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Plan 2024: It's ambitious but you can make it possible

We've been on an extraordinary journey since the show launched 14 years ago. From medieval battlefields to revolutions we've shared ringside seats to some of the greatest moments in history. My plan for 2024 is to embark on an even more ambitious journey with you. All is explained in this short episode...


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  • The IRA ambush in Central Park, New York

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    On April 13th, 1922, three IRA volunteers chased a man through Central Park in New York. In front of dozens of witnesses, they shot him four times before escaping. This event marked the culmination of an international manhunt as the IRA tracked an informer across the world.In this episode, I am joined by New York Times Senior Editor Mark Bulik. During the interview, Mark shares the intriguing story of Patrick 'Cruxie' O'Connor and why he was hunted by the IRA in 1920s New York.Follow up on the episode at my new socials. WhatsApp Irish History ChannelTelegram Irish History ChannelGet Mark's book Ambush at Central Park - When the IRA Came to New York
  • The 1960s: Resistence Emerges - The Troubles Part II

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    This is Part II of 'How The Troubles Began,' an exclusive series for show supporters. In the first episode of this six-part series, we explored the violent origins of the State of Northern Ireland and the discrimination faced by the Nationalist minority.This podcast explores the late 1950s and 1960s, a time of change across the world. While the IRA mounted a largely ineffective campaign in the late 50s, the 1960s witnessed the emergence of the Civil Rights Movement. Inspired by the Civil Rights Movement in the US, it demanded equality for nationalists. However, even these modest demands provoked a violent backlash setting the stage for major conflict.
  • The Slaves who helped Ireland during the Great Hunger

    30:42
    During the Great Hunger of the 1840s, vast sums of money were sent to Ireland by people across the world. One of the most remarkable stories is that of the First African Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. Even though many of the congregants were slaves, they still sent a donation.In this podcast, I interview Anelise Shrout, who shares this and other stories of remarkable generosity. Anelise also reveals why people chose to give money to Ireland above other causes and crises. We also discuss the motivation behind what was arguably the most controversial of all donations during the Great Hunger - that of the Charleston Hibernian Society, whose members were supporters of slavery and enslaves themselves. Get Anelise's book "Aiding Ireland - The Great Famine and the Rise of Transnational Philanthropy" at https://nyupress.org/9781479824601/aiding-ireland/.Follow Anelise on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/dr.a.h.shrout/ and check out her website at https://www.anelisehshrout.com/.Become a supporter and get the next episode of my exclusive series on the Troubles at https://www.patreon.com/irishpodcast
  • Saving Ireland from Sin & Sex - Film Censorship in Ireland

    27:15
    Through most of the 20th century, authorities in Ireland operated a strict censorship regime when it came to film. At its height, around one in every three films was censored in Ireland. The reasons for this are often hard to fathom today. Scenes that showed a dancer's legs or even a long kiss were often edited out. Allusions to sex were considered far too racy. And this was all before they even got into the films that strayed into politics or religionIn this episode, I am joined by Aoife Breathnach and Lloyd Maedbh Houston to explore the very strange world of film censorship in Ireland on both sides of the border. Want to hear more? Lloyd joins Aoife on a special season of her podcast, Censored, that looks at censorship in film in Ireland. I highly recommend checking this out. You can find it at link to the podcast: https://play.acast.com/s/censored.
  • What started The Troubles?

    01:40
    In the late 1960s, Northern Ireland erupted into major violence, marking the opening phase of The Troubles. Over three decades, this conflict would claim thousands of lives and continues to dominate life in Ireland today.In my new exclusive supporters series, I am joined by Dr. Brian Hanley to explore how and why The Troubles began. This fascinating history begins in the 1920s when Northern Ireland was forged amid intense violence. Over six episodes, the series explores the rising tensions of the 1960s when Nationalists demanded equality and how seminal events such as the Battle of the Bogside and Bloody Sunday proved to be pivotal moments in our history.Episode 1 is exclusively available for supporters at https://www.patreon/irishpodcast.
  • Exclusive Podcast: The Troubles - What started the conflict? 1/6

    32:42
    In the late 1960s, Northern Ireland was plunged into major violence. The conflict known as the Troubles would claim thousands of lives and continues to dominate life on the island of Ireland. In my new exclusive supporters series, I am joined by Dr. Brian Hanley to explore the origins of the Troubles. This series delves into the key events from the violence of the 1920s through to the Battle of the Bogside and Bloody Sunday. In part one, Brian and I explore the foundations of Northern Ireland in the 1920s and how this deeply unequal society marginalized the large nationalist minority. This series is exclusively available for supporters of the show as a mark of my gratitude for your support. It will be released fortnightly over the next three months. My guest, Dr. Brian Hanley, is an assistant professor in the history department of Trinity College Dublin. An expert in Irish republicanism, Brian has published two seminal books on the conflict: "The Lost Revolution" and "Boiling Volcano."
  • Polygamy, the Pope or Politics. Why was 19th century Ireland so hostile to Mormonism?

    34:48
    In the mid 19th century Mormonism was one of the fastest growing religions in the world. However when Mormon missionaries arrived in Ireland in 1840 they failed to establish a foothold. Over time Ireland gained a reputation as the most hostile country on earth for Mormons.This podcast explores why this was the case. The answer is the complexities of Irish identity, our relationship with Catholicism and scandals surrounding the 19th century Mormon practice of polygamy.The show starts however with the bizarre story of a 19th century Irish conman who played a role in getting the church off the ground in the 1830s.Sources.If you are interested in exploring more about the history of Mormonism I would recommend the podcast Mormon Stories has an extensive back catalogue. https://www.mormonstories.orgBrent Barlow’s PhD thesis on the history of Mormonism is extremely useful - https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/etd/4503/The website https://sites.google.com/site/patrickhenrymcguire2 is an excellent resource on the Irish born Mormon Patrick McGuireIrish Mormons- Reconciling identity in Global Mormonism by Hazel O’Brien is analysis of contemporary Mormonism. https://www.google.ie/books/edition/Irish_Mormons/WbW7EAAAQBAJ?hl=en&gbpv=0Support the show and get my exclusive series on the outbreak of the TroublesPatreon.com/irishpodcast
  • Shipwrecked: The Story of the Samson

    27:16
    The story of the Samson is one most bizarre shipwrecks in Irish history.When this enormous sea crane ship crashed into the Irish coast, it's owners got more than they bargained for.While an RAF helicopter rescued the crew, a local man battled mountainous seas to climb aboard and claim the ship as his own!This began a 40 day saga…Check out pictures of wreck the Samson on new channelsWhatsApp Irish History ChannelTelegram Irish History ChannelSupport the show at: www.patreon.com/irishpodcast
  • New Geneva: Ireland's Lost City

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    In the 1780s work began on a new city in Ireland. Called New Geneva it was designed to provide a new home for exiled revolutionaries from Switzerland. Today there are few traces of this now lost city. This masks a fascinating and dark history. When New Geneva failed, life there descended into barbarism and brutality.I have posted images of New Geneva to my new WhatsApp and Telegram channels WhatsApp Irish History ChannelTelegram Irish History Channel  Key sources Whatmore, R. Terrorists, Anarchists, and Republicans: The Genevans and the Irish in Time of Revolution https://www.omahonys.ie/terrorists-anarchists-and-republicans-p-10509914.htmlDurey, M. Andrew Bryson’s Ordeal An Epilogue to the 1798 Rebellion https://www.corkuniversitypress.com/9781859181447/andrew-brysons-ordeal/Support the show at patreon.com/irishpodcast Support the show at https://www.patreon.com/irishpodcast