Irish History Podcast (general)

The Red Wedding is an infamous chapter in the Game of Thrones series. It saw one family wipe out their rivals in a treacherous and brutal massacre. In this podcast I look at a comparable event from Ireland in the 14th century.

In 1305 the Lord of Tethmoy Peter de Bermingham invited several leading members of the O'Connor-Faly family to Carrick castle for a feast. The guests included his godchild. What followed was one of the most notorious incidents in what was already a brutal age. Listen to the show for the full story.

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My latest book '1348: A Medieval Apocalypse - The Black Death in Ireland' is available at www.irishhistorypodcast.ie. If you buy the audio book before August 31st you get 20% off by using the couponcode 'listener'.

 

Direct download: Red_wedding.mp3
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This show picks up the story of Richard de Burgh, the Red Earl of Ulster at Christmas 1294. At the end of Fatal Feuds Part I he had been kidnapped & imprisoned in Lea castle by his rival John Fitzthomas. This  plunged Ireland into chaos.

In this show with the the Earl in captivity Fitzthomas goes on the offensive attacking his rivals in Connacht. Mayhem sweeps across Ireland in an event known as The Time of Disturbance. This show covers the following 20 years of frantic warfare in Ireland.

And if Ireland's nobles weren't creating enough trouble, by the end of the episode Robert the Bruce Scotland’s most famous King will enters the fray.

Direct download: Fatal_Feuds_Final_II_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:14am EST

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:18pm EST

This episode is the first of four that looks at a series of related feuds that ripped Ireland apart in the late Middle Ages. 'Fatal Feuds' begins in the late 13th century when the de Burgh and FitzGerald families fought out a private war of epic proportions. This episode begins by introducing the most important character in the series  - Richard Og de Burgh, The Red Earl of Ulster and Lord of Connacht. Before the podcast ends Ireland is gripped by war, barbarism and uncertainty.

Direct download: Fatal_Feuds_I_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:45am EST

In 1895 Bridget Cleary made international news after she was burned to death in South Tipperary. Rumours circulated she had been accused of being a witch. Could this be true? On the eve of the 20th century a woman was burned as a witch in Ireland. This podcast tells the full story and looks at the horrific murder of Bridget Cleary - the last person who was burned to death in Ireland.

Direct download: Bridget_Cleary_-_The_last_woman_burned_in_Ireland_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:13am EST

Mary Doheny was born in Ireland in the 1820s.  A ruthless, mysterious and controversial woman she gained notoriety in the 1860s. In 1864 she stood trial for organising one of the most bizarre scams of the 19th century which involved among other things raising people from the dead. Unsurprisingly rumours of witchcraft were never far from what was an incredible story. Hear her fascinating but forgotten history in the latest show.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:34am EST

The Irish Free State remained neutral in World War II. Nevertheless the country and its people still faced attack. In 1941 the Nazis bombed the North Strand in Dublin. However the most lethal explosion took place in a remote corner of Donegal killing 19 people. An eyewitness recalled a "tremendous explosion shook the heavens and a brilliant blinding flash of light illuminated the countryside lighting up mountains many miles to the rear" Hear the forgotten story of this and the other casualties of World War II bombs in Ireland in this episode.

As a podcast listener you can also avail of a 20% discount on my new audio book '1348: A Medieval Apocalypse: The Black Death in Ireland'. Just use the coupon code 'listener' at www.irishhistorpodcast.ie

Direct download: Irelands_Forgotten_World_War_II_bombings.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:16am EST

Hubert Butler (1900-1991) is a forgotten Irish hero. In 1938-39 he traveled to the Nazi Third Reich to help Jews escape persecution. While he ultimately helped save 150 people from the holocaust, he was not celebrated in Ireland. Instead after he revealed how the church was involved in supporting the Nazi allies in Yugoslavia he suffered what was in effect internal exile. Listen to Hubert's fascinating story in this podcast.

Direct download: Hubert_Butler.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am EST

I've just released my new book '1348: A Medieval Apocalypse - The Black Death in Ireland' at www.irishhistorypodcast.ie. This couldn't have happened without your support so this episode has an extract and info on how to get your 20% exclusive listeners discount. Thanks for all the support folks!

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'1348: A Medieval Apocalypse' will immerse you in a fascinating and forgotten world. Late medieval Ireland was a land ravaged by invasion, famine and disease where history proves stranger than fiction.

The book begins in 1315 when a Scots army invaded Ulster triggering three years of devastating war and famine. Ireland had scarcely recovered before the greatest killer in recorded human history – The Black Death – struck in 1348. Life would never be the same again. As this devastating plague swept through Ireland’s cities and towns, many believed they were facing the end of the world.

Telling the story of eight individuals who lived through such chaotic times, the book is laced with evocative details from daily life in late medieval Ireland.

From the life of James Butler, the Earl of the Ormond to that of Johanna Stackpoll (a previously unknown Dublin widow unearthed in research) this book will fascinate and unnerve in equal measure.

Some people were survivors, others were less fortunate, their stories are all fascinating.

Funded by listeners to The Irish History Podcast book is exclusively available through www.Irishhistorypodcast.ie

Direct download: THANKS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am EST

In 1921 the War of Independence came to an end. Many had high hopes for what the future held in store for them in an Independent Ireland. However while people lived in what was officially called the Irish Free State, Fin asks was it a free or fair state?

This episode is not suitable for younger listeners as it contains references to sex.

Direct download: Free_State_or_Fair_State.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:50pm EST