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The Irish History Podcast

By Fin Dwyer

The Irish History Podcast brings you on a journey through Ireland's fascinating past. This podcast is not just dates but an enthralling account of Ireland's history, looking at daily life through the ages. The show is currently focused on the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s (see below), while the archive contains the stories of Ireland's ancient High Kings, Viking raiders and the Norman Invasion of the Middle Ages. The story of the Great Famine has proved the most popular to date, Between 1845 and 1851, during one of the worst Famine's in modern history one million Irish people died. The podcast looks at how this happened and who was responsible. The series also tells the story of the survivors. From rebellion to riots & evictions to emigration when you download the show you embark on a facinating and vivid journey to the world your ancestors lived in. These events not only changed Ireland but also numerous countries across the globe. Irish famine emigrants established communities in the USA, Britain, Canada, Australia and further afield. This series is the story of your ancestors who lived through world changing events.

  1. 1.
    BONUS: Ireland's most famous highwayman & Cromwell's siege of Wexford10/15/2018
    21:44
  2. 2.
    Our darkest hour? The forgotten famine of 1847-4810/04/2018
    52:42
  3. 3.
    How to get my new podcast series 'This Week in Irish History'.09/17/2018
    2:28
  4. 4.
    Black '47 The Movie Reviewed09/05/2018
    21:36
  5. 5.
    The Road to Black '47 - The Great Irish Famine Explained09/05/2018
    41:46
  6. 6.
    The Mulranny Police Conspiracy08/20/2018
    36:39
  7. 7.
    The Iniskea Island Mysteries?07/30/2018
    32:42
  8. 8.
    The Massacre of Wildgoose Lodge07/04/2018
    33:44
  1. 9.
    Murder at Mother Mountain06/11/2018
    43:24
  2. 10.
    Did the Famine drive Irish people insane? The story of the Famine Irish in Britain.05/28/2018
    28:52
  3. 11.
    The US Civil War and the Great Famine05/08/2018
    41:42
  4. 12.
    The Famine Irish in the USA - a promised land?04/21/2018
    49:53
  5. 13.
    American Wakes, Coffin Ships and Canada03/29/2018
    37:26
  6. 14.
    St Patricks Day in Black '4703/16/2018
    22:02
  7. 15.
    Dublin Famine Tour - A New Interactive Experience03/06/2018
    2:29
  8. 16.
    Exiles - Irish Famine Emigrants (the Great Famine XIX)03/02/2018
    33:34
  9. 17.
    An Eye for an Eye: Evictions & Assassinations (The Great Famine XVIII)02/07/2018
    57:59
  10. 18.
    The Great Famine 1845 - 47 (Part XVII)01/22/2018
    31:11
  11. 19.
    Spies & Jail Breaks: Female Rebels in Medieval Ireland01/08/2018
    21:55
  12. 20.
    Ireland's Nazi Commando II (Otto Skorzeny)12/24/2017
    30:46
  13. 21.
    Ireland's Nazi Commando: Otto Skorzeny (Outsiders III Part 1)12/18/2017
    38:56
  14. 22.
    The first Irishman in China (Outsiders Part II)12/12/2017
    26:01
  15. 23.
    Ireland's Last Executioners (Outsiders Part I)12/04/2017
    30:12
  16. 24.
    The Workhouse and the Unwanted (The Great Famine XVI)11/15/2017
    46:02
  17. 25.
    A Doomed Land? Piracy, Elections and the 1847 Harvest (The Great Famine Part XV)10/23/2017
    37:21
  18. 26.
    At a Crossroads - Salvation or Starvation (1847) The Great Famine Part XIV09/25/2017
    33:33
  19. 27.
    A Tale of Transportation: The Great Famine Part XIII09/11/2017
    31:22
  20. 28.
    The Great Hunger in Dublin (The Great Famine XII)08/14/2017
    32:03
  21. 29.
    Voices from Black '47 - Irish emigrants in their own words (The Great Famine XI)07/24/2017
    30:21
  22. 30.
    Black '47 - A World Turned Upside Down (1847) The Great Famine Part X07/10/2017
    42:25
  23. 31.
    Insurrection and Starvation - A Tale of Two Towns (1846) The Great Famine Part IX06/19/2017
    48:46
  24. 32.
    History vs Reality. What was life really like in 1840s Ireland?06/05/2017
    23:17
  25. 33.
    An abandoned village and Ireland's newest beach: Achill Island Day 105/25/2017
    10:54
  26. 34.
    Crisis turns into Catastrophe (1846) The Great Famine Part VIII05/23/2017
    34:58
  27. 35.
    All aboard - Virtual Road Trip to the 1840s05/20/2017
    3:09
  28. 36.
    The 1846 Summer of Starvation (The Great Famine Part VII)05/02/2017
    31:13
  29. 37.
    Free Trade or Famine 1845-46 (the Great Famine Part VI)04/10/2017
    33:00
  30. 38.
    The Great Hunger Begins (The Great Famine Part V)03/20/2017
    34:07
  31. 39.
    On the verge of disaster: Ireland 1845 (The Great Famine IV)03/08/2017
    31:44
  32. 40.
    Lola Montez - 19th Century Ireland's most notorious lady.02/20/2017
    26:45
  33. 41.
    People & Potatoes: Was Ireland overpopulated in 1845? (The Great Famine Part III)01/31/2017
    25:11
  34. 42.
    Rents, Riots and Volcanoes (Ireland 1800-1845) The Great Famine II01/24/2017
    33:26
  35. 43.
    The Great Famine Part I Rebel Isle (1750-1803)01/18/2017
    44:28
  36. 44.
    The Great Irish Famine Series - An Introduction01/10/2017
    5:36
  37. 45.
    Hitchhiker's Guide to 1820s Ireland12/21/2016
    17:55
  38. 46.
    Letters from Dakota12/13/2016
    27:09
  39. 47.
    The Land War (1879-1882)12/08/2016
    10:43
  40. 48.
    The Phoenix Park Murders II - The Manhunt12/01/2016
    29:22
  41. 49.
    The 1882 Phoenix Park Murders Part I - A Fatal Day in Dublin.11/23/2016
    21:55
  42. 50.
    Tales from the Great Famine in Dublin.11/16/2016
    27:08
  43. 51.
    The Maamtrasna Murders Part III - The Guilty and the Innocent11/14/2016
    33:44
  44. 52.
    The Maamtrasna Murders Part II - The Trials11/09/2016
    37:37
  45. 53.
    The Maamtrasna Murders Part I - The Killings.11/01/2016
    29:28
  46. 54.
    The tale of Jack of Ireland, a medieval outlaw.10/24/2016
    25:06
  47. 55.
    Haunted by our history: Ireland and Child Sexual Abuse10/17/2016
    16:33
  48. 56.
    The Manchester Martyrs10/11/2016
    26:38
  49. 57.
    Fatal Feuds V - Medieval Downfall10/05/2016
    29:43
  50. 58.
    Bonus: An Irish Childhood in a Stately Mansion09/19/2016
    13:34
  51. 59.
    Fatal Feuds IV - The Fall of the Red Earl09/08/2016
    30:20
  52. 60.
    Bonus: Stealing the Stone of Destiny08/30/2016
    13:36
  53. 61.
    Fatal Feuds III - The Bruce Invasion08/22/2016
    35:52
  54. 62.
    Bonus - Medieval Ireland's Red Wedding08/15/2016
    12:16
  55. 63.
    Fatal Feuds II - The Making of a Medieval Superpower08/09/2016
    41:43
  56. 64.
    30 seconds to improve this podcast.07/29/2016
    1:17
  57. 65.
    Fatal Feuds Part I – The rise of the Red Earl (1281 – 1295)07/27/2016
    31:23
  58. 66.
    Bridget Cleary - the last woman burned alive in Ireland07/11/2016
    34:19
  59. 67.
    The 'witch' Mary Doheny and a 19th century supernatural scam.06/30/2016
    18:07
  60. 68.
    Ireland’s Forgotten World War II Bombings06/13/2016
    20:03
  61. 69.
    Hubert Butler - Ireland’s forgotten World War II hero.05/09/2016
    22:01
  62. 70.
    New Black Death book (preview & listeners discount)05/04/2016
    9:30
  63. 71.
    Free State or Fair State: Ireland after Independence04/19/2016
    26:54
  64. 72.
    The Revolution Underground (Secret Societies, Communism and Coal Part V 1919-1922)03/07/2016
    37:31
  65. 73.
    The Road to War (1894 -1918) – Secret Societies, Communism and Coal Part IV01/18/2016
    49:56
  66. 74.
    A Christmas Feast in Medieval Ireland12/16/2015
    13:55
  67. 75.
    The Superstitions and Strange Customs of Medieval Ireland.12/15/2015
    12:16
  68. 76.
    Ireland's hidden hand in history12/14/2015
    17:59
  69. 77.
    The Land War & the Great 1881 Strike – Secret Societies, Communism and Coal Part III11/06/2015
    24:04
  70. 78.
    The Great Famine in Castlecomer - Secret Societies, Communism and Coal Part II10/02/2015
    24:49
  71. 79.
    Secret Societies, Communism & Coal; Life in the Castlecomer Colliery Part I..09/14/2015
    22:26
  72. 80.
    The Black Death, Black Lung & The Great Famine09/07/2015
    19:46
  73. 81.
    The Conquered Lands - The Norman Invasion part XXIII09/02/2015
    31:45
  74. 82.
    The North - The Norman Invasion XXII (1190 - 1205)08/18/2015
    31:38
  75. 83.
    The Battle for Connacht - The Norman Invasion XXI (1190 - 1205)07/16/2015
    29:18
  76. 84.
    My enemy's enemy is still my enemy, The Norman Invasion XX - (1190s)06/22/2015
    19:06
  77. 85.
    Living and dying by the sword - The Norman Invasion XIX (1186-89)06/02/2015
    25:37
  78. 86.
    Prince John in Ireland - Norman Invasion XVIII (1185)05/20/2015
    28:18
  79. 87.
    Road Trip Through Medieval Ireland.04/13/2015
    20:19
  80. 88.
    Liberty and Riots: Magna Carta in Ireland03/24/2015
    17:25
  81. 89.
    Irish-American Radicals - The Forgotten Emigrants03/16/2015
    20:07
  82. 90.
    The Conquest of Ulster - The Norman Invasion of Ireland XVII (1177-85).03/04/2015
    27:21
  83. 91.
    The arrival of Hugh de Lacy - The Norman Invasion XVI (1177-81)02/10/2015
    20:11
  84. 92.
    (1177) The Norman Invasion XV - The Invasion of Munster.01/27/2015
    20:16
  85. 93.
    (1176-77) The Norman Invasion XIV – New Blood01/12/2015
    30:10
  86. 94.
    Grubs up - Food in medieval Ireland.12/22/2014
    7:47
  87. 95.
    (1175-76) The Norman Invasion XIII – The end of the beginning12/09/2014
    20:14
  88. 96.
    (1173-75) The Norman Invasion XII - Revolt and Reprisal12/03/2014
    30:38
  89. 97.
    Did the Irish Government cover up mass starvation in 1920s?11/11/2014
    16:29
  90. 98.
    Update on the Norman Invasion11/10/2014
    3:04
  91. 99.
    (1174) The Norman Invasion XI: A tour of Ireland in 117411/07/2014
    28:50
  92. 100.
    Halloween Special: Ireland's first witch-burning (Kilkenny 1324)10/30/2014
    21:10
  93. 101.
    Riots, murder and the mob; protest in medieval Ireland.10/20/2014
    18:05
  94. 102.
    (1172-1174) The Norman Invasion X. The return to war.10/14/2014
    26:35
  95. 103.
    (1171-72) The Norman Invasion IX - King Henry II in Ireland09/25/2014
    24:55
  96. 104.
    (1171) The Norman Invasion VIII – The arrival of Henry II09/10/2014
    24:16
  97. 105.
    (1171) The Norman Invasion VII - The second siege of Dublin08/29/2014
    27:09
  98. 106.
    (1170-71) The Norman Invasion VI - The first siege of Dublin08/13/2014
    24:46
  99. 107.
    (1170) The Norman Invasion V. The arrival of Strongbow and the Siege of Waterford.07/31/2014
    29:25
  100. 108.
    (1169-70) The Norman Invasion IV. The siege of Wexford and the conquest of Leinster.07/18/2014
    31:11
  101. 109.
    (1167-1169) The Norman Invasion III, the conquest begins.06/25/2014
    23:28
  102. 110.
    Dark truths and open secrets – who knew what about Ireland's child abuse scandal?06/17/2014
    11:26
  103. 111.
    (1166-67) The Norman Invasion II - In search of kings, lords & allies.06/13/2014
    24:40
  104. 112.
    (1156 -1166) The Norman Invasion Part I05/29/2014
    37:24
  105. 113.
    The IRA, the Boston College Tapes and who tells the past?05/12/2014
    36:45
  106. 114.
    Ireland 1014 - What a difference a millennium makes04/23/2014
    10:14
  107. 115.
    Five of the greatest killers in Irish history04/16/2014
    22:37
  108. 116.
    Friend or Foe: The Impact of the potato on Irish history03/25/2014
    22:42
  109. 117.
    Ireland's other great famine - the year of Slaughter of 1740-4103/12/2014
    19:44
  110. 118.
    The Battle of Ath-an-Chip and the life of the rebel king Aodh O'Connor.03/05/2014
    25:28
  111. 119.
    Medieval Ireland - Was there ever any good old days?02/27/2014
    19:41
  112. 120.
    Climate change in Medieval Ireland; a warning from the past.02/20/2014
    26:09
  113. 121.
    The Sounds of Medieval Life - A walk through Dublin in 132002/12/2014
    19:01
  114. 122.
    From Carpenter's son to King - the Lambert Simnel conspiracy of 1487.02/05/2014
    22:45
  115. 123.
    Prostitution in Medieval Ireland - the story of Cristiana la Sadelhackere01/23/2014
    14:16
  116. 124.
    Drogheda 1310 - Murder and Solidarity in a Medieval Crisis.12/05/2013
    22:01
  117. 125.
    (1101 - 1103) The Great War of Ulster and Munster Part II11/11/2013
    21:06
  118. 126.
    The Top 5 turning points in Medieval Ireland, Part II (the Battle of Athenry)10/14/2013
    25:46
  119. 127.
    The top 5 turning points in Medieval Ireland (Part I).10/08/2013
    31:10
  120. 128.
    Ireland 1300 A.D. A tale of honour, violence and justice.10/02/2013
    14:58
  121. 129.
    Castlekevin: life and death on a medieval frontier.05/30/2013
    29:09
  122. 130.
    The Norman Conquest of Connacht05/12/2013
    24:23
  123. 131.
    The 1317 Siege of Dublin05/12/2013
    12:57
  124. 132.
    Special: Dennis Doherty – A Life of Survival Against the Odds05/12/2013
    30:43
  125. 133.
    The Great Gaelic Revolt of the 1270s03/19/2013
    25:24
  126. 134.
    Dublin 1303: The Business of War03/19/2013
    13:32
  127. 135.
    (1090-1101) The Great War of Ulster and Munster Part I03/19/2013
    35:15
  128. 136.
    (1072 -1090) The Return of the O Briains.03/19/2013
    32:17
  129. 137.
    Life in Ireland in the 11th Century.03/19/2013
    29:50
  130. 138.
    Special: The Assassination of the land agent John Ellis03/19/2013
    18:20
  131. 139.
    (1022-1072) The Man Who would be King03/19/2013
    1:08:13
  132. 140.
    Special: The Nine Years War and the Great Dublin Explosion of 159703/19/2013
    22:18
  133. 141.
    (1000 -1022) Brian Boru, The Battle of Clontarf and its aftermath03/19/2013
    58:22
  134. 142.
    (980 -1000) The Pursuit of Power (Part III): A New Millenium and A New King.03/19/2013
    46:35
  135. 143.
    (944 – 980) The Pursuit of Power (part II): The Rise of Brian Boru and the Dál Cais03/19/2013
    56:39
  136. 144.
    (919-944) The Pursuit of Power part 1 The Decline of the O’Neills03/19/2013
    34:17
  137. 145.
    St. Patrick and the Conversion of Ireland03/15/2013
    16:38
  138. 146.
    (902-930) Changing Times in Medieval Ireland03/15/2013
    27:32
  139. 147.
    (820 - 902) Raiding and Trading with the Vikings03/15/2013
    40:55
  140. 148.
    Ireland and the Viking World03/15/2013
    17:00
  141. 149.
    The Vikings Arrive03/15/2013
    19:41
  142. 150.
    Barbarians03/15/2013
    22:20

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