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On this week's programme: The Garda Mutiny in 1922; a Welsh perspective on Frongoch internment camp; and the origins of Dublin's Natural History Museum.
The Garda Mutiny
One hundred years ago, the Provisional Government of the Irish Free State was getting to work, setting up new institutions that would serve the Irish people. For example, the country was going to need a police service.
On the 9th of February 1922, a meeting took place at the Gresham Hotel to set up the Civic Guard, later the Garda Síochána. Just a few months later, elements in the nascent police force mutinied at its Kildare Training Centre.
To get in to the reasons why this happened, and how the 1922 mutiny shaped the Garda Siochana into what it is today, Myles is joined by historian Dr Liam McNiffe. His 1997 book A History of the Garda Siochana is an in-depth study, tracing the history and development of the Guards.
Frongoch – A Welsh Perspective
Frongoch in Wales is known in Irish history as Ollscoil na Réabhlóide – the University of Revolution. The makeshift prison camp that housed Irish prisoners in 1916 became a fertile breeding ground for Irish rebel ideology. We're going to hear now how this history is remembered in north Wales - where the internment camp was located, and where a new museum dedicated to the history of the camp is being constructed.
Our reporter, Conor Sweetman has the story. He speaks to Mabon Ap Gwynfor, Member of the Senedd for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, and Alwyn Jones, the local man who is behind the museum initiative.
The First National Museum
We're going to look now at the history of one of Ireland’s most popular cultural sites – Dublin’s Natural History museum. Housing an intact 19th century scientific collection, it offers visitors a glimpse into the early years of natural history. You may know it as 'The Dead Zoo’ – but as we’ll hear, this institution is about much more than the display of static natural materials.
From the time it opened in 1857, Ireland’s first public museum served as an educational venue, frequented by ordinary citizens and visitors, as well as the leading figures in natural science.
A recently published book from Cork University Press –The First National Museum, Dublin’s Natural History Museum in the 19th century explores the institution's origins.
The author is Dr Sherry Murphy who joins Myles in studio.