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    The History Show Sunday 8 May 2016

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    Prisoners after the Rising

    The experiences of people taken prisoner after the Rising, the day to day reality of life for internees, and how prisons like Frongoch in Wales became breeding grounds for sedition. Myles is joined by William Murphy, Frank Shouldice and Joanna Brück .

    Entwined Histories Challenge

    Former Rugby international Trevor Ringland on a charity cycle and walk in Dublin and France, visting many of the sites of battle of the Somme. It will take place from the 23rd to the 29th May.

    1916 Rising Oral History Collection

    Lorcan Clancy reports on the 1916 Rising Oral History Collections, speaking to husband and wife Maurice and Jane O'Keefe, and their daughter Hélène O'Keefe about how family memories reveal a rich revolutionary inheritance. Then, Mark Duncan of Century Ireland joins Myles to reflect on this centenary year.

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    Prisoners after the Rising

    This week 100 hundred years ago, a steady flow of prisoners were arriving in British jails.   It was the aftermath of the Rising and wholesale deportations of suspected insurgents were taking place, often in very rough conditions.

    We explore the experiences of people taken prisoner after the Easter Rising, when around 3,000 men were deported to jails in Britain. We hear about the day-to-day reality of life for internees in harsh and difficult surroundings. As well as some pretty unlikely crafts they produced for loved ones back home. Also - how rat infested prisons like Frongoch became a breeding ground for sedition, places where activists studied and strategised, and the seeds of the war of independence were sown.

    Some of the rebels interned in Richmond Barracks after the Rising

    Initially at least, the prisoners were scattered to various prisons around Britain. Then, within months, many were released and sent home, while 1,800 men ended up in Frongoch internment camp in north Wales.  And Frongoch is where we’ll be focusing much of our discussion this evening.

    Myles is joined by Mater Dei historian, William Murphy, author of Political Imprisonment and the Irish, 1912-1921; and Frank Shouldice, author of My Grandpa the Sniper – The Remarkable Story of a 1916 Volunteer.  Myles is also joined from Bristol by archaeologist Joanna Bruck of the University of Bristol, who has carried out field work in Frongoch.

    Last week we heard from Louise Denvir and her family in Tawley Co. Leitrim. Louise's great-grandfather J.J. Reid was sentenced to death for his role during the 1916 Rising. He was fighting in the Four Courts with Edward Daly. His death sentence was commuted to ten years in prison. We hear more from Louise about J.J. Reid's life in prison.

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    Entwined Histories Challenge

    As we all know, 2016 is a very significant year in terms of our history.  As well as commemorating the men and women of the Easter Rising, in July, we also remember the Battle of the Somme which claimed the lives of 3,500 Irish men who were fighting in the British Army.  Many more were wounded.  Most of them had never heard of the Somme.

    This month, Co-operation Ireland and the IRFU Charitable Trust will join forces to commemorate these two events.  From the 23rd to the 29th of May, the Entwined Histories Challenge will run a cycle and a walk in Dublin and France visting many of the sites of battle. Myles is joined on the line by former rugby international, Trevor Ringland who’ll be taking part.

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    1916 Rising Oral History Collection

    One hundred years on from the Easter Rising, of course there are no surviving participants.  But one way the events of 1916 live on is through the recollections of descendants of the people involved.  The stories and family memories handed down from one generation to the next reveal a rich revolutionary inheritance.   The 1916 Rising Oral History Collection is a project which compiles these stories to paint a new picture of Easter Week - one based on inherited memory. Our reporter Lorcan Clancy found out more.

    He talks to husband and wife Maurice and Jane O'Keefe and their daughter Helene O' Keeffe about these oral history recordings and how they reveal a rich revolutionary inheritance.

    Click here to visit the Irish Life and Lore website and find out more about the collection.

    Helene O'Keefe is the author of the book To Speak of Easter Week: Family Memories of the Irish Revolution, which draws on these oral history recordings to explore the human legacy of Easter Week.

    Fingal and the Fight for Irish Freedom

    A new exhibition ‘Fingal and the Fight for Irish Freedom’ is a combination of multi-media, digital, interactive and traditional displays. It tells the story of many of the Fingallians who were involved in the events of Easter week.

    Fingal Local Studies & Archives has been collecting archives relating to this significant period in Ireland’s and Fingal’s history for a number of years, and many of the items on display come from the Council’s collections.

    Relatives and families of Fingallians involved in 1916 have also generously loaned family heirlooms, including letters home from the prisoners in Frongoch, and other memorabilia, to the Council, for the exhibition. Other museums such as Kilmainham Jail and Cork Municipal Museum have also lent items associated with Fingal.

    The exhibition is on display the the Reading Room of Fingal Local Studies & Archives, where it can be viewed by appointment. The address is Fingal County Archives Service, 2nd Floor, Clonmel House, Forster Way, Swords, County Dublin.

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    Bringing the past to life! Discover how our world was shaped as Myles Dungan and guests explore events ranging from medieval times to the recent past.

    We want to help explain ourselves to ourselves. We will search out fresh angles on familiar topics, seek out the unfamiliar and will not shy away from bizarre or controversial issues. Our ultimate goal is to make The History Show the primary port of call for those with an intense or even a modest interest in the subject. We want to entice the casual and the curious to join us in celebrating the past.

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