Irish History Podcast

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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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

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Each year on March 17th, millions of people attend St Patrick’s day parades in memory of the man who reputedly converted the Irish to Christianity. He is a figure shrouded in mystery and myth but in this podcast we examine the truth behind the one time slave and famous bishop Patrick. Tune in to hear the real history behind Ireland’s conversion, who St. Patrick really was and how he become associated with snakes and shamrocks….

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In this episode we begin an exciting journey through one of the most turbulent times in Medieval Ireland. The years 902- 930 see Ireland’s most powerful faction – The O Neill kingdom go to war with their traditional enemies – The Eoganacht. After three years of war only one survives creating a power vacuum, which the Vikings fill, starting yet another war! This show looks at a long forgotten but fascinating period in our history and how it profoundly shaped Ireland and the people who lived through these turbulent times.

Direct download: changing-times-ireland-902-930.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:42pm EST

The early 9th century saw the Vikings step up their raids and attacks on Ireland. Terror gripped coastal communities as vast fleets appeared off the Irish coast, worse was to follow when they began to establish bases called longphorts around the coast. In this podcast we see how the Gaelic Irish began to strike back and the Vikings had to change tactics and form alliances with Gaelic kingdoms. This episode also looks at the rough and ready life in the most famous Viking settlement in Ireland, a rough trading post known as 'An Dubh Linn', The Dark Pool or as we know it today Dublin.

Direct download: episode-4-raiding-and-trading-with-the-vikings-820-902.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:40pm EST

Episode 3 is a whistle stop tour through the Viking World visiting places from Baghdad to Newfoundland explaining how the Vikings connected these far flung places to Ireland. In this episode we also see the first Africans arrive in Ireland in the 9th century and explains how a coin from Armenia ended up amongst the remains of people massacred by the vikings in rural Ireland in the 10th century!

Direct download: ireland-and-viking-world_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

This shows looks at the arrival of one of the most fearsome and notorious warriors in Irish history – the Vikings. These Scandinavians have been caricatured throughout the centuries as marauding maniacs a somewhat undeserved reputation. However in this episode they don’t exactly cover themselves in glory.

The show will reveal what drove people in Scandinavia to launch what were terrifying raids, how these raiders reached Ireland and then before the episode ends we will join them for their onslaught on Irish monasteries.


Direct download: Vikings.mp3
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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.

(Remastered 2016)


Direct download: Barbarians_Final.mp3
Category:history -- posted at: 12:25pm EST