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PODCAST: The Irish Civil War – the Protestant Community during the Civil War in Kerry

The stories of the experiences of three families during the Civil War: the Blennerhassetts from Ballymacelligott and Killarney, the Talbots from Killarney are told in this podcast. Their lives were threatened, their houses and hay sheds burnt and their cattle were taken. The voices you will hear are Frank Blennerhassett, originally from Ballymacelligott, Thomas Blennerhassett […]

PODCAST: The Irish Civil War – Voices from South Kerry

This is the first in a Civil War series of Podcasts. You will hear stories from South Kerry relating to the period 28th June 1922 to 24th March 1923, when the county suffered greatly. From Ballinskelligs in South Kerry comes a soundclip from Maurice Curran who was originally from the village of Dungaeagen and was […]

PODCAST: The Importance of the Irish Relationship with the Potato Crop

The Irish Potato Federation was proud to host the World Potato Congress in North Dublin recently. To mark this occasion, Irish Life and Lore have selected soundclips from recordings in our archive to illustrate the importance of the potato crop to generations of Irish people down through the years. Featured are the voices of the following […]

PODCAST: Stories and Memories of South West Cork

  In 2004, recordings were compiled in Balyvourney, Inchigeela, Coolea in Southwest Cork and Kilgarvan in Kerry. Recorded were Donal McSweeney, a wonderful local historian; Cáit ni Bhuachalla who is well known for her singing, though on this occasion she told some extraordinarily humorous stories; Mary Sweeney who spoke about Pattern Day at St. Gobnait’s Shrine and […]

PODCAST: Living History

This week’s podcast features one of Ireland’s oldest citizens who is aged 108 – Máirín Hughes. Máirín’s extraordinary recall and articulation makes this recording very special indeed. She discusses her parents’ membership of the Gaelic League in 1910; the Spanish Flu in Ireland in 1918; The Black and Tans in Killarney in 1921; the early […]

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 […]

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