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The History Show Sunday 12 February 2017

The History Show, 12th February 2017

The History Show, 12th February 2017

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

This week, after tumultuous week of controversy, we’ll be getting a refresher course in the origins of the term GUBU; we hear about the night the Germans bombed the Curragh in Co. Kildare; we find out about the history of dating and courtship; and meet an 18th Century Irish Cinderella.

GUBU – a Beginner's Guide

GUBU – a Beginner's Guide

GUBU is certainly the word of the weekend: it’s on the cover of two  of today’s Sunday newspapers... yet there’s a whole generation in the country for whom the term’s origin is probably a bit vague.  Irish Times journalist and Haughey biographer, Peter Murtagh, is here to give us a quick refresher course in the events that led, 35 years ago, to a Charles Haughey press conference which featured the adjectives Grotesque, Unbelievable, Bizarre, and Unprecedented.

The Night the Germans Bombed the Curragh

The Night the Germans Bombed the Curragh

During the course of World War II, Ireland was bombed on several occasions by the Germans. The first was on the 26 August 1940 when five German bombs were dropped on County Wexford in a daylight raid killing three people.  The following year – 1941 - would see bombs dropped all over the country from Meath to Louth and from Dublin to Wicklow. Reporter, Liam Geraghty, has been taking a look at one such bombing that took place on the Curragh, in County Kildare.

The History of Courtship and Dating

The History of Courtship and Dating

With Valentine’s Day approaching, we’re looking this week at the history of courtship and dating.  Jennifer Redmond teaches history at Maynooth University; and Nichi Hodgson has just a written The Curious History of Dating.

Click here to find out more about Nichi’s book The Curious History of Dating.

History Bites: An 18th Century Irish Cinderella Story

Another dip into our occasional series History Bites where Colette Kinsella looks at the unusual stories behind every day or hidden objects.  This week, we join Colette at the National Museum of Ireland in Collins Barracks with Michael Kenny to hear a cautionary tale of fame, fortune and beauty from the 18th century.  The report is part of the History Bites series, and it was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the television licence fee.

Joni Crone's New Play in Manorhamilton

Joni Crone's New Play in Manorhamilton

Last Sunday Myles was talking to Páraic Kerrigan about homosexuality on Irish television from 1975.  One of the clips we listened to was the first TV appearance of an openly gay woman: that was Joni Crone on the Late Late Show.  Joni emailed us after the show asking us to let listeners know that she’s written a new play Anna Livia Lesbia for the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton.  The play, which Joni tells us is all about lesbian life in Ireland before and after her appearance on the Late Late Show in 1980, will be staged later this month.

For more details on Joni’s play, click here.

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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.

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.

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