North Tipperary local history set to reach global audience

The story of William and Daniel Cormack, two north Tipperary brothers, falsely accused of the murder of a land agent in 1857 to set to hit the headlines yet again.

The story of William and Daniel Cormack, two north Tipperary brothers, falsely accused of the murder of a land agent in 1857 to set to hit the headlines yet again.

The Loughmore natives who were executed outside Nenagh Gaol in 1858 are now the basis of a podcast with a global audience.

The two brothers were accused of murdering of a land agent, John Ellis, in 1857 as tensions ran high in north Tipperary in the aftermath of the Great Famine. They were tried and executed but their case has refused to die.

It has captured the national imagination on several occasions over the last 150 years. In the aftermath of their execution in 1858 the case was debated in the house of Commons in London. In 1910 10,000 people attended a commemorative event in Loughmore, while 2008 saw the local community stage a pageant marking the 150th anniversary of the brothers execution.

Now the story is set to reach a global audience as it is basis of a history podcast, an online audio programme. This free broadcast sees the story reworked in a fascinating and enthralling historical narrative on the internet. Through its inclusion in the Irish History Podcast series with over 20,000 listeners across North America, Australia and Britain the Cormack brothers tale of injustice will now reach a new audience.

The editor if www.irishhistorypodcast.ie website and creator of the podcast, Fin Dwyer said

“I originally heard the story of the Cormacks in 2011 when I visited Loughmore and came across the brothers mausoleum in the graveyard.

After hearing their fascinating story, I was compelled to write an article and eventually create this podcast about their tragic but fascinating lives.”

He continued

“The history of the Cormack brother is in many ways timeless and universal, a story of injustice and an intriguing trial that followed a brutal murder in the aftermath of the famine.”

He concluded

“The story is perfect not only for an Irish audience but the global audience of the Irish History Podcast because of the universality of their quest against injustice”.

The podcast entitled “The Assassination of John Ellis” can be downloaded for free at the www.irishhistorypodcast.ie or directly from Itunes at http://itunes.apple.com/ie/podcast/irish-history-podcast/id363368392