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 2023 programme and is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 Initiative.

The first round of five episodes debuted in 2021, and episode six will kick off a new series on Thursday, 22 June 2023 at 7.30pm, with a further three new episodes released, one each Thursday thereafter.

Click on the link below or search for Cavan History on the Acast app or Spotify.

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Episode Nine (airs on 13 July 2023)

'Women of the Irish Rising: a People's History'. In this podcast, Dr. Michael Hogan (author, historian and poet) discusses a number of the women who contributed so much to Ireland’s fight for freedom during the revolutionary period.

Episode Eight (aired on 6 July 2023)

'Aspects of Cavan's Revolutionary Period'. In this podcast, well known historian, author and librarian, Jonathan Smyth, discusses a number of hitherto overlooked deaths and incidents which occurred during Ireland’s revolutionary period. He also discusses Cavan County Council’s Decade of Centenaries programme.  

Episode Seven (aired 29 June 2023)

In this podcast, Fiachna Egan discusses Seán McIntyre, who was killed while destroying Tomkinroad House near Belturbet in June 2021. Fiachna is currently a student at Carrigallen Vocational School.

Episode Six (aired 22 June 2023)

‘The Life and Death of Andy O’Sullivan, 1885-1923’ by Micil Ryan. In this podcast, Micil Ryan, author of a book dealing with Andy O’Sullivan, and a relative of his, discusses Andy’s upbringing in Cavan and his life in Cork as an intelligence officer for the IRA, culminating with his early death in Dublin while on hunger strike.

Episode Five (first aired 16 September 2021)

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.

Episode Four (first aired 2 September 2021)

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 Three (first aired 19 August 2021)

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 Two (first aired 5 August 2021)

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 One (first aired 20 July 2021)

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