Fin Dwyer is creating the Great Famine Podcast Series
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patrons

History haunts the present casting a long shadow over life but there are few events like The Great Irish Famine of the 19th century.

While it took place 170 years ago on a small island at the edge of Europe, it has impacted life across the world ever since. Tens of millions of people from North America to Australia are descended from survivors, their identity shaped by it.

The history of the Great Famine is often reduced to the failure of the potato crop, mass starvation and mass emigration. However this does not do justice to the story of our ancestors. With your support, I want to tell the story of their lives – a far more complex and interesting history. While many perished this podcast series will also recall the lives of those who managed to survive.

With your support this series will bring you back to the world of 19th century Ireland each week. This journey will begin by looking at life prior to the Great Famine and the growing unrest in Ireland as poverty increased.

Then we will begin our descent into the dark years between 1845–1852. The story of the Great Famine is far more complex than simply one of a failed potato crop. The series will bring you from the halls of power in Westminster, London to the grinding poverty in cabins in the West of Ireland explaining the Great Famine as it unfolded.

The series will answer all the key questions
  • What actually happened and why were so many faced with starvation? 
  • What was day-to-day life like?
  • How did the British authorities (who ruled Ireland) react? 
  • Why did landlords, with the power of life and death evict tens of thousands of starving families? 
  • How did those faced with starvation react? 
  • Who emigrated, how and to where?
Through the series you also be able follow the journeys of the millions who left Ireland. While most passed through the port of Liverpool many continued their journeys across the Atlantic - by the 1860s one in four New Yorkers were Irish born. Their story is an integral part of the history of the Great Famine.

To tell our extraordinary history I need your support. Research is costly and time consuming but with your support we will do justice to this remarkable story, bringing our history to new audiences.

The amount you contribute to the series is up to you - every donation counts and patrons get lots of exclusive content depending on the Patrons Pass they choose.

Patrons rewards include.
  •  A patrons guide to each episode 
  • A monthly patrons-only podcast
  • An exclusive monthly online discussion about the series where you can ask me questions face to face.
You can get involved for as little as $1 per month you can get early access to the series

Experience
I have a wealth of experience in historical research and podcasting. My show - the Irish History Podcast is one of the most popular independent podcasts in Ireland with an archive of over 100 podcasts.

These have covered stories from the Norman Invasion through to the mysterious Maamtrasna Murders of 1882. Key to the success of these podcasts has been the high quality and accessible narratives of each show.

Over the past three years I have also published two books on Irish history 'Witches, Spies and Stockholm Syndrome, Life in Medieval Ireland' (2013) and '1348: A Medieval Apocalypse - The Black Death in Ireland' (2016).

As a historian I have also worked on history projects for RTE (Ireland’s State Broadcaster), The BBC and The Irish Times.
Tiers
Support your history
$1 or more per month
        
  • Early access to each podcast.
  • An accreditation on the patrons wall at the series website www.irishhistorypodcast.ie
  • A mention in an episode of the show.
  • Access to the my upcoming documentary on the Great Famine see more here.  
Support Your History
$3 or more per month

  • Patrons guide for each podcast. This includes the transcripts for each episode along photos, pictures, maps allowing you to delve deeper into the history.
  • All of the above
    • Early access
    • Accreditation on the patrons wall & mention in an episode
    • Access to the my upcoming documentary on the Great Famine see more here.  
Support your history
$5 or more per month

  • Exclusive Patron's Podcast. 
  • All of the above
    • Patron's guide to each podcast.
    • Early access.
    • Accreditation on the patrons wall & mention in an episode.
    • Access to the my upcoming documentary on the Great Famine see more here
Support your history
$10 or more per month

  • Participation in small (less than 10) online monthly group discussion where you can delve deeper into the topics and ask me questions about the series.
  • Early access to my upcoming documentary on the Great Famine see more here
  • All of the above
    • Patron's Podcast
    • Patron's guide to each episode
    • Early access
    • Accreditation on the patrons wall & mention in an episode.
Support Your History
$20 or more per month

  • Listed in the closing credits of the upcoming documentary based on  the series (to be made when we reach $2,000)
  • Exclusive early access to the my upcoming documentary on the Great Famine see more here
  • All of the above - early access, episode guides, patrons podcast, participation in group discussions.
Support your history
$75 or more per month

  • One-to-one monthly 30 min tutorial.
  • All of the above
    • Patron's Podcast
    • Patron's guide to each episode
    • Early access
    • Accreditation on the patrons wall & mention in an episode.
    • Exclusive early access to the my upcoming documentary on the Great Famine see more here.
Goals
100% complete
The New Tour! Podcasts are a great way to delve into our history, but imagine being guided through the streets of Dublin hearing the stories of the Great Famine where they took place.

For several years I have been giving tours of Medieval Dublin and now I am planning a major new interative tour on the Great Famine through Dublin's streets in 2018. There are some set up costs inviolved but all patrons who have supported the show to the tune of €10 or more (regardless of the monthly amount) will get 50% off one tour ticket when this interactive tour launches.


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History haunts the present casting a long shadow over life but there are few events like The Great Irish Famine of the 19th century.

While it took place 170 years ago on a small island at the edge of Europe, it has impacted life across the world ever since. Tens of millions of people from North America to Australia are descended from survivors, their identity shaped by it.

The history of the Great Famine is often reduced to the failure of the potato crop, mass starvation and mass emigration. However this does not do justice to the story of our ancestors. With your support, I want to tell the story of their lives – a far more complex and interesting history. While many perished this podcast series will also recall the lives of those who managed to survive.

With your support this series will bring you back to the world of 19th century Ireland each week. This journey will begin by looking at life prior to the Great Famine and the growing unrest in Ireland as poverty increased.

Then we will begin our descent into the dark years between 1845–1852. The story of the Great Famine is far more complex than simply one of a failed potato crop. The series will bring you from the halls of power in Westminster, London to the grinding poverty in cabins in the West of Ireland explaining the Great Famine as it unfolded.

The series will answer all the key questions
  • What actually happened and why were so many faced with starvation? 
  • What was day-to-day life like?
  • How did the British authorities (who ruled Ireland) react? 
  • Why did landlords, with the power of life and death evict tens of thousands of starving families? 
  • How did those faced with starvation react? 
  • Who emigrated, how and to where?
Through the series you also be able follow the journeys of the millions who left Ireland. While most passed through the port of Liverpool many continued their journeys across the Atlantic - by the 1860s one in four New Yorkers were Irish born. Their story is an integral part of the history of the Great Famine.

To tell our extraordinary history I need your support. Research is costly and time consuming but with your support we will do justice to this remarkable story, bringing our history to new audiences.

The amount you contribute to the series is up to you - every donation counts and patrons get lots of exclusive content depending on the Patrons Pass they choose.

Patrons rewards include.
  •  A patrons guide to each episode 
  • A monthly patrons-only podcast
  • An exclusive monthly online discussion about the series where you can ask me questions face to face.
You can get involved for as little as $1 per month you can get early access to the series

Experience
I have a wealth of experience in historical research and podcasting. My show - the Irish History Podcast is one of the most popular independent podcasts in Ireland with an archive of over 100 podcasts.

These have covered stories from the Norman Invasion through to the mysterious Maamtrasna Murders of 1882. Key to the success of these podcasts has been the high quality and accessible narratives of each show.

Over the past three years I have also published two books on Irish history 'Witches, Spies and Stockholm Syndrome, Life in Medieval Ireland' (2013) and '1348: A Medieval Apocalypse - The Black Death in Ireland' (2016).

As a historian I have also worked on history projects for RTE (Ireland’s State Broadcaster), The BBC and The Irish Times.

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Tiers
Support your history
$1 or more per month
        
  • Early access to each podcast.
  • An accreditation on the patrons wall at the series website www.irishhistorypodcast.ie
  • A mention in an episode of the show.
  • Access to the my upcoming documentary on the Great Famine see more here.  
Support Your History
$3 or more per month

  • Patrons guide for each podcast. This includes the transcripts for each episode along photos, pictures, maps allowing you to delve deeper into the history.
  • All of the above
    • Early access
    • Accreditation on the patrons wall & mention in an episode
    • Access to the my upcoming documentary on the Great Famine see more here.  
Support your history
$5 or more per month

  • Exclusive Patron's Podcast. 
  • All of the above
    • Patron's guide to each podcast.
    • Early access.
    • Accreditation on the patrons wall & mention in an episode.
    • Access to the my upcoming documentary on the Great Famine see more here
Support your history
$10 or more per month

  • Participation in small (less than 10) online monthly group discussion where you can delve deeper into the topics and ask me questions about the series.
  • Early access to my upcoming documentary on the Great Famine see more here
  • All of the above
    • Patron's Podcast
    • Patron's guide to each episode
    • Early access
    • Accreditation on the patrons wall & mention in an episode.
Support Your History
$20 or more per month

  • Listed in the closing credits of the upcoming documentary based on  the series (to be made when we reach $2,000)
  • Exclusive early access to the my upcoming documentary on the Great Famine see more here
  • All of the above - early access, episode guides, patrons podcast, participation in group discussions.
Support your history
$75 or more per month

  • One-to-one monthly 30 min tutorial.
  • All of the above
    • Patron's Podcast
    • Patron's guide to each episode
    • Early access
    • Accreditation on the patrons wall & mention in an episode.
    • Exclusive early access to the my upcoming documentary on the Great Famine see more here.