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Shite Talk: An Irish History Podcast

A somewhat accurate retelling of Irish history stories.Join Irish stand up comedians Jason Brennan and Kevin Larney as they take turns giving their best accounts of some of Ireland's silly, strange, and downright stupid tales from the past.

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TD Mattie McGrath: A Cowboy Special
Here's the opening bit of a recent episode we did on Patreon about Tipp's finest TD, Mattie McGrath. If you want to hear the rest of this episode, and all the other stuff we've been doing on Patreon, you can get it all for a fiver by signing up here!
12:17 08/09/2022
The Dundalk Jailbreak
100 years ago today, on the 27th of July 1922, Frank Aiken (the future Tánaiste of Ireland) orchestrated the biggest jailbreak in Irish history when his battalion blew a hole in the side of the Dundalk Gaol. We got to record an episode about the jail break live from inside the Gaol (which is now the Oriel Centre) back in May and we're realising the audio for the centenary. If you've been missing us talking shite we've been releasing episodes all month over on the patreon, you can join here for a fiver to get access to all our bonus content! Also you can follow us on Instagram or Eventbrite to find out about upcoming live events (including the next one at the Edinburgh Fringe)
52:27 07/27/2022
The Hellfire Club
For the last episode of the season we jumped on the Stranger Things bandwagon and talked about Dublin's Hellfire Club. Thanks for listening to our shite for another season and we'll see ye all in September! But if you miss our voices you can follow the patreon here, you can follow us on instagram here and you can find out about our comedy club here! 
47:41 07/08/2022
Get Johannes Of That Painting - Vermeer Theft, The IRA, and The General
We went to Amsterdam on holiday and met up with one of our favourite Irish internet personalities, Cork comedian Ronan Brosnan, AKA Shite Guides, AKA The Delivery Boy, AKA a very sound lad altogether. We discussed Amsterdam, Cork, the boring paintings of Johannes Vermeer, and the exciting thefts of the boring paintings of Johannes Vermeer by the Ra, AKA the IRA. You call follow Ronan's Youtube channel over at Shite Guides, and check out his music as The Delivery Boy with his Minimum Wage Mixtape. You can find us over on the Shite Talk Instagram, Twitter, or on The Facebook.
95:51 06/24/2022
James Joyce live with Donal Fallon
This is the recording from our live 100th episode / 3rd birthday show we did last month, thanks a million to everyone who came out for it, and a special thanks to our wonderful guest on the night, Donal Fallon! You can hear more of Donal's work on his own (much more successful) podcast, Three Castles Burning, and if you want to hear more of US you can sign up to our patreon to get access to all the bonus content here!
105:12 06/10/2022
That Time the French Invaded Ireland with Andrew Dorman
This week we had Andrew Dorman on to tell us about the 18th century Irish army and the time the French invaded. Andrew's a fine man (and soon to be historical doctor) so go check out his comedy shows!
90:27 06/04/2022
The Clones Cannibal with Damo Clarke
This week we had Damo Clarke on to talk with us about a Monaghan man who made it big in Tasmania back in the 1800s. Damo is one of the resident MCs of the Craic Den Comedy Club in Dublin which you should all check out if you're in town, but even if you're not, you can pretend you are by listening to their podcast here. And if you like listening to podcasts, why not listen to more of ours over on the patreon!
61:58 05/26/2022
Brendan the Navigator with Shane Clifford
This week we had Shane Clifford on to talk about Ireland's favourite saint, the man who found America (100% confirmed), and Kerry's finest son, St. Brendan the Navigator. Shane is a great man all together, you can find more of his stuff on IG here, on twitter here and on his own podcast here We also talked for far too long and ended up putting all our film and general shite talk on our patreon, which you can sign up to here And (this is the last time we'll plug it!) you can get tickets to our last live show of the year here: James Joyce in the Wild Duck with Donal Fallon of 3 Castles Burning - Thursday the 19th of May
132:23 05/17/2022
Wezz Nightclub with Fiona Frawley
We had Fiona Frawley on with us this week to talk to us about the teenage mecca of Dublin's early 2000s nightlife, Wezz Nightclub.  You can (and should) follow Fiona on IG here And you can get tickets to our last live show of the year here: James Joyce in the Wild Duck with Donal Fallon of 3 Castles Burning
49:10 05/13/2022
John Philpot Curran with Roger O'Sullivan
For this week's episode we're talking about the famous Corkconian lawman, John Philpot Curran. It's an episode we recorded a few weeks ago with Roger O'Sullivan and we're releasing it now because himself and Denis Len have just released the first episode of their new podcast, Unexplained Legends! So if you enjoy this show definitely go check them out. We've got two live shows left in Ireland for 2022 so you should come see us in either: Dundalk - Dundalk Gaol for a retelling of the 1922 Jail Break Dublin - Wild Duck with Donal Fallon of 3 Castles Burning Also, if you want to listen to more of the live episodes (and the bonus, cowboy and film club stuff) you can find it all on our Patreon
104:53 05/06/2022
Edward Carson with Darren Matthews
This week Kevin told Jason, and our guest Darren Matthews, all about the life and times of Edward Carson, the father of Ulster Unionism.  We've got two shows left in Ireland for 2022 so you should come see us in either: Dundalk - Dundalk Gaol for a retelling of the 1922 Jail Break Dublin - Wild Duck with Donal Fallon of 3 Castles Burning Also, go check out Jordan Robinson who joined us for the first Edward Carson reading when we did it live in the Sunflower, Belfast! 
83:53 04/29/2022
1913 Lockout with Donal Fallon (Three Castles Burning)
We were delighted to get the opportunity to record this episode about the 1913 lockout, live inside the historic Emmet Hall of Inchicore. The building was once owned by James Larkin and home to one of the striker leaders, and later one of the men executed for 1916, Michael Mallin.  If you want to hear more of ourselves and Donal Fallon you can come join us in the Wild Duck in Dublin on the 19th of May by getting tickets here! Also, a huge thanks to D8 Development and Lauren Tuite for setting us up in the newly renovated hall, if you live around the area you should definitely follow them to see the great work they're doing for Inchicore.  
76:01 04/22/2022
O'Donovan Rossa with Des Bishop
Hello! For the first episode of Season 8 we had Des Bishop on to talk about the original Fenian bad boy (slash possible father of modern terrorism) Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa! We've got three shows left in Ireland for 2022 so you should come see us in: Carlow - Scragg's Alley with Shannon Basso Gaule Dundalk - Dundalk Gaol for a retelling of the 1922 Jail Break Dublin - Wild Duck with Donal Fallon of 3 Castles Burning  
63:22 04/14/2022
Ireland's First Heavyweight Pro Wrestling Champion - Danno O'Mahony
We were joined by Mob Theatre's Stephen Bradley and John Spillane to talk about the life and times of the great Danno O'Mahony, Ireland's first ever Pro Wrestling Champ! For tickets to our 3-Year-Birthday/100th Episode Special with Donal Fallon click on over to here, and for all our other gigs in Mullingar, Carlow, and Dundalk head this way.
73:09 04/02/2022
The Master Prankster of Cork
For the last proper episode of season 7 Kevin told Jason all about the exploits of Horace de Vere Cole, the master prankster of Cork.  We had a class time last night doing our live show in Cork (the audio will be up on the patreon soon) but if you're reading this today, Saturday the 5th of March, come see us both do stand up in the CoCo Comedy Club in Cork tonight! You can get tickets here
76:55 03/05/2022
Shite Talk Film Club - Excalibur
We decided to release the second ever episode of our Film Club for free this week to give you all a taste of what's behind that sweet, sweet Patreon paywall. Joining us for this episode is Entertainment.ie's Movie Editor, Brian Lloyd (@BrianMLloyd) as we head back to 1981 for John Boorman's 'Excalibur' as we try to figure out what the hell was going on in this film.  The Film Club's third episode will be behind the Patreon as usual, so if you want to hear us break down 'Leap Year' later this week you know where to find us!
100:50 02/22/2022
The Time Ireland Got Scammed By Stamps
For this weeks episode Kevin told Jason about the time the people of Ireland got taken for a spin by a stamp salesman We're doing a live show in Sin E, Dublin on the 19th of February (this Saturday) and you can get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/260269482027
76:59 02/14/2022
Thomas Francis Meagher - The Young Irelander
This week Jason tells Kevin all about Irish nationalist Thomas Francis Meagher and his role in the Young Irelander rebellion Get tickets to our lives shows in Dublin & Cork here: https://linktr.ee/shitetalkhistory The title picture was colourised by reddit user u/packersfanmw87
68:44 02/03/2022
Munster Rugby vs New Zealand All Blacks
This week Jason tells Kevin the story of the time time Munster Rugby faced the almight All Blacks in Thomond Park, 1978...and also every other time the sides met, which weren't as fun.
70:03 01/27/2022
Brian & James Fuck Each Other - Michael Collins the movie
This is a crossover, bonus episode we did with Brian O'Toole & James Cadden from the Brian & James Fuck Each Other podcast where we talked about Michael Collins the movie, Carlow living and our dreams for a new republic. You can check out the BJ-FEO podcast where ever you're listening to this one: https://myurls.co/brianandjamesfuckeachother
85:26 01/21/2022
McElroy the WW1 Flying Ace
This week Kevin tells Jason all about Dublin's George McElroy, a distinguished WW1 fighter pilot and flying Ace
66:30 01/14/2022
Vietnam Special with Nghĩa Mai
This is a bonus Sunday episode that we recorded a few weeks ago where we talked with Vietnamese born / Dublin based comic Nghĩa Mai about a few of the connections between Ireland and Vietnam. You can find more from Nghĩa on IG @nmaicomedy and twitter @nmai_comedy
60:57 01/09/2022
The Oilliphéist & other Irish Sea Beasts
This week Jason tells Kevin all about Ireland's most famous sea beasts; from Fionn mac Cumhaill's Caoránach to Killarney's Muckie, and all the Oilliphéists in between. Also, happy new year to ye all!
50:30 12/30/2021
The Great Northern Bank Robbery
For our Christmas special Kevin tells Jason the story of the 7th largest bank robbery in the history of robbing banks. Merry Christmas everyone, hopefully if you're stuck in quarantine with covid this will distract you for a bit! Omicron is only a wee bollix.
95:41 12/24/2021
The Most Handsome Man in Ireland
This week Jason tells Kevin all about local Carlow man, Beauchamp Bagenal. Described as an Irish rake, buck, duellist and politician, he was known (for a time) as the most handsome man in Ireland.
72:49 12/16/2021
The Children of Lir
It's time for an old mythological Irish story you've probably all heard before too many times but, likes us, have more than likely forgotten, if not some of the details, the complete story entirely other than...SWANS!!! We're also doing a live gig in Kilkenny tomorrow (the 9th of December) where we'll be talking about Arthur MacMurrough Kavanagh, definitely one of the most interesting subjects we've covered yet. We'll be joined on the night with another local man, comedian Mike Rice! If you wanna come see us then here's the tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/shite-talk-an-irish-history-podcast-live-in-kilkenny-with-mike-rice-tickets-207124764747
66:41 12/08/2021
Vere Goold the Tennis Star
Hello! Welcome back to season 7 and an episode about one of Ireland's premiere tennis players, Vere Goold. We're also doing a live gig in Kilkenny next week (the 9th of December) where we'll be talking about Arthur MacMurrough Kavanagh, definitely one of the most interesting subjects we've covered yet. We'll be joined on the night with another local man, comedian Mike Rice! If you wanna come see us then here's the tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/shite-talk-an-irish-history-podcast-live-in-kilkenny-with-mike-rice-tickets-207124764747
86:34 11/30/2021
The Orange Order
To finish off season 6 we're doing an episode about the Orange Order, as suggested to us on Patreon by Monica Neuhauser!  We're also delighted to announce that (with Jason's return to Ireland) we'll be doing some live shows over the next few weeks, the first of which will be a Halloween Special in Sin E on the 30th of October!
63:09 10/09/2021
Mad Sweeney
This week Jason told Kevin about the legend of Buile Shuibhne aka Mad Sweeney, the wandering King. We also did a bonus episode about the Annals fo the Four Masters (the ancient book this story comes from) which you can listen to over on our patreon.
57:18 09/02/2021
Tyrone GAA and the Schism of Ballygawley
This week Kevin tells Jason about the great schism of Ballygawley and it's knock on effect on Tyrone GAA
68:25 08/26/2021