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    The History Show Sunday 13 October 2013

    The History Show Sunday 13 October 2013

    The Irish and World War One This August will mark the centenary of the start of World War One. We will be commemorating this anniversary on The History Show with special programmes and short items telling the stories of Irish people who were involved in the war. We will also be examining what was happening here during these turbulent years. Do you have relatives who were involved in the First World War? We would like to hear their stories. Email:
    Arson at the Crossroads!

    Arson at the Crossroads!

    Many people think that De Valera’s famous 1943 St. Patrick’s Day speech outlining his vision of a frugal contented Ireland mentioned comely maidens dancing at the crossroads. It didn’t. But dancing at the crossroads remained a popular form of entertainment well into the 20th century. It faded with the arrival of large rural ballrooms in the 1960s. The Department of Justice files from the 1930s shed a different light on this apparently innocuous past time. Many of the files deal with the destruction for the platforms set up for the dancers, to give them a smooth surface on which to ...


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