Cavan History Podcast

Cavan County Library Service and Cavan County Council’s Historian-in-Residence, Dr Brendan Scott have teamed up to create a new Cavan History Podcast Series. The series, which will be hosted on the Acast podcast service, on Spotify, and also available to listen through, will be inviting guests to discuss various aspects of history, both local and national, with its host, Dr Scott.

 This initiative forms part of Cavan County Council’s Decade of Centenaries 2021 programme and is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 Initiative.

In the first episode, Brendan talks to Dr Jonathan Cherry, a native of Cloverhill who lectures in the School of History & Geography at DCU. An expert on the Farnham family, he and Brendan discuss Arthur Kenlis Maxwell, the 11th Lord Farnham, his life and his vehement opposition to partition.

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Episode One

Dr. Brendan Scott and Dr. Jonathan Cherry discuss Arthur Maxwell, the 11th Lord Farnham and his opposition to partition in the early twentieth century.

Episode Two

The Irish Grants Committee was established in the 1920s to compensate people who had suffered as a result of their Loyalism. The applicants to this fund reveal much to us regarding their stories and how they viewed themselves and their place in a new political landscape. In this episode of Cavan History, Brendan Scott talks to Dr Daniel Purcell about this fascinating resource and the stories it contains

Episode Three

In this episode, Brendan Scott is in conversation with Johann Farrelly, local historian and author of 'Royalists, Rebels, and Revolutionists'. They delve into Johann’s book, which deals with Cavan’s revolutionary years, to see what sense can be made of this tumultuous period and talk about some of the characters who played important roles in Cavan’s revolutionary experience.

Episode Four

In this episode, Brendan Scott talks to Dr Georgina Laragy about the Irish Poor Law Unions, and their impact on Irish society and the Great Famine of the 1840s.

Episode Five

In this episode, Dr Brendan Scott speaks to Dr Daithí Ó Corráin (DCU), co-author of 'The Dead of the Irish Revolution' about the book, and the general experience of death and violence in Ireland and Cavan from 1916 to 1921.