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    Sunday 26th April

    The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 26th April 2015

    Irish Folklore Collection, Decco the Caveman, The Last Day of the Third Reich, and our book club discussion focuses on the Armenian Genocide

    Book Club - Armenian Golgotha

    Our book club choice is 'Armenian Golgotha' by Grigoris Balakian, an eyewitness account of the Armenian Genocide. Myles was joined by John Horne, Professor of Modern European History at Trinity College Dublin; Denis Staunton, Deputy Editor of The Irish Times; and Doctor Maria Falina of the Centre for War Studies at UCD.

    The Last Days of the Third Reich

    Lorcan Clancy spoke to UCD historian Rober Gerwarth about life in Hitler's bunker in the final months of World War 2. Irish Times Deputy Editor, and former Berlin Correspondent Denis Staunton reflects on how the Nazis are moving from living memory to history, and the ongoing trial of Oscar Groening, the 'Book Keeper of Auschwitz'.

    Mary Russell on the Armenian Genocide

    Travel writer Mary Russell recalls cycling through Syria, and reflects on the fate of the Armenians deported there during the First World War.

    Decco the Caveman

    Bobby Aherne, author of the book 'D'you Remember Yer Man? A Portrait of Dublin's Famous Characters' with an anecdote about Decco the Caveman.

    Irish Folklore Collection

    Anna Bale of the Department of Folklore at University College Dublin talks about a 1930s oral history project. National school pupils spoke to older people in their area about how life was lived in the past, and wrote the information into school copy books.

    Sunday 19th April

    The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 19th April 2015

    To mark the centenary of the disastrous Gallipoli campaign of World War One, Myles and guests explore this important episode of World War One and talk about how it is remembered in Australia, Turkey and Ireland.

    Sunday 12th April

    The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 12th April 2015

    On this week's programme, we look at the pleasures and pitfalls involved in tracing your family history. We put your questions to our panel of experts. They are Nicola Morris, genealogist with Timeline Research Ireland, Aoife O'Connor of FindMyPast and Katherine McSharry from The National Library of Ireland.

    Monday 6th April

    Fashion in 1915

    Flor MacCarthy reports on the fashion of 1915.

    Katherine McSharry on 1916 Memorabilia

    Katherine McSharry from the National Library of Ireland tells Myles about the 1916-related memorabilia that people brought to the GPO for assessment, as part of RTÉ's Road to the Rising event.

    Gabriel Doherty on Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa

    The funeral of Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa in 1915 was an important event on the road to the Easter Rising. Gabriel Doherty of University College Cork tells us who O'Donovan Rossa was, and why his funeral was so significant.

    Ruth Barton on Cinema in 1915

    Ruth Barton, film lecturer at Trinity College Dublin on what was happening on the cinema scene in Ireland in 1915.

    'Insurrection' - Actors share their memories of the 1966 RTÉ drama

    We invited some of the actors who appeared in 'Insurrection', the 1966 RTÉ Drama about the Easter Rising. They shared their memories of that production.

    Keelin Shanley, Paul Rouse and Alan Titley

    RTÉ's Keelin Shanley, Paul Rouse of UCD and Alan Titley talk about what's going on on O'Connell Street and surrounds for RTÉ Road to the Rising, and what was happening with Irish language, culture and sport in 1915.

    Lorcan Clancy reports from O'Connell Street

    Our reporter Lorcan Clancy speaks to some of the many actors in period dress who brought 1915 to life during the RTÉ Road to the Rising event on O'Connell Street.

    Joe Lee on Ireland in 1915

    Professor Joe Lee of New York University on army recruitment, nationalism and other aspects of Ireland in 1915

    O'Connell Street in 1915

    Louise Denvir spoke to tour guide Pat Liddy about what O'Connell Street (Then called Sackville Street) was like in the year 1915

    Diarmaid Ferriter and Roy Foster

    Diarmaid Ferriter and Roy Foster on what the rebel leaders were doing in 1915.

    The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 6th April 2015

    In this extended Easter Monday special, live from the GPO as part of Road to the Rising, Myles Dungan and guests discuss the events and personalities of Ireland in 1915.

    Sunday 5th April

    The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 5th April 2015

    An exploration of a new collection of songs called 'Left Behind', written from the perspective of the widows of the leaders of the 1916 Rising.

    Sunday 29th March

    Monaghan Lunatic Asylum

    Brendan Kelly, Anne MacLellan and Fiona Byrne on the history of the Monaghan Lunatic Asylum, which opened in 1869. This institution's records demonstrate how mental illness was perceived and treated over the years.

    Road to the Rising

    Catriona Crowe of the National Archives and Mark Duncan of Century Ireland on RTÉ Road to the Rising, which takes place on Dublin's O'Connell Street, this Easter Monday, the 6th of April 2015.

    RMS Lusitania

    Flor MacCarthy on the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. The 7th of May 2015 will be the 100th anniversary of the sinking, and communities along the coast of Cork are already commemorating the tragedy which their ancestors witnessed first-hand.

    Orson Welles in Ireland

    Michael Doherty on the celebrated filmmaker, actor and theatre director Orson Welles, and the times he visited Ireland throughout a long and varied career.

    Sunday 22nd March

    Magna Carta

    Our March book club choice is 'Magna Carta: The Making and Legacy of the Great Charter' by Dan Jones.

    Who was Count Markievicz?

    Pat Quigley on the life of Casamir Markievicz, the Polish artist, playwright and theatre director who is best known to us as the husband of Constance Markievicz.

    Pawel Strzelecki

    Louise Denvir spoke to Hanna Dowling, the secretary of the Irish Polish Society about the life and work of Pawel Strzelecki.

    Pilgrim Paths

    Pilgrim Paths Day will take place on Easter Saturday. It will highlight Ireland's medieval Christian heritage. Myles spoke to John G. O'Dwyer, Chairman of Pilgrim Paths Ireland.

    The Way That We Climbed

    Our reporter Lorcan Clancy spoke to Paddy O'Leary, author of the new book 'The Way We Climbed: A History of Irish Hillwalking, Climbing and Mountaineering'.

    Sunday 15th March

    Eileen Gray

    Curator and author Jennifer Goff on the life and work of Eileen Gray. Art historian Eimear O'Connor on the artistic boom in Paris in the early twentieth century.

    Sligo Literary Connections

    Louise Denvir speaks to Damien Brennan about some of Ireland's best-loved writers and their literary and familial connections to County Sligo.

    Emigration and Irish Culture

    Clair Wills on her new book 'The Best are Leaving', a wide-ranging study of post-war Irish emigrant culture.

    Ireland's Harp

    Scholar, author and harpist Mary Louise O'Donnell on the political and cultural symbolism of the Irish Harp. Mary is the author of a new book called 'Ireland's Harp: The Shaping of Irish Identity 1770 - 1880'

    Kilfenora Ceili Band

    The history of the Kilfenora Ceili Band, a group that's been playing music for over a century and showing no signs of slowing down. Our reporter Lorcan Clancy spoke to bandleader John Lynch and flute player Garry Shannon.

    Sunday 1st March

    Guinness and the War

    Liam Geraghty reports on some of the World War One stories from the Guinness Archive. Deirdre McParland, manager of the archive talks about the exhibition Guinness and the War 1914 - 1918. The exhibition at The Little Museum of Dublin explores the role the Guinness company played in World War One, and records the stories of the employees who served, from Corporal to Private.

    Martin Ward autobiography 'When Iron Gates Yield to Freedom'

    An excerpt from the autobiography of the late Martin Ward. The book is called 'When Iron Gates Yield to Freedom'. It traces the life story of a father and grandfather, a singer and a local broadcaster, who spent much of his childhood in Artane Industrial School.

    The Lepracaun Cartoon Monthly

    A look at the life and work of the political cartoonist Thomas Fitzpatrick, and how the cartoons in his magazine The Lepracaun Cartoon Monthly offer fresh insights into Irish life in the early twentieth century. Myles talks to James Curry and Ciarán Wallace, authors of the book Thomas Fitzpatrick and the Lepracaun Cartoon Monthly 1905 - 1915.

    Belgian Refugees in Kildare

    Lorcan Clancy reports on the work of 'The History Squad' at Scoil na Mainistrach, a boy's primary school in Celbridge, County Kildare. They're researching the lives of the Belgian refugees who lived there in the early years of World War One.

    Timothy O'Neill Lane

    Tadhg Mulcahy talks about Timothy O'Neill Lane, the author of 'Lane's English-Irish Dictionary', purported to be the first ever English-Irish dictionary published.

    Sunday 22nd February

    Nelson Mandela

    Melanie Verwoerd remembers her compatriot to mark the 25th anniversary of his release from prison

    King Leopold's Ghost

    Our February book club choice is discussed by Carol Hunt, Melanie Verwoerd and Richard Downes

    Lucien Bersot

    Bill Nelson talks about Lucien Bersot, executed 100 years ago this month for refusing to wear the blood stained trousers taken off an enemy corpse

    Songs of the First World War

    Tenor Simon Morgan on, Lena Ashwell, the first person to bring music to soldiers serving on the Front during World War 1.

    Sunday 15th February


    Lorcan Clancy reports on the history of the board game Monopoly, eighty years after it first went on sale in the United States.

    Budget Cuts and the National Library in 1915

    Conor Mulvagh and Katherine McSharry on how the NLI and Irish students were threatened in a time of wartime austerity.

    James Rowan O’Beirne

    Orla Rapple reports on a Roscommon man's role in the hunt for Abraham Lincoln's killer. Archaeologist Damian Shiels on the Irish who fought in the American Civil War, and Irish Veterans - a new organization to remember the Irish who died while fighting abroad.

    Hely-Hutchinson Archive

    An extract from a World War One letter by Lt. Col. Dick Hely-Hutchinson, from an exhibition at Fingal Local Studies & Archives in Swords. His letters were sent from the Front to his family in Ireland.

    Postcards in Edwardian Ireland

    Eavesdropping on the past, through the postcard collection of a Dublin woman. Myles spoke to Ann Wilson, lecturer in visual culture at Cork Institute of Technology.

    Sunday 8th February

    Valentines Day Poems

    With Valentines Day fast approaching, we heard two selections from the new book 'Forgotten Beauty - Irish Love Poetry Across the Centuries'. 'Nude' by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill was read by Goretti Slavin and 'A White Rose' by John Boyle O'Reilly was read by Alan Torney.

    Nevil Shute

    John McGuiggan on the distinguished British author Nevil Shute, and his connection to the 1916 Easter Rising.

    The Bombing of Dresden

    Jonathan Creasy reports on the Allied Bombing Raid launched on the German city of Dresden on the 13th of February 1945, a tragedy that still resonates to this day.

    Birth of a Nation

    Steven Benedict on the silent film epic, 100 years to the day after it premiered in Los Angeles.

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