Burning of the Custom House; May 1921

Burning of the Custom House; May 1921

The Blanket Protest Part 1

In 1976 Ciaran Nugent became the first man to refuse to wear the prison uniform when Political Status was removed from Republican and Loyalist prisoners. Ciaran and hundreds of prisoners who came after him wore nothing but the prison blanket. Lorcan Collins examines the history o ...   Show more

Patrick Henry Pearse Pt. Two

Join Lorcan Collins in the second part of the life of Patrick Henry Pearse from 1908 with the foundation of his schools St. Enda's to his execution in 1916. Guests in this episode are the biographer of Patrick Pearse Dr Ruan O'Donnell and the historian and curator of the Pearse M ...   Show more

Patrick Henry Pearse Pt. One

Join Lorcan Collins as he discusses the life of Patrick Pearse, the poet, teacher, language enthusiast, revolutionary and signatory of the 1916 Proclamation who was executed for his role in the Easter Rising. Guest appearance by the biographer of Willy Pearse and Irish language e ...   Show more

The Battle of Clonmult, Cork, 1921

Join Lorcan Collins for a discussion on the Battle of Clonmult in February 1921 when the East Cork Flying Column of the IRA were surrounded in a farmhouse. A fierce fight ensued in which five IRA Volunteers were killed. After the IRA surrendered seven of the prisoners were murder ...   Show more

1798 United Irishmen Pt.2

Join Lorcan Collins for part two of the story of the United Irishmen Rebellion of 1798. An analysis of the momentous year when the United Irishmen rose up against the oppressive system which kept Catholics and Presbyterians as third class citizens. The fighting was intense in Wic ...   Show more

1798 United Irishmen Pt.1

Join Lorcan Collins as he discusses the background to the Rebellion of the United Irishmen of 1798. A host of Irish revolutionaries and international figures are introduced in this, part one of two shows, where you will hear about Theobald Wolfe Tone, Lord Edward Fitzgerald, Samu ...   Show more

Kilmichael Ambush

The Ambush of Kilmichael is the subject of this podcast episode. Lorcan Collins is joined by Joe Connell. Music at the end by Pol MacAdaim.  

Bloody Sunday 1920

Join Lorcan Collins for a discussion on the events of Bloody Sunday the 21 of November 1920 when Michael Collins and the IRA killed 15 British spies, agents and informers. In retaliation British forces charged in Croke Park football stadium and killed 14 civilians. Later that day ...   Show more

Terence MacSwiney

Join Lorcan Collins as he examines the hunger strike of Terence MacSwiney who died in Brixton Prison, London, after a 74 day protest on the 25th October 1920. MacSwiney was the Sinn Féin Mayor of Cork City and the Commandant of the Cork IRA Number One Brigade when he was arrested ...   Show more

The O'Rahilly

Join Lorcan Collins for an episode on the life of Michael Joseph O'Rahilly, known as The O'Rahilly who was killed leading a charge against a British machine gun on Moore Street in Dublin during teh Easter Rising of 1916 in Ireland. The O'Rahilly was the Director of Arms for the I ...   Show more

The Black and Tans

Join Lorcan Collins as he traces the history of the infamous Black and Tans and their reign of terror during the fight for Irish Freedom in 1920/21. Topics include the Sack of Balbriggan, Bloody Sunday and Clonmult.   

Tommy Guns of the IRA

Join Lorcan Collins as he recounts the story of how the IRA purchased the first Thompson Sub Machine guns in America and how that iconic weapon was intertwined with the fight for Irish freedom.   

The Executed Leaders of 1916

Join Lorcan Collins as he talks about the 16 men who were executed for their role in the Easter Rising of 1916. The executions of these leaders awakened a generation to the cause of Irish freedom.   

Jimmy Gralton

Jimmy Gralton was deported from Leitrim, Ireland in 1933 after a campaign against him orchestrated by the Catholic Church. In this episode Lorcan Collins examines the reasons why an IRA Volunteer ended up being banished from the country of his birth. Special guest Donal Fallon.  

James Connolly Part 2

Join Lorcan Collins for part two of the podcast on James Connolly, detailing his life from his return to Ireland from the United States in 1910 to his eventual execution on 12 May 1916 in Kilmainham Gaol.  

James Connolly Part One

Join Lorcan Collins for a podcast on the revolutionary socialist republican James Connolly who was wounded during the Easter Rising in 1916 and executed in Kilmainham Gaol. In Part One Lorcan traces Connolly's life, examining his early years in Scotland, how he joined the British ...   Show more

Murder of Tómas MacCurtain

Join Lorcan Collins for a short podcast on the shooting of Cork's Lord Mayor Tómas MacCurtain in March 1920. The IRA take their revenge on District Inspector Swanzy, the RIC man who was one of the killers. This in turn has repercussions for the people of Lisburn and Belfast in Au ...   Show more

The Listowel Mutiny

Join Lorcan Collins for a short podcast as he discusses the RIC (Irish Police) mutiny in Co. Kerry in June 1920 led by Constable Jeremiah Mee followed by the shooting of Lieutenant Colonel Smith by the IRA in July 1920.  

Connaught Rangers Mutiny

In this episode Lorcan Collins speaks with Dr Conor McNamara about the mutiny of Irish (and some English) soldiers in the British Army who were stationed in India. The mutiny began at teh end of June 1920 when the Black and Tans were rampaging around Ireland. When word got to Ind ...   Show more

Women of the Revolution

In this episode Lorcan Collins discussed the role of women in the Irish revolutionary period from 1916 to 1923. Lorcan interviews teh author and historian Liz Gillis.  

Kevin Barry

Join Lorcan Collins as he discusses the events surrounding the execution of young Kevin Barry an IRA Volunteer who was hanged in Mountjoy Jail, Dublin, Ireland on 1 November 1920  

The 1916 Proclamation

Lorcan Collins discusses the history of the 1916 Proclamation, who wrote it and how it was printed. A special goes, Cuan Ó Seireadáin explains the Irish language aspect of Ireland's most iconic and historical document.  

The Rise of Sinn Fein

Sinn Féin scored a massive victory in the December 1918 General Election in Ireland. In this episode Lorcan Collins is joined by Donal Fallon to discuss the factors that led to the rise in popularity of radical republican ideology in Ireland in the aftermath of the Easter Rising.  

The Easter Rising

Events of 1916 Rising Ireland. In the previous episode we looked at the build up to the Easter Rising and this week Lorcan Collins examines the events during that momentous week in Ireland in 1916.  

Build up to the Easter Rising

From 1798 to 1916  

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