Irish History Podcast

Over the course of the Great Famine, hundreds of thousands of Irish people were evicted from their homes.

As ruthless landlords showed no pity, eviction was a death sentence for many starving tenants who were made homeless.

It was inevitable these evictions provoked resistance. On November 2nd 1847, the most famous assassination of the Great Famine took place in North Roscommon.

This podcast details the background of this assassination and how it relates to the wider story of other mass evictions in Ireland in the late 1840s.

The episode also tries to assess who exactly was to blame for the evictions - Irish landlords facing bankruptcy or the British Government in London?

A fully referenced episode guide is available at patreon.com/irishpodcast

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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.

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This episode marks a return to the Great Famine Series. Coming podcasts will detail the later phase of the Famine including emigration and the bitter struggle that broke out between lanldords & tenants.
 
This show sets the stage by focusing on the life of the most famous Irish person of the 19th century - Daniel O’Connell.  Known as 'King Dan' the final years of his life provide a great opportunity to recap on what has happened so far and tie up loose ends before we continue our story. 
Direct download: The_Great_Famine_1845-47.mp3
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Isabella Cadel, Grace O Toole, Fynyna O Toohig. These are all women forgotten by history who lived intriguing and fascinating lives. The three had one thing in common - they were all rebels in medieval Ireland.

In this podcast I look at their forgotten stories which took place in an Ireland ravaged by deadly conflict. These medieval female warriors played an overlooked role in the brutal and deadly war that broke out between Norman settlers and Gaelic Rebels in the late Middle Ages.

The next installment of the Great Famine Series is currently in production and will be available in two weeks. It will be released early on patreon.com/irishpodcast.

Direct download: Spies_Final.mp3
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The last podcast looked at the arrival of the one time Nazi Commando Otto Skorzeny in Ireland in 1957 and the welcome he received from some of the most influential people in Dublin. 
This podcast continues this bizarre story using recently released files from Ireland's intelligence agency G2. These files contain serious allegations about Skorzeny in Ireland. 
  • Was he using Cork Harbour to smuggle arms to North Africa?
  • Was he guilty of testing a gas gun on concentration camp inmates?
  • Why did he reportedly meet with IRA leader Ruairi O'Bradaigh in Spain in 1971 with a view to import weapons to Ireland?
  • Did Ireland's future prime minister Charles Haughey turn a blind eye to some of these activities?
Find out more in this podcast.
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Outsiders is a short mini series I am making over Christmas - I will be returning to the story of the Great Famine in mid January 2018. 
This podcast is brought to you by Irishnewspaperarchives.com/podcast the gateway to Ireland's great historical past. 
With over 70 titles some of which stretch back to the 18th century a subscription will make the ideal Christmas gift for the history buff in your family.   
You can get 30% of monthly and yearly packages today at Irishnewspaperarchives.com/podcast and use the coupon code Pod30.
Direct download: Irelands_Nazi_Commando_Part_II.mp3
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This is the first of two podcasts which looks at the story of Otto Skorzeny, a notorious Nazi with a long but forgotten connection to Ireland.

It is set in the aftermath of World War II to the intriguing backdrop of the hunt for Nazi war criminals after the war. Once labelled the most dangerous man in Europe the focus of the podcast, Otto Skorzeny, was a man plagued with rumours of war crimes, gun running and Neo-Nazi activities all his life.

His arrival in Ireland in 1957 started a dark chapter in our history one steeped in controversy mystery and unsettling revelations about some of Irelands most prominent figures.

Outsiders is a short mini series I am making over Christmas - I will be returning to the story of the Great Famine in mid January 2018.

 

This podcast is brought to you by Irishnewspaperarchives.com/podcast the gateway to Ireland's great historical past. With over 70 titles some of which stretch back to the 18th century a subscription will make the ideal Christmas gift for the history buff in your family. You can get 30% of monthly and yearly packages today at Irishnewspaperarchives.com/podcast and use the coupon code Pod30.

Direct download: Irelands_Nazi_Commando.mp3
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Believe it or not the first Irish person to visit China left Europe in 1318 arriving. His fascinating journey would take several years. Known only as 'James of Ireland' this a story embroiled in the rise of the Mongols, medieval papal diplomacy and the tediously slow world of medieval travel. 

Hear his story in this podcast...

Outsiders is a short mini series I am making over Christmas - I will be returning to the story of the Great Famine in mid January 2018. 

This podcast is brought to you by Irishnewspaperarchives.com/podcast the gateway to Ireland's great historical past. 

With over 70 titles some of which stretch back to the 18th century a subscription will make the ideal Christmas gift for the history buff in your family.   

You can get 30% of monthly and yearly packages today at Irishnewspaperarchives.com/podcast and use the coupon code Pod30.

Direct download: The_First_Irish_Visitor_to_China.mp3
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Over the coming weeks I am taking a break from the Great Famine Series to make a mini series entitled 'Outsiders'. These podcasts will focus on people who for one reason or another lived at the peripherary of Irish society. 
 
First up is Ireland's last executioners. These were members of a family who included one of the most prolific hangmen of all time. This is the story of the Pierrepoints who between them probably executed over 1,000 people in the mid 20th century. 
 
Find out their story in this show.
 
This podcast is brought to you by Irishnewspaperarchives.com/podcast, the gateway to Ireland's great historical past. Withover 70 titles some of which stretch back to the 18th century a subscription will make the ideal Christmas gift for the history buff in your family.
You can get 30% of monthly and yearly packages today by going to Irishnewspaperarchives.com/podcast and use the coupon code Pod30 
Direct download: Pierrepoint.mp3
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The crumbling ruins of workhouses are one of the last visible reminders of the horrors of the Great Hunger in the Irish landscape. During the Great Famine they became home to the unwanted in Irish society. Ultimately over 300,000 people Irish people died in these institutions during the Great Hunger. 

While they may have been unwanted by the late 1840s very few of the so called 'inmates' of workhouses were born unwanted. The show begins by looking at how people found themsleves in such a position by following the journey of one 14 year old boy, Patrick Duignan from Co Leitrim. 

This is his story. 

I also look at an often forgotten aspect of workhouses: the bitter and sometimes violent struggles for control of the running of these institutions which explains why so many died. 

This episode is brought to you by www.irishNewspaperArchives.com/podcast 

As a listener to the show you can get 40% off monthly or yearly subscriptions by using the Coupon Code Pod40 at www.irishNewspaperArchives.com/podcast 

Direct download: The_Workhouse_and_the_Unwanted_.mp3
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This show opens with the fascinating story of communities in Mayo who resorted to piracy to survive in 1847. This is only a prelude however before we look at two pivotal events later in the year. 

After two years of starvation, the only election held during the Great Famine took place in August 1847. In some constituencies this poll was more like a blood sport than modern elections. 

That summer was also decisive because no sooner were the ballots counted than the island became fixated on an even more important test – the harvest. If this failed the future was bleak but many had reason to be hopeful...

This episode is brought to you by www.irishNewspaperArchives.com/podcast 

As a listener to the show you can get 40% off monthly or yearly subscriptions by using the Coupon Code Pod40 at www.irishNewspaperArchives.com/podcast 

Direct download: A_Doomed_Land_Piracy_Election_and_the_1847_Harvest.mp3
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This podcast continues our journey through the summer of 1847 as we reach one of the pivotal moments in the history of the Great Famine. The British government finally realise a new policy is needed in Ireland but will it help or hinder?

Decisions taken in this podcast overshadow life Ireland for years to come. 

Tune in to find out more. 

This episode is brought to you by www.irishNewspaperArchives.com/podcast 

As a listener to the show you can get 40% off monthly or yearly subscriptions by using the Coupon Code Pod40 at www.irishNewspaperArchives.com/podcast 

Direct download: At_a_Crossroads_-_Salvation_or_Starvation_1847.mp3
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