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The Great Hunger Begins (The Great Famine Part V)

The Great Hunger Begins (The Great Famine Part V)

As the harvest of 1845 approached, rumours circulated through Ireland that a mysterious disease was attacking the potato crop. While well informed botanists in London grew increasingly anxious about what lay ahead, many Irish peasants...
Tuam: Will historians help or hinder?

Tuam: Will historians help or hinder?

This weekend was in a word bleak. The confirmation that the mass grave in the Tuam Mother and Baby Home dated to the mid 20th century confirmed our worst fears about these institutions. This...

My Grandaunt – the Bootlegging Irish Nun

Between 1920 and 1933 alcohol was banned in the U.S.A. Almost immediately the sale of illegal alcohol – bootlegging – soared and the ban became increasingly ineffectual. While the likes of Al Capone made...
Podcast: Letters from Dakota

Podcast: Letters from Dakota

‘Letters from Dakota’ is the story of my grandaunt Mollie Dwyer who emigrated to the USA when she was 15 years of age in 1906. Her emigrant experience was very different to most. Within...
Podcast – The Land War (1879-1882)

Podcast – The Land War (1879-1882)

I launched my first exclusive patron’s podcast on the Land War yesterday. The Land War is a fascinating struggle between Irish landlords and tenants between 1879 and 1882. This podcast contains some of that...
Podcast – Jack of Ireland, a medieval outlaw

Podcast – Jack of Ireland, a medieval outlaw

Medieval outlaws have captured the human imagination for centuries. The story of Robin Hood who famously robbed from the rich to give to the poor has proved the most enduring. However most were ruthless...

Mad Men – Wacky Advertisers from 1916

Limited by very few restrictions, advertisers in 1916 could do what they liked. Tonics, elixors and pills were offered as the cure to all ills, while cigarettes and alcohol were advertised freely. I took...
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