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From the Norman Invasion to the War of Independence, the Irish History Podcast brings you on a journey through the most fascinating stories in Ireland's past. Whether it’s the siege of Dublin in 1171 or gun battles in the 1920s, the podcast vividly recreates a sense of time and place. Each episode is meticulously researched creating character driven narratives that are engaging and accessible for all. Since the first episode was released back in 2010, the podcast has covered scores of fascin ...
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The Irish History Show

Cathal Brennan and John Dorney

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The Irish History Show is presented and produced by Cathal Brennan and John Dorney. The show looks at many different aspects of Irish history with expert guests from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.
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From the Irish History and Culture course @UCCLanguageCent. These lecture are created especially for English Language Learners. Each episode is carefully graded at CEFR levels B1, B2, C1 & C2. Join a course at University College Cork, Ireland Further details here: https://www.ucc.ie/en/esol/courses/parttimecourses/irishculture/
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In this episode I delve into the lasting impact of the Great Hunger on Ireland. Its often said that the Famine was a taboo subject and a 'Great Silence' surrounded the 1840s. In this podcast I challenge this myth and explore how grief, guilt, and trauma were expressed and processed by the survivors. Join me as I uncover the untold stories and voice…
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On this episode of the show, we discussed the Irish Civil War Fatalities Project. The Irish Civil War Fatalities Project, supported with funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, seeks to identify all of the conflict-related fatalities in Ireland between the opening shots of the Civil War on 28 June 1922 and…
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Here's the penultimate episode of the Bertie series, The Celtic Pelican. The wheels are coming off the county as the Celtic Tiger gets put down and replaced with a Celtic Pelican, right when the country needs him most, Bert is distracted by his own personal affairs and ends up stepping down as Taoiseach just before the economy implodes. . If you wa…
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Within the space of a few years following the Great Hunger, hundreds of thousands of Irish emigrants settled in New York quickly becoming one of the largest communities in the city. These Irish emigrants are synonymous with slums, starvation, and misery; however, groundbreaking new research challenges this one dimensional stereotype. While poverty …
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In 1879 Vere Goold was a celebrity in Ireland. After winning Ireland’s first tennis championship, he reached the prestigious Wimbledon final later in the year. Exactly 30 years later he would die in the most notorious prison in the world – Devil’s Island. Known as the 'dry guillotine' the conditions in the French penal colony were horrendous. Howev…
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On this episode of the Irish History Show we looked at the Plantation of Ulster. The Plantation was the colonisation of Ireland’s northern province of Ulster by people from Britain during the reign of James VI and I. The official plantation began in 1609 in six of Ulster’s nine counties, Donegal, Coleraine, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Armagh and Cavan. Land…
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Arthur Henri Poole was one of the most celebrated photographers in early 20th-century Ireland. An Englishman by birth, he was also most well-known figures in the city of Waterford where he lived for over four decades. In 1928 Poole disappeared almost without trace. Even though he was well known in Waterford, it would be almost three years before ma…
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Well hello, here's part 3.5 of the Bertie series, the Mahon Tribunal. We've been doing the rest of the Flood / Mahon Tribunal stuff behind the paywall so if you want to get the full story you can head over to the Patreon and get it all there for a fiver. . You can follow us on Instagram to see video clips from each episode and ALSO you can find tic…
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How difficult was life in the Middle Ages? This is something archaeologists and historians have debated for decades. In recent years, new techniques, including genetic analysis, have given us new insights into the lives of our distant ancestors in the Medieval Era. Their findings are unsettling. Life in the Middle Ages was far more difficult than w…
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The camera never lies or does it? In this episode, I take a trip to the National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar, Dublin. Joining me is the archivist, Nora Thornton. Nora not only leads you through the history of photography from its earliest days but also delves into the murky history of image manipulation. It's much older than modern photoshop…
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In 1170, the Norman Lord Strongbow landed an army in Ireland. The following day, he launched a deadly assault on the nearby city of Waterford. Before the day was out, Strongbow had not only conquered Waterford in a brutal assault but also made time for his wedding. This marriage changed Ireland forever. Discover how the marriage of Aoife, a sevente…
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The 1930s stood out as one of the most dramatic decades in modern history. Fascism was on the rise, and Europe was hurtling towards the Second World War. However, it was a peculiar time in Ireland. The Revolutionary Era was firmly in the rearview, and the optimism and hope it once inspired had long faded. Irish society was increasingly dominated by…
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In 1851 there were nearly 90,000 orphans in Irish Workhouses. Many of these children had lost their parents to hunger and disease. Others had been abandoned. This podcast explores the lives of these resilient children as they turned into young adults and rebelled against a world that had forsaken them... Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/…
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Hello, we're back with part three of the Bertie series and in this episode we talk about his second term in government and start seeing some of his big failings as a leader. Hope ye enjoy this episode and have a lovely St Patrick's weekend! . You can follow us on Instagram to see video clips from each episode and ALSO you can find tickets for all o…
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Well hellllo, we're bringing the podcast on tour again and travelling across the island of Ireland talking shite with some of our favourite guests! 21st March - Accidental Theatre, Belfast 25th April - 4 Dame Lane, Dublin 3rd May - Coughlan’s, Cork 10th May - Seven Bridge Street, Galway 17th May - Commercial, Limerick 23rd May - Spirit Store, Dunda…
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Telling the time in hours and minutes seems so natural that we don’t even question where it came from. However it is a pretty recent development. For most of history our ancestors didn’t have clocks and understood time itself in a very different way. In this podcast we will journey back through the centuries to explore how our ancestors measured ti…
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