7 Fine Gael and the Blueshirts

On this episode, we discuss the Blueshirts and Fine Gael. We were joined by Dr. Fearghal McGarry and Dr. Brian Hanley.

6 Terror in Ireland – 1916 to 1923 & The 1641 Rebellion

terror in ireland

On this episode, we are joined by Professor David Fitzpatrick of Trinity College Dublin. Professor Fitzpatrick has just edited a collection of essays called Terror in Ireland – 1916 to 1923 by the Trinity History Workshop.
In the second half of the show we are joined by Dr. Micheál Ó Siochrú of Trinity College Dublin. Dr. Ó Siochrú is a lecturer in Early Modern Irish history.In the interview, Dr. Ó Siochrú talks about the causes of the 1641 rebellion in Ireland.

5 The 1916 Easter Rising


Cathal Brennan and John Dorney are joined by Fearghal McGarry, from Queen’s University Belfast, and Róisín Higgins, from Boston College – Ireland,  to discuss the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin.


4 Infectious diseases in Ireland & How Aungier Street became known as the Dardenelles


In this episode, Dr. Aoife MacCormac of the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute talks about the Spanish Flu and the Bubonic Plague and their effect on Ireland. Dr. MacCormac is working on a research project about the history of infectious diseases in Ireland.

Kildare historian James Durney talks about how Aungier Street became known as the Dardenelles based on an article he wrote for the Military History Society of Ireland journal The Irish Sword.

3 The Dead of the Irish Revolution & The Bureau of Military History

Bureau of Military

John Dorney talks to Professor Eunan Ó Halpin about the project, ‘The Dead of the Irish Revolution’ – which seeks to determine, for the first time, how many people were killed in the Irish revolution of 1916-1923. The Dead of the Irish Revolution by Eunan Ó Halpin and Daithí Ó Corráin will be published in 2012.

In the second half of the show, Cathal Brennan talks to Eve Morrisson about her research with the Bureau of Military History.

2 History of local government in Dublin

mansion house

On the Second episode of the Irish History Show, Cathal Brennan is joined in studio by John Dorney of the Irish Story website, Ciarán Wallace of Trinity College and Rhona McCord of Trinity College to discuss the history of Dublin Corporation and the history of local government in Dublin.

1 The Civil War in Dublin and Cork

Custom House Attack

First episode of the Irish History Show on Near FM.  In the first part of the show, Cathal Brennan and John Dorney discuss the Civil War in Dublin while in the second part of the show, John Dorney and John Borgonovo discuss the Civil War in Cork.

New Blog for the Irish History Show

'The Ould Irish Jig' - painting of couple dancing in traditional dress, with man playing flute behind, late 19th century.

Finally, after three years of broadcasting, the Irish History Show has it’s own website! The speed may be glacial but we’ve got there in the end. This is first of hopefully many posts letting you know when new episodes are available, links to interesting articles, videos and lectures on Irish history, and feedback from you the listeners to the show.

We’d really like to thank the many guests we’ve had so far who have so generously contributed both their time and expertise to the show. We’d also like to thank Near FM for putting us on the air, and in particular the station manager, Ciarán Murray and head of IT, Gavin Byrne. We’d also like to thank Richard O’Shea for helping us to get the website set up.

Having our own website will also allow us to submit the show to podcast search engines such as iTunes so hopefully this will allow us to expand the audience for our podcasts.

Thank you very much to everyone who has listened to the show over the years. It’s very much appreciated!