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    The World War 1 Roadshow at Trinity College Dublin

    ‘Europe Goes to War, Ireland’s Part’>
    10am-5.30pm, Saturday, July 12th, Trinity College Dublin
    Ireland’s part in the Great War will be explored through a series of events at a World War 1 Road Show at Trinity College Dublin on Saturday 12 July.    

    The World War 1 Road Show will feature a range of events including pop up talks every 15 minutes throughout the day as well as more in-depth lectures on the Great War. In addition, there will be other activities including theatre performances and music as well as a special World War One themed recording of Sunday Miscellany at 12 noon.   

    There will also be WW1 cooking demonstrations (hosted by Domini Kemp and Catherine Cleary), story telling for families, guided tours, poetry readings and  the ‘Last Cricket Match of Peace’. The Public Theatre will have soundproof booths where RTÉ Radio 1 will be recording family testimonies for broadcast in August. The day will conclude with the final Bugle call of the ‘Last Post’.     

    For a full list of events and to book your place for the Sunday Miscellany recording:

    Members of the public are also invited to bring along letters, medals, photographs and items of interest related to World War 1 to be catalogued and digitised by a team experts from the National Library of Ireland.   These will be uploaded to an online European archive which is being developed by Europeana (Europe’s digital library, museum and archive), in conjunction with Oxford University and with national partners across Europe in time for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war in 1914. It will be the first ever online European archive of private stories and documents from World War 1. This event is now booked out.    
    RTE Radio One is delighted to partner with the National Library of Ireland and Trinity College Dublin for this day of free events.

    The Irish and World War One

    This August will mark the centenary of the start of World War One. We will be commemorating this anniversary on The History Show with special programmes and short items telling the stories of Irish people who were involved in the war. We will also be examining what was happening here during these turbulent years.

    Do you have relatives who were involved in the First World War? We would like to hear their stories. Email:

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    As the multi-Oscar nominated Abraham Lincoln film comes to a screen near you, we talked about its portrayal of the man and how Hollywood has added to our knowledge of history.

    150 years ago this month, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation which made the abolition of slavery in the confederate states an official goal of the American Civil War.

    Stephen Speilberg's new film, Lincoln deals with the President's efforts two years later to formally abolish slavery in the United States.

    Steven Benedict, lecturer in film and Tom Plank, Chairman of Republicans Abroad Ireland previewed this film for us.

    Lincoln opens in cinemas nationwide this coming Friday, the 25th of January.


    Raising The Red Flag Over The Rotunda

    There's been a lot of talk about our sense of resignation in the face of austerity, rising job losses and apparently unending cutbacks.    While the Greeks and others have been out on the streets making a lot of noise, we've been staying at home taking it all on the chin.  But we weren't always like that you know!  Two days after the foundation of the Free State, on this very weekend in 1922, there was a dramatic expression of class anger complete with a red flag flag flying over a public building in Dublin city centre.

    Five years after the Russian Revolution, a large group of unemployed workers seized control of the building that's  now the Gate Theatre.    They raised the scarlet banner high in protest against what they said was the apathy of the authorities in the face of rising unemployment.  It was one of the more bizarre events of the Irish revolutionary period as we heard a piece which was written by historian Donal Fallon and read by David Herlihy.

    Donal Fallon along with Sam McGrath and Ciaran Murray is the author of Come Here to Me! Dublin's Other History (New Island)


    Historical Us Presidential Inaugurations

    Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States at a ceremony in Washington tomorrow.   The official theme will be Faith in America's Future to mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

    Deputy Editor of The Irish Times, Denis Staunton who will be at tomorrow's ceremony came in talk about some notable past inaugurations - among them, that of William Henry Harrison, the man who has the dual distinction of giving the longest inaugural speech and spending the shortest term in office.   He also talked about Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, among others.

    About The Show

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    We want to help explain ourselves to ourselves. We will search out fresh angles on familiar topics, seek out the unfamiliar and will not shy away from bizarre or controversial issues. Our ultimate goal is to make The History Show the primary port of call for those with an intense or even a modest interest in the subject. We want to entice the casual and the curious to join us in celebrating the past.

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