In 1780, Lord Doneraile mercilessly whipped one of his tenants, Father Neale, an impoverished elderly priest in the wide open as punishment for not complying with a request that was impossible to fulfill. “The Price of Liberty” is a hour long documentary based on the resultant court case that finished with a landmark result. It is also the case that brought brilliant Irish lawyer John Philpot Curran to prominence.

The trial was a sensation and has a collection of exciting twists and turns, concluding with pistols at dawn! Using a combination of interviews with our experts Dr. Patrick Geoghegan and Dr David Fleming, and dramatic segments recreating key moments and events, the radio documentary explores the shocking incident and the resultant case, providing context and analysis along the way.

Funded by The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland using the Television license fee