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Join Lorcan Collins for a weekly podcast about Ireland's revolutionary history. Concentrating on the Easter Rising of 1916, The War of Independence 1919-21 and the Irish Civil War 1922-23. The show will also feature episodes on all aspects of revolutionary Irish history from 1798 to the Hunger Strikes of the 1980's. Revolutionary Ireland Podcast will feature guest historians and activists.
 
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Join Lorcan Collins for the final part of the Blanket Protest, this episode covers the 1981 Hunger Strikes led by Bobby Sands in which ten IRA and INLA Volunteers died in Long Kesh Prison (The H-Blocks). Lorcan is joined by Laurence McKeown who spent 70 days on his hunger strike and Gerry Adams who knew Bobby Sands. Music at the end, Bobby Sands Rh…
 
In this episode, Lorcan Collins examines the escalation of the Blanket and No Wash Protest in Long Kesh (H-Blocks) into the Irish Republican Hunger Strikes of 1980 and 1981. This is part one which deals specifically with the 1980 Hunger Strikes in which no protestor died. In this episode Lorcan also examines the life of Bobby Sands who leads the ne…
 
Jim Slaven chats to activist and scholar Mary Anne Trasciatti in New York about the life and work of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. This is the final episode in Season Three of All Hail To The Pod. Patreon subscribers will receive advanced access to exciting new content produced by Cowgate Media over the summer. We are also producing a new Pod tee, which …
 
In this episode Lorcan Collins is joined by Blanketmen Séanna Walsh and Laurence McKeown. From 1978 the Blanket Protest escalated into the refusal to slop out and the No Wash protest. Lorcan Collins examines the reasons behind this escalation which led to Republican prisoners smearing excrement on their cell walls leading to international attention…
 
Why are so many children in Scotland being taken from their mothers at birth or early in their lives? All Hail To The Pod speaks to mothers whose children have been removed and researchers investigating the situation. Maggie Mellon hosts this episode of the Pod and is joined by Talia and Steph, two mothers who have had children taken from them by t…
 
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 of the five year battle for POW Status for IRA and INLA prisoners in Lo…
 
In this episode Jim Slaven chats to political and community activist Sean Baillie about his photo journal, Locked Down. They discuss Sean’s work chronicling life in Glasgow during the pandemic, the Scottish election, what it all means for the left and working class creativity during Covid. Sean’s Photo Journal can be purchased directly here. To win…
 
Scotland’s drug deaths rate is 15 times the European average and an international embarrassment. Michael Collins is from Glasgow and currently Strategic Policy and Planning Director at the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City. Having previously worked in Washington DC on progressive drugs policy with some of the most prominent politici…
 
In this episode Lorcan Collins is joined by Mícheál Ó Doibhilín, Liz Gillis and Las Fallon, the organisers of the Burning of the Custom House Centenary Conference. The Custom House in Dublin was set on fire on 25 May 1921 and contributed to the declaration of a Truce between the British forces in Ireland and the IRA. Discover who planned the operat…
 
In this episode of the Pod a panel of women activists, chaired by Maggie Mellon, discuss the forthcoming election to the Scottish Parliament. Participants are Julie Smith, Rhona Hotchkiss and Colette Walker. Further election specials exploring issues of importance in Scotland will be released in the run up to May’s election. To win the battle of id…
 
In this episode Jim chats to Derry singer/songwriter Declan McLaughlin about his fascinating career, growing up in Derry during the war, and the relationship between music and working class politics on his new album Path of Most Resistance. The new album and Declan’s back catalogue can be purchased at Here. To win the battle of ideas we need to bui…
 
In this episode Jim Slaven chats to historian Brian Hanley about the 1920 Longshoremen Strike in New York. Also known as the Irish Patriotic Strike. A fascinating piece of working class and revolutionary history. Jim and Brian discuss the key players and the political and social context. To win the battle of ideas we need to build and sustain indep…
 
This episode of the Pod looks at women’s rights in Scotland in 2021. It is an all women episode and we want to thank all the women involved for making it happen. Those participating in the discussion are Lisa Randall, Rhona Hotchkiss, Sinead Watson and Maggie Mellon. To win the battle of ideas we need to build and sustain independent platforms for …
 
In the opening episode of Season 3 of the Pod we have an interview with James Connolly biographer Lorcan Collins. In a wide ranging discussion Lorcan and Jim Slaven discuss Connolly’s life and times. To win the battle of ideas we need to build and sustain independent platforms for progressive working class perspectives. To help this effort we have …
 
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 murdered at point blank range. Later two of the prisoners were officially ex…
 
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 Wicklow, Wexford, Carlow, Kildare, Antrim, Down and Dublin. Collins expla…
 
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, Samuel Nielson, William Drennan, Thomas Russell, James Napper Tandy, Willi…
 
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 the British tortured and murdered Dick McKee and Peadar Clancy and Co…
 
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 by the British Army in Cork City Hall. This podcast also examines the…
 
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 Irish Volunteers and drove around Ireland cancelling the 1916 Rising on…
 
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 Army, his family life in Ireland and his emigration to the United Sta…
 
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 India about what what happening in Ireland the soldiers of the Connaught …
 
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