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    The World War 1 Roadshow at Trinity College Dublin

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    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: http://www.rte.ie/radio1/sunday-miscellany/

    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: history@rte.ie

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    On this evening’s programme, we’ll be discussing our History Show book club choice for May- ‘The Outer Edge of Ulster’ by Hugh Dorian. Historian Sinéad McCoole tells us about the Jackie Clarke collection and we mark the 90th anniversary of  end of the Irish Civil War.

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    The History Show Book Club- ‘The Outer Edge of Ulster’ by Hugh Dorian.

    Life in 19th century Donegal could be, to quote Thomas Hobbes, ‘nasty, brutish and short’. And that was at the best of times, in the most convivial places. The Fanad peninsula was neither. It is situated on the far side of Lough Swilly to the Inishowen peninsula.

    With much of the land owned by one of the most oppressive landlords in the country, William Sydney, the 3rd earl of Leitrim, the people of Fanaid, to paraphrase the words of Henry David Thoreau, ‘led lives of quiet desperation and went to the grave with the song still in them.’

    Except for Hugh Dorian, clerk, schoolmaster, whose ‘song’ was a fascinating memoir of the area through most of the Victorian period. His portrayal of Fanad from the 1830’s to the 1890s has finally been published, almost a century after his death, by Lilliput press, in an edition edited by Breandan Mac Suibhne of the University of Notre Dame, and Professor David Dickson of Trinity College, Dublin.

    It was our History Show book club choice for May and Myles was joined by historians Roisin Higgins, Arlene Crampsie and Ciarán Reilly.

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    The Jackie Clarke Collection

    Gertrude O’Reilly McHale, a history fan and a friend of Jackie Clarke  introduced this piece on the impressive collection of this important Mayo man.

    Jackie Clarke amassed more than 100,000 items spanning 400 years during his lifetime

    Many are of huge historical significance including artefacts associated with the likes of Wolfe Tone and Michael Collins as well as maps, posters, books, cartoons- all from various different periods and personal items from the leaders of the 1916 rising

    It’s perhaps the most important collection of Irish historic material and it’s gone on public display in Ballina Co Mayo

    To learn more about the collection, Myles was joined by Sinéad McCoole, historian and curator of the Jackie Clarke collection.

    For more information on Jackie Clarke and his collection you can go to http://www.clarkecollection.ie/

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    The 90th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War

    Like all civil wars, the one fought in Ireland in 1922 and 1923 was a bleak time for the country as it underwent a bitter struggle of conflicting ideologies.

    The eleven month long conflict pitted brother against brother and forged a long-lasting divide in Irish politics. The actions of the war’s leaders, Michael Collins and Eamon De Valera are still a matter of extreme disagreement. This week marks the 90th anniversary of the end of the conflict.

    Lorcan Clancy explored how this dark chapter of Irish history drew to a close.

    Myles was also joined in studio by historian Conor Mulvagh, who looked at the repercussions of this bitter conflict.

    Last programme in the current season

    This is the last programme in the current season. Don’t forget that you can listen back to past programmes by following the links at the top of this page.

    And you can keep up to date with events from 1913 by visiting Century Ireland

     

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