Mon, 11 November 2013
This show returns to the story of Gaelic Ireland in the final decades prior to the Norman Invasion. Ireland is being torn apart by long running tensions between the kings of Munster and Ulster. The show begins in 1101 with Donal McLochlainn the king of the O'Neills on his knees. His great rival Muirchertach O'Briain, the king of Munster had just invaded and ravaged his kingdom. However Donal is by no means finished; further war and bloodshed loom ahead. However for the people of medieval Ireland this is not the only problem they face as in 1102 the king of Norway Magnus Barelegs arrives threatening invasion!
You can hear part one here http://irishhistorypodcast.ie/2013/02/28/1090-1101-the-great-war-of-ulster-and-munster-part-i/
Direct download: 1101-1103_The_Great_War_of_Ulster_and_Munster_Part_II.mp3
Category:history -- posted at: 6:44am EDT
Mon, 14 October 2013
This podcast concludes our journey through the Top 5 turning points of Medieval Ireland. This show focuses on one of the most intriguing events of our medieval past, the Battle of Athenry in 1316. This conflict occured during one of the most fascinating wars in Irish history - the Bruce Invasion of 1315-18. In May 1315, a Scots army led by Edward Bruce, brother to the King of Scotland, invaded Ireland, so this podcast starts in Scotland, with none other than William Wallace a.k.a. Braveheart making an appearance.Then it follows the Scots invasion of Ireland in a story of sieges, battles, deceit and even cannibalism! Although the war would last until 1318, the decisive turning point I argue occured beneath the walls of Athenry on the 10th of August 1316. While there was not a single Scot on this battlefield this particularly bloody affair decided their fate nonetheless. Tune in to see how!
Check out Part I here http://irishhistory.libsyn.com/top-5-turning-points-in-medieval-ireland-part-i
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Direct download: The_Top_5_turning_points_in_Medieval_Ireland_Part_II_the_Battle_of_Athenry.mp3
Category:history -- posted at: 9:58am EDT
Wed, 2 October 2013
Honour was all important in Ireland in 1300 A.D. Unsurprisingly when a miller, Walter de Capella, insulted the mistress of John Thebaud it sparked a row between the two men. This row escalated and within a few short weeks a vicious and ultimately violent feud broke out. This podcast takes a look at this long forgotten story of two ordinary people from medieval Ireland. Previously untold, this is a dramatic and hair-raising story of medieval honour, violence and justice that will make you feel lucky to be born in the 21st century!
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Thu, 30 May 2013
Today, the long forgotten ruins of the medieval fortress and town of Castlekevin, situated in a remote valley in the Wicklow mountains are serene and peaceful. There is little evidence of this scenic valley's turbulent past. However in the early 14th century this castle became the epicentre of a ferocious struggle between Gaelic Irish and Norman Colonists in the Wicklow Mountains. This podcast is the fascinating story of the rise of Castlekevin, a colonial settlement deep in the foothills of the Wicklow mountains before charting its long and bloody battle for survival when the surrounding region became a battlezone.
Direct download: Castlekevin_life_and_death_on_a_medieval_frontier.mp3
Category:history -- posted at: 9:50am EDT
Fri, 15 March 2013
This episode begins what will be a fascinating journey through the last 1500 years of Irish History looking at some of the most fascinating chapters in the island’s past. While the coming episodes will chart everything from great battles to Viking raids all the way to rebellions we will also stop in the houses, towns and villages to see what daily life was like for our distant and not so distant ancestors. Did people really only live to 40 in the Middle Ages? Maybe you’ve been puzzled how people survived before email, phones, cars or even proper roads?
'Barbarians' sets the scene by looking at what life around the year 500. This will take us deep into the day-to-day existence of our predecessors tasting the food and experiencing the horrors of a medieval dentist? Through this show we see the arrival of Christianity to an Ireland that had been a pagan outpost in for centuries.