The History Show

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    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.

    Food Riots in the First World War

    In May 1915, the sinking of the Lusitania, the Cunard Line British passenger ocean liner, provoked food riots across Britain. Most of these violent actions were directed against German pork shops in British urban centres. This piece explores the reasons behind the notable involvement of Liverpool’s Irish community in these riots.

    Food and World War One

    Brown Stew mightn’t sound like the most appetising of dishes, but this is typical of the sort of fare that sustained soldiers in the trenches during World War One

    Sunday 23rd March

    Hubert Latham

    Hubert Latham received public acclaim as one of the brightest stars of aviation in the early 1900s, but nowadays his name means very little to most people. Historian, Barbara Walsh joined Myles to talk about the man and his exploits.

    Cigarette Advertising

    10 years ago this week, we were the first country in the world to impose an outright ban on smoking in the workplace. It’s been so successful that these days, most people wouldn’t dream of lighting up inside – even in their own homes. We rolled the clock back a few decades, to a time when cigarettes were being endorsed by athletes and doctors, as part of a campaign which featured what is perhaps one of the world's first publicity stunts. So outrageous were the campaign's claims at the time, they could actually be considered quite comic now – as Louise Denvir reports.

    The Kalem Film Company

    Between 1910 and 1915, the US based Kalem Film Company made almost thirty films here dealing with, among other things, Irish history and emigration. Sunniva O’Flynn of the Irish Film Institute and Tony Tracy lecturer with Huston School of Film & Digital Media at NUIG discussed this groundbreaking film company who were affectionately known as the O Kalems.

    Warrior the War Horse

    James Keating on the story of Warrior – “the horse the Germans couldn’t kill”

    Horses and Other Animals in World War I

    Stephen Benedict on horses and other animals involved in World War 1

    The History Show - full programme podcast - 23 March 2014

    Horses and Other Animals in World War I, Warrior the War Horse, The Kalem Film Company, Cigarette Advertising & Hubert Latham

    Sunday 16th March

    Erina Brady

    German refugee, Erina Brady set up Ireland’s first modern dance school in Harcourt Street in 1939. She hosted dance classes for children in her studio by day and slept in one of its alcoves by night. One of her students from those days, Ann Walsh spoke to Louise Denvir about Erina and her classes.

    Ballroom Dancing in the 1940s

    Percy Lovegrove talked to James Keating about his experience of ballroom dancing during the years of the Emergency.

    Irish Dance and Emigrants

    Earlier in the programme, we heard about Irish dancing at home but what happened when it went abroad? Did it thrive or was it abandoned in the newly adopted homes of the Irish emigrants? Rhona Tarrant reported from New York.

    A Brief History of Irish Dance

    One is the very first céilí in 1897 – while the other event took place almost a hundred years later. Riverdance in 1994 was an extraordinary performance that transformed Irish dancing into a truly worldwide phenomenon. Lorcan Clancy puts these two events into a cultural context in this short history of modern Irish dance.

    A Century of Irish Dance

    In the decades after Independence, where and how we danced was of huge concern to the Gaelic League, the State and the Catholic Church. What was to emerge gives us a fascinating insight into attitudes to sex, sensuality and sin in Irish society.

    Sunday 9th March

    70th Anniversary of American Note

    Tomorrow marks the 70th anniversary of a reported attempt by the Allies to force Ireland to expel all diplomatic representatives from Japan, Germany and Italy. Historians T. Ryle Dwyer and Michael Kennedy (Royal Irish Academy) discussed the fallout.

    18th Century Trade in Irish Butter

    In the 18th century, Irish butter was sought after in places most people hadn’t even heard of – as Mary Russell now tells us.

    The Curragh Incident

    Conor Mulvagh, Lecturer in Irish History at UCD (and their man working on the decade of commemorations) talked about the events that occurred between Dublin, London, and the Curragh Camp in March 1914.

    Saint Patrick's World

    Our March Book Club choice, Saint Patrick's World by Liam de Paor is discussed by Dr. Catherine Swift, the Director of Irish Studies, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick and Terry O'Hagan from the School of Archaeology at University College Dublin.

    Sunday 2nd March

    Adoption Files 1948 – 1972

    Catriona Crowe from the National Archives discusses Irish inter country adoption files that were mislaid for decades.

    Revival of the Irish Language

    Have successive governments failed in their attempts to revive the Irish language? Author Donal Lynch and Prof. Michael Cronin from DCU debate the issue

    Rin Tin Tin

    Catherine Cleary on the Hollywood star and 1929 Oscar favourite, Rin Tin Tin.

    Hitler's Irish Voices

    From December 1939 until May 1945, German Radio broadcast Nazi propaganda to Ireland – as Gaelige. Author and historian, Dr. David O’Donoghue tells the story.

    Hitler's Irish Voices Documentary

    David O’Donoghue’s documentary exploring the story of Nazi Germany’s wartime radio service to Ireland – as Gaelige.

    Sunday 23rd February

    Irish Brigades Abroad

    Lorcan Clancy reports on the history of the Irish men who have served in the armies of other countries. Author, Stephen McGarry discussed Irish Brigades abroad with a particular emphasis on Napoleon’s Irish Legion.

    Press Coverage of Poets during 1914

    Maureen Kennelly, director of Poetry Ireland and author Gerald Dawe on press cover of poets during 1914.

    Irish Poets of World War I

    Author Gerald Dawe on war poets, Thomas MacGreevy, Patrick MacGill and Winifred M Letts.

    50th Anniversary of Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston Fight

    Bottom of FormJames Keating reports on the historic Cassius Clay/Sonny Liston fight which took place 50 years ago this week.

    Carlow Castle and Lunatic Asylums in 1800

    Orla Rapple reports on an explosion that almost destroyed Carlow Castle 200 years ago. Consultant psychiatrist, Brendan Kelly talks about lunatic asylums in 1800s.

    Sunday 16th February

    Churching New Mothers

    Churching is a blessing that was given to new mothers following childbirth. It dates back to early Christian times and was abolished after Vatican II. The idea was that it allowed the “unclean” woman to re-enter the church in 'a state of grace'. Historian, Lisa Marie Griffith talked about the history of churching.

    Fanny Jennings

    Regan Hutchins on the story of Fanny Jennings

    Animal Sacrifice in the Ancient World

    Dr. Suzanne O'Neill of the Classics Department of Trinity College talks about animal sacrifice in Greek and Roman times.

    Viola Organista

    Lorcan Clancy tells us about the first perfomance on the viola organista based on a design by Leonardo Da Vinci

    Fethard Lifeboat Disaster

    Report from Fethard 100 years after the disaster claimed the lives of 9 lifeboat crew. Author, Liam Ryan and Brian Murphy from the Rosslare Lifeboat Memorial Committee tell the story.

    Sunday 9th February

    Commemorating the Irish Famine

    Emily Mark Fitzgerald has visited more than 140 famine memorials here, in Britain, the US, Canada and Australia – the first large scale survey of these memorials ever undertaken, and essentially, a study of what the famine means to these communities. She joined Myles to talk about her 10 years of research.

    The Great Emu War

    In 1932 the Australian army faced an enemy unlike any they had ever encountered. Thousands upon thousands of emus. Taking them on would lead to humiliating defeat for the army. James Keating found out more about the Great Emu War.

    Napoleon and Josephine

    Our February Book Club Choice, Napoleon and Josephine: an improbable marriage by Evangeline Bruce was discussed Laura O’Brien, Lecturer in Modern European History with the University of Sunderland; journalist, Carol Hunt and Hugh Gough, Emeritus Professor of Modern European History at UCD.

    Vintage Wireless Museum Listowel

    Rhona Tarrant reports from Eddie Moylan's Vintage Wireless Museum in Listowel.

    1914 Dublin Housing Report

    Mark Duncan of Century Ireland on the Dublin Housing report and the photos of the tenements that appear in the appendix.

    Sunday 2nd February

    The 1974 Kenny Report - A Missed Opportunity?

    Historian, Niall Curran looks back at how the Kenny Report proposed to tackle the soaring price of development land.

    Is Countess Constance Markievicz an over rated Icon of Irish History?

    Shane McThomais (Glasnevin Museum) and historian, Ann Matthews debated the legacy of Countess Markievicz

    Centenary of Irish Volunteer Newspaper

    The Irish Volunteer, first printed on the 7 February 1914, marked an important milestone in the history of radical newspapers and military movements in this country. UCD historian, Conor Mulvagh discussed its objectives and impact.

    Sunday 26th January

    Nazi war criminal, Andrija Artukovic - files uncovered by Michael Kennedy

    Historian, Michael Kennedy of the Royal Irish Academy discusses recently declassified Irish and Swiss files which give a fairly complete and totally new story on Nazi War Criminal, Andrija Artukovic.

    Nazi Art Looters

    Historian, Lisa Marie Griffith on stolen art by the Nazi regime and a recovered painting which will be auctioned by Sotheby's on 5 February with an estimated price of €12 million.

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