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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Was the Great Famine a genocide?

This subject needs little by way of an introduction. It is one of the most controversial debates in Irish history. It continues to overshadow relations with our nearest neighbour - Great Britain. In the 1840s one million Irish people died and another...


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Three Lives, Three Deaths & One Life Unlived

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Landlords & Mass Evictions - Exploiting the Great Hunger

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The Beginning of the End & Queen Victoria in Ireland (1849)

In August 1849 Queen Victoria arrived in a famine ravaged Ireland. Contrary to what we might expect there were no protests and in many places the Queen received a rapturous welcome. However this only tells part of the story. This podcast takes...


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