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PODCAST: Irish Railway Stories

The introduction of railways to Ireland opened up the country for the first time, as people and goods were transported easily from village and town. Each and every unique line had its own charm and appeal. This podcast provides an audio snapshot of railway people who speak passionately about their work and their many experiences […]

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PODCAST: Links to the Great Irish Potato Famine

The famine years of 1846/1847 in Ireland marked a period of devastation, mass starvation, disease, emigration and death.  Over one million people died and a similar number emigrated, mainly to America. In this podcast you will hear the voices of people who are just a generation removed from those who lived through that harrowing period […]

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PODCAST: Voices from the Great Houses of Ireland

In this podcast you will hear stories from inside the walls of Irish castles and Great Houses, told by the families who once, or indeed still, live there. Included are the late John Desmond Oulton formerly of Clontarf Castle; Helen Horgan, nee Simpson, formerly of Ballymaloe Country House in Cork, and the late Myrtle Allen, […]

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PODCAST: The Lives of Irish Racing People Part I

Hear the voices of well known personalities in the Irish Thoroughbred Horse Racing industry as they describe their passion for the sport. Breeder and trainer Clem Magnier (b.1917), Kevin Prendergast, son of the legendary breeder and trainer Darkey, Breeder and trainer Gita Weld and her son Dermot Weld, jockey and trainer Fonsie O’Brien, brother of […]

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PODCAST: The Lives of Irish Racing People Part 2

This is part 2 to a Podcast released on 6th August, 2020. Hear the voices of well known personalities in the Irish Thoroughbred Horse Racing industry as they describe their passion for the sport. Breeder and trainer Clem Magnier (b.1917), Kevin Prendergast, son of the legendary breeder and trainer Darkey, Breeder and trainer Gita Weld […]

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PODCAST: The 1916 Rising and its Aftermath

The voices you will hear on this podcast are those of close family members of the executed leaders in the Rising: Patrick Pearse and Willie Pearse, Michael Mallin, Con Colbert and Thomas McDonagh. The late Alex Findlater relates details about his grandfather, Captain Henry deCourcy Wheeler, who took the surrender from some of the leaders […]

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PODCAST: The Civil War in Kerry

In Kerry the Civil War was a bitter and divisive conflict, with atrocities committed by both sides.  The voices you will hear on this podcast will recall incidents in Kerry during that time, including the landing of Free State personnel at Fenit and the march to Tralee; the Ballyseedy massacre, the fatal shooting on the […]

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PODCAST: Bloody Sunday

12th November 1920 was a day of terrible violence in Dublin. Early that morning, in an operation organised by Michael Collins, the IRA assassinated twelve British Intelligence agents in their homes in Dublin, and in the afternoon, in retaliation, fourteen civilians were shot by Crown Forces during a GAA game in Croke Park. Eyewitness accounts […]

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PODCAST: Kilmorna Visitors Book

This podcast illustrates remarkable stories about two important and colourful figures in Irish history. Pierce Mahony, The Mahony of Kerry, and Arthur Vickers, Ulster King of Arms and Keeper of the Irish Crown Jewels. Both men lived at Kilmorna House in North Kerry at different times from the 1870s to the early 20th century, while […]

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