My Name is Fin Dwyer, I am 36 year old historian, author and podcaster. I studied archaeology and Greek and Roman Civilisation in University College Dublin and completed a masters in archaeology in 2004.
After working in archaeology for several years in the Dublin region a combination of recession and ill-health ended my aspirations to become Indiana Jones. In 2010 I created the Irish history podcast. For the first few years the show focused on medieval history.
During this period I published two books ‘Witches, Spies and Stockholm Syndrome, Life in Medieval Ireland’ (2013) & 1348 – A Medieval Apocalypse, War Famine & Plague in 14th century Ireland‘ (2016).
In late 2016 the podcast series shifted focus to the Great Famine – this has been funded by listeners to the show.I have also worked on several projects.
- 2015 – 2016 I created ‘The other 1916‘ for the RTE history show which looks at events outside the headline news of war and rebellion that year.
- 2016-2017 Researcher for the BBC Irish language history series Tochailt Staire.
- 2017 Creator of the Kilkenny Famine Experience – a multimedia tour through Kilkenny Workhouse.
- 2018 Creator of the Dublin Famine Tour