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Halloween Special: Ireland’s first witch-burning (Kilkenny 1324)

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On November 2nd 1324, Petronilla of Meath, one of 12 people charged with witchcraft in Kilkenny was burned at the stake in the town. She was the first person to suffer this horrendous fate in Irish history. In this festively themed podcast I trace the story behind this fascinating case and those accused and convicted of witchcraft. What actually happened in Kilkenny in 1324? Was Petronilla of Meath a witch? And what were medieval witches supposed to have done anyway?

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1925 – Ireland’s Forgotten Famine?

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In 1925 the Irish government denied 750,000 people faced famine, however in the West of Ireland several people had already starved to death, recently unearthed state files reveal the details of another disturbing cover up. In the early 1920s Ireland … read more

Podcast – Riots, murder and the mob; protest in medieval Ireland.

The story of protest in medieval Ireland is a forgotten but fascinating chapter in our history. While forthright and often violent these protests voiced the concerns of ordinary people so often excluded from written records. In this podcast I look … read more

(1172-1174) The Norman Invasion X. The return to War.

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At Easter 1172 Henry II left Ireland, having spent six months on the island. Before departing he conferred the Kingdom of Meath onto the Norman baron Hugh de Lacy. However Meath already a king, in fact it had several. Through … read more

(1171-72) The Norman Invasion IX – King Henry II in Ireland

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On October 17th 1172, Henry II became the first king of England to set foot in Ireland. Henry had come in the hope of proclaiming himself lord over the entire island.  Awaiting him were not just his own Norman subjects … read more