History Podcast (general)

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
Category:general -- posted at: 12:34pm EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 3:20am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 8:11am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 3:09am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 5:51am EDT

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. 

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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 

 
Direct download: American_Wakes_Canada__Coffin_Ships.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:01am EDT

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 

Direct download: St_Patricks_Day_in_Black_47.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:10pm EDT

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

Direct download: Dublin_Famine_Tour.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:47am EDT

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 
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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 
 
Direct download: Exiles_-_Irish_Famine_Emigrants.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:38am EDT