237 episodes

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.

Irish History Podcas‪t‬ Fin Dwyer

    • History
    • 4.7 • 784 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.

    The Road to War (The War of Independence III)

    The Road to War (The War of Independence III)

    An ambush at Soloheadbeg, Tipperary in January 1919 is often cited as the opening shots of the War of Independence. However as early as 1917 political tensions were leading to violence across Ireland. Several people were killed in 1917 and 1918. This podcast looks at this descent into war. 
    The episode is based around the story of Edward Murray, a young Dubliner who played a key role in these events.


    Support the show - www.patreon.com/irishpodcast
    Check out the posters from the revolutionary era www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/shop


    Socials
    twitter.com//irishhistory
    Instagram.com/irishhistory


    Additional research - Sam McGrath
    Sound - Jason Looney
    Additional narrations - Aidan Crowe & Therese Murray
    Artwork - Keith Hynes
     
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    • 35 min
    The 1916 Rising (The War of Independence Part II)

    The 1916 Rising (The War of Independence Part II)

    The story of the War of Independence continues with the 1916 Rising. The episode begins by looking at the how the revolt unfolded and explains why it was limited to Dublin. It then follows the rebels into captivity in the famous prison camp of Frongach in Wales. The second half of the show turns to the legacy of the Rising. The dramatic transformation of attitudes towards militant republicanism is revealed by focusing on the experiences of the most unlikely of rebels - Countess Markievicz. 


    Then to conclude the episode we will meet another key figure in the story - Eamon de Valera when he stands for election in 1917. 


    Additional Research - Sam McGrath
    Sound - Jason Looney
    Additional narrations - Aidan Crowe and Therese Murray
    Artwork - Keith Hynes


    Support the show at patreon.com/irishpodcast.


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    • 33 min
    The Irish War of Independence Part I - World War I

    The Irish War of Independence Part I - World War I

    This is the first episode in a 24 part series on the War of Independence. Today's show focuses on the First World War and how it destablised Irish society, following the lives of several people in one Irish town - Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny (where I grew up). It includes never before published letters from soldiers at the Front and accounts from life back in Ireland at the time. The episode also reveals how the legacy of the Famine, the Land War and growing labour unrest were adding to growing tensions in the country.


    Written, research & produced by Fin Dwyer
    Additional Research by Sam McGrath
    Sound by Jason Looney
    Additional narrations by Aidan Crowe & Therese Murray
    Artwork by Keith Hynes


    Follow the show on socials @irishhistory on insta & twitter.


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    • 42 min
    (Part III) The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911: An Emigrant's Experience

    (Part III) The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911: An Emigrant's Experience

    The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 was pivotal moment in US history. The deadly workplace disaster in the heart of Manhattan detailed in the last two episodes, exposed the way many poor immigrants were exploited in the city. This podcast, the third and final installment in the series, looks at the profound legacy of the fire. Following the later lives of the two immigrants featured in the series, Annie Doherty & Celia Walker, the podcast explores how the fire changed New York and the lives of the survivors.


    This series was a joint project with Hope C Tarr, an author based in Manhattan. You can find Hope's website here or follow her on twitter.
     
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    • 28 min
    (Part II) The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911: An Emigrant's Experience

    (Part II) The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911: An Emigrant's Experience

    This is the second episode in the miniseries on the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911. Its worth checking out episode 1 before listening to this show.


    In the first installment of this series, we chronicled the lives of Annie Doherty & Celia Walker and the often grueling experience of emigrants to the USA at the turn of the 20th Century. This podcast follows these two women into one of the most deadly sweatshops in New York in 1911 - the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. While working conditions were dangerous at the best of times, this factory would become notorious in March 1911 when a deadly fire broke out. This horrific event would haunt life in New York for decades. The episode focuses on this fire and the experience of Annie Doherty and Celia Walker who were among the hundreds trapped in factory as the deadly conflagration took hold. 


    This is a joint project with Hope C Tarr, an author based in Manhattan. You can find Hope's website here or follow her on twitter.
     
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    • 34 min
    The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911: An Emigrant's Experience

    The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911: An Emigrant's Experience

    On March 25th 1911 a fire ripped through a sweatshop in Lower Manhattan where hundreds of immigrants worked long hours in dangerous conditions. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire would prove a pivotal moment not only in the history of New York but also the United States. This podcast, the first of three episodes on the fire, looks at the early lives of two women Annie Doherty and Celia Walker who worked in the factory. It explains why they emigrated to the US and had little option but to work in such dangerous conditions.


    This is a joint project with Hope C Tarr, an author based in Manhattan. You can find Hope's website here or follow her on twitter.


    Lots of you have been asking about the War of Independence series - that kicks off on February 1st!
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
784 Ratings

784 Ratings

chimmeystack ,

Well worth a listen

It’s great to hear some Irish history that doesn’t start at 1916 onwards. Finn does a fantastic job of walking us through the deeper history of the country - my only pet peeve is that it is not always in chronological order so you have to search through to keep a linear timeline

Max-Pet ,

A history of Ireland

Well put researched, factual and very interesting.....I love Finn's podcasts.....

High Chaparral ,

Essential listening

From start to finish this show is essential listening. Finn does a remarkable job of bringing the stories of history to us on a weekly basis. The only other thing that I can say is subscribe!

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