Irish History Podcast (general)

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
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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.

Direct download: The_witch_Mary_Doheny_-_a_19th_century_supernatural_scam_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:34am EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

In 1919 the War of Independence broke out in Ireland. In Castlecomer, Ireland’s largest mining community, this had a profound effect. While the I.R.A. fought the British Army in the surrounding countryside, below ground the miners waged their own revolution. This brought not only ambushes and assassination to Castlecomer but strikes, industrial Sabotage & kidnapping. Listen to the full show to hear this enthralling story!

Direct download: The_Revolution_Underground_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:13am EDT

'The Road to War' returns to my series on the Castlecomer Coalfields. It takes you on a gripping journey through life in one small Irish town and the surrounding coalfields between 1894 & 1918. From the relative peace of the 1890s to the dark years of World War I and the tumultuous days of the Easter Rising, life in Castlecomer and its mines was never dull.

This show also reveals for the first time the attitude  of R.H. Wandesforde (one of of Ireland's most famous businessmen & mine owner) towards the 1916 Rising. He voiced some pretty controversial opinions when writing to his wife Florence. While he never thought these letters would see the light of day, they are (for the first time in a century) published in this episode.

The research and time needed to produce this episode was funded by listeners like yourself. You can help me research the next episode by donating towards the costs of making the show at www.Irishhistorypodcast.ie.

Direct download: _Castlecomer_IV_FINAL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:17am EDT

The turkey only arrived in Northern Europe in 16th century so what did people eat for Christmas Dinner? In this episode I look at the foods available in medieval Ireland. This includes everything from larks cooked in cinnamon and cloves, geese cooked in garlic to soggy pies and lethal takeaways!

Direct download: Medieval_Feast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:47am EDT

Strange as it may sound, if you lived in the Northwest of Ireland 1000 years ago you may well have witnessed your king attempting to mate with a horse! Medieval Ireland was a very strange place and this show looks at the stranger aspects of magic, superstition and the custom from the world of our medieval ancestors...

Direct download: Superstitions__Custom_in_Medieval_Ireland.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:05am EDT