The History Show

    Sunday, 6pm

    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 3 March 2013


    The History Show Full Programme

    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 on this weeks programme American Civil War, Josef Stalin 60 years after his death, Pubs and places named after historic figures and Language Bites explains 'Plum Job'.

    Coming up on next week's programme

    To mark Family History Year, our genealogy experts will be answering your questions about tracing your ancestors.

    Email your family history questions to anytime this week.

    Or text 51551 during next week’s programme.



    American Civil War

    Just under 200,000 Irishmen took part in the American Civil War, making it one of the most significant conflicts in Irish history. Hundreds of thousands more were affected away from the battlefield, both in the US and in Ireland itself. The Irish contribution, however, is often only viewed through the lens of famous units such as the Irish Brigade, but the real story is much more complex and fascinating.

    Despite this huge level of Irish involvement, little is known in their home country about their experiences. A large number of sites in Ireland are either directly connected with individuals who fought in the American Civil War or were centres of activity relating to the conflict.

    An American Civil War Trail is planned around the country in sites either directly connected with individuals who fought in the American Civil War or were centres of activity relating to the conflict.

    Local historians, James Doherty and Donncha O Ceallachain took Orla Rapple on the American Civil War trail in Waterford.

    Archaeologist Damian Shiels joined Myles in studio to talk about the Civil War Trail initiative as well as his new book Irish in the American Civil War (The History Press).

    Damian’s book highlights personal stories of those involved - from the Tipperary man who was the first man to die in the war, to the Corkman who was the last General mortally wounded in action; from the flag bearer who saved his regimental colours at the cost of his arms, to the Roscommon man who led the hunt for Abraham Lincolns assassin, what emerges in this book is a catalogue of gallantry, sacrifice and bravery.

    Details of Irish sites and people related to the American Civil War are available at

    The ultimate goal of the group is to erect plaques in places around Ireland associated with the American Civil War.


    Josef Stalin 60 years after his death

    Soviet ruler Joseph Stalin who died 60 years ago this week, has been ranked as the most evil leader in world history. He was General Secretary of the Communist Party from 1922 until his death in 1953 – and estimates of the total number murdered under his reign range from 10 million to 60 million.

    Stalin's legacy is still a contentious subject in Russia. The Volgograd Government's recent decision to officially re-name the city 'Stalingrad' on six days each year has renewed debate on the topic.

    Lorcan Clancy explored Stalin's cult of personality and his complicated reputation in Russia today.


    Pubs and places named after historic figures

    Wherever you are right now, you’re probably only a stone’s throw from your local pub and if it’s been there for a long time, it probably bears the name of the proprietor over the door. In more recent decades though, the trend among pub and club owners has been to call their establishments after historic characters – be they Irish patriots or international figures.

    Eoghan Corry came in to talk about this common trend. Among the examples he used were the historic associations with Copperface Jacks – the famous Dublin nightclub.

    Rhona Tarrant explored historic names in Galway and brought us a report.


    Language Bites

    Continuing her Language Bites series, Colette Kinsella explained the origin of PLUM JOB.

    Language Bites was made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

    About The Show

    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.

    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.

    Our aim is to create informative, reflective, stimulating and above all, entertaining radio.

    So do join us on Sundays from 6.05pm for The History Show with Myles Dungan on RTÉ Radio 1.

    The History Show

    Latest Show

    The History Show on Twitter

    Schedule Open Schedule