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A podcast about the culture, history and politics of Ireland by Naomi O’Leary and Tim Mc Inerney. Taking on the knowledge gap since 2017.

The Irish Passport The Irish Passport

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 330 Ratings

A podcast about the culture, history and politics of Ireland by Naomi O’Leary and Tim Mc Inerney. Taking on the knowledge gap since 2017.

    Halfpints: What the EU election results tell us about Ireland

    Halfpints: What the EU election results tell us about Ireland

    We have made this Halfpint bonus episode freely available to all our listeners. If you want to access more than 100 extra-content episodes just like this, you can sign up to support the continued making of the podcast at www.patreon.com/theirishpassport.

    In this edition of Halfpints, we answer questions about the recent EU and local elections in Ireland, and break down what the major consequences might be for the Irish and European political landscape.

    • 51 min
    Uppity Catholics

    Uppity Catholics

    In February 2024, Michelle O'Neill assumed the position of first minister of Northern Ireland, making her the first person of an Irish-identifying, Catholic background to hold this most high-profile post in the devolved government. And yet, the difficulty O'Neill faced when trying to take her seat at Stormont highlighted the fact that, for a minority in the territory, Catholic nationalist are not seen as having a legitimate role in Northern Ireland's society. In this episode we look at the phenomenon of "uppity" Catholics - people who have been perceived to rise too far above their station, and who have thereby become targets for abuse and even violence. We speak to Pr Colin Harvey from the Human Rights Centre at Queens University Belfast about becoming a political target in the wake of Brexit, and we hear from Irish Times journalist and Author Martin Doyle about growing up in an aspirational Catholic family during the Troubles whose successes in local business fostered dark resentments in the local community ...

    Martin Doyle's award-wining memoir, Dirty Linen, was published by the Irish Academic Press in 2023, and can be purchased here.

    Irish Passport Patrons have access to an exclusive extended reading of Martin's essay, “A ghost estate and an empty grave”. If you would like to support the podcast and access over 100 pieces of extra content, you can become a patreon supporter at www.patreon.com/theirishpassport.

    This episode featured ‘The Moon Got Tangled in the Branches’ by Aleksey Chistilin

    • 45 min
    Conquest: Rise Of The Gaels

    Conquest: Rise Of The Gaels

    The most expensive, most all-consuming war in Elizabethan England was not waged against France or Spain, but against Ireland. In the third instalment in our Conquest series, we see how the great clan chiefs of Ireland united under the banner of "Arch Traitor" Hugh O'Neill to stage a momentous uprising against the colonial English state. From Gaelic pirate ships sailing up the Thames to fearsome crowns of peacock feathers gifted by vengeful Popes, we follow the dramatic events that led to Ireland's disparate clans combining to form an unprecedented front of resistance - one so seemingly unbreakable that it threatened the financial ruin of England itself.

    Special thanks to Gráinne Smyth, who sang "Óró sé do bheatha abhaile" for this episode.

    Thank you to our Patrons who keep this podcast running. You can find our Patreon debriefs and 100+ more episodes of extra audio content at www.patreon.com/theirishpassport.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Who is Ireland's incoming Taoiseach and why did Varadkar resign?

    Who is Ireland's incoming Taoiseach and why did Varadkar resign?

    In this political update, Naomi and Tim sum up the background of the incoming new Taoiseach Simon Harris and discuss the sudden resignation of Leo Varadkar and the different factors behind it.

    One of them was Ireland's two recent referendums aimed at changing some of the more Catholic-influenced conservative language in the 1937 constitution, which ended in a resounding defeat for the government. What were the proposed changes and why were they rejected by the public?

    Finally, we look ahead to the bonanza of elections that are due in the coming year, and how the different parties sit in the polls.

    What are your thoughts on the resignation of Leo Varadkar and the incoming Simon Harris? A bonus episode where we take listener questions is coming soon for supporters over on Patreon.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Conquest: Scorching The Earth

    Conquest: Scorching The Earth

    Part two of our Conquest mini-series explores the violent occupation of Gaelic Ireland by Elizabethan adventurers between 1560 and 1590, heralding an age of terror and genocide that would ultimately lead to a full-scale war between the Gaelic clans of Ireland and the English crown. From the demise of the Old English Lordships to the tentative plantations of Ulster, this episode lays out the very foundations for the colonisation of Ireland.

    A bonus debrief episode is available for Patreon supporters over on https://www.patreon.com/theirishpassport

    You'll find a link to the book we mentioned in the show here: https://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/2017/nine-years-war/

    You can find a link to the London Irish Centre, here: https://londonirishcentre.org/

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Conquest: Making Ireland English

    Conquest: Making Ireland English

    In the period from 1534 to 1653 Ireland was profoundly transformed. At the start, it was almost entirely Gaelic, ruled by Gaelic clans with an ancient way of life, and unique legal and political system. A hundred years later, Ireland was unrecognisable. In this first part of our new mini series, Conquest, Tim and Naomi set the scene for the profound transformation of the island of Ireland by colonial invasion.

    A bonus episode in which Naomi and Tim discuss the making of this episode and what stood out to them is now available for Patreon supporters here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/after-show-97840308

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
330 Ratings

330 Ratings

Wally04 ,

Dublin Riots - an excellent episode

Such a great episode analysing the Dublin riots. A must listen for anyone who wants to maintain an inclusive society in Ireland, with lessons from other countries. Thanks Naomi and Tim.

Marti Caine ,

Damon @HistoryRussia1

I’ve always found 20th century Irish History to be a bit of a tangle (or maybe I just didn’t understand it). Well done Naomi and Tim for making the history and culture of Ireland informative, fun and untangled.

SyGeCoNa ,


A wonderful podcast, full of thoughtful and informative content. A must listen for anyone interested in history, culture, and politics. Terrific.

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