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PODCAST: The Battle of Jadotville

In 2000, an oral history project was undertaken by Irish Life and Lore on the Battle of Jadotville. Some of the survivors of the battle were recorded for the project. Between 1960 and 1964 the Irish Army forces were involved in a peacekeeping mission with the UN in the Congo. On 13th September 1961, A […]

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PODCAST: The Remarkable History of Drummin House, Kildare as Told by Grattan de Courcy Wheeler

Grattan de Courcy Wheeler, who sadly passed away in August 2020, was brought up at the Drummin family estate near Carbery, Co. Kildare. I met Grattan initially in 2009 while researching for the Irish Country House Oral History Collection, and was immediately taken by his gentle manner and warm hospitality. Drummin House was wonderfully atmospheric […]

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PODCAST: The Supernatural World

The Supernatural encompasses entities, events and places which would fall outside the scope of scientific understanding of the natural laws of nature. Included would be supernatural beings such as the banshee, the fairies, angels, spirits, gods, and the human ability to create magic, experience premonitions and utilise telepathetic messaging. All the people whose voices can […]

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PODCAST: Irish Halloween Stories

Halloween has been celebrated in Ireland for thousands of years, originating from the Pagan festival of Samhain which marked the beginning of the dark half of the year. It was believed that spirits and other unworldly beings could visit our mortal world at Halloween, and roam far and wide around the countryside. The recordings you […]

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PODCAST: Lives in Peril

In this podcast you will hear the voices of three Kerry people who, during their lives, were exposed to great danger and were lucky to survive to tell their stories. Sr. Noreen Dennehy who assisted Mons. Hugh O’Flaherty in Rome during WW2 while he was sheltering Jews in the Vatican from the Nazis. Jim O’Carroll, […]

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PODCAST: Stories from Irish Missionaries

Through the 20th c. young Irish men and women joined religious orders with a view to working on as missionaries around the world.  The countries they worked in were often at war, famine-ridden or suffering through enormous social injustice. In 2011, the Irish Missionary Union commissioned us to compile an oral history collection to record […]

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PODCAST: Life in an Irish Country House with David Reid Scott

This podcast relates to Ballynure, Grangecon, Co. Wicklow, and to two brothers, David Reid Scott and Malise Reid Scott.  The brothers were brought up by their grandparents, Mr and Mrs. Christopher Mitchell, in a Victorian setting at Ballynure in the 1950s. Through soundclips from lenghty recordings compiled with David and Malise, you will hear details […]

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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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