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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:

    The History Show Sunday 24 February 2013


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    Bringing the past to life! Discover how our world was shaped as Myles Dungan and guests explore events ranging from medieval times to the recent past


    February Book Club: Strumpet City

    We’re already in year two of the so-called ‘decade of anniversaries’ and there is no doubt about which is the most significant centenary this year.

    In August 1913, right in the middle of the Dublin Horse Show, tram workers who were members of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union abandoned their posts and went on strike. Thus began the 1913 Lockout.

    It was a long and bitter conflict, often simplistically seen as a struggle between two men, James Larkin of the ITGWU and William Martin Murphy, newspaper proprietor, tramways owner and leading light of the Employers Federation.

    In 1969 writer James Plunkett published his masterpiece, Strumpet City, with the events of the Lockout at its centre.

    Is Strumpet City Ireland’s greatest historical novel?

    Oral historian Mary Muldowney, Enda Leaney of Dublin City Libraries, and historian and journalist Padraig Yeates, discussed the book and the events of 1913.

    Padraig Yeates is author of Lockout: Dublin 1913.

    Strumpet City has been chosen as Dublin City Libraries’ One City One Book for 2013. A new edition published by Gill & McMillan will be available in bookshops on 1 March.

    The One City One Book Festival runs throughout the month of April. Link to events here



    UCC Conference

    1-2 March 2013

    UCC will host a two-day conference on the 1913 Dublin lock-out, and the role of labour during the ‘revolutionary decade’ of 1912-23 on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 March.

    The event which is organised by the UCC School of History, in association with SIPTU, is free and open to all and is the second in a series of conferences entitled ‘Cork Studies in the Irish Revolution’, which are being organised by the School of History UCC to mark the ‘Decade of Commemorations. 1912-23’.



    The Dolls' Hospital

    The Dolls’ Hospital has been a Dublin institution for over seventy years. Thousands of much loved dolls and teddy bears have passed through its doors in varying degrees of disrepair, to be returned to their owners as good as new after a short stay in the emergency ward.

    Colette Kinsella explored the history of the hospital and some of the toys – including a doll caught up in the Easter Rising of 1916 (pictured with its owner, Gertie Kiersey). Every toy has a story to tell!


    Prince Albert on College Green

    ‘Grey brick upon brick,

    Declamatory bronze

    On somber pedestals - O’Connell, Grattan, Moore…

    And so begins the Louis McNeice poem ‘Dublin.’

    Dubliners are familiar with the giants of Irish history through the statues which dot the streets of the city centre.

    Over the years, some statues have fallen victim to attack – for instance, Lord Gough, Horatio Nelson and others are no longer with us.

    But how many people know that the popular Henry Grattan statue on College Green is lucky to be where it is, as initially the plan was to place a statue of Prince Albert in that exact spot?

    This upset Irish nationalists greatly, but as we heard in a piece written by historian Donal Fallon, the statue of Prince Albert survived and is still among us today.

    Prince Albert On College Green appears in Come Here to Me! - Dublin’s Other History by Donal Fallon, Sam McGrath and Ciaran Murray (New Island books).


    Les Miserables

    Tonight is Oscars night. It’s clear that this is a big year for historical films, with Argo, Lincoln and Django Unchained featuring among the nominations for Best Picture.

    Perhaps the most epic of all the period pieces fighting it out for the coveted statuette is Les Misérables, an adaptation of the stage musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel and made by Tom Hooper, who swept the board in 2011 with The King’s Speech.

    Many people know that Les Misérables has something to do with the French Revolution – but does this tell the whole story?

    Dr. Laura O’Brien of Trinity College Dublin explained what Les Misérables tells us about one of the most turbulent and significant periods in French and European history.

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