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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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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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