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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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[Ep 1/3] Ireland's Last Aristocrat - The Life of Olive Packenham Mahon

[Ep 1/3] Ireland's Last Aristocrat - The Life of Olive Packenham Mahon

Olive Packenham Mahon was born into wealth and privilege in 1894, but the legacy of a secret funeral and the spectre of war and revolution defined her life.  She was no ordinary aristocrat - Olive was the last of her kind... A special thanks to Oisin O'Driscoll, Martin Fagan & Tony Aspel and all the team at Strokestown Park House for their time. Olive Packenham Mahon's home Strokestown Park House is open to the public. You can find out more at https://strokestownpark.ie/. Sound by Kate Dunlea.  Artwork by Keith Hynes Additional narrations by Aidan Crowe and Therese Murray. There is a bonus episode with exclusive content from Strokestown available later in the week for show patrons at Patreon - patreon.com/Irishpodcast Acast+ - https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

38 mins

21 September Finished

[Coming Weds 21st] Ireland's Last Aristocrat - the Life of Olive Pakenham Mahon

[Coming Weds 21st] Ireland's Last Aristocrat - the Life of Olive Pakenham Mahon

Olive Pakenham Mahon was one of Ireland's last Aristocrats. Haunted by a secret funeral in her families past, revolution and war defined her life. She was anything but normal... Subscribe to the Irish History Podcast where you listen to podcasts https://linktr.ee/irishhistory Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

2 mins

18 September Finished

Who was Bridget O’Donnel? AKA The Most Famous Irish Woman in History

Who was Bridget O’Donnel? AKA The Most Famous Irish Woman in History

You may not recognise the name Bridget O’Donnel, but she is one of the most recognisable women in Irish history. In December 1849 her image (pictured in the episode artwork and here) appeared in The Illustrated London News. Over the following decades she became the face of the Great Famine. Today she is one of the most recognisable women in Irish history, but who was Bridget O’Donnel? Is it possible she never existed but was the creation of an artist called James Mahony? Hear the full story of the woman behind this iconic image. Additional narrations from Therese Murray H/T to Mark Lagan for his help in this! The poster of Bridget mentioned in the episode is available here. Dont forget the supporters trip to Conwy Castle is fast approaching - we leave on October 8th! If you would like to join me on this trip to this amazing castle get in touch today at www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

22 mins

14 September Finished

From Ancient Ireland to Westeros: A History of Dragons

From Ancient Ireland to Westeros: A History of Dragons

In this special episode brought to you by NOW, I look into why humans are fascinated with dragons. Did you know mythology around dragons is older than organised religion and spiritual beliefs of any kind? Meanwhile images of dragons has been found on all continents in societies from ancient Ireland to China. In this podcast I look at why dragon myths are so old, where did this mythology came from and what does it mean?  Additional narrations - Aidan Crowe Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

29 mins

31 August Finished

15 Minutes in Medieval Dublin [From the Archives]

15 Minutes in Medieval Dublin [From the Archives]

2022 has been stressful so this episode treats you to 15 minutes of escapism. It brings you back to Dublin in 1320 in a soundscape of the medieval city. Reconstructed by trawling through 700 year old records for distinctive sounds; it was originally released back in 2014 but is definitely worth another listen.  I am currently binge editing audio for an upcoming series but I will be back next week with a fresh episode! Join me on patreon, get access to hours of bonus content and join me on my upcoming trip to the stunning Conwy Castle in Wales - www.patreon.com/irishpodcast Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/irishhistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

18 mins

24 August Finished

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