The X Club, Colonialism and Foghorns as Music


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In 1864, London saw the formation of a club consisting of nine members. It was called the X Club, since it committed its members to nothing. In fact, the only rule of the club was to have no rules. But this wasn't a bunch of rag-tag individuals. These nine members were some of the most influential voices of their generation. One of these men went on to do pioneering research which changed travel over the oceans. But his invention also had sinister outcomes for over a billion people. This week, in the thirteenth episode of the series Ireland Untravelled, we discover the story of a relic of the past - Foghorns, their colonial connection, and a not so secret scientific body, The X Club. Tune in, and discover how we should think about the colonial relics of the past.

Till then Check out the other episodes of "Ireland Untravelled"

Lost Treasures, Dynamite and the Irish Nation :

Gaelic and the stunning decline of the Irish Language :

Trinity Long Room and the Soul of the Irish Nation :

U2, Body Snatching and the Irish Way of Death :

Bombay, Paris and the improbable victory for LGBTQ+ rights in Ireland :

Irish roads that go nowhere, Houses no one lives in :

Titanic, Mosul and the Global shame of Western Museums :

Three Irish Women, Emigration and India's National Anthem :

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