The Great Famine 1845 – 47 (Part XVII)

The Great Famine 1845 – 47 (Part XVII)

This episode marks a return to the Great Famine Series. Coming podcasts will detail the later phase of the Famine including emigration and the bitter struggle that broke out between lanldords & tenants. This...
About me

About me

My Name is Fin Dwyer, a 36 year old historian, author and blogger. Having studied Archaeology and Greek and Roman Civilisation I completed an M.A. in archaeology in 2004. After working in archaeology for...
The Workhouse and the Unwanted

The Workhouse and the Unwanted

The crumbling ruins of workhouses are one of the last visible reminders of the horrors of the Great Hunger in the Irish landscape. During the Great Famine they became home to the unwanted in...
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...