Top 10 Letter from Ireland Podcast Episodes
We select the 10 most popular Letter from Ireland Podcast episodes during the year. Something here for everyone!
In todays special end of year episode, we look back over 2022 and select the 10 most popular Letter from Ireland Podcast episodes during the year. Something here for everyone!
Let’s begin the countdown – starting at number 10 and working our way to number 1:
At Number 10: “From The Vikings to The Normans”.
We look at the journey a branch of the Vikings took and established a Dukedom in what became known as “Normandy” in northern France. We look at their culture and traditions – traditions that they brought with them to England in 1066 and then onto Ireland in the late part of the 1100s.
Number 9: “The Evolution of Irish Music in 12 Tracks”.
In today’s extended musical episode – called “The Evolution of Irish Music in 12 Tracks” – we bring you a very personal selection of Irish music from Mike. As he works (enjoys!) his way through a very personal selection of music, he chats about Irish history, culture and just why he selected each track for inclusion in this show.
Number 8: “Murder in The West of Ireland”.
We cover two infamous real life murder cases in the west of Ireland during the 1800s. The first murder was as a result of mass evictions from an Irish estate during the famine and the second involved a travesty of justice where the accused were tried in a language they did not understand.
Number 7: “Galway Bay and the Music and Songs of Connaught”.
We take a tour around the five counties – Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon of the Irish province of Connaught. We have chosen two songs/pieces of music from each County with plenty of history and stories along the way.
Number 6: “An Irish Rebel Easter”.
During the Easter period here in Ireland, the thoughts of many Irish people turn to the historic events around the Easter Rising of 1916. In this episode we talk about that time as well as another Irish leader who was killed 100 years ago this year. We also feature Irish rebel songs commemorating many of the rebellions and individuals who gave their lives down through the centuries.
Number 5: “All God’s Creatures Have a Place in the Choir”.
In this first episode of the Letter from Ireland Show for 2022 we share stories and music that highlight the esteemed place that animals have in Irish mythology and folklore, music and family surnames.
Number 4: “Irish Proverbs and Irish Accents”.
We chat about all things Irish – the Irish language that is! The first letter looks at Irish sayings and proverbs in their original Irish, how to pronounce them and what they mean in English. We then go on to examine how local Irish accents changed how one Irish surname was anglicised in different parts of the island.
Number 3: “The Pogues & More – A Different Sort of Irish Music”.
We explore the different sort of Irish music that was coming onto the scene from the mid-1970s. We first look at the story of that great London-Irish band – The Pogues and then onto the more subtle music of Paul Brady. In both cases, lots of background stories, music and craic.
Listen to “The Pogues & More – A Different Sort of Irish Music” here.
Number 2: “A Merry Irish Christmas – 10 Old Irish Christmas Songs”.
We share a selection of old Irish Christmas carols, songs and tunes with lots of chat along the way.
And finally – at Number 1 – our most listened-to podcast episode in 2022:
Number 1. “Danny Boy and The Music and Songs of Ulster”.
We take a musical trip around the nine counties of Ulster: Derry (Londonderry), Antrim, Down, Armagh, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan. Alongside the immortal “Danny Boy”, we feature at least one tune or song from each of the counties.
We hope you enjoyed that countdown of the favourite Letter from Ireland Podcast episodes during 2022 and we certainly enjoyed putting them together.
How about you? Do you have a particular favourite? You can see all available Letter from Ireland Podcast episodes here.
Slán for now,
Mike & Carina.