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Irish History Podcast

Podcast Series Irish History Podcast

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 fascinating stories. Major multipart series have covered the Great Hunger, the Norman Invasion and Irish involvement in the Spanish Civil War. If you are looking for stand alone shows there are also hundreds o...

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1324: Ireland’s First Witchcraft Trial

1324: Ireland’s First Witchcraft Trial

Step back to 1324 and listen to the chilling story of Ireland’s first Witchcraft Trial in my latest episode. In 1324, the Bishop of Ossory, Richard Ledrede, accused Alice Kyteler, a wealthy and influential woman, of witchcraft and heresy. Alongside Alice's story, we explore the tragic fate of Petronilla de Meath, the first person in Ireland to be executed for witchcraft. Marking the 700th anniversary of these dark events, we delve into the societal fears, power struggles, and personal stories that shaped this infamous trial. Join me for a gripping journey through medieval Ireland. Research and production was funded by the Library and Heritage Services at Kilkenny County Council with the support of The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

49 mins

17 July Finished

Bonus: Legends of the Past - The History Behind Mythology (with Blindboy)

Bonus: Legends of the Past - The History Behind Mythology (with Blindboy)

What does mythology teach us about the past? Where do these stories come from? In this podcast, I am joined by Blindboy to explore the origins of mythology and what it can reveal about history. Was there a Great Flood? Are these and other myths actually distant memories of ancient events? Our conversation takes us back thousands of years, from Ancient Greece to Medieval Ireland. We conclude by discussing modern-day conspiracy theories and the ancient myths that inspire them. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

55 mins

6 July Finished

Three Days in July Part III - The Hidden War, British Psy-Ops & The Troubles

Three Days in July Part III - The Hidden War, British Psy-Ops & The Troubles

In the early 1970s, the British Army engaged in psychological operations (psy-ops) and black propaganda to cover up their actions during the Falls Curfew. This episode reveals the shadowy tactics used to manipulate public perception and obscure the truth. In this third and final part of Three Days in July, I uncover how the security forces manipulated Zbigniew Uglik's memory and histroy. They also intimated and harassed his family into silence when they demanded the truth. The episode also uncovers those involved and their motives behind these deceptive practices. Listen to Part I. Listen to Part II Subscribe to the Irish History Podcast here Become at supporter and get access to the my exclusive series with Dr Brian Hanley on the outbreak of the Troubles at https://patreon.com/irishpodcast Credits: Written and Researched by Fin Dwyer Based on Original Research by the Belfast writer and journalist Pádraig Ó Meiscil. His substack is available here. You can reach him by email at padraigomeiscill@yahoo.ie A Special Word of Thanks to Marta Riehle Stern for sharing her family's history. Interviewees: Marta Riehle Stern & Pádraig Ó Meiscil Additional Narrations by Aidan Crowe and Therese Murray Sound by Kate Dunlea Additional Thanks: Sebastian Zimnoch and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

54 mins

1 July Finished

Three Days in July Part II: The Battle of the Falls

Three Days in July Part II: The Battle of the Falls

On July 3rd 1970, months of rising tensions in Belfast erupted as the British Army laid siege to thousands of homes in the Lower Falls, a large working-class community. This event, known as the Battle of the Falls, became a key moment in the Troubles. While this is a well-known episode in the conflict, this podcast focuses on the forgotten story of Zbigniew Uglik. In last week's episode, I explored who Zbigniew Uglik was and how he ended up in Belfast in July 1970. This podcast follows Zbigniew into the heart of the Lower Falls as the Battle of the Falls erupted. We will follow his story as he navigated through the unfolding chaos and urban warfare in Belfast. The show reveals an untold story of a young Londoner who found himself at the crossroads of modern Irish history. Credits: Written and Researched by Fin Dwyer Based on Original Research by the Belfast writer and journalist Pádraig Ó Meiscil. His substack is available here. You can reach him by email at padraigomeiscill@yahoo.ie A Special Word of Thanks to Marta Riehle Stern for sharing her family's history. Interviewees: Marta Riehle Stern & Pádraig Ó Meiscil Additional Narrations by Aidan Crowe and Therese Murray Sound by Kate Dunlea Additional Thanks: Sebastian Zimnoch and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

37 mins

24 June Finished

Three Days in July Part I: A Forgotten Victim of The Troubles

Three Days in July Part I: A Forgotten Victim of The Troubles

In the summer of 1970, Belfast stood on the precipice of war. By June, months of rising tensions burst into violence, setting the stage for one of the most controversial British military operations of the Troubles – the Falls Curfew. This three-day siege of a large nationalist working-class community marked a point of no return for many. During the Curfew, four people were murdered. Among the victims was Zbigniew Uglik, a young Londoner. His death has been shrouded in rumour for decades. In this first episode of "Three Days in July," I set out to uncover the truth about Zbigniew, a forgotten victim of the Troubles, and reveal how the British Army twisted his death to defend the indefensible. Zbigniew’s story is a fascinating one that started in Eastern Poland in the early days of World War II. An innocent man, his tragic death at the hands of the British Army highlights the human cost of the Troubles. Through careful research and respectful storytelling, the series will shed light on his life and the circumstances surrounding his death. We’ll also delve into the dark world of Black Propaganda, a sinister tool used during the conflict to mislead and deceive. This episode sets the stage for understanding how lies and misinformation played a role in the tragic events of those days. Credits: Written and Researched by Fin Dwyer Based on Original Research by the Belfast writer and Journalist Pádraig Ó Meiscil. His substack is available here. You can reach him by email at padraigomeiscill@yahoo.ie A special word of thanks to Marta Riehle-Stern for sharing her family's history. Interviewees: Marta Riehle-Stern, Pádraig Ó Meiscill & Dr Brian Hanley Additional Narrations by Aidan Crowe and Therese Murray Sound by Kate Dunlea Additional Thanks: Sebastian Zimnoch and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

44 mins

17 June Finished

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