15 episodes

This is not a history podcast - this is a rebel story, rebelling against accepted wisdoms and prevailing views, overturning what we thought we knew and creating new understandings, delving beneath the surface appearance of things.
This is a podcast about peelers and sheep. Sheep representing agricultural production – the form of production most obviously involving an interface with ecology. But this is not just farming heritage. The peelers, or the police, representing the violence of the state undergirding relations of power, conflict, and exploitation.  

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Peelers And Sheep Terry Dunne

    • History

This is not a history podcast - this is a rebel story, rebelling against accepted wisdoms and prevailing views, overturning what we thought we knew and creating new understandings, delving beneath the surface appearance of things.
This is a podcast about peelers and sheep. Sheep representing agricultural production – the form of production most obviously involving an interface with ecology. But this is not just farming heritage. The peelers, or the police, representing the violence of the state undergirding relations of power, conflict, and exploitation.  

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    Dáil Courts and Cattle Drives

    Dáil Courts and Cattle Drives

    In this episode we have moved into the summer of 1920, agrarian protest has expanded and Sinn Féin are trying to put a halter on it with a new system of Dáil courts – supplanting London’s authority while doing so. We’ll have a deep dive into two court cases from near Mountrath – one in the Dáil system and one in the old U.K. system. Some of these conflicts have a long history — going back as far as the 1870s and we’ll get to see how the Dáil Courts related to earlier forms of dispute resolution.
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    • 34 min
    April 1920 – Month of Revolution

    April 1920 – Month of Revolution

    In this second episode of the Divided Land series we’ll be looking at a ‘Land for the People’ demonstration that took place in Killeshin on the borders of counties Laois and Carlow in April 1920 – and broadening out to look at that month – a month of revolution that saw the burning of police barracks, a general strike in support of hunger striking political prisoners, and industrial action to restrict food exports. We’ll also hear something of the growth of a ‘peace party’ within Dublin Castle and we’ll have an overview of some of the political career of Patrick ‘Paudge’ Gaffney, a Killeshin man and a key activist in the ‘Land for People’ demonstration. 
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    • 36 min
    Cattle Driving Under The Tricolour

    Cattle Driving Under The Tricolour

    This first episode is on what happened when the First World War hit Irish farms and Irish kitchen tables, and we’ll be looking at the tillage movement of 1918 – a time with an intersection between the rise of Sinn Féin and agrarian social conflict and a grievous food crisis. This episode highlights a specific incident in the hinterland of Clonaslee at the foot of the Slieve Blooms in February 1918.  We’ll end up then with the conscription crisis of April 1918 – an important turning point in Irish history but one often overlooked.
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    • 25 min
    The Land for the People?

    The Land for the People?

    1923 saw a new Land Act, with greater focus on the re-distribution of land as well as the Agricultural Commission which informed policy for what was the major industry of the new Irish Free State.
    This episode is on debates on agrarian policy within the Irish labour movement, particularly within the Irish Transport and General Workers' Union, the main union for agricultural employees, and looks at it from the bottom-up - foregrounding the words of local activists by drawing on branch resolutions, a survey of the branches, and a essay competition which ran in the pages of the union's newspaper. There was strong support for continuing compulsory tillage, but divergences of opinion around land division, collective ownership and cottage gardens. There will also be a quick look at the agrarian writings of James Connolly.

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    • 21 min
    Red Flag in Kilmallock

    Red Flag in Kilmallock

    In this episode after Truce & Treaty Irish separatists have assumed control over much of the country and we go to Ireland's dairying heartland and to the winter farm strikes of the winter of 1921-'22. Very different conditions to the harvest farm strike we looked at in episode one of season one, not only seasonality we are now in an economic slump and things are getting more militant: kidnappings, sabotage, the take-over of Mallow Mills by its workforce and the role of the Irish Republican Army in policing industrial disputes.
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    • 22 min
    The Summer of 22 (Season Two Trailer)

    The Summer of 22 (Season Two Trailer)

    A taster of what is coming in future episodes on popular struggles as the British state slowly withdraws from much of Ireland and a new Irish Free State is established, a wave of workplace occupations and land conflicts resume in late spring & early summer 1922 - a Third Revolution - a new cycle of revolt pushing back against the limitations of the revolutionary outcomes.
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    • 6 min

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