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The History Show Sunday 21 May 2017

The History Show 21st May 2017

The History Show 21st May 2017

This week, we remember the 'Saturday Night Massacre', when Nixon fired the Watergate Special Investigator; we hear about controversial Garda Commissioners of the past; we find out about Donegal Corridor in World War Two; Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington tells about her re-enactment this summer of her grandmother's 1917 US speaking tour; and Mary Russel on the creation of the first Irish OS maps.

Controversial Garda Commissioners of the Past

Controversial Garda Commissioners of the Past

With yet another week of discussion about Garda controversies, UCD’s Diarmaid Ferriter is here to take us through some of the most controversial Garda Commissioners of the past, and the scandals that brought some of them down.

The Story of Ireland's First Ordnance Survey Maps

The Story of Ireland's First Ordnance Survey Maps

May is the month when fair-weather walkers all around Ireland dig out and dust down their ordnance survey maps.  This week, in a column for The History Show, writer Mary Russell, tells the story of how the very first Ordnance Survey maps of Ireland – long before GPS - were created.

The "Saturday Night Massacre"

The "Saturday Night Massacre"

Comparisons have been made all week between President Trump’s firing of the FBI Director, James Comey, and Nixon’s firing of the Watergate Special Prosecutor, Archibald Cox, in 1973.  That incident became known as the ‘Saturday Night Massacre’.  Dr. David Fitzgerald, historian at UCC, is here to tell us more about that night in 1973, and to assess how relevant the comparisons are.

The Donegal Corridor

The Donegal Corridor

In World War Two, a four-mile stretch of Donegal played a small – but significant - role in the Battle of the Atlantic.  Reporter, and history teacher, Marc McMenamin reports on the so-called ‘Donegal Corridor’.

Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington

Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington

This time, one hundred years ago, the feminist and nationalist, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, was in the middle of a speaking tour of the United States, raising awareness of the Irish cause; and of the plight of her husband, the pacifist Francis Sheehy Skeffington who had been murdered during the Easter Rising – though he had no part in it.  This summer, her grand-daughter, Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington, will travel by ship to New York to following in her granny’s footsteps on that speaking tour.

Forthcoming History Events

Forthcoming History Events

Speaking Ill of the Dead at Hinterland Festival, Kells, Co. Meath from June 22nd-25th.  Tickets and full details available here.  

Centenary Commemoration for Michael Conroy June 9th

June 9th 2017 marks the centenary of the tragic death of Claremorris native, Michael Conroy in the Granite Mountain Speculation Mine Disaster in Butte, Montana, USA. Michael, born in Murneen South, Barnacarroll along with Peter Sheridan from Monagahan undertook a heroic act in attempting to rescue fellow miners that were trapped deep into the expansive copper mine of the North Butte Mining Company.  To mark the centenary of the tragic deaths of these Irish-American heroes, Michael Conroy and Pete Sheridan, relatives of Michael from the Claremorris area are arranging a special commemorative Mass in Barnacarroll Church on 9 June 2017 at 7:30pm, preceded by the unveiling of a replica of the memorial stone as erected in Michael’s memory in Butte, Montana. In addition, students at two local primary schools are undertaking projects on the North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917. With a total of 168 fatalities, it is still deemed as the worst hard-rock disaster in mining history.  For further information please contact Antoinette Keane on 087 9290835 or Jarlath Sweeney on 087 2439239.

Pléasc, Inverin from June 15-18th 

There is a series of events taking place in Inverin, Co. Galway, to commemorate a tragic accident there one hundred years ago.  A new monument will be unveiled to nine men who lost their lives after unwittingly bringing ashore a World War One mine.  For more details about the commemorative events in Inverin, Co Galway, click here.

The Country House Revived? at Dublin Castle running from June 19-21st

Terry Dooley writes: "This is an international conference, and as far as we are aware the first of its type to be held anywhere. It aims to highlight the revival of country houses in Ireland, UK and Europe over the last number of decades but also to highlight the continued issues in terms of survival.  For more details click here or here.

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.

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

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