Irish History Podcast

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      At a Crossroads - Salvation or Starvation (1847) The Great Famine Part XIV


      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. 

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      A Tale of Transportation: The Great Famine Part XIII


      Transportation was a particularity cruel punishment. For centuries those condemned to this fate were shipped to penal colonies on the far side of the globe to serve out their sentences. It has become synonymous with injustice during the famine when many caught stealing food suffered this fate.     For this podcast I dug deep into the archives and found the story of the Nangle family whose lives were ripped apart after they were caught stealing sheep.  Their story also gives us an ins...


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      31m
       2017-09-11

      episode 12: The Great Hunger in Dublin (The Great Famine XII)


      Dublin is often forgotten in the story of the Great Famine. While death rates in the capital were not as severe as the west of Ireland, the city suffered nevertheless. The show follows the story of the Mulherins, a family who fled famine in their home in Co Leitrim and settled in the Smithfield - Stoneybatter area of Dublin. They quickly found life in the capital city was very different but not necessarily easier...

      The show also looks at life in one of the city workhouses and how...


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      32m
       2017-08-14

      Voices from Black '47 - Irish emigrants in their own words (The Great Famine XI)


      From January 1847 Irish people desperately trying to flee the famine began to leave the island in huge numbers. 

      220,000 left in that year alone and by 1853 more than one in six people who had lived in Ireland in 1845 had emigrated. While we know a lot about where they went and the horrendous conditions they faced, we know less about the lives they left behind. This show tells that story through the words of these Irish emigrants.

      Research for this show took me into the ...


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      30m
       2017-07-24

      Black '47 - A World Turned Upside Down (1847) The Great Famine Part X


      This series continues the story of the Great Famine into the notorious year of Black '47 by returning to the town of Skibbereen. Looking at how life in the town changed it details the horrifying lives many had to endure. However starvation was not the only way the famine changed Ireland and the show begins by looking at the unusual story of James Dillon, a coroner in Co Offaly who was tasked with investigating two suspicious deaths in December 1846. 

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      42m
       2017-07-10

      Insurrection and Starvation - A Tale of Two Towns (1846) The Great Famine Part IX


      As the situation deteriorated in Ireland in late 1846, the two Cork towns of Youghal and Skibbereen experienced the unfolding horrors in very different ways. The people of Youghal, due to local dynamics, were in a position to rise up against some of the causes of famine. Through the Autumn of 1846 they launched an insurrection in a desperate bid to stop food being exported. However at Skibbereen in west Cork the people found themselves in a far worse situation. Ravaged by severe ...


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      48m
       2017-06-19

      History vs Reality. What was life really like in 1840s Ireland?


      Many travellers who visited the west of Ireland in the 19th century considered it as a frontier of sorts. They were more often than not deeply racist, yet we still rely heavily on their accounts to reconstruct a picture of life at the time. In this show I question  how reliable their accounts are. In an effort to create a more vivid picture of life in the 1840s I have interviewed with two archaeologists - Franc Myles and Eve Campbell for this show. 

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      23m
       2017-06-05

      An abandoned village and Ireland's newest beach: Achill Island Day 1


      Join Fin as he treks around Achill island visiting Ireland's newest beach and the ruins of a famine era village.

      To get exclusive content from Achill check out patreon.com/irishpodcast


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      10m
       2017-05-25

      In the Valley of the Shadow of Death (1846) The Great Famine Part VIII


      Through the summer of 1846 Ireland had endured terrible hunger and suffering. However against the odds the numbers who had starved to death were few. As many waited in great anticipation for the coming harvest, disaster struck when the potato blight returned on a much wider scale than in 1845. As the Irish MP Daniel O'Connell stated a 'death dealing famine' was on the cards. This show begins with a story of emigration and passengers on an early coffin ship. 

      In the coming days I am ...


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      34m
       2017-05-23

      All aboard - Virtual Road Trip to the 1840s


      Next week you can join me on a virtual road trip to the 1840s! Tune in to find out more...

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      3m
       2017-05-20