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25th May 2021

New Irish podcast could be your next true crime obsession

Stephen Porzio

If you loved West Cork, this will be right up your street…

Dirty John, Serial, West Cork – there have been plenty of great true crime podcasts to which listeners have become hooked.

Following in their footsteps is The Witness: In His Own Words – a new 10-part documentary podcast series produced by the team behind The Stand with Eamon Dunphy and available to listen to on Apple and Spotify.

Based on Nicola Tallant’s best-selling non-fiction book The Witness, the show’s focus is on Joseph O’Callaghan who, in 2005, became the youngest person ever to enter the Witness Protection Programme in Ireland.

This was after his testimony helped convict two drug-dealing gangsters for murder.

The podcast will see O’Callaghan tell his extraordinary life story in his own words for the first time.

It’s plot synopsis reads: “Aged 12, Joey talked his way into an after-school job with the local milkman. It was the beginning of a decade spent in the heart of Dublin’s gangland.

“From his teenage years spent trapped in the criminal underworld, through to living as a grown man under a false identity, Joey’s life exposes the deep scars caused by social deprivation, drug-fuelled gang warfare, and the callous arms of the state.”

In a statement about the podcast, O’Callaghan says, “I’ve seen things I don’t want to remember but can never forget. I’ve been scared, silenced and brought to the brink of death. But I’m here. I survived.”

Tallant added: “I have been enthralled listening to Joey O’Callaghan’s story since I first met him on a canal bank in Dublin almost 10 years ago.

“Groomed into gangland and forever a prisoner to his past, Joey tells his story with conviction, honesty and a rawness that I have never heard before or since. A judge and jury believed his truth. I have believed his truth and now the listener can hear Joey’s story for themselves and make up their own minds.”

The Witness: In His Own Words is being distributed by Acast Creator Network. Its first episode was released onto all major podcast platforms on 24 May.

Further episodes will be released on a weekly basis.

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