The History Show

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Sunday 16th October

Holles Street in 1916

As part of The Royal College of Physicians’s St Luke’s Symposium this week, the Master of Holles Street, Rhona Mahony, will be speaking on Thursday morning about life in Holles Street on Easter Week 1916. Sinead Egan reports.

Genetic Genealogy

DNA tests – and their increasing affordability – are revolutionising the world of genealogy. Next weekend, a genealogy conference Back to our Past will take place in Dublin’s RDS, with a particular focus on DNA. Myles is joined this week in studio by three genetic genealogists.

History Bites: William Rowan Hamilton

This week, we have another instalment from our series History Bites where Colette Kinsella uncovers stories behind some of the objects we might pass by every day. This time, we find Colette in Dublin looking for a piece of Victorian graffiti – written on this day 173 years ago - that changed the world.

Alex Salmond MP

This year, for its annual Ivy Day commemoration at Glasnevin, the Parnell Society invited Alex Salmond to give the lecture and graveside oration. Alex is a former First Minister of Scotland who resigned as leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party immediately after the unsuccessful independence referendum two years ago.

Sunday 9th October

The History Show 9th October, 2016

The History Show 9th October, 2016

Stephen Collins on 1980s budgets

With next Tuesday’s budget shaping up to be a very dull affair, we’ve asked Stephen Collins, Irish Times Political Editor, to take us back to that decade where not just one, but two governments were brought down by budgets.

History Bites

Colette Kinsella brings us another instalment of History Bites, the occasional series that uncovers the sometimes remarkable stories behind everyday objects.

Catriona Crowe

Until last month, Catriona Crowe was Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland – a position which she has just stepped down from after many years.

Sunday 2nd October

The History Show 2 October 2016

The History Show 2 October 2016

Making Memory

Later this month, a conference opens in Dublin entitled Making Memory – visual and material cultures of commemoration in Ireland. Myles is joined by Lisa Godson, from NCAD, who is the conference convenor; and by two speakers at the conference: Brian Hand, from IT Carlow, and Claudia Kinmonth, from NUI Galway.

50 Years of Free Education

We mark 50 years since Donogh O’Malley announced free secondary school education, with educationalist, John Coolahan, political analyst, Noel Whelan. We also have contributions from Patricia Borden, Principal Mount Anville Secondary School; Liam F. Ryan, Senior Lecturer at Limerick Institute of Technology; and broadcaster and author, Joe Duffy.

Dublin Mean Time

Colette Kinsella tells the unusual story of Dublin Mean Time, which ended one hundred years ago.

US Presidential TV debates of the past

It’s US Presidential debate season, so on The History Show, we’ve asked Sandra Scanlon, Lecturer in American History at UCD, to take us on a whistle-stop tour of TV debates from the last century.

Sunday 8th May

1916 Rising Oral History Collection

Lorcan Clancy reports on the 1916 Rising Oral History Collections, speaking to husband and wife Maurice and Jane O'Keefe, and their daughter Hélène O'Keefe about how family memories reveal a rich revolutionary inheritance. Then, Mark Duncan of Century Ireland joins Myles to reflect on this centenary year.

Entwined Histories Challenge

Former Rugby international Trevor Ringland on a charity cycle and walk in Dublin and France, visting many of the sites of battle of the Somme. It will take place from the 23rd to the 29th May

Prisoners after the Rising

The experiences of people taken prisoner after the Rising, the day to day reality of life for internees, and how prisons like Frongoch in Wales became breeding grounds for sedition. Myles is joined by William Murphy, Frank Shouldice and Joanna Brück

Sunday 1st May

The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 1st May 2016

The story of the trials and executions of the 1916 rebels in the aftermath of the Easter Rising.

Sunday 24th April

Arthur Griffith

Myles is joined by Owen McGee, the biographer of Arthur Griffith, to talk about the Sinn Fein leader's role in 1916.

Rising in Galway

Rhona Tarrant speaks to Conor McNamara on the path to the Rising in Galway, led by Liam Mellows, and the role of the agrarian agitator Tom Kenny.

Property Damage Claims

Catriona Crowe on the files of the Property Losses (Ireland) Committee, containing claims for damage to property during the Rising. We hear an extract from a letter by Joseph Larkin, claiming for his destroyed business on Wexford Street.

Arthur Shields

Orla Rapple reports on the story of Arthur Shields, a man who played a role in the Rising in more ways than one. His story ranges from battle-scarred Dublin to the hills of Hollywood.

Moore Street

To talk about events on Moore Street, Myles is joined by Catriona Crowe of the National Archives, archaeologist Franc Myles and Louise Lowe, artistic director of Anu Productions.

GPO Staff in 1916

Lorcan Clancy reports on the experiences of postal staff in 1916, including the men and women who worked at the GPO, and the staff of Crown Alley Telephone Exchange.

The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 24th April 2016

GPO Staff in 1916; Moore Street; Arthur Griffith; Property Damage Claims in 1916; the Rising in Galway; Arthur Griffith

Sunday 17th April

1896 Olympics

Ian O'Riordan of the Irish Times on the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 which took place 120 years ago this month, and how this sporting event has changed in the intervening years.

Sixties Ireland

Lindsey Earner-Byrne and Carole Holahan on Ireland in the 1960s, and the question: was it really a decade of modernisation for this country?

Mixed Martial Arts

Paul Rouse and Ian O'Riordan on the origins of mixed martial arts, and how a figure like Conor McGregor has parallels in Irish sporting history.

Jacob's Biscuit Factory

Colette Kinsella uncovers a host of stories about Jacob's biscuit factory, cream crackers, and the people who made them.

The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 17th April 2016

Jacob's Biscuit Factory; Mixed Martial Arts; Ronald Reagan in Ireland; Sixties Ireland; 1896 Olympics

Ronald Reagan's Visit to Ireland - Extended Podcast

In this special extended podcast for The History Show, RTÉ's Jackie Fox takes a look back at US President Ronald Reagan's visit to Ireland in 1984, and the social, political and economic impacts of that visit.

Sunday 10th April

The Woman is Present: Women's Stories of 1916

Mary Moynihan, artistic director of Smashing Times Theatre Company on a new drama performance about the women of 1916, based on original testimonies and new Irish writing.

House Price Index since 1900

Economist Ronan Lyons talks about the rise and fall of Dublin property prices since the year 1900.

Civil War Politics

Journalist Pat Leahy, sociologist Niamh Hourigan and historian Niamh Puirseil discuss the civil war divide in Irish politics, and whether or not it's still relevant today.

The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 10th April 2016

Civil War Politics; House Price Index since 1900; Women's Stories of 1916

Sunday 3rd April

The Vietnam War

Rhona Tarrant reports on the story of Sean Fleming, a musician from Killarney who signed up to serve in the Vietnam War while living in New York. Then, Sandra Scanlon of University College Dublin talks about the changing and varied attitudes the American public had to the war.

Gas Attacks at Hulluch

As the fighting raged in Dublin during Easter Week 1916, Irishmen in the British Army were subject to a horrific poison gas attack. Joe Harbison of Trinity College Dublin joins Myles.

Remembrance Wall at Glasnevin

Joe Harbison and Paul Rouse discuss the Remembrance Wall unveiled today at Glasnevin, and the decision to list the names of dead rebels, civilians and British Army soldiers on that wall.

The Easter Rising Centenary and the world media

How were our 1916 commemorations covered in the British, American and French media? Myles is joined by Paul Rouse of UCD, Laura O'Brien of the University of Sunderland and Kevin Cullen of the Boston Globe.

The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 3rd April 2016

The Easter Rising Centenary in the world media; Remembrance Wall at Glasnevin; Gas Attacks at Hulluch; The Vietnam War

Monday 28th March

Was the Easter Rising a Blood Sacrifice?

Pat Cooke, John Gibney and Conor Mulvagh discuss the idea of 'Blood Sacrifice' and the Easter Rising.

Was the Easter Rising justified?

Patsy McGarry and Conor Mulvagh debate the moral justification of the Easter Rising.

The History Show Easter Monday Special - Full Programme Podcast - 28th March 2016

In this extended 3 hour episode broadcast live from The Four Courts, Myles Dungan presents a mix of music, reports and discussion about many different aspects of the Easter Rising.

The Psychological Impact of the Rising

Psychiatrist Brendan Kelly speaks to Liam Geraghty about mental health and 1916.

The Four Courts and the Easter Rising

Emer Horgan takes a walk around The Four Courts in the company of historian and author Joseph EA Connell, and finds out what happened there in 1916.

Dublin Zoo in 1916

Colette Kinsella reports on what happened at Dublin Zoo during Easter Week 1916.

Treating the Wounded in 1916 / Babies Born During Easter Week

Julien Clancy speaks to Doctor Joseph Harbison about the injured in 1916, and how the wounded were treated. Then, Sinead Egan speaks to Doctor Rhona Mahony about babies born during Easter Week.

1916 Eyewitness Accounts from the National Folklore Collection

Our reporter Lorcan Clancy speaks to Críostoír Mac Cárthaigh, Acting Director of the National Folklore Collection at UCD. In this report, we heard never before broadcast eyewitness accounts of Easter 1916.

Designing the 1916 Proclamation

Julien Clancy speaks to Linda King of NCAD about how the Proclamation was designed and printed.

Sunday 27th March

The O'Rahilly

Rhona Tarrants reports on the life of The O'Rahilly, and what he did in the days before the Rising.

Pearse's Last Days

Patrick Pearse was an extraordinarily busy man, but in the days leading up to the Rising, he still found time to wrap up his affairs and take care of some comparitively mundane business. His last days involved everything from haircuts to ceremonial swords. Our reporter Lorcan Clancy found out more.

The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 27th March 2016

On this Easter Sunday special, we look at the events of Easter Sunday 1916, and the days leading up to the Rising. Myles Dungan is joined by Mary McAuliffe, Mick O'Farrell and Joseph EA Connell.

Sunday 20th March

The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 20th March 2016

Homosexuality and Irish Psychiatry; RTÉ Reflecting the Rising; Now That's What I Call Music 1916; Moore Street; 1916 Walking Tours

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Presenter: Myles Dungan

Producer: Alan Torney


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