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The Irish Republic's foundation is one hell of a story, complete with spying secretaries, pig thieves, politicians, poets, school teachers and the world's biggest empire. In quick, bite-sized episodes, we're going to explore the causes, characters and aftermath of the Irish War of Independence.

The History of Ireland Kevin Dolan

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    • 4.8 • 64 Ratings

The Irish Republic's foundation is one hell of a story, complete with spying secretaries, pig thieves, politicians, poets, school teachers and the world's biggest empire. In quick, bite-sized episodes, we're going to explore the causes, characters and aftermath of the Irish War of Independence.

    S1EP35 – The Biggest Lie of the Irish Revolution Pt. 1

    S1EP35 – The Biggest Lie of the Irish Revolution Pt. 1

    In the first of a two part episode we explore violence against women during the Irish War of Independence.
     
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    • 10 min
    S1 EP54 – Spies & Informers Beware

    S1 EP54 – Spies & Informers Beware

    In this episode we interrogate the relationship between the IRA and the Irish public. From farmers happily donating their hard earned cash to informers shot and left as a warning for others, people across Ireland interacted with the IRA in very different ways.
     
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    • 17 min
    S1 EP53 – The Battle at the Farm House

    S1 EP53 – The Battle at the Farm House

    In this episode we explore how the violence War of Independence ramped up in 1921 and explore how one safe house in Clonmult turned out to be anything but safe.


    The image from this episode is borrowed from The Battle of Clonmult by Tom O'Neil.
     
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    • 13 min
    S1 EP52 – Guess Who Just Got Back Today?

    S1 EP52 – Guess Who Just Got Back Today?

    In this episode Eamon de Valera finally returns to Ireland and we look at the effect this had on the movement...
     
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    • 18 min
    S1 EP51 – Is There Anything To Be Said For Saying Another Mass?

    S1 EP51 – Is There Anything To Be Said For Saying Another Mass?

    In today's episode we look at the very first tentative steps towards a truce. Spoiler alert, it all falls a part and paves the way for bloodiest months of the entire conflict.
     
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    • 15 min
    S1 EP50 – The Burning of Cork

    S1 EP50 – The Burning of Cork

    In this episode drunken arsons come face to face with courageous fire fighters in one of the most cataclysmic reprisals of the war. It really did act as a violent full stop to 1920.
     
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    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

R G Q ,

The best

Thanks for all you do!

Madmccrea ,

Great Podcast

I just found this podcast a couple of weeks ago. And all I can say is wow! Kevin has a wonderful voice and great comic timing. This is such as serious topic that comic relief is needed and he provides it. I usually listen to three or four episodes together since they are about 15 minutes each which at first thought they would be too short to get much detail, but he gets a lot in those 15 minutes. Definitely recommend!

Brodie_Baker ,

Awesome podcast

This podcast is amazing and I am using it to learn about the country I am going to vacation to.

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