The History Show

The History Show

Sunday, 6pm


Sunday 19th February


Bill Keane on the teaching of history in schools.

Memory and History

We’re talking this week about how history is affected by memory. Myles is joined by Shane O’Mara, psychologist and professor of Experimental Brain Research at TCD; Eamon Darcy historian at Maynooth University; and Susan Bewley medical doctor in London who recently edited the memoirs of her mother, the pioneering doctor Beulah Bewley.

History Bites: Bingo, Rats and Survival in 1930s Dublin

Another instalment from our History Bites series where Colette Kinsella looks at the unusual stories behind every day or hidden objects. This week, Colette speaks to Seamus Marken about a small object that contains a rather large story about Dublin life in the mid-20th century

The Dark History of 'America First'

When Donal Trump began using the slogan ‘America First’ last year, it raised eyebrows in the US in a way that it didn’t as much in Europe. Louisa Thomas – a US historian who has been writing about America First for the – will be telling us about Charles Lindbergh and the America First Committee.

Sunday 12th February

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.

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 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.

The Night the Germans Bombed the Curragh

During the course of World War II, Ireland was bombed on several occasions by the Germans. 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.

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

Sunday 5th February

Radio Column: Gerard Stembridge

This evening, in a column for this programme, Garard has been thinking about parallels in the histories of Ireland and Cuba.

Mein Kampf assessed

To discuss the book this week, Myles is joined in studio by Joachim Fischer, Senior Lecturer in German at the University of Limerick; and by Turlach O Broin, Teaching Fellow at UCD’s School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics.

Mein Kampf: the Irish connection

Reporter Rhona Tarrant speaks to Patrick Murphy, son of James Murphy – the man from Co. Cork who in 1939 was the first person to fully translate Hitler’s Mein Kampf into English

Homosexuality on Irish TV Forty Years Ago

Gay History Month begins this week and our first guest this evening, Páraic Kerrigan, is currently completing his doctorate in Maynooth University on gay visibility in the Irish media since 1974

Sunday 29th January

70th Anniversary of Jim Larkin's Death

In a column for The History Show, Des Geraghty, former President of SIPTU, has been pondering Larkin’s legacy

First Meeting of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association

Myles is joined in studio this evening by Austin Currie, who was at that meeting 50 years ago, as a Nationalist Party Stormont MP. He went on to co-found the SDLP and to be a Fine Gael TD in Dublin. Joining us from Derry is Eamonn McCann, who wasn’t at the meeting, but who shortly afterwards founded the Derry Housing Action Committee

History Bites: Who Put the Harp on Irish Coins?

Colette Kinsella reports

The Emergence of Multlicultural Britain

Kate O’Malley - historian with Documents on Irish Foreign Policy at the Royal Irish Academy

Sunday 22nd January

The History Show - full programme podcast

This week, we’re finding out the history of ‘kompromat’, the art of gathering compromising material on public figures; there’s a report on why Balbriggan in Dublin was once known as ‘Stockingopolis’; we discuss Ireland’s experience of welcoming refugees in the Twentieth Century; and we discover more about the ‘immortal’ life of Henrietta Lacks.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks – a film produced by and starring Oprah Winfrey, and based on a book by Rebecca Skloot, will appear on our screens this year.

Refugees in Ireland in the Twentieth Century

Myles is joined by Gisela Holfter, Senior Lecturer in German at the University of Limerick, and by Mark Maguire, Head of Anthropology at Maynooth University

History Bites: Stockingopolis

The seaside town of Balbriggan on Ireland’s east coast is many miles from London, but it was to this town that Queen Victoria turned when she wanted to buy stockings.

Conor O'Clery on 'Kompromat'

President Trump’s inauguration preparations last week were overshadowed by unsubstantiated claims that Russia had collected damaging material about him during a visit to that country. The news introduced a new word into most of our vocabularies: the Russian term ‘kompromat’. We find out more from Conor O’Clery, a former Moscow Correspondent for The Irish Times, and the author of a book about collapse of the Soviet Union.

Sunday 15th January

The History Show - full programme podcast

This week, we’re finding out more about Adolf Hitler’s Irish connections – his half-brother who worked at Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel and married Bridget Dowling; we ask why Irish alcohol consumption appears to have spiked dramatically in the 18th Century; we review a rare patient account of life inside an Irish asylum in the 1930s; and we remember TK Whitaker.

Hitler's Irish relatives

We all know about Adolf Hitler, but have you ever heard of William Patrick Hitler? His mother was Irish woman, Bridget Dowling, and his father, Alois junior, was Adolf Hitler’s half-brother who – for three years in the early 20th Century – worked at Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel.

Sunday 8th January

Maeve Brennan's 100th Birthday

One of Maeve’s strongest admirers is the Booker Prize-winning author, Anne Enright, who’s been reflecting for us, in a column, on the work of Maeve Brennan.

Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Dr. Kay Muhr & Dr. Liam Ó hAisibéil

Report from Dublin Docks

Colette Kinsella takes a tour of Dublin Port with some retired dockers who worked there from the 1950s and ‘60s.

The History of Colours

Kassia St Clair & Vaari Claffey

Sunday 18th December

Christmas History Books

Catriona Crowe, archivist and broadcaster; Heather Jones, Assoc. Professor, Dept of International History, London School of Economics; Michael Kennedy, Executive Editor, Documents on Irish Foreign Policy at the Royal Irish Academy; Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, composer and musician.

Sunday 11th December

Empires and Archives

Ian Cobain, a Guardian journalist, is the author of The History Thieves. He joins us this week from London; as does UK-based legal historian, Seán Enright, author of After the Rising and Easter Rising 1916 – The Trials; and UCD historian, Diarmaid Ferriter, is live in studio.

Sisters, Hanna & Mary Sheehy

Colette Kinsella reports

Thatcher v. Haughey over the Falklands War

Myles is joined by one of the key players in that crisis almost thirty-five years ago: former senior diplomat Noel Dorr; and by historian Stephen Kelly, who is the author of ‘A Failed Political Entity’ – Charles Haughey and the Northern Ireland Question.

Sunday 4th December

Peter Paul Galligan

Orla Rapple report

2016 Commemorations Assessed

Brian Crowley is the Curator at the Pearse Museum in Dublin, and he’s also Chair of the Irish Museums Association. And historian, Mike Cronin, is Academic Director at Boston College Ireland, and Project Director of Century Ireland.

Pearl Harbour, 75 Years On

Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan, authors of the book A Matter of Honor: Pearl Harbor: Betrayal, Blame, and a Family's Quest for Justice.

Re-enactment of Pearse Rising Surrender

We hear from a remarkable re-enactment of the Easter Rising surrender – with descendents of those involved from all sides - Louise Denvir reports

Sunday 27th November

Fidel Castro, Cuba’s revolutionary leader, dies aged 90

Dr. Daniel Geary, Mark Pigott Associate Professor in American History at TCD on the life & times of Fidel Castro

Aleppo, in Happier Times

Writer Mary Russell in a column for The History Show, has been remembering happier times, in Aleppo.

1950s Ireland Revisited

Myles is joined by UCC sociologist, Niamh Hourigan; and by historian Kate O’Malley, who was Assistant Editor of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy 1951-’57 which was published on Thursday.

Sunday 20th November

Science and the Irish State

As Science Week comes to a close, Science journalist, Sean Duke, has been finding out more about the relationship between science and the Irish State.

The Life and Times of Constance Markievicz

Author, Lindie Naughton, sees a connection between the attitudes we see today and how history has viewed Countess Markievicz, who is the subject of her new biography.

The Love Letters of Francois Mitterrand

- they're contained in two volumes Letters to Anne 1962-1995 and Diary for Anne 1964-1970.....Myles is joined from Paris by journalist, Lara Marlowe, who’s been reading the two books.

Protectionism: the Irish experience

Economist Frank Barry, from the Trinity Business School focuses this week on what happened in Ireland in the Twentieth Century

Eimear McBride on history and Brexit

Eimear McBride on history and Brexit

Sunday 13th November

Belfast On the Somme

Reporter Allan Preston speaks to people at Belfast's City Hall, as they mark Remembrance Sunday.

Jennifer Johnston reflects on the First World War

This week, we hear now acclaimed author, Jennifer Johnston, whose 1974 novel, How Many Miles to Babylon? helped generations of Leaving Cert students understand the complexity of the First World War.  Jennifer’s great uncle died at the Battle of the Somme, and her mother’s brother survived the Somme, but was killed soon after, aged 22.

The new Ginchy Cross in Glasnevin Cemetery

Louise Denvir reports from Glasnevin Cemetery where, this morning, a new memorial was unveiled to commemorate Irish lives lost on French soil, including those lost at the Somme.

The History Show 13th November 2016

This Friday is the centenary of the end of the Battle of the Somme, a battle which lasted four and a half months and, by the time it ended, no fewer than one million soldiers had been killed, lost or wounded.  On the first day alone, the British Army suffered almost 20,000 deaths ... including 2,000 men lost by the 36th Ulster Division.

Sunday 6th November

Irish Women's Stories from World War Two

Two of the stories of Irish women who had deep involvement inWW2, form part of a pan-European arts project which produced plays, films, and now an online publication which will be launched this Tuesday. Mary Moynihan, Artistic Director of Smashing Times Theatre Company; and playwright, Deirdre Kinahan discuss.

Kate O'Callaghan performs song called 'Lay' from the album The Girl with the Beret

The song 'Lay' from the album The Girl with the Beret is written and performed by Catherine Rooney's great grand niece Kate O'Callaghan, she is accompanied by Seamus Devenney and Tim Jarvis. Catherine Rooney was known as the 'Petticoat Heroine' for her actions in the first hours of the Rising.

Ned Foley on US Elections

Professor Ned Foley, Director of Election Law at Ohio State University and author of a history of disputed US elections Ballot Battles.

Sunday 30th October

Patrick Comerford on unusual journeys undertaken by Irish corpses

In Death and the Irish, Patrick Comerford has a chapter called Bringing the Bodies Home: JJ Murphy and the ‘Pickled Earl’, which tells the stories of how two Irish men who died abroad in the 19th Century found their way home.  Here Patrick Comerford tells Louise Denvir the stories...

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Presenter: Myles Dungan

Producer: Alan Torney


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