Irish criminology experts join Acast Creator Network

Real Lives Untold tells the stories of true crime victims, from domestic abuse survivors to wrongfully convicted prisoners

True-crime podcast Real Lives Untold, launched by Irish crime reporter Sarah O’Connor and criminologist Trina O’Connor and produced by Acast, is now part of the Acast Creator Network, the company has announced.

The first two episodes of Real Lives Untold were released17 May, with new episodes airing every Wednesday across all platforms. The podcast focuses on telling the stories of the victims, with a broad range of guests including Jody Duggan, Women’s Aid ambassador and survivor of domestic abuse, criminal defense lawyer Justin Brooks, and #TooIntoYou project lead Mary Hayes. 

“We have chosen to offer a long format platform for our guests to tell their story from the beginning, the event itself and importantly the impact it has had on them,” O’Connor said. 

“We chat about the aftermath of their experience, when the headlines disappear. We are keen to offer our guests the opportunity to show that there is still a person and a family behind the crime, and hearing them speak might inform or help our listeners."

Sarah O’Connor is a documentary maker and a veteran crime and courts reporter known for reporting on Ireland's biggest crime stories on radio and TV across the last 20 years. Last year, Sarah produced Until Death, a three part documentary for Virgin Media exploring femicide in Ireland.

Trina O’Connor, meanwhile, is a working community criminologist with over 30 years’ experience of activism and collaboration with community workers. She holds several qualifications on the subject, including a MSc in Criminology from Dublin Institute of Technology and second in Comparative International Criminology from the Department of Law in Maynooth University.

“We are so happy to welcome Trina, Sarah, and Real Lives Untold to the Acast Creator Network,” said Jennifer Dollard, director of the Creator Network for Ireland. “We're all about championing people's stories, especially ones that haven't been told before, and that's exactly what this podcast does. We can't wait for the world to hear it!"