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On this week's programme - The Crimean War; The Sinking of the 'cursed' ship HMS Wasp in 1884; and the revolutionary memoir of Irish republican Máire Comerford.
The Crimean War
During the Crimean War in the 1850s, Britain, France and Russia fought savage battles on the territory of modern-day Ukraine. It's a conflict that has parallels with the 2014 annexation of Crimea, and of course, the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. Then, as now, an aggressive Russia sought to expand its territory.
To talk about this, Myles is joined by Dr Paul Huddie, committee member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians, and Co-ordinator of the International Network for Crimean War Studies. He’s also the author of the 2015 book The Crimean War and Irish Society.
The Sinking of HMS Wasp
On the 22nd of September 1884, a Banterer-class gunboat of the British Royal Navy was wrecked off the coast of Tory Island, County Donegal. A local legend developed around this sinking, based on the idea that the ship – the HMS Wasp – was en route to evict Tory Island residents.
The legend suggests that this sinking was no accident – but rather the product of a curse, placed by Tory islanders on the men coming to remove them from their homes.
The historical events surrounding this episode form the basis of a new novel called The Cursing Stone, by Ballyshannon-based writer, Tom Sigafoos. Our reporter, Marc Mc Menamin, spoke to Tom and found out more. You can find more information about Tom's novel at his website tomsigafoos.com
This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the death of Máire Comerford, who could be described as the Jeanne d'Arc of the Republican cause. A committed Republican until her death, Máire’s dedication to the cause of Irish freedom knew no bounds. Cycling across Ireland on her trusty bike during the War of Independence, she never shirked her duties.
Like many of her comrades in Cumann na mBan, she opposed the Anglo-Irish Treaty, and took the anti-Treaty side during the Civil War. She saw action in the Four Courts and Hammam Hotel. She even managed to be caught on film coolly cycling down Sackville Street in the midst of battle.
But just who was this 'Unmanageable Revolutionary’? To discuss her life, Myles is joined by Hilary Dully, Editor of the recently published book On Dangerous Ground: A Memoir of the Irish Revolution by Máire Comerford, which is published by Lilliput Press.