The History Show

The History Show

Sunday, 6pm


Sunday 12th November

Enniskillen Bombing

For a look back at the Enniskillen bombing on Remembrance Sunday 1987, and the effect it had on politics in the north, Myles is joined by Mark Brennock, Director of Public Affairs at Murray Consultants and a former Northern Editor for The Irish Times.

Exhibiting War

'What does it mean to display war'? This is the question asked by Jennifer Wellington in her new book 'Exhibiting War'. She joins Myles to talk about how museums in different countries tell different stories about World War One, and discusses the role state-funded art played at the time.

Phillip Orr on Remembrance

On this remembrance Sunday. author Phillip Orr reflects on how we remember the First World War in Ireland. Phillip is the author of two books about Irish divisions in the conflict - the 2005 book 'Field of Bones: An Irish Division at Gallipoli' and a 2008 work entitled 'The Road To The Somme: Men Of The Ulster Division Tell Their Story'.

Josephine Heffernan and the Lost Bracelet

Rhona Tarrant reports on the story of Josephine Heffernan, an Irish nurse who served in the American Army in France during World War One, and who is the subject of a new French TV documentary.

The Russian Revolution

To discuss the main events of the Russian Revolution, Myles is joined by historians Judith Devlin of University College Dublin and Molly Pucci of Trinity College Dublin.

The History Show 12th Nov 2017 - Full Show Podcast

On this week's programme: Explaining the main aspects of the Russian Revolution; The story of a long lost bracelet belonging to an Irish-American Nurse in World War One; How different countries exhibit and tell stories about that war; and a look back at the Enniskillen bombing of 1987.

Sunday 5th November

The History Show 5th Nov 2017 - Full Show Podcast

On this week's programme: Assessing the life and legacy of Conor Cruise O'Brien on the centenary of his birth; We hear about the use of military tactics and the important role of intelligence in the Irish War of Independence; and David McWilliams joins us for some historical economics.

Economics and History

Myles is joined by economist David McWilliams who gives a historical take on neoliberalism, the changing fortunes of Britain and the situation in Catalonia.

Military Tactics in The Irish War of Independence

Myes is joined by author Joe Connell. Joe comes from a military background - he was once assigned to the 82nd Airborne division of the US army - and he brings that perspective to the tactics employed by Michael Collins and other rebel leaders in the Irish War of Independence.

Conor Cruise O'Brien and Northern Ireland

On the centenary of his birth, Stephen Kelly of Liverpool Hope University discusses the life and legacy of Conor Cruise O'Brien, and his attitude towards Northern Ireland.

Sunday 29th October

The History Show 29th Oct 2017 - Full Show Podcast

On this week's programme: Sir Ian Kershaw on explaining the history of 20th century Europe; Making Majesty at Dublin Castle's Throne Room; we open up our October book club choice 'The Bully Pulpit' by Doris Kearns Goodwin; and a look back at the week the Beatles came to Ireland.

Beatles in Ireland

This coming Saturday the Dublin Beatles Festival takes place, the same week that, in 1963, the iconic group played their only concerts in Ireland. Colm Keane is the author of the book The Beatles Irish Concerts, and in this piece he recalls what happened when Beatlemania came to Ireland.

Book Club - The Bully Pulpit

Our October book club choice is 'The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt and the Golden Age of Journalism' by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Joining Myles to discuss the book are journalist Margaret Ward, publisher and critic Jonathan Creasy and Colleen Dube, CEO of Uversity.

Making Majesty

To find out how Dublin Castle's regal image was built and borrowed over the centuries, reporter Niamh McManus takes a tour of Dublin Castle with Myles Campbell and William Derham, the authors of the new book 'Making Majesty: The Throne Room at Dublin Castle, A Cultural History'.

How Europe Went to Hell and Back

Myles is joined by historian Sir Ian Kershaw to talk about Hitler, the rise of right-wing populism, and his most recent book 'To Hell and Back: Europe, 1914-1949'.

Sunday 22nd October

The History Show 22nd Oct 2017 - Full Show Podcast

Full programme podcast featuring discussion of Catalonian Independence; a major undertaking at the National Library; working lives of Dublin Dockers as told in the new book by Don Bennett and Aileen O'Carroll; and Irishmen in the Korean War.

Irishmen in the Korean War

Historian Liz Gillis joins Myles to talk about Irish men who fought in the Korean war, men whose voices she found in the RTÉ Archives.

The Dublin Docker

Author Aileen O'Carroll and former docker Paddy Daly talk to Myles about working lives of our capital's port. With Don Bennett, Aileen is co-author of the new book The Dublin Docker: Working Lives of Dublin's Deep-Sea Port.

A Moving Experience at The National Library

Lorcan Clancy talks to Katherine McSharry about a major undertaking that's happening at The National Library on Kildare Street.

Catalonia and Independence

To discuss the history behind the Catalan independence movement, and its connection with Ireland, Myles is joined by Manus O'Riordan, Ireland Secretary of the International Brigades Memorial Trust.

Sunday 15th October

The History Show 15th Oct 2017 - Full Show Podcast

Full programme podcast featuring a discussion on confederate monuments; the history of Irish housing policy, the story of Patrick McCartan; celebrating women in Irish medicine

Women in Medicine

Harriet Wheelock from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland previews an event celebrating historical women in the field of medicine.

Mission to Moscow

Rhona Tarrant speaks to historian Donal Fallon about the story of Patrick McCartan, the Irish republican who made a secret loan deal with the Soviets in the early 1920s.

Housing Policy in Ireland

Diarmaid Ferriter of University College Dublin takes us through housing policy in Ireland since the foundation of the state.

Removal of Confederate Monuments

Historian Dan Geary, cultural journalist Clara Rose Thornton and historian John Gibney discuss the ongoing removal of Confederate monuments in the USA, and whether or not we should take look at some of our own statues and monuments with fresh scrutiny.

Sunday 8th October

Atlas of the Irish Revolution

The Atlas of the Irish Revolution is a new book which sets out to illuminate the revolutionary period, drawing together new research and a range of perspectives. Editors Donal O'Drisceoil and Mike Murphy. and contributor Catriona Crowe talk to Myles.

Coffee Culture in Ireland

Colette Kinsella speaks to food historian Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire about coffee house culture in Ireland, a tradition which stretches back to the mid 17th century.

News from the Archive

Catriona Crowe on the newly catalogued Chief Secretary's Registered Papers, which shed light on ordinary life in the 19th century.

Australia State Visit

Myles speaks to President Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin ahead of the state visit to Australia and New Zealand, and historian Jennifer Wellington picks out some stops of historic interest on the President's tour.

President Michael D Higgins - Extended Interview

President Higgins speaks to Myles Dungan about his family history, the variety of experiences of Irish emigrants to Australia, the idea of ‘ethical memory’ in relation to the upcoming centenary of the Irish Civil War, and he talks about why he hasn’t yet announced whether or not he’s running for a second term.

Monday 5th June

The History Show 5th June 2017

On this week’s show – the last of the season – we’re looking at significant summers in Irish and world history: we hear why riots happen more often in hot weather; we hear what Ireland’s farmers in the summer of ‘46 really thought of the civil servants who helped them save the harvest; and we visit Ireland’s first purpose-built tourist resort.

Significant European Summers

Heather Jones from the London School of Economics looks at the Summer of Innocence [1914] and Russia’s Revolutionary Summer of 1917.

Greenore, Co. Louth, and its place in Irish tourist history

Elaine Keogh reports from Greenore, Co. Louth, on its place in Irish tourist history. She speaks to local historian, Brian Larkin.

Why do riots happen in Hot Weather?

Consultant Psychiatrist at Tallaght Hospital, Brendan Kelly, gives an overview of scientific research which suggests that both interpersonal and group violence increase along with temperatures.

Big American Summers

Sandra Scanlon lectures in history at UCD, but is currently based in Atlanta, Georgia. She looks at the Red Summer of 1919; the Freedom Summer of 1964; and the ‘Summer of Hate’ in 1968.

Irish Summers of note

UCD historian, Paul Rouse and Met Eireann Deputy Head of Forecasting, Evelyn Cusack recall some significant summers in Irish history.

Sunday 28th May

Jackie Kennedy's visit to Waterford

Orla Rapple took a visit to the Waterford house that was Jackie Kennedy’s holiday home for four weeks that summer.

Harvey O'Brien on The Graduate

Harvey O’Brien, who teaches Film Studies at UCD, has been reflecting.

Eamon Dunphy on the 'Lisbon Lions'

RTÉ Soccer analyst, Eamon Dunphy - who was playing for Millwall that year - remembers.

History Show - This week, we’re winding the clocks back fifty years to 1967

This week we're remembering the year 1967 with historian, Kate O'Malley, archivist, Catriona Crowe, and sociologist Niamh Hourigan.

Sunday 21st May

Forthcoming History Events

Details of some of the historical events being commemorated around Ireland this June

Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington

This time 100 years ago Hanna Sheehy Skeffington was on a tour of the US raising awareness of the Irish cause; and of the plight of her husband Francis Sheehy Skeffington who had been murdered during the Easter Rising – though he had no part in it. This summer her grand-daughter will travel to New York following in her granny’s footsteps.

The Donegal Corridor

In World War II, a four-mile stretch of Donegal played a small – but significant - role in the Battle of the Atlantic. Reporter and history teacher Marc McMenamin reports on the so-called ‘Donegal Corridor’.

The 'Saturday Night Massacre'

Comparisons have been made all week between President Trump’s firing of the FBI Director, James Comey, and Nixon’s firing of the Watergate Special Prosecutor, Archibald Cox, in 1973. That incident became known as the ‘Saturday Night Massacre’. Dr. David Fitzgerald, historian at UCC, is here to tell us more about that night in 1973

The Story of Ireland's First Ordnance Survey Maps

This week, in a column for The History Show, writer Mary Russell, tells the story of how the very first Ordnance Survey maps of Ireland – long before GPS - were created.

Controversial Garda Commissioners of the Past

UCD’s Diarmaid Ferriter is here to take us through some of the most controversial Garda Commissioners of the past, and the scandals that brought some of them down

Sunday 14th May

John F. Kennedy – the man, the myth, the legacy

This week’s show is a special programme to mark the approaching centenary of the birth of John F. Kennedy

Samantha Power - Extended

Click here to listen to an extended version of Myles Dungan's interview with Samantha Power about John F Kennedy.

Sunday 7th May

Ronan McGreevy on Willie Redmond

Author and journalist, Ronan McGreevy, has been reflecting on the death – one hundred years ago – of Willie Redmond.

A Brief History of Irish Clothes

Reporter, Liam Geraghty

Songs of the Irish Revolution

Music historian, archivist and uilleann piper, Terry Moylan and Daoirí Farrell performs some of the songs of the Irish revolution

Speaking Ill of the Dead

Hinterland Festival in Kells -Lorcan Clancy reports

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Presenter: Myles Dungan

Producer: Lorcan Clancy


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