Irish History Podcast

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      Ireland's Nazi Commando: Otto Skorzeny (Outsiders III Part 1)


      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...


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      The first Irishman in China (Outsiders Part II)


      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 p...


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      Ireland's Last Executioners (Outsiders Part I)


      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 the...

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      The Workhouse and the Unwanted.


      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 ...


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      46m
       2017-11-15

      A Doomed Land? Piracy, Elections and the 1847 Harvest (The Great Famine Part XV)


      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 b...


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      37m
       2017-10-23

      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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      33m
       2017-09-25

      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