13 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. 


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The Witness: In His Own Words Yellow Path Productions

    • True Crime
    • 4.9 • 1K 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. 


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    Introducing 'The Witness: In His Own Words'

    Introducing 'The Witness: In His Own Words'

    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.

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    • 2 min
    01: The Milkman

    01: The Milkman

    Dublin, 1997. An unexpected visitor calls to the door, and twelve-year old Joseph O'Callaghan gets himself a job on the milk round.
    Please be aware that there are references throughout 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: In His Own Words' is produced by Ian Maleney and executive produced by Nicola Tallant and Jane Gogan. It is mixed by Brendan Jenkinson, with music by Niamh Corcoran. Yellow Path Productions Ltd.

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    • 28 min
    02: The Night Shift

    02: The Night Shift

    Joey's delight at securing his first job quickly turns to fear, as Brian's true intentions are revealed.
    Please be aware that there are references throughout 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: In His Own Words' is produced by Ian Maleney and executive produced by Nicola Tallant and Jane Gogan. It is mixed by Brendan Jenkinson, with music by Niamh Corcoran. Yellow Path Productions Ltd.

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    • 22 min
    03: The Cottage

    03: The Cottage

    Joey is drawn into the heart of Brian's criminal operation, with terrible personal consequences.
    Please be aware that there are references throughout 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: In His Own Words' is produced by Ian Maleney and executive produced by Nicola Tallant and Jane Gogan. It is mixed by Brendan Jenkinson, with music by Niamh Corcoran. Yellow Path Productions Ltd.

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    • 29 min
    04: The Big Time

    04: The Big Time

    After a brush with the law, Brian and Joey meet with one of the most notorious criminals in the city.
    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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    • 22 min
    05: The Break

    05: The Break

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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

/inda ,

The Witness

Frighteningly real life for a little boy to experience. It’s wrong that this happened and your young self had to deal with such terrifying ordeals…. Ordeals that most adults would have folded under… How you are still alive to tell this story is amazing. 10/10 for your honesty, your truth, your guts, your will power… but it was your goodness and morals that you were brought up with that gave you a foundation to know right from wrong. I can’t imagine your life before and now…but you have a life…live it

Barna Nik ,

Inspirational

Absolutely brilliant podcast, I listened to it all in 2 days! It is gripping from beginning to the end. Joey is inspirational, would be great if he started speaking in schools. It’s so rare to get such an honest insight into the gang world. Well done Joey and I am in awe of your honesty and how courageous you have been. Probably the best podcast I have ever listened to!

Charlie Redmond ,

Extraordinary listen

Literally couldn’t stop listening. Joey stood up to scum when no one else would. He was put through a lot and he’s still standing💪 just listened to the latest epidsode with his mother speaking…….an incredible woman, a picture of strength. She stood up for what was right and protected her family the best way she could. Don’t ever underestimate the bravery and strength you have both showed. You’ve done the hard yards, i only hope you can take the good from life going forward because you so so deserve it.

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