11 episodes

In 2005, Joseph O'Callaghan's testimony helped convict two drug-dealing gangsters for murder, and he became the youngest person ever to enter the Witness Protection Programme in Ireland.


Now, as the men he put away agitate for release, he tells his extraordinary life story in his own words for the first time.


Following the publication of Nicola Tallant’s best-selling book The Witness, The Witness: In His Own Words is an ambitious and powerful documentary podcast series produced by the team behind The Stand with Eamon Dunphy. 

The Witness: In His Own Words Yellow Path Productions

    • True Crime
    • 4.8 • 415 Ratings

In 2005, Joseph O'Callaghan's testimony helped convict two drug-dealing gangsters for murder, and he became the youngest person ever to enter the Witness Protection Programme in Ireland.


Now, as the men he put away agitate for release, he tells his extraordinary life story in his own words for the first time.


Following the publication of Nicola Tallant’s best-selling book The Witness, The Witness: In His Own Words is an ambitious and powerful documentary podcast series produced by the team behind The Stand with Eamon Dunphy. 

    10: The Letters

    10: The Letters

    Joey writes to the parole board, and receives a letter from an old friend.
     
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    • 20 min
    09: The Secret Life

    09: The Secret Life

    Struggling with the effects of everything he's gone through, Joey has to leave his family behind and make a new life for himself.


    Please be aware that there are references in this podcast to violence, sexual abuse and suicidal thoughts. If you are negatively affected and need help or advice, please contact the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre’s Freephone National 24-Hour Helpline on 1800 77 8888 in Ireland, or call the Samaritans on Freephone 116 123 in Ireland and the UK.


    The Witness is produced by Ian Maleney and executive produced by Nicola Tallant and Jane Gogan. The sound editor is Brendan Jenkinson and the music is composed by Niamh Corcoran. Yellow Path Productions Ltd.
     
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    • 31 min
    08: The Trial

    08: The Trial

    Joey gives evidence.


    Please be aware that there are references in this podcast to violence, sexual abuse and suicidal thoughts. If you are negatively affected and need help or advice, please contact the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre’s Freephone National 24-Hour Helpline on 1800 77 8888 in Ireland, or call the Samaritans on Freephone 116 123 in Ireland and the UK.


    The Witness is produced by Ian Maleney and executive produced by Nicola Tallant and Jane Gogan. The Sound Editor is Brendan Jenkinson and music is composed by Niamh Corcoran. Yellow Path Productions Ltd.
     
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    • 32 min
    07: The Lips

    07: The Lips

    Brian is more violent and controlling than ever, and Joey resolves to find a way out.

    Please be aware that there are references in this podcast to violence, sexual abuse and suicidal thoughts. If you are negatively affected and need help or advice, please contact the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre’s Freephone National 24-Hour Helpline on 1800 77 8888 in Ireland, or call the Samaritans on Freephone 116 123 in Ireland and the UK.

    The Witness is produced by Ian Maleney and executive produced by Nicola Tallant and Jane Gogan. The Sound Editor is Brendan Jenkinson and music is composed by Niamh Corcoran. Yellow Path Productions Ltd.
     
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    • 32 min
    06: The Gun

    06: The Gun

    Joey witnesses something that shakes him to his core.


    Please be aware that there are references in this podcast to violence, sexual abuse and suicidal thoughts. If you are negatively affected and need help or advice, please contact the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre’s Freephone National 24-Hour Helpline on 1800 77 8888 in Ireland, or call the Samaritans on Freephone 116 123 in Ireland and the UK.


    The Witness is produced by Ian Maleney and executive produced by Nicola Tallant and Jane Gogan. The sound editor is Brendan Jenkinson and music is composed by Niamh Corcoran. Yellow Path Productions Ltd.
     
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    • 25 min
    05: The Break

    05: The Break

    A violent new gang emerges, and Joey stands up to Brian.
     
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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
415 Ratings

415 Ratings

slamby73 ,

Brave to the last

This boy is a hero. If the police ever free Kenny they will have this boys blood on their hands.

Carlysis ,

Wow - A MUST LISTEN

To say I enjoyed this feels totally inappropriate. But the style of story telling was so engrossing, it is so well thought out, drama, cliffhangers and plenty of jaw dropping moments. If this wasn’t a true story I would be telling people that it’s brilliant and SUCH a good story. But how can I describe it like that when this is actually the life that Joey lived?
Joey is an inspiration, he is a survivor and he deserves the very best in life.
I have recommended this podcast to everyone I know.

amos8139 ,

Incredible

How Joey can tell his story with such eloquence after experiencing such trauma is astounding. He’s so brave, I hope he finds peace. Thank you for sharing your story, this is the best podcast I’ve ever listened to.

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