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[Ep 2/3] Ireland's Last Aristocrat - The Life of Olive Packenham Mahon

Olive's unpublished diary and letters reveal a story of war, revolution and scandalous relationships in Ireland during the War of Independence.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 everything changed. 


The Packenham Mahons and other aristocrats found themselves on the wrong side of history as revolution swept through Ireland. 

Olive recorded her experiences in an unpublished diary and letters which provide the basis for this episode. While these recount an unusual perspective on the Irish revolution, they also reveal a love affair that scandalised her family!


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Artwork - Keith Hynes

Sound - Kate Dunlea

Narrations - Aidan Crowe and Therese Murray

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