Irish History Podcast

Have you ever been puzzled by history? Did people really only live to 40? Maybe you’ve been puzzled how people survived before email, phones, cars or even proper roads?

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The Mater Hospital: Where History is Made

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Muriel McSwiney: A Forgotten Revolutionary

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