The History Show

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    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.

    Contraception in Ireland

    To mark 30 years since the Health Act that liberalised the law on contraception, Diarmaid Ferriter and Ciara Meehan joined Myles to discuss the social history of contraception in Ireland.

    Sunday 1st February

    PALS - The Irish at Gallipoli

    Anu artistic director, Louise Lowe, Catriona Crowe of the National Archives, actor Liam Heslin and Lar Joye of the National Museum at Collins Barracks talk about this new Anu production which opens at Collins Barracks on 3 Febraury.

    Anu Productions

    Anu artisitic director, Louise Lowe together with actress Una Kavanagh and Catriona Crowe of the National Archives talk about reseraching and bringing to life various periods of Irish history.

    The History Show - full programme podcast

    The challenages of bringing hsitory to life explored and the importance of giving voice to indiviudla stoories that never made the history books.

    Sunday 25th January


    UCD historian on the expereince of jews in Eastern Europe during World War II


    Jonathan Creasy reports from the Memorial to teh Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin.


    RAI historian, Michael Kennedy and UCD historian, Conor Mulvagh on the first Zeppelin raid 100 years ago this week.


    Frank Hopkins on a case of man knocked down by a sleigh in January 1881


    Bi-Centenary of the birth of George Boole, leading mathematician and father of the information age


    TCD Medical historian, Joe Harbison on the practice of stealing dead bodies from their graves in 19th century Dublin.

    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 4th January

    2015 Anniversaries

    On this week's programme, we looked forward to significant anniversaries in the coming year. Our guests were Catriona Crowe, Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland; historian Donal Fallon; Royal Irish Academy historian, Michael Kennedy and Ruan O'Donnell, head of the History Department at the University of Limerick.

    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.

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