12 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. 


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The Witness: In His Own Words Yellow Path Productions

    • True Crime
    • 4.9 • 62 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. 


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    A Message From Joey

    A Message From Joey

    Joey has something he would like to say to listeners.
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    • 12 min
    10: The Letters

    10: The Letters

    Joey writes to the parole board, and receives a letter from an old friend.
    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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    • 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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

Listener-unbiased ,

Tough story to listen to

The amount of psychological and physical trauma this kid has gone through is palpable in his re-telling of his story. He is re-living the abuse he endured. To still be able to do the right thing and then to have the courage to testify. I wish him healing, peace and security.

PeachySpeechy ,

Powerful story

What a powerful story. The courage that he had to do the right thing is impressive. That he has been able to rise above all that occurred is a testament to his fortitude.

TheBalouBlue ,

This one will stay with you…

This story is one I still think about a while after finishing. It’s impossible not to want to invite Joey over for dinner & want to good for him. Around episode 7 or 8 when he tells the story of sitting
his exams in the interview room of the police station is the first & only time in the story you hear actual joy in his voice. He laughs, remembering the bizarre incident & what the officers did to help him. I lost it at that point, realizing how rare it was for him to experience raw kindness & lack of judgement. Joey doesn’t call himself a victim. He is very matter of fact about how the butterfly effect of one small action sent his life on this unfortunate journey. I hope so much that Joey, who is still young dammit, finds some peace from all the trauma & can live the life he really deserves.

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