Irish History Podcast (general)

In 1090 Muirchertach O Briain, grandson of Brian Boru, faced the darkest moment of his rule as King of Munster. Defeated and vanquished by his rival the king of Ulster, Domnal McLochlainn, he faced two options; either accept his fate or try and claw his way back to power. Within a year he was at war begining an epic struggle. This podcast journeys through the final years of the 11th century as one of the worst plagues of the medieval period struck Ireland. Its not all bloodshed, misery and violence as this show also takes a look at what the medieval church thought of attitudes to sex in Gaelic Ireland.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:40pm EDT

In 1072 the aging King of Leinster Diarmait Mc Mael na mBó died. His death saw the descendents of Brian Boru try to follow in the footsteps of their famous ancestor and dominate Ireland but there was a queue of people waiting to stop them.  Although initially Ireland witnessed a certain amount of stability, the rise of the O Briains sparked a ferocious struggle as several kings sought to dominate the island. In todays show we traverse Ireland in the late 11th century through a real life game of thrones, daring naval raids and unending brutality and war.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:32pm EDT

The year is 1067. Godwin Godwinson the son and heir to the dead Saxon king Harold Godwinson fled to Ireland after the Norman Invasion of England. This podcast looks at the world he found in Ireland. How did he travel to Ireland? What did Dublin look like, sound like and smell like? What did people eat? What did they look like? What weapons did people use? What was the Brehon law? All this and much more is answered in this podcast which follows the heirs of Harald Godwinson through Ireland in 1067.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:29pm EDT

Episode 15 is a story of murder and injustice, set in 19th century Ireland. In a country struggling to recover from the famine tenants despised landlords and their agents who had treated them brutally during the famine. When an agent John Ellis was assassinated in north Tipperary in 1857 almost everyone in the area became a suspect. Find out what happened next...

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:27pm EDT

Episode 14 sees Gaelic Ireland struggle to deal with the crisis and chaos that followed the death of the high king Maelseachnaill Mac Domnaill. This podcast journeys through a highly uncertain world where war was frequent and life had little value as several kings battled to control the island. We will see many try and emulate the great high kings including the most famous Diarmait Mc Mael na mBó, the king of Leinster. This show also includes a close look at the strange place that was Viking Dublin and the unknown history of the Gaelic Irish reaction to the norman invasion of England in 1066.

Direct download: 1022-1072-the-man-who-would-be-king.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:25pm EDT

In 1597 Dublin was ripped apart by a massive explosion which killed over 1% of the city’s population. This podcast looks at the background to the incredible events of March 1597. Set to the backdrop of the Nine Years War, when tensions ran high in Dublin as the English Army used the city as a key logistical base, this episode looks at how Dubliners struggled to survive in a world of massacres and war. This podcast also includes the story of Dublins earliest recorded strike!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:22pm EDT

Brian Boru is without doubt Ireland’s most well known medieval king, while a battle he fought in 1014, the Battle of Contarf, is Irelands most famous medieval conflict. In this podcast we look at the real story behind Brian and the Battle of Clontarf. How did he become high-king? Was he really the first man to unify Ireland? Why did Vikings from as far away as the Orkney Islands flock to Ireland and assemble on a field in Clontarf, North of Dublin to face down Brian Boru and his allies in 1014? What happened after Brian Boru died?

This podcast also tells the unknown but fascinating story of the wars he waged against the Northern kings between 1002-1011 in his conquest for power in a world of intrigue and betrayal…..

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:16pm EDT

Episode 10 sees the emergence of a titantic struggle between the two major players of the late 10th century – the O Neill High King, Maelseachnaill II and Brian Boru, the King of Munster. This war was without question one of the greatest conflicts in early medieval Ireland.

In a story full of intriguing naval attacks, sieges and deceit the superpowers of 10th century Ireland, unleash their devastating military power on each other with fascinating consequences. This episode also takes a look at daily life in Ireland  around 1000 CE recreating the sights and smells while looking at the strange diseases that could kill you if war didnt get you first!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:11pm EDT

Episode 8 sees medieval Ireland stand of the edge of a precipice. A rootless struggle for control of the O'Neill kingdom breaks out in the North, while in Munster a new comer to the podcast – the Dal Cais challenge the King of Munster for power in the South. While Ireland is on the verge of chaos we look at how these wars imapcted the lives of ordinary people as they also famine, hard winters and an out break of leprosy and dysentery. By the end of the show Medieval Ireland will have changed and Irelands most famous king Brian Boru will have started his rise to power……

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:58am EDT

Episode 6 is the start of one of the great stories of medieval Irish history that wil finish with the rise of Brian Boru. Gripping, ruthless and at times blood curdling this history is full of twists and turns. Over the next three shows we will see the O Neill kingdom, who have dominated the first five episodes, see their power challenged by the Dal Cais (the family of Brian Boru). This will see many challengers rise and fall as these two families battle it out for supremacy in medieval Ireland.

Today we begin with the rule of the O’Neill High King Donnchad Donn who rose to power in 919. His life was intertwined with one of the greatest O’Neill warriors Muircherteach Mac Neill, eulogised on his death as “the hector of the west”. Find out how he earned that name and how Brian Boru’s family, the Dal Cais, fight their way into the story.y

Direct download: the-pursuit-of-power-part-1-the-decline-of-the-o-neills.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:51am EDT