The History Show

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    Sunday 18th January

    Arthur Edward Guinness Centenary

    Historian Donal Fallon on the centenary of the death of Lord Ardilaun, he man best remembered for donating St. Stephen's Green to the public.

    Christmas Truce Follow Up

    Letters published in Waterford News 100 years ago this month.

    Return of the Brute by Liam O'Flaherty

    Consultant psychiatrist, Brendan Kelly; history teacher, Noel Wade and historian Heather Jones discuss this month's book club choice first published in 1929.

    Earl Grey Orphan Scheme

    The experience of workhouse girls from Donegal is explored in a report by Marc McMenamin while Kay Moloney Caball talks about the Kerry girls who left under this scheme.

    Sunday 11th January

    TV Drama Charlie - Haughey-Thatcher relationship

    Tim Pat Coogan and Dr. Stephen kelly of Liverpool Hope University discuss the Haughey-Thatcher relationship.

    A history of giving birth in Dublin in the 20th Century

    Dr. Rhona Mahony, Master at the National Maternity Hospital

    Channel 4 sitcom on the Irish Famine

    Tim Pat Coogan and Blindboy of The Rubber Bandits discuss

    Sunday 28th December

    History Show 28th Dec 2014

    Mike Cronin, Mark Duncan and Paul Rouse, project directors of the on-line historical newspaper, Century Ireland, have been charting the day to day political and social happenings on this island a hundred years ago and they joined Myles to review the year that was 1914.

    Wednesday 24th December

    Scenes from the First World War

    A collection of archive voices, letters, poems, songs and stories, featuring special reports on different aspects of the war and Ireland's involvement in it. Compiled by Lorcan Clancy.

    Sunday 21st December

    Christmas Truce

    The 1914 Christmas truce has become something of legend. And when events become legends, the details can get a bit exaggerated. Historians Catriona Pennell of the University of Exeter and Paul Rouse from UCD talked about the truce and separated fact from fiction.

    It's A Wonderful Life

    Over the years, the film It's a Wonderful Life has become a Christmas institution. The Frank Capra picture tells the story of a frustrated businessman who's shown by his guardian angel what the world would be like if he'd never been born. Lorcan Clancy took a closer look at a film that has become a staple of the holiday season.

    Santa's Letters

    In the files of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, there's a letter to Santa that dates from 1933. Written by an eight-year-old boy, it offers a unique insight into the experience of the poor of Belfast at the time. Lorcan Clancy spoke to historian Georgina Laragy, who discovered the historic letter

    Night of the Big Wind

    A terrifying storm which hit this country in 1839 has become known as Oíche na Gaoithe Móire (The Night of the Big Wind). It was the worst storm in 300 years and has yet to be paralleled. Dr. Kieran Hickey Lecturer in Physical Geography at NUI Galway talked about how this storm impacted the country and its people.

    Christmas Movies for Historians

    Steven Benedict gave us a round-up of movies on television this Christmas for people with an interest in history.

    The History Show full programme podcast

    Featuring Christmas Truce, Santa Letter, Saint Vincent de Paul, Its A Wonderful Life, Xmas Movies for History Buffs and Night of the Big Wind

    Sunday 14th December

    Christmas at the Movies in 1914

    Ruth Barton, lecturer in film at Trinity College Dublin on what was happening at the movies here over Christmas in 1914.

    Charlie Chaplain

    Steven Benedict on Charlie Chaplain's contrasting on-screen and off-screen personas

    Major General Patrick Cleburne

    Historian and author Damien Shiels talks to Orla Rapple about Major General Patrick Cleburne, one out of sixteen Irish-born men who reached the rank of either Colonel or General in the Confederate forces during the American Civil War. Killed 150 ago.

    Glen Miller

    Lorcan Clancy on the disappearance of Glen Miller 70 years ago this week.

    Women of the Irish Revolution

    Historians Sinead McCoole and Liz Gillis on better and lesser known women of the Irish revolutionary period.

    Sunday 7th December

    History Books as Christmas presents

    Recommended history books that should make someone in your life very happy on Christmas morning with Anne McLellan; novelist and scholar, Alan Titley; Richard Downes, RTE and Heather Jones, Associate Professor in the Department of International History at the London School of Economics.

    Sunday 30th November

    The Hitchcock Brothers

    Ruth Barton, lecturer in film studies at Trinity College Dublin talks about her research into two Irish brothers whose lives took very different paths from the start of WW1. Captain Frank Hitchcock went on to chronicle the horrors of war while his brother, Rex Ingram became a noted director of the silent movie era.

    Battle of Franklin - Carrie McGavock's Confederate Cemetery

    The McGavock Confederate Cemetery in Tennessee is the largest privately held Confederate cemetery in the United States. Best selling author Robert Hicks tells the story of why it was established after the Battle of Franklin which was fought during the American Civil War 150 years ago today.

    Roger Casement's ill-fated Crusade to Germany

    In December, 1914, Sir Roger Casement, arrived in Germany to persuade Irish POWs to earn their freedom from a German POW camp by joining his Irish Brigade and fighting alongside the Volunteers in an insurrection against British rule. Historian, Conor Mulvagh and barrister, John McGuiggan discuss this ill-fated crusade.

    ‘The secret scripture of the poor’, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks

    Louise Denvir reports

    Arthur Fields - Man on The Bridge

    Man on Bridge is a photo collection project that gathers the photos and tells the story of Arthur Fields, a street photographer who captured passersby on Dublin’s O’Connell Bridge from the 1930s to the 1980s - Ciaran Deeney & Donal Fallon discuss

    Sunday 23rd November

    Sean MacBride

    Archives reveal Sean MacBride’s subservient attitude to the Catholic church.

    Sainsbury’s Christmas Truce Ad

    The Sainsbury’s Christmas Truce ad has been branded cynical and disrespectful. TCD's Peter Arnds and historian, Michael Kennedy give their assessment.

    Lord Lucan's Disappearnce

    Lorcan Clancy charts Lord Lucan's disappearance forty years ago this month as well as the aftermath.

    Alan Turing

    As a big screen adaption of Andrew Hodges biography opens in cinemas, we explore the life and death of Alan Turing – the brilliant World War II code breaker who paid the ultimate price for being gay. Andrew Hodges’ biography – The Enigma is assessed by our November Book Club guests, Aoibhinn ni Suilleabhain, Sean Duke and Peter Arnds.

    Sunday 16th November

    Government Plans for centenary of 1916 Easter Rising

    Minister of State at the Department of Justice. Aodhan O’Riordan spoke of Ireland’s complex history at the launch of the government's plans for the 2016 centenary on Wednesday evening

    How Should Centenary of 1916 Rising be Marked

    Our panel Diramuid Ferriter, Roisin Higgins, Ruth Dudley Edwards discuss

    50th Anniversary of Easter Rising in 1966

    In 1966, the country celebrated and commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Events to mark the Golden Jubilee took place in every county in Ireland. Lorcan Clancy spoke to historian Mary Daly and trawled through the archives to paint a picture of what was involved.

    Sunday 9th November

    Enniskillen Bombing

    Historians Heather Jones and Edward Madigan discuss what the Enniskillen bombing symbolised in terms of the polarisation of Irish views of war remembrance in 1987 and how it symbolised a turning point in terms of our relationship with the First World War as an historical event.

    Irish Rugby and World War 1

    Ciaran O'Mara of Lansdowne Rugby FC and Dr. Liam O’Callaghan from Liverpool Hope University talk about Irish rugby players who enlisted to flight in World War 1.

    Irish Memorials to WW1 Dead

    Historians, Heather Jones of the London School of Economics and Dr. Edward Madigan, lecturer in Public History and First World War Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London talk about the significance of these memorials and how our attitude to commemorating the war dead has changed over the past century.

    The Poppy as a Symbol of Remembrance

    Louise Denvir reports on the origins of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance which is particularly associated with today, Remembrance Sunday and 11 November.

    Sunday 2nd November

    The History Show - full programme podcast - 2nd November 2014

    History on a Plate, Lackendara Jim, The Unlucky Cabin Boy, Irish MPs During WW1, John Berryman Centenary and Greystones War Memorial

    Lackendara Jim

    Orla Rapple tells the story of a hermit who lived in the Comeragh mountains for almost 40 years - World War 1 veteran Lackendara Jim.

    The Unlucky Cabin Boy

    Mike Finn talks about Patrick O’Brien of Limerick who was killed and cannibalised by his shipmates in 1835.

    Irish MPs During WW1

    Mark Duncan on Arthur O’Neill, the first MP to be killed in WW1 on 4 November 1914. UCD historian, Conor Mulvagh talks about other MPs who were killed.

    John Berryman Cenenary

    To mark the centenary of the birth of this poet who was an admirer of WB Yeats and a one-time Dublin resident, Johnathan Creasy brought us a report about the man and his time in Dublin and his untimely death.

    Greystones War Memorial

    Peter Murtagh on the stories behind the 22 names on the Greystones War Memorial.

    History on a Plate

    Irish Times restaurant critic Catherine Cleary and historian Juliana Adelman talk about food in Ireland during the Emergency and their radio series, History on a Plate.

    Sunday 26th October

    Temple Street Children's Hospital

    Founded in 1872, Temple Street is now one of Ireland’s best recognised children’s hospitals. From the nurses who used to smuggle ‘Penny Horribles’ onto the wards, to the child whose journey to Dublin took seven hours on a turf-fired train, memories of Temple Street are as rich as they are varied.

    Irish Vampire Myth

    Consultant psychiatrist, Dr. Brendan Kelly talks about studying the medical condition, vampirism and the origins of the vampire myth.

    Haunted Ireland

    Lorcan Clancy speaks to Tarquin Blake about some of the unexplained phenomena that can be found around Ireland.

    The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 26th October 2014

    On this week's show; 1916 Proclamation, James Hack Tuke, Temple Street Children's Hospital, Haunted Ireland and Irish Vampire Myth

    James Hack Tuke

    Clifden historian, Kathleen Villiers-Tuthill highlighted the work of James Hack Tuke, an English banker and philanthropist, whose charitable work in Ireland in the 1880s is now almost entirely forgotten.

    1916 Proclamation

    A new book written by historian, Ann Matthews claims that in fact Patrick Pearse probably didn’t read the 1916 Proclamation. Ann Matthews and University of Limerick historian, Ruan O’Donnell discuss.

    Sunday 19th October

    The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 19th October 2014

    On this week's show; Earnest Shackleton (Ireland's unsung hero), Daniel O'Connell, War and Peace, Centenary of First Battle at Ypres and WW1 School Trip to the Somme

    Sunday 12th October

    A History of Dublin in 10 Buildings

    Lisa Marie Griffith on telling our capital's history through its buildings.

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