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History Ireland magazine has now been in production for over 27 years. 

The History Ireland Podcast covers a wide variety of topics, from the earliest times to the present day, in an effort to give the listener a sense of the distant past but also to offer a contemporary edge.

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History Ireland magazine has now been in production for over 27 years. 

The History Ireland Podcast covers a wide variety of topics, from the earliest times to the present day, in an effort to give the listener a sense of the distant past but also to offer a contemporary edge.

    Gaelic Ulster in the Middle Ages: history, culture and society

    Gaelic Ulster in the Middle Ages: history, culture and society

    Author Katharine Simms in conversation with Hiram Morgan (UCC)

     

    Gaelic Ulster was once a vigorous, confident society, whose members fought and feasted, sang and prayed. It maintained schools of poets, physicians, historians and lawyers, whose studies were conducted largely in their own Gaelic language, rather than in the dead Latin of medieval schools elsewhere in Europe. This monumental book explores the neglected history of Gaelic Ulster between the eleventh and early sixteenth centuries, and sheds further light on its unique society.

     

    Gaelic Ulster in the Middle Ages: history, culture and society is published by Four Courts Press, Dublin.

    • 50 min
    Katharine O’Shea centenary—what if she and Parnell never met?

    Katharine O’Shea centenary—what if she and Parnell never met?

    No other woman who never set foot on the island—with the possible exception of Queen Elizabeth I—has had a greater effect on the history of Ireland. But who was Katharine O’Shea (née Wood)? And what if she and Charles Stewart Parnell never met?

    Listen to History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, discuss this contrafactual with Mary Kenny, Patrick Maume, Daniel Mulhall, and Margaret O’Callaghan.

     

    This podcast is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 Initiative.

    Image: Katharine O’Shea 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    ‘Spies and informers beware!’—intelligence and counterintelligence in the War of Independence

    ‘Spies and informers beware!’—intelligence and counterintelligence in the War of Independence

    One of the most important—and controversial—aspects of the War of Independence was the ‘intelligence war’.  Given the role of spies and informers in defeating previous insurrections, it is not surprising that Michael Collins, the IRA’s Director of Intelligence, was keen to insure that history did not repeat itself.  How successful was he? To shed light on this ‘shadow war’ listen to History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, in discussion with Andy Bielenberg, Cécile Gordon, Eunan O’Halpin and Gerry White.

    Image: Foyer card for the 1935 film, The Informer. (Movie Stills Database)

     

    This podcast is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 Initiative.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Kildare in the revolutionary decade

    Kildare in the revolutionary decade

    While not in the vanguard of armed activity during the War of Independence, Kildare was central to the ‘revolutionary decade’ as whole, not only for its strategic importance and proximity to Dublin but in particular as the site of the largest British military establishment at the Curragh and elsewhere. It also has the dubious distinction of being the county worst affected by the flu pandemic of 1918-19. Listen to History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, in discussion with James Durney, John Gibney, Ida Milne and Fionnuala Walsh.

     

    This podcast is supported by Kildare County Council’s Decade of Commemorations Programme and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 Initiative.

    Image: The Curragh camp—(National Library of Ireland)

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Wicklow in the revolutionary decade (part 2, South)

    Wicklow in the revolutionary decade (part 2, South)

    While not in the vanguard of armed activity in the revolutionary decade, Wicklow was, nevertheless, active in other respects. Moreover, its unique characteristics—proximity to Dublin, pioneering development of tourism, and one of the highest Protestant populations outside Ulster—make it worthy of study. Join History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham in discussion with Sheila Clarke (Ashford), Brendan Flynn (Wicklow), Kevin Lee (Carnew), Jim Rees (Arklow), Padraig Óg Ó Ruairc (author of several books on the Irish revolution).

     

    Supported by the Commemorations Unit of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and Wicklow County Council’s Archives Service.

    Image: Group outside Wicklow Gaol 1920 with republican prisoner William O’Grady back row left with the fine moustache. Image: Courtesy of John Finlay

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Wicklow in the revolutionary decade (part 1, North)

    Wicklow in the revolutionary decade (part 1, North)

    While not in the vanguard of armed activity in the revolutionary decade, Wicklow was, nevertheless, active in other respects. Moreover, its unique characteristics—proximity to Dublin, pioneering development of tourism, and one of the highest Protestant populations outside Ulster—make it worthy of study. Listen to History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham in discussion with Rosemary Raughter (Greystones), James Scannell (Bray), Brian White (Enniskerry) and John Dorney (editor of ‘The Irish Story’).

     

    This podcast is available at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/history-ireland/id1503109266

    and https://www.historyireland.com/hedge-schools/ or wherever you get your podcasts.

     

    Supported by the Commemorations Unit of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and Wicklow County Council’s Archives Service.

    • 57 min

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