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    The History Show Sunday 17 May 2015

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    The Shrinking Playground of Dublin

    Katia Tikhoniouk on her research into the history of play and playgrounds in inner city Dublin.

    American Civil War Pension Files

    Orla Rapple reports on the impact of the American Civil War on Irish families, and what the war pension files tell us about the Irish-American experience in the 19th century.

    Eamon De Valera's Tailor

    Bernard Lynch on his memories of his father, Joe Lynch, who was a tailor to Eamon De Valera.

    Blood Runs Green

    Myles is joined by Gillian O'Brien, historian and author of the new book 'Blood Runs Green: The Murder that Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago', about a notorious 19th century killing, and its impact on Clan na Gael and Irish nationalism in the US.

    Public Service Broadcasting

    Our reporter Lorcan Clancy found out more about Public Service Broadcasting, a London band that evokes the past by sampling sounds from old archive footage in their music.

    Love Letters

    Rachel Breslin speaks to author Maeve O'Riordan about the relationship  of two young people from the landed class at the turn of the century, which was recorded through letters.

    Sexual Politics

    Jennifer Redmond, lecturer in 20th Century Irish History at NUI Maynooth.

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    The Shrinking Playground of Dublin

    In the 1950s, the children of inner city Dublin swung from landscapes on a bit of rope, raced box carts built from scraps down the streets, and played marbles in the gutters. 

    Fast forward to 2015, and the average fourteen year old boy is 65% heavier than he was around that time - perhaps partly due to the fact that the opportunities for carefree, unsupervised play have pretty much become something of the past.  

    Myles was joined by Katia Tikhoniouk, a UCD Architecture Graduate who has researched the history of play and playgrounds in inner city Dublin. 

    Click here to visit the Architecture Ireland website and read Katia's article 'The City - The Shrinking Playground of Dublin'.

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    American Civil War Pension Files

    Last weekend, a monument to the memory of Irish soldiers who served and died during the American Civil War was unveiled in Ballymote in County Sligo. The ceremony took place on the 9th of May - the 150th anniversary of the end of the war.  

    Union Troops before the second battle of Fredericksburg, May 1863

    Of course, the consequences of the war continued well past April 1865, and affected more than just the soldiers.  Irish families were severely impacted by the death of a family member in battle - but a pension scheme helped to alleviate the financial hardship at least. 

    Orla Rapple found out more about the Civil War pension files, and what they tell us about the Irish-American experience in the 19th century.

    Orla Rapple's report was part of her series 'Irish Fighter: American War' which is funded by the Broadcast Authority of Ireland with the television license fee.

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    Eamon De Valera's Tailor

    Following on from our piece last week about the IRA and their penchant for wearing highly fashionable Burberry Trench Coats during the War of Independence, one of our listeners Bernard Lynch - his father Joe Lynch was a tailor, making garments for Eamon De Valera himself.  

    We invited Bernard to come in and share his memories with us.

    Eamon De Valera in 1958

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    Blood Runs Green

    In May of 1889, Doctor Patrick Henry Cronin was found in a storm drain on the outskirts of Chicago - naked, dead and savagely beaten.  Cronin, an esteemed physician and prominent Irish nationalist, had disappeared weeks earlier. 

    The investigation and murder trial that followed was one of the world's first media circuses, over a sensational story involving revolutionaries and secret societies.  His funeral drew huge crowds. 

    A new book called 'Blood Runs Green: The Murder that Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago' investigates the impact of this killing on Irish nationalism in the USA. 

    Myles was joined by the author, Gillian O'Brien.

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    Public Service Broadcasting

    Public Service Broadcasting is a London-based musical duo who use historic audio in their music.  They sample sounds from old public information films and archive footage, in an attempt to, as they put it, 'teach the lessons of the past through the music of the present'.  Our reporter Lorcan Clancy found out more.

    J. Willgoose Esq. Guitarist, chief sampler, and one half of the band Public Service Broadcasting

    The band's new album is called The Race for Space. It's a musical evocation of the Space Race, the Cold War contest between the Americans and the Soviets to conquer the cosmos.  The audio sampled on the album ranges from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. 

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    Love Letters

    At the turn of the century, the landed class in Ireland were going through many political changes, which impacted on how they saw their own positions within the country.

    But everyday life also continued, and getting married and having children was one thing that frequently occupied the minds of young people.

    Rachel Breslin spoke to author Maeve O'Riordan about how one such relationship developed at the time, and was recorded through letters.

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    The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 17th May 2015

    The shrinking playground of Dublin; American Civil War pension files; Gillian O'Brien on her book 'Blood Runs Green'; the band Public Service Broadcasting; love letters and sexual politics.

    About The Show

    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.

    Our aim is to create informative, reflective, stimulating and above all, entertaining radio.

    Join us on Sundays from 6.05pm for The History Show with Myles Dungan on RTÉ Radio 1.

    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: E.V.A.
      Composer: Willgoose
      Performer(s): Public Service Broadcasting
      Performer(s): Public Service Broadcasting
      Album: The Race For Space, Test Card Recordings
      Duration: 1:19
    • Title: The Other Side
      Composer: Willgoose
      Performer(s): Public Service Broadcasting
      Performer(s): Public Service Broadcasting
      Album: The Race For Space, Test Card Recordings
      Duration: 6:31
    • Title: Gagarin
      Composer: Willgoose
      Performer(s): Public Service Broadcasting
      Performer(s): Public Service Broadcasting
      Album: The Race For Space, Test Card Recordings
      Duration: 4:00
    • Title: The Race For Space
      Composer: Willgoose
      Performer(s): Public Service Broadcasting
      Performer(s): Public Service Broadcasting
      Album: The Race For Space, Test Card Recordings
      Duration: 0:50
    • Title: Go!
      Performer(s): Public Service Broadcasting
      Performer(s): Public Service Broadcasting
      Album: Test Card Recordings, TCRVA02
      Duration: 1:00

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