The Irish History Show is presented and produced by Cathal Brennan and John Dorney. In each episode, the presenters will look at different aspects of Irish history with expert guests from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.
76 Irish Revolutionary Women
On this episode of the Irish History Show, we were joined by Dr. Mary McAuliffe and Liz Gillis to discuss the role of women during the Irish Revolution. We look at the radical political organisations for women in Ireland before the First World; Cumann na mBan; women’s role in 1916, the War of Independence and […]
75 Commemorations in 2021
On this episode of the Irish History Show we discussed the upcoming commemorations in 2021 for the Decade of Centenaries. 2021 will mark the centenary of many important events in Irish history such as the Truce, the founding of Northern Ireland and the Anglo – Irish Treaty.
74 Commemoration & Discontent
On this episode of the Irish History Show we were joined by Dr. Laura McAtackney and Dr. Brian Hanley to discuss the controversies surrounding the Decade of Centenaries. Dr. Laura McAtackney is an associate professor in the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies at Aarhus University in Denmark. In her work she explores the historical […]
73 Tom Barry and the Kilmichael Ambush
On this episode of the Irish History Show we discussed the Kilmichael Ambush. The Kilmichael Ambush occurred on the 28th of November 1920 when a flying column of the IRA, led by Tom Barry, ambushed a company of the Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary. The Auxiliaries lost 17 members in the engagement, including […]
72 Kevin Boyle & The Human Rights Movement
On this episode of the Irish History Show we were joined by Mike Chinoy to discuss his new book, Are You With Me? Kevin Boyle and the rise of the Human Rights Movement, published by Lilliput Press. Kevin Boyle was one of the founders of People’s Democracy in Queens University Belfast and was one of […]
71 The British Empire, the Middle East and Ireland
On this episode of the Irish History Show, we looked at the Middle East and the Brtish Empire in the period after the First World War. We discussed how the British Empire dealt with their new mandates in the region and how their dealings with these countries compared and contrasted with their treatment of Ireland […]
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Lively and intellectually robust
Cathal Brennan gently asks a question and John Dorney spends the next hour or so answering it, the Irish Story is by some distance the best Irish History podcast around, (Three Castles Burning, which deals only with Dublin, is a close second).
Although joined occasionally by guests like Brain Hanley, Conor McCabe, and Ruth McManus, the appeal of The Irish Story is Brennan's and Dorney's rapport, and the intelligence they bring to whatever chapter of Ireland's vexed history is under discussion.
Particularly refreshing is how they contextualize Irish events within larger European trends. To be sure Ireland has divisions aplety but Left/Right is not the central pivot it is on the continent. For this reason, as well as simply insularity, Irish history often appears to unfold in a vacuum.
The Irish Story leans left to be sure, but it's a tilt which provides a useful vantage to examine Irish politics - rigidly conservative since at least 1921- in a critical way. Brennan and Dorney reject the traditional manichaeism that besets Irish historiography - Dev the Divil vrs Saint Collins of Bealnablath.
Since the 80s it's also been de rigueur for Irish historians to be dismissive, if not outright hostile, of Irish Republicanism. The Irish Story shows its possible to break with that sterile tradition without returning to a sectarian nationalist narrative. About time too, any history of Ireland that omits the North is incomplete.
If the show's depth impresses, its breadth is underwhelming - the majority of episodes to date deal with the early 20th Century. Even so, this is an excellent podcast, well worth your time.
Excellent speakers and content! Sound not great
Thoroughly enjoy this podcast! Content is excellent and I love the conversation. Only issue is there are often bad sound differences between speakers and quality sometimes takes away from the conversations. It’d be great if that could be rectified.
Im now hooked on this show. Presenters are great. Love all the stuff about the civil wat in particular. Only issue is that the audio quailty isnt always the best.