Welcome to The Irish in Canada, the podcast exploring the lives and legacies of Irish immigrants and their Canadian descendants.

Join Jane McGaughey for a season of short, informative episodes about a kind of Canadian history you may never have heard before…

Season 2, Episode 5 - The Execution of Thomas Scott

Few people in Canadian history have created more division than Louis Riel. At the time of his death in 1885, he had been found guilty of high treason, but even the jury who condemned him agreed that something else in Riel’s past was why he was killed: the execution of Thomas Scott. Who was Thomas Scott? Why was he executed in Winnipeg during the Red River Resistance, and why did Riel feel fifteen years later that he was going to be hanged because of an Irishman? NB – This episode contains explicit language

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Season 2, Episode 4 - The Battle of the Windmill

Wild hogs eating corpses on a battlefield, women shot in the face, Irish soldiers strung up by their heels and mutilated, hangings, deportations, and ghosts… Does this sound like Canada to you? Despite appearances of gentility in Upper Canada, the Battle of the Windmill was anything but – and for a Canadian battle, it was chock-full of Irishmen. At the tiny hamlet of New Wexford in November 1838, all sorts of horrible things happened; this week, we’re talking all about it.

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Season 2, Episode 3: Edmund Bailey O'Callaghan

The 1837 Lower Canadian Rebellion was as close as the Canadian colonies ever came to revolution. Edmund Bailey O’Callaghan – doctor, politician, and notable newspaper editor in Montreal – was Louis-Joseph Papineau’s right-hand man in the tense years leading to the battles between les patriotes and the British Army. As the editor of The Vindicator, O’Callaghan became the most powerful Irishman in Montreal, trying to create a Canadian republic through the power of his printing press.

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