Bonus: Legends of the Past - The History Behind Mythology (with Blindboy)
Irish History Podcast
by Fin Dwyer
1w ago
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 ..read more
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The Hidden War: British Psy-Ops & The Troubles
Irish History Podcast
by Fin Dwyer
1w ago
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 P ..read more
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The Battle of the Falls - Three Days in July Part II
Irish History Podcast
by Fin Dwyer
2w ago
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 ..read more
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Three Days in July - A Forgotten Victim of The Troubles
Irish History Podcast
by Fin Dwyer
3w ago
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 ..read more
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Beyond the Famine: A History of the Potato in Ireland
Irish History Podcast
by Fin Dwyer
1M ago
Throughout history, bread has consistently been one of the most popular foods across the world. For two centuries, Ireland was an exception. Indeed, by the early 19th century, some communities in the west of Ireland had lost all knowledge of how to bake bread. This was down to the remarkable history of the potato in Ireland. Our ancestors had an insatiable appetite for spuds. In this podcast, I explore the history of the potato in Ireland beyond the Famine. Beginning back in the 16th century, I chronicle our enduring love of the humble potato! Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/iris ..read more
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Lord Haw Haw - Ireland's Most Notorious Nazi
Irish History Podcast
by Fin Dwyer
1M ago
William Joyce aka Lord Haw Haw was Ireland's most notorious Nazi. Raised in the west of Ireland he was an unlikely spokesman for Hitler's Third Reich. Nevertheless millions tuned in to his sinister broadcasts on behalf of the Nazi regime during the Second World War. This podcast follows his journey from Galway to Hitler’s Third Reich. In his teenage years, he acted as a scout for the Black and Tans and was implicated in one of the most notorious murders of the Irish War of Independence. This set the stage for his rise through violent far-right extremism, which eventually led him to Nazi German ..read more
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The Rise of the Irish in New York
Irish History Podcast
by Fin Dwyer
2M ago
Within the space of a few years following the Great Hunger, hundreds of thousands of Irish emigrants settled in New York quickly becoming one of the largest communities in the city. These Irish emigrants are synonymous with slums, starvation, and misery; however, groundbreaking new research challenges this one dimensional stereotype. While poverty was central to the lives of many Irish immigrants in the 19th century, it did not define their experience of New York. In this episode, Prof. Tyler Anbinder from George Washington University shares stories from his research that reveals a very diff ..read more
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From Dublin to Devil's Island - The Life & Crimes of Vere Goold
Irish History Podcast
by Fin Dwyer
2M ago
In 1879 Vere Goold was a celebrity in Ireland. After winning Ireland’s first tennis championship, he reached the prestigious Wimbledon final later in the year. Exactly 30 years later he would die in the most notorious prison in the world – Devil’s Island. Known as the 'dry guillotine' the conditions in the French penal colony were horrendous. However few had sympathy for the Irish aristocrat. His crime had been unspeakable and shocked the world. This is the Life & Crimes of Vere Goold. ----- As a listener to the show you can get a 30% discount off everything in the shop at h ..read more
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Unsolved: The 1928 Disappearance of Arthur Poole
Irish History Podcast
by Fin Dwyer
2M ago
Arthur Henri Poole was one of the most celebrated photographers in early 20th-century Ireland. An Englishman by birth, he was also most well-known figures in the city of Waterford where he lived for over four decades. In 1928 Poole disappeared almost without trace.  Even though he was well known in Waterford, it would be almost three years before many people in the city realised he was missing. Adding to the intrigue, his disappearance eerily mirrored that of another person connected to the Poole family two decades prior.  This podcast explores the mystery surrounding Arthur Pool ..read more
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Daily Life in the Middle Ages. Worse than you imagine...
Irish History Podcast
by Fin Dwyer
3M ago
How difficult was life in the Middle Ages? This is something archaeologists and historians have debated for decades. In recent years, new techniques, including genetic analysis, have given us new insights into the lives of our distant ancestors in the Medieval Era. Their findings are unsettling. Life in the Middle Ages was far more difficult than we imagine. My guest in this episode is Prof. Eileen Murphy from Queen's University Belfast. Eileen has recently published groundbreaking research on daily life in early medieval Ireland, based on her analysis of human remains excavated in Co. Roscom ..read more
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