The Nutty Chronicles

The Nutty Chronicles

A narrative history of a Dublin family which combines anecdote, genealogy, history and speculation to reconstruct the lives of my modestly circumstanced Irish family stretching back over 200 years

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June 27, 2021 31 min

This episode continues the focus on my Dad's life and his work and is a chronological extension of events covered in episodes 5 and 6. Although the focus features my family's life in the 1960s and 1970s, the narrative stretches back to events in 17th century Dublin before finishing up in more contemporary times and the legacy my Father left behind.

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This 3rd TNC Meta episode delves into the process behind creating the new website associated with the podcast. and why creating a dedicated website is vital to the growth of a podcast. I also talk about the trade off decisions made between building a site from scratch and the alternative I ultimately made

I continue the discussion be explaining why is been taking so long to produce new content and why I'm hopeful that will no lo...

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January 11, 2021 41 min

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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October 11, 2020 38 min

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

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August 16, 2020 15 min

This 2nd TNC Meta episode delves into the importance of influencers on podcast subscriptions.  Examines the impact of frequent social media promotion in driving listening activity and concludes with  a progress review of The Nutty Chronicles performance based on metrics provided by Buzzsprout the podcast

TNC Meta is a sub podcast series which takes a behind the scenes look at the making of the main Nutty Chronicles podcast

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August 2, 2020 32 min

This episode is the conclusion of Pandemic's Grandchild Part 1 and follows my Grandmother Emily Behan's move from Killeshin in Laois to Drumcondra in Dublin just as the War of Irish Independence breaks out in 1919. The podcast also contains a continuation of John Dorney's discussion of the Pandemic Flu of 1918-19 and it's impact on Ireland

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June 15, 2020 30 min

This episode tells the story of the Pandemic Flu of 1918 - 19 and how it had a profound effect on my family, especially my Grandmother, Nana Emily Behan

In this episode I interview Dublin historian on the impact of the flu on Irish society. Damien Shiels and Fin Dwyer also appear as guest readers

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May 21, 2020 11 min

This is a meta podcast. The term "meta" is used a lot in the techie world to describe activities which are self referential, so making a podcast about the making of podcast is about as meta as it comes. Essentially this a behind the scenes look at making "The Nutty Chronicles

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April 28, 2020 32 min

This episode covers the life of my Great Uncle Bill. The Dublin he grew up in and which preceded him and continues through his service in World War One

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March 8, 2020 22 min

My great Aunt Lily was a maverick figure who carved out a non traditional life. This is the story of the difficult choices she had to make to live in the difficult world of early 20th century Ireland

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February 29, 2020 17 min

An event that I consider seminal in my Dad's life and which may have be the origin incident of his wary relationship with most family members. The episode also focuses on my Dad's relationship with both sets of his grandparents.

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February 20, 2020 9 min

In 1973 my Paternal Grandfather, Frederick Nutty, passed away. This episode examines my Father's reaction and begins to explore the reason why I know so little about his family

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