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Have you ever been puzzled by history? Did people really only live to 40? Maybe you’ve been puzzled how people survived before email, phones, cars or even proper roads?

Irish History Podcast Fin Dwyer

    • Society & Culture

Have you ever been puzzled by history? Did people really only live to 40? Maybe you’ve been puzzled how people survived before email, phones, cars or even proper roads?

    An Irish History of Coffee Part I

    An Irish History of Coffee Part I

    The Irish coffee industry generates hundreds of million of euros every year. This is a pretty recent development - when I was growing up in the 1980s and 1990s the only coffee available was instant coffee. 


    However Ireland's relationship with coffee did not begin in the last 20 years. If anything this is the second or even third wave of coffee culture to hit this country. In this show I Iook at the early history of coffee tracing the origins of the drink in Ireland back to the 17th century
    This will bring us inside the coffee houses of 18th century Dublin when coffee was an elite drink in society.


    This episode also lifts the lid on a darker side to the Irish history of coffee – in the second half of the show I interview Cuban researcher Giselle Gonzalez Garcia who is researching the history of an Irish man who became one of the largest coffee producers in Cuba in the early 19th century. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 34 min
    Preparing for a Pandemic in 1900

    Preparing for a Pandemic in 1900

    We are all taking precautionary measures to avoid Covid-19, but this is not the first time humans have faced such threats. This short episode looks at the story of the humorous but frantic preparations that took place in 1900 when Ireland faced an potential outbreak of bubonic plague.


    Its will sound strangely familiar!


    The next episode of the podcast is part I of the Irish history of coffee. To get exclusive early access to that episode and all bonus podcasts and audiobooks (including an audiobook on the Black Death in Ireland check out patreon.com/irishpodcast). For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 8 min
    Voices from a Vanishing World - The Aran Islands 1901

    Voices from a Vanishing World - The Aran Islands 1901

    Between 1898 and 1902, the Irish playwright John Millington Synge spent several summers on the Aran Islands. Shaped by the harsh environment of the North Atlantic Ocean the islanders lived in a unique society. Old customs and traditions that had died in many parts of Ireland still survived on the islands. 


    Synge left a mesmerising account of island life and this podcast transports you back to the summer of 1901. You will hear the vivid descriptions of a society so different it is hard to believe it existed into the 20th century. 


    It is a time and place that is now lost and gone forever.


    John Millington Synge's words are read by Aidan Crowe http://castawayactors.com/male-actors/aidan-crowe/


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    • 25 min
    Murder Will Out - A Land to Die For (Part II)

    Murder Will Out - A Land to Die For (Part II)

    In the last episode (A Land to Die For Part I) we followed the story of William Sheehan. Raised in a community obsessed with land he had become involved in a violent dispute over his family farm after his eviction in 1882. By late 1883 Sheehan, wanting a fresh start, had emigrated to New Zealand. However he could not escape his violent past. Within months of his arrival news reached New Zealand he was wanted for murder in Ireland


    This episode reveals who Sheehan had killed and the sensational trial that followed...


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    • 27 min
    A Land to Die For (Part I)

    A Land to Die For (Part I)

    Land has been the cause of some of the most vicious feuds and brutal murders in modern irish history. Often portrayed as the poor tenant farmer against powerful landlords, the real stories were often more complex. In a society where people developed what was an unhealthy obsession with land there were all too many willing to kill friends family and neighbours over it. 


    The sentiments which fuelled this were epitomised in John B Keane play and later an Oscar nominated movie The Field, where the central the Bull McCabe who commits murders over land says 


    It's my field. It's my child. I nursed it. I nourished it. I saw to its every want. I dug the rocks out of it with my bare hands and I made a living thing of it! My only want is that green grass, that lovely green grass, and you want to take it away from me, and in the sight of God I can't let you do that.


    While the Bull McCabe was a fictional character that story was based on real life events. Indeed every county in Ireland had its own story of a land related murder.


    This podcast tells one - a feud over a farm outside the East Cork town of Castletownroche. Taking places in the decades after the famine this dispute resulted in the deaths of four people. Buried for nearly a century and half this story is told for the first time in this two part podcast. 


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    • 29 min
    Dublin 1916: The calm before the storm

    Dublin 1916: The calm before the storm

    The year 1916 is known for one event in Irish history – the Easter Rising. However as that fateful weekend approached most Dubliners were oblivious to the fact that their city stood on the threshold of history. This podcast focuses on three of those Dubliners, and takes look around their city on the eve of the rising, revealing what the city looked like, sounded like and even smelled like!


    This podcast is a journey into the houses of the most wealthy citizens to the homes of those struggling at the margins. We will move from prisons to workhouses and garner a sense of what Dublin was like on the eve of the most famous chapter in its long history. 


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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

TippAbú2019 ,

Quality

Unbelievable for anyone who has an interest in history, of Ireland or just in general. The effort that must be put into researching each episode would require a serious knowledge and passion for recording history. Cheers Fin! Keep up the good work

IiamK1916 ,

Not good

When a historian can't differentiate between a nationalist and a fascist.

Fin is a stereotypical liberal who can see Nazis around every corner while giving a free pass to left wing extremism.

A historian who gets facts from Netflix and shills for donations on every episode should be taken with a pinch of salt.

I would imagine one who wanted a more realistic perspective of WW2 would watch the banned documentary "europa the last battle".

Nah Netflix will do for Fin.

tractorlad1 ,

Excellent

Better than my history teacher in school love it. Only one thing specials and odd stories that has nothing to do with the 1200s etc mixed maybe separate them more.

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