11 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. 

The Witness: In His Own Words Yellow Path Productions

    • True Crime
    • 4.9 • 830 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. 

    10: The Letters

    10: The Letters

    Joey writes to the parole board, and receives a letter from an old friend.
     
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    • 20 min
    09: The Secret Life

    09: The Secret Life

    Struggling with the effects of everything he's gone through, Joey has to leave his family behind and make a new life for himself.


    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 the music is composed by Niamh Corcoran. Yellow Path Productions Ltd.
     
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    • 31 min
    08: The Trial

    08: The Trial

    Joey gives evidence.


    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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    • 32 min
    07: The Lips

    07: The Lips

    Brian is more violent and controlling than ever, and Joey resolves to find a way out.

    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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    • 32 min
    06: The Gun

    06: The Gun

    Joey witnesses something that shakes him to his core.


    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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    • 25 min
    05: The Break

    05: The Break

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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
830 Ratings

830 Ratings

Mcmitty ,

Gripping

This is a harrowing and extraordinary story exceptionally well told by Joey. I was hooked from the beginning. This life story will stay with me for a long long time. I hope he gets peace.

C Louise D ,

A must listen for all

What an inspiration Joseph is. An amazing listen, something people from all walks of life should listen to.

Jules36817 ,

A must-listen.

This is one of the best podcasts I’ve listened to & gives great insight into the insidious nature of gangland figures & the danger they pose to society & children in particular. Well done to everyone involved in its production & especially to Joey. May you enjoy a long healthy and happy life & I pray the Parole Board do what’s right.

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