Irish History Podcast
About This Show
The Irish history podcast brings the listener on a journey through Irish history starting in the 9th century when high kings battled for control of Ireland. This podcast is not just dates but an enthralling journey deep into Irelands past looking at daily life when violence was common and life was short. If you’ve been puzzled how people survived before email, phones, cars or even proper roads the Irish history podcast is for you! The series tracks Irish history and archaeology trying to understand what daily life was like for normal people whilst also tracking the big picture of war, politics and needless to say invasions.
Most Recent Episode
A Tale of Transportation: The Great Famine Part XIII
Transportation was a particularity cruel punishment. For centuries those condemned to this fate were shipped to penal colonies on the far side of the globe to serve out their sentences. It has become synonymous with injustice during the famine when many caught stealing food suffered this fate. For this podcast I dug deep into the archives and found the story of the Nangle family whose lives were ripped apart after they were caught stealing sheep. Their story also gives us an insight into life in Dublin prisons during the famine. The second part of the show is somewhat different focusing on the bizarre and perverse chapters in the entire famine - the arrival of the french celebrity chef Alexis Soyer to Dublin in 1847 to help famine victims. This episode is brought to you by www.irishnewspaperarchives.com/podcast - the world’s largest and oldest online database of Irish newspapers. Containing nearly 300 years of Irish newspapers, Irish Newspaper Archives.com is an essential tool for anyone interested Irish history or genealogy.