14 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 • 1.3K 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. 


Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    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.

    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

Chrisssiebw ,

Best podcast I’ve ever listened to.

Joseph O Callahan is quite possible the strongest, bravest Irishman that ever lived. This is what should be part of the school curriculum. I have a young boy and when he’s old enough I will encourage him to listen to Joseph’s story of how easily and invisibly your life can be manipulated by dangerous people. Your mother Mary sounds like an amazing person, who has instilled the morals and strength to get through what you have unbeknownst to her. May you all have a peaceful and easy life from now on and forever more.

Emilyxxsand ,

Sending you so much love and peace

You are a hero in my eyes, and I hope you see the value in your life and story that has undoubtedly helped and will help so many in these sorts of situations. I hope you are healthy and well …. You deserve so much happiness ❤️

Helly28ella ,

Incredible story

What an awful but an amazing story told so eloquently & honestly by Joey. Joey, I don’t even know you but I’m so proud of what you have done by telling the truth & what you have achieved since. Your bravery blows me away. I would HIGHLY recommend a listen to this story.

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