David Edwards: The Great Earl of CorkRichard Boyle, first earl of Cork (1566-1643), ranks among the most famous and infamous figures in the history of early modern Ireland and the wider English Atlantic world. The archetypal crooked land-grabber who made his initial fortune defrauding the crown of hidden revenues; the grasping colonial adventurer who became the biggest landowner in the Munster Plantation and the richest subject of the crown throughout the Three Kingdoms.
Ireland, Empire and the SeaThe great voyages of discovery (Columbus, de Gama, etc.) shifted the centre of gravity of European maritime trade from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. Over the same period the conquest of Ireland was completed. By the eighteenth century, Ireland, for centuries on the periphery of Europe, found itself at the centre of this newly formed ‘Atlantic world’ as part of the British Empire.
Listen to Tommy Graham, editor of History Ireland, discuss the maritime and colonial legacies with Aoife Bhreatnach (Irish Garrison Towns), Claire Connolly (UCC), Lar Joye (Dublin Port) and David Murphy (Maynooth).
This podcast is supported by Dublin Port in association with the West Cork History Festival.
Dr Eve Morrison: The Kilmichael AmbushDr Eve Morrison is Canon Murray Fellow in Irish History at St Catherine’s College Oxford. She is working on a major new book on the Kilmichael ambush due out in November for the centenary. Here, Eve discusses the interviews on which historian Peter Hart based his important if controversial work on the subject.
Professor Brian Walker: Cork & Ulster in 1920Professor Brian Walker of Queen’s University Belfast talks about inter-connected violence in Cork and Ulster during the War of Independence. He touches on, among others, the connected murders of Tomás Mac Curtain and Oswald Swanzy.
Intelligence in the War of IndependenceOne of the most important—and controversial—aspects of the War of Independence was the ‘intelligence war’. Given the role of spies and informers in defeating previous insurrections, it is not surprising that Michael Collins, the IRA’s Director of Intelligence, was keen to insure that history did not repeat itself. How successful was he? To shed light on this ‘shadow war’ listen to History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, in discussion with Andy Bielenberg, Cécile Gordon, Eunan O’Halpin and Gerry White.