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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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Life in Dublin at the turn of the 20th century was difficult to say the least. Working Class Dubliners were lucky if they reached 50. In those five or so decades, they worked dangerous jobs and lived in appalling conditions. In this episode I am joined by Dr Ciara Breathnach. Ciara has spent several years researching the records of Dublin's Coroner…
 
Tickets: https://www.whelanslive.com/event/shite-talk/ In December 2018 we sat in what was then Bourke's, suppin' on stout and talking shite about what sort of a podcast we could start together. At some pint, in between some pint, we decided to have a go at doing some thing or other about Irish History through comedy. The same night, in the same pu…
 
Castlekevin was once a thriving settlement deep in the Wicklow Mountains. However in the 14th century after decades of warfare the historical record fell silent. Over the past year the Roundwood & District Historical & Folklore Society have been working with a team of archaeologists to uncover the story of this lost town and castle. Using ground pe…
 
Kevin tells Jason a story about a scientist who stumbles upon a very odd little island at the edge of Europe with a distrust trust of the police, a disassociation which the politicians, an interesting relationship with the church, and so sexually repressed that people write books on it. And beside that is Inisheer. Sorry, Baile Beag...or Inis Beag.…
 
Two short stories about Irish lads who ended up in far fetched, far off places. If you like the first two stories we had a third one about an Irish chap in Fiji with 48 kids on the Patroen! Tickets to our gig in Belfast with Darren Matthews on November 24th in the Sunflower: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/shite-talk-an-irish-history-live-in-the-sunflo…
 
The Black Death changed Europe and Ireland forever. This disease which swept across the continent through 1348 carried off around 40% of the population. Its aftermath was no less sensational as social upheavel, wars and revolts broke out across Europe. Ireland was no different, indeed it was arguably affected in more profound ways than most of the …
 
This week we were joined by Stephen Mullan when we talked about the great Admiral William "Guillermo" Brown, a Mayo man done good in Argentina. You should go follow Stephen on social media @thestephenmullan, then while you're there follow the podcast @shitetalkhistory and while you're at THAT, come see us live in Belfast: https://www.eventbrite.ie/…
 
Believe it or not, it was a crime to sell contraception in Ireland between 1935 and 1979. The Irish government also banned all literature on family planning for decades as well. This had a profound impact on life in Ireland. Couples couldn't plan families or engage in recreational sex without fear of pregnancy. This devastated relationships and lef…
 
This week Kevin brings Jason a scary story for the festive season that's in it. Dublin's very own Al Gore. We'll have our Halloween/Banshee episode from our live gig in Cork up later today on the Patreon too! Find that over here: https://www.patreon.com/shitetalkhistory And if you're looking for tickets to our Belfast show on Novemeber 24th, you ca…
 
While Ireland remained neutral in the Second World War several Nazi agents were smuggled into the country. Their aims varied, some sought to establish contact with the IRA while others were spies. In this episode, I interview historian Marc McMenamin about the attempts of Irish Military Intelligence's to catch these spies and agents. Marc also expl…
 
Somehow we didn't think to do this episode during that whole pandemic thing, so we're timely as usual. But anyway, it's never too late, so here's an episode about ol' Mary Mallon, the superest of spreaders. We have a live Halloween Special recording in Cork on Thursday October 27th in Couglans, get your tickets here - https://www.coughlans.ie/whats…
 
There is a photo essay to accompany this episode here Conwy castle in Wales in one of Europe's most spectacular medieval castles. Built in the 1280s by Edward I the castle has withstood sieges and the ravages of time. On Sat October 8th I organised a supporters trip to the castle. Early the following morning, as the sun rose over the medieval town …
 
In this final episode of Ireland's Last Aristocrat, you will hear how Olive Packenham Mahon adjusted to life in Ireland after the War of Independence. This follows her story through the chaotic early days of the Irish Free State, her futile attempts to budget as money ran out and how she would end up an eccentric living in a mansion that crumbled a…
 
On this episode of the Irish History Show we discussed the current commemorations of the Irish Civil War and how it is being remembered 100 years on. We covered: How the Irish Civil War is being commemorated (or not) 100 years on. How the conflict is interpreted today – democrats vs dictators or the unfinished revolution? The enduring mythology sur…
 
Olive's unpublished diary and letters reveal a story of war, revolution and scandalous relationships in Ireland during the War of Independence. After being raised in splendour with servants taking care of her every need (see part I), this episode follows Olive Packenham Mahon through the Irish revolutionary era. After the outbreak of World War I ev…
 
Welcome back to Shite Talk: An Irish History Podcast! Sorry for the summer break! To kick off Season 9 we have a tale about two Irishmen murdering a bunch of Scots, and a few Irish for good measure, in Edinburgh back in the 1800s. No better man to join us and explain everything we got wrong than Edinburgh comedian Ben Verth! Ben wrote the book on B…
 
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