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    Sunday 22nd November

    The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 22nd November 2015

    In this special episode, we're looking at the long history of sport on this island, and the role that it has played in Irish life over the centuries. Myles Dungan is joined by Paul Rouse, Mike Cronin and Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh.

    Sunday 15th November

    The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 15th November 2015

    Belfast 1972 teenage diary; The Anglo-Irish Agreement; The Abbey Theatre; Medical Advances in World War One; Willie Pearse

    Willie Pearse

    Leanne Blaney of University College Dublin joins Myles to look back on the life of William 'Willie' Pearse, a life lived in the shadow of his brother Padraig.

    The Pearse Brothers at CBS Westland Row

    Louise Denvir visits the former school of Padraig and Willie at CBS Westland Row. She spoke to past pupil Des Byrne about the brothers' formative years at the school.

    Medical Advances in World War One

    Our reporter Lorcan Clancy spoke to medical history lecturer Joe Harbison about how medicine advanced during the war.

    The Abbey Theatre

    Myles is joined by Garry Hynes, former artistic director of the Abbey. She talks about the theatre's 1916 commemorative programme, in the context of the 'Waking the Feminists' movement for gender equality.

    The Anglo-Irish Agreement

    Myles is joined by Stephen Kelly of Liverpool Hope University and journalist Tom McGurk to evaluate the Anglo-Irish Agreement, 30 years to the day after it was signed by Taoiseach Garrett Fitzgerald and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

    Belfast Days 1972

    Barbara Collins speaks to author Eimear O'Callaghan about how the diary of an ordinary teenager gives a unique insight into what happened during The Troubles.

    Sunday 8th November

    The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 8th November 2015

    The Irish Soccer Split; The men of Kilbarron Parish; A Woven Silence; Historical Memory; Women Reform and Resistance

    Women, Reform and Resistance

    Myles is joined by Jennifer Redmond and Conor Reidy, two of the contributors to the new book 'Women, Reform and Resistance in Ireland 1850 - 1950'

    Historical Memory

    Myles is joined by Professor Brendan Kelly, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University College Dublin to talk about the forces that shape personal and historical memory.

    A Woven Silence

    Our reporter Lorcan Clancy talks to Felicity Hayes-McCoy about her new book 'A Woven Silence', in which she uses her own family story to examine how we remember Ireland's revolutionary period.

    The Men of Kilbarron Parish

    On this Remembrance Sunday, Marc McMenamin reports from Ballyshannon in Donegal on the stories of two men from the area who joined the British Army during World War One.

    The Irish Soccer Split

    Myles is joined by Cormac Moore, author of the book 'The Irish Soccer Split' and former Republic of Ireland international Paddy Mulligan, to talk about why the island of Ireland was split into two international soccer teams.

    Sunday 1st November

    The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 1st November 2015

    The Father Louis O'Kane Collection; Napoleon's Toothbrush; Van Diemen's Women; Colm Tóibín on his novel Brooklyn; Patrick Lafcadio Hearn

    Patrick Lafcadio Hearn

    An exhibition currently running at the Little Museum of Dublin celebrates the life and work of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, an Irish writer of ghost stories and folk tales. Myles was joined by Hearn's biographer, Paul Murray.

    Colm Tóibín

    As the new film adaptation of 'Brooklyn' is set to land in cinemas this Friday, our reporter Lorcan Clancy caught up with the author Colm Tóibín to talk about the themes of historical emigration in his novel.

    Van Diemen's Women

    Myles is joined by Joan Kavanagh and Dianne Snowden, the two authors of a new book 'Van Diemen's Women - A History of Transportation to Tasmania.'

    History Bites - Napoleon's Toothbrush

    In the first in our occasional series 'History Bites', Colette Kinsella talks to Donal Fallon about a small object from the bathroom of Napoleon Bonaparte.

    Father Louis O'Kane Collection

    Historian Dónal McAnallen tells Myles about a set of taped interviews with Ulster men and women, who were veterans of, or witnesses to Ireland's revolutionary period.

    Sunday 25th October

    The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 25th October 2015

    Women in Irish politics; Women's magazines in the 1960s; Children's burial grounds; Murder in Milltown in 1916; Housing Crises in Dublin

    Housing in Dublin

    Joe Brady of UCD and Sean O'Leary of the Irish Planning Institute talk about the housing crises that have struck Dublin throughout the capital's modern history.

    The Other 1916 - Murder in Milltown

    Historian Fin Dwyer tells the story of a murder trial in Milltown, County Kerry which took place in 1916.

    Children's Burial Grounds

    Archaeology Professor Liam Downey talks about the many burial grounds for unbaptized babies which can be found all around the country.

    Women's Magazines

    Louise Denvir reports on the 'Modern Wife, Modern Life' Exhibition currently running at the DLR Lexicon in Dun Laoghaire, which charts changes in Irish society seen through the pages of women's magazines.

    Women in Irish Politics

    Claire McGing of Maynooth University and Conor Mulvagh of University College Dublin discuss the history of women's participation in Irish politics.

    Sunday 18th October

    The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 18th October 2015

    Lord Haw-Haw, Ernest Shackleton, Irish sporting heroes and doctors in WW1, Children of the Rising, Oscar Wilde's women

    Wilde's Women

    Writer Eleanor Fitzsimons joins Myles to talk about her new book 'Wilde's Women: How Oscar Wilde Was Shaped by the Women He Knew'

    Children of the Rising

    Louise Denvir with the family story of a child who died during the Easter Rising. Joe Duffy's new book on the subject is called 'Children Of The Rising - the Untold Story of the Young Lives Lost During Easter 1916.'

    Irish Sporting Heroes and Doctors in World War One

    A look at two new books that examine Ireland's connections to WW1. The authors share the stories of Irish sporting heroes and doctors who were involved in the conflict. Stephen Walker's book is entitled 'Ireland's Call: Irish Sporting Heroes Who Fell in the Great War' Joe Duignan is a co-author of the book 'Irish Doctors in the First World War'

    Ernest Shackleton

    Lorcan Clancy reports on Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (also known as the Endurance Expedition), which has gone down in history as one of the most impressive feats of maritime survival. Then, Kevin Kenny previews what's coming up at the Shackleton Autumn School, which starts this Friday 23rd October 2015 in Kildare.

    Lord Haw-Haw

    Mary Kenny talks about the life and death of William Joyce, who was better known throughout Britain and Ireland as 'Lord Haw-Haw' - the Third Reich's most notorious propaganda broadcaster.

    Sunday 31st May

    In Flanders Fields

    100 years ago this month, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote his famous war poem In Flanders Fields. To mark this anniversary, we tell the story of In Flanders Fields, the poem that immortalised the poppy.

    What did we eat in Ancient times?

    Liam Downey, former director of Teagasc and an Honorary Professor of Archaeology at UCD looks back at the variety of food consumed by our ancient forebears.

    Our Irish Heritage

    Excerpt from, a website which gives a voice to personal and local histories.

    Irish Famine Summer School

    Historian Ciaran Reilly talks about the extensive archive at Strokestown Park in Roscommon. It is one of the largest estate collections in existence with more than 50,000 documents. which gives a great insight into famine life. Caroline Callery gives details on the upcoming Irish Famine Summer School.

    Holidays for History Buffs

    Travel writer and history graduate Eoghan Corry recommends holidays for people wirh an interest in history

    Bunán Heritage Park

    Ronan Kelly reports from Bunán Heritage Park near Kenmare in Kerry where history is helping them to prosper and plan for the future.

    The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 31st May 2015

    Bunán Heritage Park, Holidays for History Buffs, Songs from the Swans at Coole, Irish Famine Summer School, Our Irish Heritage, What did we eat in Ancient times?, In Flanders Fields

    Sunday 24th May

    Churchill/Dev 1945 Exchange

    UCD historian Conor Mulvagh on Dev's reaction to Winston Churchill's victory speech after WWII in which he excoriated Dev for his conduct during the war.

    800 Years of Dromana

    Historian, Julian Walton on 800 years of Dromana House.


    Hugh Gough, Brian Cathcart and Jennifer Wellington discuss May's book club choice Waterloo - the Aftermath by Paul O'Keeffe.

    Left Handedness

    Lorcan Clancy talks to Riks Smits about the history of left handednes. Prof Brendan Kelly talks to Myles about the topic as well as attitudes to being homosexual in the world of psychiatry over the years.

    Sunday 17th May

    The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 17th May 2015

    The shrinking playground of Dublin; American Civil War pension files; Gillian O'Brien on her book 'Blood Runs Green'; the band Public Service Broadcasting; love letters and sexual politics.

    Sexual Politics

    Jennifer Redmond, lecturer in 20th Century Irish History at NUI Maynooth talks to Myles about courting habits, class, religion, emigration and prostitution.

    Love Letters

    Rachel Breslin speaks to author Maeve O'Riordan about the relationship of two young people from the landed class at the turn of the century, which was recorded through letters.

    Public Service Broadcasting

    Our reporter Lorcan Clancy found out more about Public Service Broadcasting, a London band that evokes the past by sampling sounds from old archive footage in their music.

    Blood Runs Green

    Myles is joined by Gillian O'Brien, historian and author of the new book 'Blood Runs Green: The Murder that Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago', about a notorious 19th century killing, and its impact on Clan na Gael and Irish nationalism in the US.

    Eamon De Valera's Tailor

    Bernard Lynch on his memories of his father, Joe Lynch, who was a tailor to Eamon De Valera.

    American Civil War Pension Files

    Orla Rapple reports on the impact of the American Civil War on Irish families, and what the war pension files tell us about the Irish-American experience in the 19th century.

    The Shrinking Playground of Dublin

    Katia Tikhoniouk on her research into the history of play and playgrounds in inner city Dublin.

    Sunday 10th May

    The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 10th May 2015

    Auctioneer Ian White, The Burberry Trench Coat, Workhouse Records, Home Shopping in the 18th Century and the Irish General Election of 1918.

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