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The Irish History Podcast brings you on a journey through Ireland's fascinating past. This podcast is not just dates but an enthralling account of Ireland's history, looking at daily life through the ages. The show is currently focused on the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s (see below), while the archive contains the stories of Ireland's ancient High Kings, Viking raiders and the Norman Invasion of the Middle Ages. The story of the Great Famine has proved the most popular to date,Between 1845 and 1851, during one of the worst Famine's in modern history one million Irish people died. The podcast looks at how this happened and who was responsible. The series also tells the story of the survivors. From rebellion to riots & evictions to emigration when you download the show you embark on a facinating and vivid journey to the world your ancestors lived in.These events not only changed Ireland but also numerous countries across the globe. Irish famine emigrants established communities in the USA, Britain, Canada, Australia and further afield. This series is the story of your ancestors who lived through world changing events.
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Irish History Podcast Fin Dwyer

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    • 4.6 • 343 Ratings

The Irish History Podcast brings you on a journey through Ireland's fascinating past. This podcast is not just dates but an enthralling account of Ireland's history, looking at daily life through the ages. The show is currently focused on the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s (see below), while the archive contains the stories of Ireland's ancient High Kings, Viking raiders and the Norman Invasion of the Middle Ages. The story of the Great Famine has proved the most popular to date,Between 1845 and 1851, during one of the worst Famine's in modern history one million Irish people died. The podcast looks at how this happened and who was responsible. The series also tells the story of the survivors. From rebellion to riots & evictions to emigration when you download the show you embark on a facinating and vivid journey to the world your ancestors lived in.These events not only changed Ireland but also numerous countries across the globe. Irish famine emigrants established communities in the USA, Britain, Canada, Australia and further afield. This series is the story of your ancestors who lived through world changing events.
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    Nixie Boran - An Underground Rebel

    Nixie Boran - An Underground Rebel

    The life of Nicholas Boran was extraordinary. Known as 'Nixie', he was born outside Castlecomer in Co Kilkenny in 1904. At the age of 18 he fought in the Civil War alongside Dan Breen in Tipperary. The harrowing violence he witnessed in the conflict permanently scarred him and challenges the romanticised myths that often surround the life of Dan Breen. While this had an enduring legacy, Nixie would gain a national reputation for his actions following the Civil War.
    After the conflict he returned home but soon found himself in another struggle in Castlecomer. The town was built around coalmines and many of the mine workers toiled in appalling conditions.
    The pay was poor, the hours were long and conditions were extremely dangerous. With limited legal protections, children as young as 14 were sent to work in the mines. From the 1920s Nixie set about changing this. This began a decades long struggle with the Catholic Church, the Irish government and the local mine owners.
    In this episode I interview Nixie's daughter, Anne Boran. Anne has recently published a fascinating biography of her late father. In this episode she provides fascinating details about life in the Castlecomer Coalfields and how the Civil War changed her father. Perhaps most interesting of all is how his attempts to improve life in Castlecomer resulted in the Catholic Church attempting to excommunicate him. Its a fascinating story.
    The history of Castlecomer and its coalmines up until 1921 is the focus of this series https://irishhistorypodcast.ie/category/podcast/communism-coal/
    Anne's book "Challenge to Power: Nixie Boran (1904-1971), Freedom and the Castlecomer Coal Miners" is available here http://www.geographypublications.com/product/challange-power-nixie-boran-1904-1971-freedom-castlecomer-coal-miners/ 
    Sound by Jason Looney.

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    • 41 min
    Inside the Vault - Behind the Scenes in the National Museum

    Inside the Vault - Behind the Scenes in the National Museum

    One of the most important buildings in terms of Irish history or archaeology is located in North County Dublin. Strange as it may sound, this building is not very old. It actually only dates from the later 20th century and it was originally an electronics factory. 
    However it is now owned by the National Museum of Ireland and houses millions of artifacts amassed over the decades. This fascinating complex, which measures over 200,000 sq feet, is not open to the public. However last Autumn when I was organising the upcoming Irish History Summit in association with the National Museum I got an exclusive tour. 
    In this podcast recorded behind the scenes at the museum you will hear the stories behind some incredible artifacts. Nigel Monaghan tells the story behind a 4000 million year old meteorite that was an ornament in an Irish farmhouse for decades. Later in the episode Brenda Malone explains the remarkable story of an Irish man who served in the RAF during the World War II and captured some pivotal moments of the conflict on camera. 
    Get your tickets to the Irish History Summit (Saturday Jan 15th)
    https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/irish-history-summit-2022-tickets-194400466027
    National Museum links
    https://www.museum.ie/en-IE/Collections-Research/Natural-History-Collections/Collections-List/Meteorites-and-Space
    https://twitter.com/NMIreland
    https://www.instagram.com/nationalmuseumofireland

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    • 34 min
    The Mary Celeste of Medieval Ireland

    The Mary Celeste of Medieval Ireland

    The Mary Celeste is one of the great mysteries of modern times. The ship was found abandoned in the Atlantic in 1872 and the ten people who had been onboard the vessel were missing. However everything else appeared normal. It has never been satisfactorily explained what provoked the crew to abandon the ship in mid winter far from any coast.
    This episode is recorded in a very Irish unusual castle with echoes of the Mary Celeste - Ballymoon Castle. It too has a somewhat mysterious history. It was abandoned around the year 1300 for reasons that are not entirely clear. In this show I investigate this fascinating building and speculate what may have happened...
    This is the last show of 2021. I hope you and yours have a great holiday season.


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    • 23 min
    The Ladies of Llangollen

    The Ladies of Llangollen

    The Irish women Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby are known to history as the Ladies of Llangollen. In 1780 the two aristocrats caused controversy when they rang away together. They would spend the rest of their lives in Llangollen, a town in north Wales.
    For nearly 250 years their relationship has been the source of intense speculation. Some claim they were Ireland’s first openly lesbian couple. Others insist they just kindred spirits. 
    Last October I visited Plas Newydd, their home in Llangollen and recorded this special episode of the show about these remarkable women.
    Thanks to Garth A.P. Thomas for his time.
    Lori Moriarity’s lecture mentioned in the show can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMEiZKFESNg
    Get your tickets for the history summit at irishhistorysummit.eventbrite.com
    Visit Plas Newydd at https://www.denbighshire.gov.uk/en/leisure-and-tourism/museums-and-historic-houses/plas-newydd-llangollen.aspx

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    • 28 min
    Growing up Black & Irish - A personal history of Liverpool

    Growing up Black & Irish - A personal history of Liverpool

    Last month I recorded a show at the Liverpool Irish Festival with Teresa Hill. Teresa is really passionate about her fascinating family history. Her father from was from Freetown in Sierra Leone while her mother's family were from Ireland. 
    In this interview Teresa spoke candidly about her life. She grew up in a Liverpool where racism was common and many Irish families ostracised mixed race family members. However her grandfather Luke Bernard was very different as Teresa explains he was 'a forward thinking man'. She also talked about how sectarianism was a major feature of life in Liverpool and how the Troubles impacted her life. It was a really fascinating discussion about Irish communities in Britain in the 1960s and 70s. I hope you enjoy it. 
    Get your tickets to the Irish HIstory Summit - https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/irish-history-summit-2022-tickets-194400466027
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    • 36 min
    Reprisals, Concentration Camps or ‘Indian measures’ - British paths to victory in 1921? (The War of Independence Part XXII)

    Reprisals, Concentration Camps or ‘Indian measures’ - British paths to victory in 1921? (The War of Independence Part XXII)

    Following on from the collapse of the Clune Peace talks in December 1920, the British Government adopted an even more aggressive attitude to the war. 
    However as they prepared to escalate the conflict in 1921 some leading figures in the British military and political establishment suggested extreme measures. This episode reveals what were deeply alarming debates taking place about how the war should be escalated.
    To this end we hear from men who would go on to become some of the most famous British generals of the 20th century - Bernard Montgomery and Arthur Percival both of whom served in Ireland in 1921. 
    The episode also looks at the growing tensions between Eamon DeValera and Michael Collins and the problems this created for the republican movement in 1921. 
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    The Irish History Summit 2022 early bird offers end next week - Irishhistorysummit.eventbrite.ie

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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
343 Ratings

343 Ratings

CIvil Manager ,

Epic Collection of the History of Ireland

Beautifully narrated and created.
Worth listening in reverse order.
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pr198626 ,

History of Irish Middle Ages worth a listen too, gets a bit one sided after that

Really enjoyed listening to Fin’s episodes on the Irish Middle Ages. Some great accounts and deep knowledge on this period. I started to listen to his recent episodes on the War of Independence. After a few episodes it becomes apparent that it is very heavily bias towards a republican account of the period. Which really lets these episodes down and falls short providing a wider historical account of the period and events. However will continue to listen to future episodes on the Irish Middle Ages.

nü'er ,

Good!

I love the topics discussed but the audio quality can be quite bad at times

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