The History Show

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    Sunday 24th August

    Scenes from the First World War 18-22 August 2014

    You can hear these one minute pieces played each weekday throughout the month of August on RTE Radio One these includes a selection of archive voices, letters, diaries, poems, songs and stories, featuring special reports on different aspects of the war and Ireland's involvement in it.

    Sunday 17th August

    Scenes from the First World War 11-15 August 2014

    You can hear these one minute pieces played each weekday throughout the month of August on RTE Radio One these includes a selection of archive voices, letters, diaries, poems, songs and stories, featuring special reports on different aspects of the war and Ireland's involvement in it.

    Women and the War

    Historian, Senia Paseta talks about how women in Ireland reacted to the outbreak of war.

    Suffragettes and WW1

    Historian, Senia Paseta talks about the suffragette movement in Ireland during WW1.

    Ireland’s Economy During WW1

    Historians, Ciaran Wallace and Conor Mulvagh discuss how Ireland’s economy was affected by the outbreak of war.

    Belgian Refugees

    During the German invasion of Belgium in 1914, the massacre of thousands of civilians led to an enormous exodus of refugees. Lorcan Clancy reported from Kildare, one of the places here where Belgian refugees were accommodated.

    1916 Rising

    Historians, Conor Mulvagh and Ciaran Wallace talk about how news of the 1916 Rising was received and how it affected recruitment and support for the war.

    Sunday 10th August

    Scenes from the First World War 4-8 August 2014

    You can hear these one minute pieces played each weekday throughout the month of August on RTE Radio One these includes a selection of archive voices, letters, diaries, poems, songs and stories, featuring special reports on different aspects of the war and Ireland's involvement in it.

    POWs during WW1

    At least eight million soldiers fell into enemy hands between 1914 and1918. Historian, Heather Jones talks about recent research about captivity during the war.

    Main WW1 battles in which Irish were involved

    The key battles of World War One, such as the Somme, Messines, Ypres and Gallipoli would become synonymous with death. Historian, Keith Jeffrey outlines the main battles in which men from Ireland were killed.

    Lions led by Donkeys?

    The phrase 'lions led by donkeys' is often used in relation to the Western Front. It implies that brave soldiers were sent to certain death, by leaders who were at best incompetent or at worst, indifferent to their fates. Historians, Heather Jones, Richard Grayson and Keith Jeffrey discuss.

    Did Unionists & Nationalists fight side by side?

    Historian, Richard Grayson tells us that the differences between Nationalists and Unionists were often left behind once they were both faced with the horror of the front.

    Death, Disease, Artillery Fire, Chaplains, Medics

    Historians Keith Jeffrey, Richard Grayson and Heather Jones discuss death at the front in WW1 as well as the importance of chaplains and medics.

    Ireland's Experience: Episode 2 - The Front

    Dr. Heather Jones, London School of Economics: Prof Keith Jeffrey, Queen’s University Belfast and Prof Richard Grayson, Goldsmith’s University of London discuss the fate of troops the front with Myles Dungan. Discussion interspersed with reports and archive

    Monday 4th August

    Women in Ireland during WW1

    Historian, Catriona Pennell on how women in Ireland reacted to the outbreak of WW1.

    Was Waterford born John Condon the youngest soldier to die in WW1?

    Teenager John Condon became known as the youngest casualty. Orla Rapple visited Waterford his home city. Military genealogist, Gordon Power talked to Myles Dungan about whether John Condon was the youngest soldier to die in WW1.

    Soldiers who died later of their wounds not counted among WW1 dead

    Soldiers who returned from World War 1 with wounds which would kill them were not counted among the dead of the war if they died after August 1921. We hear Marjorie Quarton's account of her father's experience followed by historian, John Horne

    New weapons in WW1

    World War One was the beginning of an era of technologically advanced, mass produced weapons such as machine guns, modern artillery and airplanes. These developments were driven by both sides wanting to end the deadlock of trench warfare – as Lorcan Clancy found out.

    British soldier turned IRA member

    The story of Martin Doyle who awarded a Victoria Cross for his bravery during WW1 and subsequently joined the IRA.

    Officers more likely to be killed in WW1

    Approx 1 in 5 of the landed gentry never came home from war. Report from Drishane house and discussion with historians, John Horne and Catriona Pennell.

    Ireland in the summer of 1914

    When the United Kingdom declared war on Germany, we were dangerously close to civil war over the polarsing issue of Home Rule. But the outbreak of war in Europe had a remarkably pacifying effect here - as Mark Duncan of Century Ireland tells us in a piece written especially for this programme.


    Anti recruitment in Ireland during WW1.

    Ireland's Experience: Episode 1 Call To Arms

    As Ireland went to war, Myles Dungan and guests explore recruitment, training, heroes, new weapons, music, poetry, bereavement, Defence of the Realm Act, anti-recruitment and early casualties.

    Sunday 15th June

    World Cup 1950

    Eoghan Corry on why Ireland declined the invitaiton to particpate in the World Cup in Brazil in 1950

    Howth Gun Running

    UCD historian, Conor Mulvagh and Tommy Graham, editor of History Ireland on the Howth Gun Running and the situation in Ireland in July 1914.

    World War One Road Show

    Katherine McSharry of the National LIbrary gives details of the World War One Road Show and memorabilia digitising day at Trinity College on 12 July.

    Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Outbreak of World War One

    Martina Relihan traces the story. Lorcan Clancy reports. Former MEP, Mary Banotti talks about the little boy who walked behind Archduke Franz Ferdinand's coffin - Otto von Hapsburg who later became an MEP. Mary and UCD historian, Conor Mulvagh also discussed how the asassination led to the outbreak of World War One

    Sunday 8th June

    Sinking of the RMS Tayleur

    The wrecking of RMS Tayleur made headlines around the world almost 60 years before the Titanic. Both were run by the White Star Line, both were heralded as the most splendid ships of their time – and both sank in tragic circumstances on their maiden voyages.

    The Cruelty Man

    The cruelty man was the name given to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children inspectors by local communities. They were so named for their visits to poor and working-class homes, the use of punishment/prosecution of parents deemed to be neglectful/having ill-treated children and also their role in the removal of children from the home. Sarah-Anne Buckley of the History Department with NUI Galway talked about the early years of children protection here.

    Nelson's Arch

    Last week, we were talking about the destruction of Nelson’s Pillar in 1966. A little known fact is that there was also a Nelson’s Arch in Castletownshend, Co, Cork. Robert Salter Townshend talked about its rise and demise

    Mother & Baby Homes

    The origins of mother and baby homes was discussed by historian, Ann Matthews, who has researched this area and UCD's Diarmaid Ferriter who is an expert on 20th century social history in Ireland.

    Sunday 1st June

    1914: the Road to War

    World War I has been dubbed “the most significant event in modern Irish history”. On 14 June, a conference will reflect on a decade of war and revolution here. as well as the road to World War One. UCD historian, Conor Mulvagh joined Myles to talk about this forthcoming conference.

    Edward Wellington Boate

    Waterford man, Edward Wellington Boate’s incarceration at the notorious Andersonville Camp during the American Civil War

    Enemy Alien Oldcastle Camp

    Steven Jenkinson on his German great-grandfather, Heinrich Joebges’ incarceration at Oldcastle Camp in Meath during World War One.

    History Festival 2014 at Huntington Castle

    This year’s festival will include fifty leading historians and thinkers from Ireland and the UK who will contribute to over 40 discussions, readings, debates, interviews and performances. Curator, Angus Mitchell on some more unusual aspects of the festival.

    70th Anniversary of D-Day

    92 year old Brian Stewart is one of a dwindling band of Normandy survivors who can still describe this complex and bloody campaign. The Black Watch Captain talked to Liam Geraghty about his experience of World War II

    Nelson's Pillar

    Donal Fallon, author of the new book 'The Pillar: The Life and Afterlife of Nelson's Pillar' and Pol O' Duibhir, whose photographs of the bombing's aftermath appear in the book talk about the rise and fall of the pillar.

    The History Show - 1914 (full programme podcast)

    Nelson's Pillar, 70th Anniversary of D-Day, History Festival 2014 at Huntington Castle, Enemy Alien Oldcastle Camp, American Civil War Waterford man, Edward Wellington Boate, 1914: the Road to War conference.

    Sunday 25th May

    Political Imprisonment and the 'German Plot' 1918

    Dr. Will Murphy of the Mater Dei Institute of Education puts Aloys Fleischmann's internment into context and discusses political imprisonment and the so called German Plot.

    Aloys Fleischmann - 'Enemy Alien' 1916

    Ruth Fleischmann told Lorcan Clancy about her German grandfather, Aloys Fleischmann senior (1880-1964) who was interned in Oldcastle Camp from January 4 1916 as an enemy alien, as a civilian prisoner of war.

    Vintage Cinema Poster Auction

    Ian Whyte of Whyte's Auction Rooms on the forthcoming vintage cinema poster auction

    Discovering Private Thomas Lawless

    Blaithin de Burca told the fascinating story of Thomas Lawless and the team who were involved in identifying him 94 years after his death - among them, forensic artist and sculptor, Christian Corbet who constructed a sculpture of Lawless's head.

    Jammet's and Dublin's Haute Cuisine Restaurants

    The Golden Age of haute cuisine with Dr. Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire, lecturer in Culinary Arts at the Dublin Institute of Technology and Elaine McMahon, who is an expert in Irish diplomatic dining.

    Sunday 18th May

    Roger Casement in the Dock

    Barrister and historian, John McGuiggan is giving the third in the series of the Schoolhouse Lectures on John Lavery's famous painting of Roger Casement in the dock. Apart from talking about Casement, John will also be talking about the personalities in the painting. He joined Myles to give an outline of why this painting is so significant.

    Political Leaflets Collection

    This Friday, voters go to the polls armed with the information provided in leaflets from candidates, which will probably be discarded after the election. But one man has been holding onto them since his early teens. James Keating spoke to Alan Kinsella, about his collection of Irish election literature.

    Is James Connolly an Overrated Icon of Irish History?

    Joining Myles to discuss the legacy of James Connolly - Lorcan Collins author of the biography of James Connolly in the O’Brien Press 16 lives series and by Padraig Yeates author of the two acclaimed works on Dublin during the Great War and the Revolutionary period A City in Wartime and A City in Turmoil.

    Lives of the First World War

    This week, the Imperial War museum in London launched a huge digital project to tell the stories those who served with the British army overseas during World War One. The idea is to build a permanent digital memorial to the men and women who served. Organiser, Luke Smith explains what it's about.

    Sunday 11th May

    Famine Commemoration at Strokestown Park House

    The Great Famine was one of the most catastrophic events in our history. Srokestown Park House in Roscommon was selected as the venue for this year’s National Famine Commemoration. Dr. Ciaran Reilly of NUI talked about the commemoration.

    Green Mile Walking Tour

    In 1663, Dublin Corporation decided to enclose the centre of Stephen's Green, a wall was built around the park in 1664. Louise Denvir joined tour guides Donal Fallon and Ronan Sheehan on a new historical walking tour of St. Stephen’s Green.

    1934 Documents from the National Archives: IRA and the Blueshirts

    In the early 1930s, emotions were still running high around the country. A decade after the civil war, it was still very much in recent memory. Catriona Crowe talks about 1934 documents from the National Archives relating to tensions between the IRA and the Blueshirts.

    The Lynch Clan of Galway

    The Lynch Tribe of Galway and Their Famous Associations by Paul B McNulty.

    Dorothy Stopford Price: Rebel Doctor

    Dorothy Stopford Price’s life spanned World War 1 and the ensuing Spanish influenza pandemic, the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence and civil war, as well as World War 2. Her personal and professional lives were touched by all of these events. Biographer, Anne McLellan discussed her political and medical life.

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