About The Podcast.

The name Peelers and Sheep comes from an incident in the 1919 Meath and Kildare farm labour strike. It took eleven policemen, nicknamed peelers, led by a sergeant and a head constable, with fixed bayonets, just to deliver thirteen sheep to Drumree railway station.  In the end, as you’ll discover when listening to our first episode, the bayonets of the Royal Irish Constabulary were of no avail, the sheep were boycotted in Dublin and returned on the very next train.

This is the land, but this is not a land of timeless tradition, this is the hothouse where the modern world is made.

This is a rebel story.  This is a story of people who are not the big names of Irish history. This is not the history you learned in school.

This is history from below.

Episodes

Ep 2: Prairie Fire

This episode looks at the West of Ireland agrarian movement of the spring and early summer of 1920. That year saw a widespread popular mobilisation known as the cattle drives – crowds assembling to drive cattle and sheep off disputed land. This movement was...

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Ep: 1 The Forgotten

This episode is about the farm labour strike in Meath and Kildare in July and August 1919. Farm workers were by far the largest single group in the Transport Union during the revolutionary years. The episode will look at the forming of small local...

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Teaser: This Is A Rebel Story!

The name Peelers and Sheep comes from an incident in the 1919 Meath and Kildare farm labour strike. It took eleven policemen, nicknamed peelers, led by a sergeant and a head constable, with fixed bayonets, just to deliver thirteen sheep to Drumree railway station. In...

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My Name Is Terry Dunne

The peelers and the sheep featured in the Meath and Kildare farm labour strike of 1919 – farm labourers were described by one historian as the forgotten men of Irish history. The Drumree incident — the peelers and the sheep — comes from a space that is marginal in popular memory. 

It resonates with me personally as I am descended from agricultural wage workers and from part of the country – south Kildare – where they formed a large part of the population.

But this wasn’t always the history I grew up with…

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