Sometimes the amazing stories of real life characters are hijacked by myths and the essence of what makes them great are sometimes overlooked. This episode is about one such character, a legend in Mexico but almost unheard of in his homeland of Ireland.
William Lamport lived an incredible life, from the tender age of 14 he had a King's ransom on his head and in Mexico he would write a Declaration of Independence that shook the foundations of the Spanish Empire and marked him out as a someone ahead of his time. So why did Zorro hijack him and hide him from us for all these years?If you would like to to read the graphic novel mentioned in the the episode please click here.
HedgeRadio ignores the old advice of not following stones and does just that. We try to discover the secrets held by neolithic rock art that was hidden for hundreds of years in a farmers hedgerow while at the same time we go wandering with local artist and folklorist Michael Fortune as he explains the attraction to wart stones and bullaun stones. What we didn't expect to find was the stone crosses that Oliver Cromwell destroyed on his rampage through Ireland.
The HedgeRadio Podcast talk to Deirdre Wadding, a survivor of the Bessborough Mother and Baby Home and we investigate the shameful history of institutional abuse of those deemed unworthy. Stay Have a listen...
HedgeRadio discovers the secrets behind the Furlong homestead, a small cottage on Forth Mountain in Wexford, Ireland where music and love held sway. The home was nearly lost until a local group gathered to restore it, and we found the pike wielding rebel who used to sit by the half door listening to music and watching the world roll by. Read the Blog post here.
Jack Matthews talks to HedgeRadio about his poem, Bloody Sunday 1920. After reading The Bloodied Field by Michael Foley, Jack wanted to do his bit to humanize and remember those killed by the British army while watching a GAA football match at Croke Park in 1920.
HedgeRadio spent the day with Laureate na nÓg Eoin Colfer on his Once Upon A Place tour at St Catherine's Halting Site, Wetlands, Kilkenny. Eoin talked with the kids, swapped stories and had a go on a sulky.
"when I was a younger man, I thought everywhere was probably a magic place,
I just didn't know because I wasn't there"
Eoin Colfer - Irish Author
His kids see a drug pusher, his wife doesn't get it. He just wants the perfect start to his day. Thought the habit by his mother, it's easy to see how addictions perpetuate.
"so when it's cold and lumpy, I'm not really tasting it, I'm remembering that bowl from when I was a kid"
Chris Hayes - HedgeRadio Host
"I find it as pleasurable to teach somebody something as I do to make something myself"
Tommy Kelly - Master Craftsman
HedgeRadio followed Eoin Colfer's 'Once Upon a Place Tour' all the way to the Electric Picnic in 2015. His tour of Ireland, with many authors in tow, rocked into the Picnic and left its literary mark.
"When I was a kid I was told the seanchaí were the rock-stars of Ireland! I said I like the sound of that"
Eoin Colfer - Irish Author