The History Show

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    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.

    Sunday 4th May

    Batman At 75

    This month sees Batman turn 75. The comic book hero is as popular now as he’s ever been as James Keating discovered when he took a trip to Big Bang Comics in Dundrum to talk to owner John Hendrick about how the Caped Crusader has stayed relevant through the decades.

    Study Of Workhouse Bones

    Consultant psychiatrist, Prof. Brendan Kelly who researched conditions in 19th century workhouses takes Colette Kinsella on a virtual tour. Human osteoarchaeologist, Linda Lynch on what we can learn from the bones of the workhouse dead.

    The Celebrity Parisian Dentist

    In the 19th century, Paris had its own celebrity dentist - as we hear from Laura O’Brien, Lecturer in Modern European History with the University of Sunderland.

    The Extraordinary Story Of Private Albert Cashier

    One of the most intriguing stories from the Irish fighting in the American Civil War is that of Albert Cashier. Orla Rapple reports on the life of a private in the 95th Illinois infantry who started out life in Clogherhead Co. Louth - as a woman called Jenny Hodgers.

    The Country House & The Great War

    Prof Terry Dooley, director of the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses & Estates and Dr. Chris Ridgway, curator of the Castle Howard stately home in North Yorkshire talk about how Big Houses were affected by World War One.

    Sunday 27th April

    Centenary of the Larne Gun-running

    The night of 24 April 1914,shipments of 25,000 rifles and 3 million rounds of ammunition that had been smuggled from Germany into Antrim.The operation was organised to equip the Ulster Volunteer Force.This week is the centenary of The Larne Gun Running. Timothy Bowman, University of Kent and Conor Mulvagh, lecturer in Irish History, UCD join Myles.

    Michael Manning Executed in 1954

    Between 1923 and 1954, the Irish State executed 29 people who had been convicted of murder.Most of these executions were carried out in the hanghouse at Mountjoy Prison. The prisoners' remains were buried in unmarked graves behind the prison walls. The last person to meet this fate was Michael Manning. Tim Carey spoke to Lorcan Clancy

    Rufus Rigney, Aborigine soldier in WW1

    Mary Russell on her quest to find Rufus Rigney’s grave.

    Sunday 20th April

    The History Show -- Millennium of the Battle of Clontarf (full programme podcast)

    On this Easter Weekend, the Battle of Clontarf was under the spotlight. It took place a thousand years ago this week - on Good Friday in 1014 (which in that year fell on 23 April). Our studio guests were Dr. Catherine Swift, Dr. Ruth Johnson and Prof. Sean Duffy.

    Lorcan Mac Mathuna Composition

    One of the ways the Battle of Clontarf is being remembered this year is through song. Singer and composer Lorcán Mac Mathúna has put the stories from both Irish and Icelandic texts to music to bring the battle to life. James Keating spoke to Lorcán about music and myth in Middle Irish.

    Commemorating Clontarf in 1914

    The story of the Battle of Clontarf has often been told as that of a great Irish leader driving a foreign enemy - the Danes - out of the country. At the time of the 900th anniversary of the battle in 1914, this simplified narrative was ripe for politicisation, as we heard from Donal Fallon.

    Clontarf Heritage Walking Trail

    It's been 1,000 years since the Battle - and Clontarf has changed enormously since then geographically. Louise Denvir went on the town's new Heritage Walking Trail with Colette Gill, Chair of Clontarf 2014 to find out just what can happen in a thousand years.

    Brian Boru - Separating Fact from Legend

    The story that many of us will remember from school is a rags to riches tale. It presents Brian Boru as a man who rose from humble origins to become High King of Ireland, and banished the Vikings from the country following a vital victory over them at Clontarf.

    Sunday 13th April

    Irish Association of Professional Historians

    This week marks the launch of the Irish Association of Professional Historians. Founder member, historian, Roisin Higgins came in to tell us why they were set up and what they aim to do.

    30th Anniversary of Kerry Babies Case

    Thirty years ago tomorrow, an unsolved murder case in County Kerry dominated the Irish headlines for months. A newborn baby boy was found stabbed to death on White Strand Beach at Cahirciveen. Lorcan Clancy reports

    White Cargo

    White Cargo: the Forgotten History of Britain’s White Slaves in America by Don Jordan and Michael Walsh discussed by UCD historian, Lindsey Earner Byrne, Margaret Ward, managing director of Clear Ink and RTE’s former Washington correspondent, Richard Downes.

    The Prince of Wales Visits Skibbereen

    Regan Hutchins talked to Skibbereen local historian, Gerald O’Brien, about a young royal visitor to the town, in April 1858, who almost never left.

    Diarmuid Lynch - A Forgotten Irish Patriot

    Eileen McGough, author of Diarmuid Lynch: A Forgotten Irish Patriot discussed why Lynch, a member of the Supreme Council of the IRB, has been forgotten so completely.

    Sunday 30th March

    The History Show - full programme podcast - 30 March 2014

    Food and Food Riots in WW1, Memorial Cards, Service of Remembrance for Children Killed in Easter Rising, Spanish Civil War & Centenary of Cumann na mBan

    Centenary of Cumann na mBan

    Should the women of Ireland stand idly by while the most sacred things in life are at stake?

    Spanish Civil War

    This week marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Spanish Civil War, a bloody conflict that's often viewed as the prelude to World War Two. On one side were the Nationalists, led by General Franco and backed by Hitler and Mussolini. On the other side was the Spanish Republican government.

    Service of Remembrance for Children Killed in Easter Rising

    This is part of a project for a permanent memorial to the 40 children aged between 2 and 16 who died during the easter rising

    Memorial Cards

    Throughout the twentieth century memorial cards, small commemorative cards sent out by the bereaved to mourners after a funeral, were a vital part of Irish funeral culture.

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