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Episode 23 – Mary Dohey

Mary Dohey isn’t a household name in Newfoundland, and it seems like that’s the way she wanted it. But Mary, who passed away last year at the age of 83, was an extraordinary person. She was the first living person to receive the Canadian Cross of Valour. That’s the highest honour that the country awards for acts of bravery. She helped save the lives of over 100 people after a man took a plane hostage, in what would become known as The Doomsday Flight.



Mary Dohey – Hijacking Interview – May12,1988 from ACFamily Network on Vimeo.

More Reading

Mississauga’s Reluctant Hero
Downhome story about Mary’s life
Slate article about the crime

Episode 20 – The Royal St. John’s Regatta #RSJR200

Episode 20 of Newfoundpod covers the Royal St. John’s Regatta. I talked history, my personal stories, some other stories and the plans for the current year’s races.


Official Regatta site
Old official Regatta site with more history
The Regatta on Twitter and Facebook

Jack Fitzgerald books on Amazon.


Check me out on Twitter @NewfoundPod and Facebook /NewfoundPod where I’ll be adding more photos over the next few days.

Episode 14 – The Giant Squid of Newfoundland

Newfoundland holds a few Guinness World Records: the first trans-Atlantic flight, the first European settlers in North America, the earliest record of animal tracks (from 565 million years ago) and the world’s largest squid. This episode is about those devil fish, those Kraken, those giant squid. Squids?



Sizable squid in Glovers Harbour, N.L





http://collections.mun.ca/cdm/ref/collection/quarterly/id/34801 The Newfoundland Quarterly, volume 65, no. 3 (Summer 1967)

Fitzgerald, Jack. “Newfoundland Adventures: in Air, on Land, at Sea.” Newfoundland Adventures: in Air, on Land, at Sea, Creative Publishers, 2006, pp. 50–71.

PT Barnum was a monster.

NewfoundPod Episode 11 – Newfoundland Mummers

Mummering in Newfoundland can be traced back to the early 1800s, and was brought here by our Irish and English ancestors. So what is mummering? During the 12 days of Christmas, a group of people, usually family and friends, dress up in costumes and visit homes in their communities. If they are lowed in (and they are usually lowed in) they put on a performance that includes dancing, playing music (hopefully someone brought their accordion) singing and telling jokes. Meanwhile, the homeowners try to guess who is in the costumes, and once they guess correctly, they can offer them food or drink. The mummers, or jannies as they are known in some places, stay a while before leaving for the next house.

The costumes themselves were never anything elaborate. They were just designed to keep people from guessing who you are. Men dressed as women, women dressed as men. They wore their underwear on the outside. They borrowed someone else’s clothes because they might get recognized in their own. They’d wear flour sacks on their heads with holes cut out for the eyes.