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PODCAST: A member of an Irish political dynasty – Brigid Hogan O’Higgins

This is the first section of a two part podcast in which Brigid Hogan O’Higgins discusses her fascinating family background. We hear about the rounding up of some of her family members by the British military during the War of Independence, and their imprisonment at Ballykinlar Camp in Co. Down. Also discussed are the executions […]

PODCAST: Twilight of the Ascendancy from the woman’s perspective

In this podcast you will hear the voices of the following women as they discuss their lives in an Irish Big House: Helen Simpson, née Morgan, Ballymaloe House, Co. Cork Emily Villiers Stuart of Dromana in Waterford Rosaleen Tonson Rye of Ryecourt, Co. Cork Henrietta Lady Staples of Capppagh House, Co. Waterford.

PODCAST: Policing the Irish Free State, (part 2/2)

This week’s podcast continues to highlight Irish men and women who served their country as members of An Garda Síochána in earlier days. You will hear sound clips from recordings compiled with retired members of the force, who include: Bertie Carey, originally from North Kerry, who was suspended from the force in the 1950s. William […]

PODCAST: Policing the Irish Free State, (part 1/2)

An Garda Síochána was formed in February 1922. To mark this forthcoming centenary, we have selected from our archive of oral history recordings some excerpts which illustrate the manner in which policing was carried out by men and women who dedicated their working lives to the service of the Irish state. The voices you will […]

PODCAST: The Handover of Dublin Castle and its Administration

The Handover of Dublin Castle, and its administration by the British to the newly formed Provisional Government of Ireland on 16th January 1922 marked the most important event in Irish history since the country’s occupation many centuries earlier. In the podcast may be heard the voices of the following people: The late Col. Sean Clancy […]

PODCAST: The Life Story of Jackie Healy Rae in his own words

This podcast features a recording compiled with the late Jackie Healy Rae in 2011. It is fascinating, revealing and funny. During the recording he speaks frankly about his early life and the poverty endured by his family, the beginning of his hard working early life, his introduction to politics locally, his involvement in local and […]

PODCAST: Christmas Memories and Stories from Kerry

In this final podcast of 2021 you will hear the voices of the following people as they describe in lovely detail their memories of Christmases past. John B. Keane, remembers Christmas in Listowel and relates a story about the season. He also explains the importance of the rhythm in his writings and compares it to […]

PODCAST: Investigating and Archiving the Drummin House Papers

This is the 3rd and final episode in the story of Drummin House, Carbury, Co. Kildare. The first episode featured a recording with the late Grattan de Courcy Wheeler. The second episode described the discovery of historical papers in the attic at Drummin. This final episode is about the investigation and archiving of these papers […]

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