310 episodes

From the Norman Invasion to the War of Independence, the Irish History Podcast brings you on a journey through the most fascinating stories in Ireland's past. Whether it’s the siege of Dublin in 1171 or gun battles in the 1920s, the podcast vividly recreates a sense of time and place. Each episode is meticulously researched creating character driven narratives that are engaging and accessible for all.
Since the first episode was released back in 2010, the podcast has covered scores of fascinating stories. Major multipart series have covered the Great Hunger, the Norman Invasion and Irish involvement in the Spanish Civil War. If you are looking for stand alone shows there are also hundreds of podcasts covering topics from medieval sex magic to Irish connections in the Jack the Ripper murders!
Why not start with 'A Very Irish Murder in Cincinnati' an episode from February 2019. Its an enthralling story - you wont be disappointed!

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Irish History Podcast Fin Dwyer

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    • 4.7 • 160 Ratings

From the Norman Invasion to the War of Independence, the Irish History Podcast brings you on a journey through the most fascinating stories in Ireland's past. Whether it’s the siege of Dublin in 1171 or gun battles in the 1920s, the podcast vividly recreates a sense of time and place. Each episode is meticulously researched creating character driven narratives that are engaging and accessible for all.
Since the first episode was released back in 2010, the podcast has covered scores of fascinating stories. Major multipart series have covered the Great Hunger, the Norman Invasion and Irish involvement in the Spanish Civil War. If you are looking for stand alone shows there are also hundreds of podcasts covering topics from medieval sex magic to Irish connections in the Jack the Ripper murders!
Why not start with 'A Very Irish Murder in Cincinnati' an episode from February 2019. Its an enthralling story - you wont be disappointed!

Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory.



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    A lost town in the Wicklow Mountains

    A lost town in the Wicklow Mountains

    Castlekevin was once a thriving settlement deep in the Wicklow Mountains. However in the 14th century after decades of warfare the historical record fell silent. 
    Over the past year the Roundwood & District Historical & Folklore Society have been working with a team of archaeologists to uncover the story of this lost town and castle. Using ground penetrating radar, drones and ecological surveys the team have started to unlock the lost story of this forgotten town.
    This podcast reveals what was found...
    A special word of thanks to:
    Roundwood & District Historical & Folklore Society, the National Monuments Service Community Monuments fund, Yvonne Whitty, Dr Paul Naessens, Faith Wilson, Ivor Kenny, Dr Ger Dowling, Wicklow Co Council Heritage Officer Deirdre Burns, Martin Timmons, Mary Rochford, Chris Corlett and Catherine Wright in Wicklow Archives .
    Additional narrations from Aidan Crowe
    Sound by Kate Dunlea
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    • 26 min
    The Black Death in Ireland

    The Black Death in Ireland

    The Black Death changed Europe and Ireland forever. This disease which swept across the continent through 1348 carried off around 40% of the population. Its aftermath was no less sensational as social upheavel, wars and revolts broke out across Europe. Ireland was no different, indeed it was arguably affected in more profound ways than most of the continent.
    Over last few months I have produced a new hour three hour audio feature on the Black Death in Ireland based on my 2016 book 1348: A Medieval Apocalypse.
    This podcast previews the audiobook explaining the fascinating history behind these events.
    How can you get your audiobook of The Black Death in Ireland?
    Get the book as a one time purchase. You can buy the book for €5.99 in a one time purchase here https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Select 'The Black Death in Ireland Audiobook' and then you can download the audio to your podcast app.
    Become a supporter. Supporters of the show at patreon.com/irishpodcast also have access to the book. This recurring monthly fee also gives you access you my extensive back catalogue of exclusive show and my upcoming series on the Civil War. Find out more at https://patreon.com/irishpodcast
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    • 12 min
    Contraception in Ireland

    Contraception in Ireland

    Believe it or not, it was a crime to sell contraception in Ireland between 1935 and 1979. The Irish government also banned all literature on family planning for decades as well. This had a profound impact on life in Ireland. Couples couldn't plan families or engage in recreational sex without fear of pregnancy. This devastated relationships and left many people with a very limited understanding of sex and pregnancy. 
    In this podcast I interview Dr Laura Kelly from the University of Srathcylde. Laura is a leading expert in this area and she explains the background to contraception in Ireland, why it was banned and the devastating consequences of the ban. 
    Find out more about Laura's research and publications here. 
    Follow Laura on twitter here.
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    • 29 min
    The Hunt for Nazi Spies in World War II

    The Hunt for Nazi Spies in World War II

    While Ireland remained neutral in the Second World War several Nazi agents were smuggled into the country. Their aims varied, some sought to establish contact with the IRA while others were spies.
    In this episode, I interview historian Marc McMenamin about the attempts of Irish Military Intelligence's to catch these spies and agents.
    Marc also explains the attitude of the IRA towards these individuals & the forgotten Irish code breakers in the war.
    Its a fascinating story.
    Marc has published two books on Irish Military Intelligence in the Second World War Codebreaker & Ireland's Secret War both of which are fantastic reads.
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    • 27 min
    Exploring A Medieval Fortress - Conwy Castle

    Exploring A Medieval Fortress - Conwy Castle

    There is a photo essay to accompany this episode here Conwy castle in Wales in one of Europe's most spectacular medieval castles. Built in the 1280s by Edward I the castle has withstood sieges and the ravages of time. On Sat October 8th I organised a supporters trip to the castle. Early the following morning, as the sun rose over the medieval town I recorded this episode. Using the acoustics of the castle and the walls I explain the history, what the castle looks like today and how its elaborate and lethal defences worked in the middle ages. 
    Deadly stuff in all meanings of the word!
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    • 28 min
    [Ep 3/3] Ireland's Last Aristocrat - The Life of Olive Packenham Mahon

    [Ep 3/3] Ireland's Last Aristocrat - The Life of Olive Packenham Mahon

    In this final episode of Ireland's Last Aristocrat, you will hear how Olive Packenham Mahon adjusted to life in Ireland after the War of Independence. This follows her story through the chaotic early days of the Irish Free State, her futile attempts to budget as money ran out and how she would end up an eccentric living in a mansion that crumbled around her. 
    There will be a bonus episode of recordings from Strokestown Park House for supporters at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast later this week. By becoming a supporter you will also get access to my upcoming series on the Irish Civil War.
    You can find out more about Strokestown Park House and how you can visit Olive Packenham Mahon's home a thttps://strokestownpark.ie/

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    • 42 min

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4.7 out of 5
160 Ratings

160 Ratings

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Listened to the Viking episodes.
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