The Troubles were a period of time in Northern Ireland which many people today do not know a lot about. In this podcast we will delve into each individual bombing and attack that happened during the 30-year period. This is a non-partisan podcast that focuses solely on the facts and the accounts of the individuals involved.
Behind the Mic at Crimecon 2022: What it Takes to Make a Podcast
To celebrate International Podcast Day here's a short episode where I sat down with some podcasters based in the UK and talked about the process of making episodes.
Loyalism 101: The UVF and the UDA Part 2
This episode focuses on the two major feuds that occurred between the UVF and the UDA.
Loyalism 101: The UVF and the UDA Part 1
This episode is an introduction to the two largest loyalist groups that took part in the Troubles; the UVF and UDA. This first part focuses how they came to be, their similarities and differences.
The Most Wanted Man in Ireland: Dessie O'Hare
Dessie O'Hare was a Republican paramilitary who was known for his brutality as well as his ability to evade the authorities on both sides of the border. This episode tells the story of his life, and the role he played in one of Ireland's most notorious kidnappings.
Soldiers of the Troubles: Colin Ferguson
Colin Ferguson served two tours in Northern Ireland as a soldier with the British army and in this episode of the podcast he talks about what life was like as a soldier in Northern Ireland in the nineties.
People of the Troubles: Gusty Spence
Gusty Spence was the leader of the Ulster Volunteer Force and was also the man who used his military background to shape the paramilitary group. But it would be the time spent in prison, that would cause him to change his view on the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
History Lessons We All Need
Really enjoying learning about this time in history and putting context around the news stories and events I remembered hearing about as a teen.
Going to Ireland next year and wanted to understand more before our trip. Thanks!!!
The Most neutral and fair history of the troubles. Simply grand
By far my favorite N. Irish pod. I actually get a bit sad when you are on break for research for the pod!
As a 2nd generation Irish-American ‘The Troubles’We’re talked about nearly every day at my grannies house during my young childhood/1980s. My mom was a proud member of Irish northern Aid, here in the states.One such political prisoner had last name Walsh which was my mothers great grandmother’s maiden name. Inteshe wrote a letter with family tree of her side and my father’s side (in the off chance if we were related).Ironically my mother was not related to Walsh at all but through coincidence my father and myself were! Sienna Walsh was grandson to my grannies first cousin, E. Greer (so we shared common great grandparents.
Anyway, I first visited Belfast for two weeks in 1992 after my father had passed. My mother had neglected to tell me that she was bringing a 9 year old to what seemed like a war zone in the Twinbrook estate in Dunmurray-staying w these cousins (Sienna was back in long kesh though). My interest in the history of the area started at that visit and grew exponentially!
When the IRA announced complete cease-fire my cousin was the first member to appear publicly without face covering or camouflage, a member of Belfast town Council, and operates a James Connolly visiting center.Despite the torture, dirty and blanket protests and as OC/operating commander inside LK I find him as living proof that violence can and should be avoided at all costs.
Enough of my banter! Please give this pod five stars it’s historical intrigue, presented extremely fairly as one side is not taken over the other which is done in a unique and thoughtful way.
Good info but quite biased to the Republican side
There’s good info here and the narrator does a good job, but no surprise by his name he is biased to the Republican side. The loyalist side is always presented in a black and white manner but then atrocities by republicans are always given a nuanced approach. I’m sure I would be biased as well if I made this podcast though, so I can’t fault it. Being almost blown up by an IRA bomb on August 1, 1998 in Banbridge will do that to you.
The story telling would also benefit from musical changes throughout, but overall a very decent podcast.