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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.
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The History of Ireland Kevin Dolan

    • History
    • 4.9 • 104 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.
Support the show through Patreon for bonus content and ad free listening!
www.patreon.com/thehistoryofireland

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    Interview – The Lives of Liam Lynch & Rory O'Conner with Gerard Shannon

    Interview – The Lives of Liam Lynch & Rory O'Conner with Gerard Shannon

    Loved this chat with Gerard Shannon, a fascinating historian currently writing a book on Liam Lynch. Over the course of the interview we get deep into the minds of the two leading figures of the anti-Treaty IRA. As ever the full hour long interview is available to Patreon subscribers.
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    • 15 min
    S2 EP07 – The Battle of Dublin

    S2 EP07 – The Battle of Dublin

    After the Four Courts was blown to smithereens fighting continued for several days in and around Dublin. In this episode we imagine what it must have been like for those hold up in the hotels, shops and homes transformed into military bases — and what it must have been like for those attacking them.
    The image shows the Gresham Hotel in flames.

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    • 20 min
    S2 EP06 – The Bombing of the Four Courts

    S2 EP06 – The Bombing of the Four Courts

    In this episode we look at the event traditionally viewed as the start of the Irish Civil War. These first unsteady and unwilling steps into civil war paved the way for the brutality that would soon follow.
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    • 23 min
    Interview – The Diaries of Michael Collins with Anne Dolan & Will Murphy

    Interview – The Diaries of Michael Collins with Anne Dolan & Will Murphy

    Today on the centenary of the death of Michael Collins I'm sharing excerpts from an interview with Anne Dolan and Will Murphy authors of Michael Collins: The Man & The Revolution and Days in the Life, Reading the Michael Collins Diaries 1918-1922. Reading the Michael Collins Diaries just came out last week and it was fascinating to unpack what Anne and Will learned while putting the new book together.
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    • 20 min
    S2 EP05 – The Assassination of Sir Henry Wilson

    S2 EP05 – The Assassination of Sir Henry Wilson

    The death of Sir Henry Wilson is a complicated affair that gives us a fascinating insight into the intersectional nature of the Ireland at the time. Whether figuring out who ordered the hit or examining those involved — nothing is simple or straightforward.
    The photo is of Reginald Dunne.

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    • 19 min
    S2 EP04 – Packs & Politics

    S2 EP04 – Packs & Politics

    In this episode we look at the election of 1922, which despite Sinn Fein's best efforts set a positive democratic tone for Irish politics for years to come.
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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
104 Ratings

104 Ratings

Manatee11 ,

Wonderful

I love this podcast! So much great history told in a way that really bring the people to life. I am so glad I found this podcast! Keep up the great work!!!!

TCB1958 ,

Fantastic

I am a history lover, and this is hands down the best history podcast I’ve listened, Irish of otherwise, and I’ve listened to many. I couldn’t recommend it more highly.

ashesss22 ,

beyond helpful

as an american who is moving to Ireland, this podcast has been very helpful for me learning the history of my future home

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