The History Show 22nd April 2018 - Full Show Podcast
On this week's programme: Should we celebrate 'Republic Day' as our national day?; The story of Willie Halpin's 1916 Rifle; A peek into the new publication 'The Cambridge History of Ireland'; And we look at the records of the New York Emigrant Savings Bank.
New York Emigrant Savings Bank
Catriona Crowe brings us the records of the New York Emigrant Savings Bank, which represent a wealth of historical and genealogical information about 19th century Irish emigrants.
Cambridge History of Ireland
Editors Jane Ohlmeyer and Tom Bartlett on the new four volume publication 'The Cambridge History of Ireland'.
Willie Halpin's Rifle
We investigate the story of Willie Halpin's Rifile, which he claimed he hid at City Hall during the 1916 Rising. Lorcan Clancy reports from City Hall, we hear from Hugo McGuinness, Councillor Nial Ring and Archaeologist Franc Myles.
Diarmaid Ferriter on the proposal to celebrate 'Republic Day' as a state event on the 18th April, the anniversary of Ireland becoming a Republic in 1949.
The Conscription Crisis
Myles Dungan and guests Ciaran Wallace, Liz Gillis and Padraig Yeates discuss the Conscription Crisis of 1918.
Father Joseph Mallin
Father Joseph Mallin was the last surviving child of an executed 1916 leader. He died recently at the age of 104. A Jesuit priest, Father Mallin lived in Hong Kong since leaving Ireland for missionary work in 1948. Liz Gillis joins Myles to talk about Father Mallin.
Myles is joined by Niamh Howlin from the Sutherland School of Law at University College Dublin, who was commissioned to review the Maamtrasna murders case in 2015 by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
John Patrick O'Sullivan
Marc McMenamin reports on the story of John Patrick O'Sullivan, a key figure in the Irish counter espionage unit during World War Two.
1968 US Presidential Election
Liz Gillis shares audio from the RTÉ Archives which illuminates the generation-defining US Presidential election of 1968.
Russia and Diplomacy
Judith Devlin and Geoffrey Roberts give a historical perspective on the current diplomatic crisis between Russia and the west.
The History Show 8th April 2018 - Full Show Podcast
Diplomatic tensions between Russia and the west; The US Presidential election of 1968; John Patrick O’Sullivan, a key figure in Irish WW2 counter espionage; The 1882 Maamtrasna murders; and we remember Father Joseph Mallin.
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
Lorcan Clancy visits the Irish Emigration Museum and speaks to deputy museum director Jessica Traynor and the museum's founder Neville Isdell.
Aidan O'Sullivan and Liam Downey talk about history of hurling, and in particular what archaeology can tell us about our national game.
Claudette Colvin - The Original Rosa Parks
Claudette Colvin is a native of Montgomery. Alabama and a civil rights pioneer. Colm Flynn met with Colvin at her home in New York, and she told him her story.
Martin Luther King
Clara Rose Thornton talkS about Martin Luther King's legacy, her own family's connection with King and the role of black pastors in the civil rights movement.
The History Show 1st April 2018 - Full Show Podcast
The legacy of Martin Luther King; the story of American civil rights pioneer Claudette Colvin; our national sport of hurling and what archaeology tells us about the history of the game; and we visit EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum.
The History Show 25th Mar 2018 - Full Show Podcast
The Nigerian Civil War; The Trial of Ulysses; Irish Women and the Indian Independence movement.
Irish Women and Indian Independence
Kate O'Malley talks to Myles about the radical Irish women who got involved in the Indian independence movement.
The Trial of Ulysses
Jonathan Creasy reports on the story of how Ulysses became the focus of an obscenity trial, after it was first published in the early 1920s.
Nigerian Civil War
Our March book club choice is 'There Was a Country' by Chinua Achebe - it's discussed by Alan Titley, Victoria Showunmi and Stephen Hancock.
Central Bank Archives
Catriona Crowe highlights some hidden gems from the Central Bank Archives.
Peter Crooks and Ciaran Wallace on the ambitious new project which is digitally recreating the Public Records Office at the Four Courts, destroyed in 1922.
John Borgonovo on the history of the notorious prison island, and Colm Flynn reports from Spike Island, known as 'Ireland's Alcatraz'
The History Show 18th Mar 2018 - Full Show Podcast
The History of Alcatraz; How 'Beyond 2022' is rebuilding the destroyed Public Records Office at the Four Courts; and highlights from the Central Bank Archives
Frankenstein and Artificial Intelligence
Technology journalist Andrew O'Donoghue talks about the creation of the horror classic, and explains why the 1818 novel has a lot to say about the modern idea of artificial intelligence.
Lebanese Civil War
Rhona Tarrant reports from Beirut, and retired Army Officer Félim Gibbons speaks to Myles about the history of the conflict and the Irish Army's peacekeeping role in Lebanon.
John Redmond and Waterford
Pat McCarthy speaks about his new book 'The Redmonds and Waterford: A Political Dynasty, 1891 – 1952'
The History Show 11th Mar 2018 - Full Show Podcast
John Redmond's political legacy in Waterford; The Lebanese Civil War; Frankenstein and Artificial Intelligence
The Women's Suffrage Movement
In this special episode we explore the history of the women's suffrage movement in Ireland, in the company of Margaret Ward, Linda Connolly, Claire McGing and Liz Gillis.
The Woman is Present: Women's Stories of WWII
Mary Moynihan, artistic director of the Smashing Times Theatre Company talks about some of the extraordinary women who were involved in World War Two, and whose stories are reimagined in the theatrical performance 'The Woman is Present: Women's Stories of WWII'.
Maria Edgeworth's Letters from Ireland
Myles speaks to Valerie Pakenham, editor of the new book 'Maria Edgeworth's Letters from Ireland'.
The Alger Hiss Case
Colm Flynn reports from New York City on the notorious cold war case of Alger Hiss, who was accused of being a Soviet spy in 1948. Colm meets Alger's son, Tony Hiss, who talks about his memories of that time, and his continuing faith in his father's innocence.
The Tet Offensive
Myles is joined by Michael Coyne, a Vietnam veteran originally from Galway, who served as a crewman on a Patton Tank during the Tet Offensive in 1968. HIstorian and researcher Liz Gillis also joins Myles to share voices of witnesses and participants from the RTÉ Archives.
The History Show 14th Jan 2018 - Full Show Podcast
Remembering the Tet Offensive, 50 years on; the notorious Cold War spy case of Alger Hiss; the letters of Maria Edgeworth which span 60 years of Irish history; and remarkable women who were involved in the Second World War.
Anniversaries Coming Up in 2018
Myles Dungan and guests discuss significant and interesting anniversaries coming up in 2018. The panelists are Katherine McSharry, Mark Duncan and Daniel Geary.
Éamon de Valera
In this special episode, Myles Dungan and guests discuss the life of Eamon De Valera. From his origins to his disputed legacy, we explore the long and remarkable career of the most dominant political figure of 20th century Ireland.
Alfie - The Life and Times of Alfie Byrne
This essay on the life and times of 'The Shaking Hand of Dublin' Alfie Byrne is written and read for us by author Trevor White. His book 'Alfie, The Life and Times of Alfie Byrne' is published by Penguin.
John Hume in America: From Derry to DC
Reporter Niamh McManus speaks to author and filmmaker Maurice Fitzpatrick, and finds out more about the book 'John Hume in America: From Derry to DC'. The book is accompanied by a documentary film called 'In The Name of Peace'.
History Books as Christmas Presents
Full programme podcast for the 3rd of December 2017. Myles is joined by Paul Rouse, Alan Titley and Cathy Scuffil who share their picks for the best history books published this year.
The History Show 26th Nov 2017 - Full Show Podcast
We discuss our November Book Club choice 'Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee'; how Germany remembers victims of the Holocaust; and Anne Chambers discusses her new book 'The Great Leviathan' about the life of Howe Peter Browne.
The Great Leviathan - Howe Peter Browne
Anne Chambers discusses the life of Howe Peter Browne, who is the subject of her new book 'The Great Leviathan'.
Germany - The Ways We Remember
Jonathan Creasy reports from Berlin on how the victims of the Holocaust are remembered in Germany. He speaks to Irish Times Correspondent Derek Scally and exhibition designer Ulrich Schwarz.
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
To discuss our November book club choice Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - An Indian History of the American West, Myles is joined by broadcaster Richard Downes, Civil Rights Lawyer Kate Fitzpatrick and Military historian Paul O'Brien.
Roy Foster Public Interview
In this special extended podcast, Myles Dungan sits down with historian Roy Foster for a public interview at the National Library of Ireland. They discuss his life and work, Yeats, and how the Irish view history.
The History Show 19th Nov 2017 - Full Show Podcast
The latest release from the Military Service Pensions Collection; How the common bed bug has survived and thrived over the centuries; To mark 'Explore Your Archive Week' we explore some of the gems in our country's archives; and we'll hear excerpts from an interview with Frank Thornton, rebel leader during the Irish War of Independence.
Historian and researcher Liz Gillis shares an interview she discovered in the RTÉ Archives with rebel leader Frank Thornton. In the interview, he speaks frankly about the tactics employed in the Irish War of Independence.
Explore Your Archive Week
Myles is joined by Donal Fallon, who has been looking at the collection of Dublin City Library and Archives, and Ross Higgins, chair of the The Archives and Records Association, who are organising this week of events. We also hear from John Walsh from NUI Galway, who talks about the Conradh na Gaeilge archive recently acquired by the University.
Lorcan Clancy talks to author and science journalist Brooke Borel about the rise, fall and rise again of the common bed bug.
Military Service Pensions Collection
As part of our occasional series 'News from the Archive', archivist Catriona Crowe presents stories of revolutionaries contained in the latest release from the Military Service Pensions Collection, which highlight the service of the women of Cumann na mBan.
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.
'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.
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