The Stardust Tragedy, a brand new podcast created by urbanmedia for The Irish Sun, investigates one of Ireland’s most devastating disasters.

Narrated by The Irish Sun’s Damien Lane, a veteran journalist who has covered life and crime in Ireland for over two decades, the eight part series tells the story of the tragic night of 14th February 1981, when 48 young people lost their lives and the shocking events that followed.

Brought to you by urbanmedia the makers of the number one podcast ‘The Kinahans’ and ‘The Making of a Detective’, The Stardust Tragedy tells the story from the very beginning up until the current day, with several individual stories of the young victims as they set off for the Valentine’s night disco in the Stardust nightclub in Artane. 

The podcast continues with a thorough investigation into the fatal fire, testimonies from survivors, firefighters and first responders on the scene, and the devastating aftermath that followed as families fought for over four decades for justice for their loved ones. The series concludes with Episode 8: Unlawful Killing, which provides expert insight into the final verdict from the Stardust inquests.

The Stardust Tragedy premiered on Thursday, 25th April with one episode released weekly and is available on all popular podcast platforms. 

Fiona Wynne, Editor of The Irish Sun, says: “Few events in Irish history have soaked into the souls of the Irish people the way the Stardust fire has. The scale of the loss, the grief and the sadness is difficult to comprehend, 48 young lives robbed in minutes, with broken families left to pick up the pieces.

But living alongside that pain has been the inspirational courage, tenacity and grit of those left behind, driven for over four decades by love, stopping at nothing to get justice for their son or daughter, brother or sister, family or friend.

In The Stardust Tragedy, the families of the victims take us through the chaos and horror which unfolded on Valentine’s Day 1981, right up to the long-awaited and triumphant ruling of unlawful killing on Thursday April 18, 2024, 43 years later.

It is a privilege to be able to share their stories.”

You can listen to The Stardust Tragedy podcast here on Spotify  – or Apple 

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