Renowned Irish historian Professor Michael Laffan introduces his series of 10 lectures on The Irish Revolution. He talks about the history of the course, its structure as well as some of the key areas covered in the lectures.
Since it was first made available to podcast on History Hub in 2012, Professor Laffan’s highly engaging series has proven to be tremendously popular with academic and public audiences alike. For people interested in learning about this tumultuous period in Irish history the good news is that the series is now more accessible than ever.
The Irish Revolution was a module taught by Professor Laffan in the School of History and Archives, University College Dublin from the late 1970′s until his retirement in 2010. In association with the UCD College of Arts and Celtic Studies and History Hub.ie all 10 of the lectures were recorded by Real Smart Media and are available to download via iTunes, RSS feed and Soundcloud (links are below). The series was popular from the outset and was even the No. 1 podcast series on iTunes in Ireland shortly after its launch. To date there have been over 50,000 downloads of Professor Laffan’s lectures.
UPDATE: In 2016, beginning January 28, Professor Michael Laffan will return to UCD to give his Irish Revolution course for one last time. The course is open to members of the public and is a wonderful opportunity to learn in detail about a pivotal period in Irish history. Sources from this period will be discussed in detail in seminars, including contemporary newspaper reports, documents from Irish archives, published collections of speeches and published memoirs or books by participants in the period, letters and diaries, as well as the extensive range of books in the UCD Library. The course will also explore the significance of the Decade of Commemoration associated with this period. The Irish Revolution can either be audited or taken for credit. Follow the links for more information.
Here is the full list of lectures:
Some reaction to The Irish Revolution podcast:
“I would like to express my thanks to all concerned but particularly to Professor Laffan for taking the time and trouble to make his lecture series available to the general public. I have only had time to listen to the first four as yet, but am already captivated by his engaging lecture style and of course the subject” - Norman, UK.
“What a resource” - Fergal, Australia.
“I took this brilliant module as a student at UCD. It’s wonderful to have it available as a podcast now. Highly recommended!” - John, Ireland.
Image: Professor Michael Laffan lecturing in 2010 (Liffey)