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    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.

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    The History Show Sunday 31 March 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.

    On this weeks programme; April Book Club: On Another Man's Wound by Ernie O'Malley, Hitchcock's classic The Birds, Irish Easter Food Traditions and Language Bites.


    April Book Club: On Another Man's Wound by Ernie O'Malley

    ‘On the base of the Pillar was a white poster. Gathered around were groups of men and women. Some looked at it with serious faces, others laughed and sniggered. I began to read it with a smile, but my smile ceased as I read, ‘Poblacht na h-Eireann, the Provisional government of the Irish Republic – to the people of Ireland.’

    - Ernie O’Malley – O’Connell Street, Easter Monday

    When the Easter Rising broke out, Ernie O’Malley was a medical student in Dublin.

    As with so many Irish people he was profoundly changed by the execution of the leaders of the Rising and was an early recruit into the post-Rising Volunteers, later to become the Irish Republican Army during the war of independence.

    His memoir of that conflict, first published in 1936, is a classic account of guerrilla warfare in Ireland and the destabilization of British rule over a two and a half year period.

    It’s our April Book Club choice and joining Myles to discuss it were historians Diarmaid Ferriter and Conor Mulvagh and also, Elaine Sisson, cultural historian with the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology.

    On Another Man’s Wound by Ernie O’Malley has recently been reissued by Mercier Press.


    Hitchcock's classic The Birds

    50 years ago this week, Alfred Hitchcock’s film “The Birds” premiered in New York City.

    It was partly based on a novella by Daphne Du Maurier, but Hitchcock was also inspired by real-life stories of seabirds attacking a town in California. Depicting the famous scenes of violent bird attacks was technically challenging for the director and at times traumatic for the actors.

    Lorcan Clancy explored the difficulties involved in bringing the idea to the big screen.


    Irish Easter Food Traditions

    By the time this programme was broadcast on Easter Sunday evening, people around the country will probably have sampled at least one of the foods commonly associated with the day that’s in it.

    But what are the origins of our Easter food traditions and which ones have died out?

    Rhona Tarrant spoke to people in Kerry about Easter customs there and one of the Easter Sunday treats some older folk mentioned were boiled eggs.

    Restaurant critic of The Irish Times, Catherine Cleary talked about why boiled eggs were eaten – along with traditions around lamb, Easter cakes and of course, chocolate eggs.

    Catherine Cleary's History of Irish Easter Food


    Language Bites

    Colette Kinsella explores the origins of the phrase "to get off on a wrong foot".

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