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On this week's programme - War, murder and memory in East Clare; the courtship and marriage of Charlotte Brontë; and one young man from Waterford's experience in the Spanish Civil War.
The Scariff Martyrs
Today is the 101st anniversary of Bloody Sunday in 1920. That was 24 hours of brutality in Dublin, with IRA assassinations in the morning, the carnage at Croke Park in the afternoon - and the killings at Dublin Castle late that night.
But earlier that week, newspapers were full of reports about another shocking event, which took place in County Clare. Four young men died at Killaloe Bridge, on Tuesday the 16th November 1920 - they were laid to rest on the Saturday. Like McKee, Clancy and Clune at Dublin Castle, the official story was that these men were "shot trying to escape". Their names today are not that well known - perhaps because their story was overshadowed by the events of Bloody Sunday. But their community in East Clare never forgot them.
Myles is joined by Oral Historian Dr. Tomás Mac Conmara. He’s the author of the new book The Scariff Martyrs: War, Murder and Memory in East Clare.
Charlotte Brontë is best known for her 1847 novel Jane Eyre – widely considered a literary masterpiece and a classic of romantic literature.
Her father, Patrick was an an Irish Anglican clergyman, originally from County Down, who spent most of his adult life in England, where he became the head of the famous Brontë literary family.
The story of Charlotte's own real-life romance is of course, not as well-known as that of her fictional heroine Jane Eyre. But now it’s the subject of two new books – a novel, and a work of non-fiction – both exploring Charlotte’s courtship with her intended groom - who was also an Irishman - and their honeymoon in Ireland.
Colm Flynn has been talking to the two authors of these complementary books and finding out more.
Pauline Clooney's novel is called Charlotte and Arthur, it’s published by Merdog Books.
And Michael O’Dowd’s book is called Charlotte Brontë, An Irish Odyssey: My Heart is Knit to Him – The Honeymoon. That’s published by Pardus Media.
From Suir to Jarama
Mossie Quinlan was a young man from Waterford, who joined the International Brigades, and fought in the Spanish Civil War. He lost his life in the fierce battle of Jarama in February 1937.
Mossie's life, his legacy, and his experience in Spain are explored in detail in a new book called From Suir to Jarama by Liam Cahill, who tells Myles about Quinlan's life and legacy.