History Episode Episodes

Jan. 11, 2021

7: A Bed of Thorny Roses

This episode tells the story of the early years of my parent’s life together and how the family got into the rose growing business, the motivations, difficulties, successes and failures of that choice

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Oct. 11, 2020

6: Ireland and Dad’s Lost Decades

The Ireland of the 1930s-50s was both socially conservative and economically isolated. This is the story of those decades as seen through my fragmentary understanding of my Dad's life during those years Ireland and Dad’s Lost...

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Aug. 2, 2020

5: Pandemic's Grandchild - Part 2

View of Carlow Town from the Killeshin Hills. Photo: Geraldine Doyle Carlow Town is an ancient Irish settlement, situated in the rich farming lands fed by the watershed of the Barrow River . At end of the second decade of …

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June 15, 2020

5: Pandemic's Grandchild - Part I

The Delvin, Photo: Kieran Campbell / Railway bridge at Gormanston / CC BY-SA 2.0 On June 20, 1979, I learned Emily Nutty, nee Behan, my paternal grandmother and last surviving grandparent had died. I was swimming at Gormansto...

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April 28, 2020

4: Great Uncle Bill and World War I

RASC Horse Drawn Supply Company courtesy of the British National Army Museum On Jan 6, 1913, the Feast Day Of The Epiphany , a day that celebrates the visit of the Three Wise Men to the new born Christ Child …

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March 8, 2020

3: The Big One - Lily

Lily Nutty (1898–1984) Picture dated 1918 I only ever met Lily once. It was shortly before I went to the States in the early 80s. She was to die within a few years in 1984 at the age of 86, …

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Feb. 29, 2020

2: Cannicide and a Dog Named Towser

Reading the first installment of Recovering My Irish Family again, I realized that the title was a poor description for the content. Let me clarify the shortcomings. I grew up in a home where there was little discussion of my...

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Feb. 20, 2020

1: Recovering My Irish Family

Da: Frederick Nutty: 1897 — 1973 in his WWI Royal Flying Corps uniform My 9 year old mind sensed something amiss when a bright blue boat turned and took a direct line to us. Maybe it was because the three …

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