The History Show Sunday 25 November 2018
It was 70 years ago that the system of Apartheid began in South Africa. The laws made white people officially superior, creating separate public facilities, transport and schools for the black majority. The policy only ended in 1994, the same year Nelson Mandela was elected the country’s first black president.
Rhona Tarrant has been speaking to Thulani Mabaso, a man who lived through the regime – he speaks about the long struggle to end Apartheid, and the role Ireland played in the fight. Mabaso is a former Robben Island inmate who is now a tour guide at the same prison.
And if you want to learn more about Ireland’s connections to South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Exhibition is running at Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin until January.
Oral History of North Inner City Dublin
For the last 10 weeks, an oral history course has been run out of Charleville Library in Dublin’s north inner city. Supported by the North East Inner City Initiative and Dublin City Council, it was open to residents from that area of the city.
The project focuses on the collection of oral testimony, memories, and life experiences of people born into the area, or who have spent much of their lives in that part of our capital city.
Myles is joined in studio by three guests – Aideen Leonard, Mary Kennedy and Sonya Shannon, all of whom have been recording interviews with local people, and collecting their experiences and memories.
Photographer Bill Doyle
In our occasional series Here’s the Thing, Julien Clancy uncovers the stories behind some of the objects on display in the Little Museum of Dublin. Tonight he’s looking at a series of photographs from one of Ireland’s most acclaimed photographers, the late Bill Doyle.
Bill is remembered in this piece by his friend Anthony Farrell, the founder of the Lilliput Press, which publishes two collections of Doyle’s work. Click here for details of those publications.
It’s 136 years this month since the sentencing of Myles Joyce - who was convicted in 1882 for the infamous Maamtrasna murders. Myles Joyce, or Maolra Seoighe as he would have called himself, was posthumously pardoned by President Higgins earlier this year.
Myles is joined in studio by Professor Margaret Kelleher of University College Dublin. She’s the author of the new book The Maamtrasna Murders: Language, Life and Death in Nineteenth Century Ireland. It's published by University College Dublin Press.
Margaret will be doing a free evening talk on the subject at the Rosanne Clear Lecture Theatre at GMIT in Castlebar, on the Monday 3rd December 2018, at 8PM – all are welcome.
Event - Out Of The Ashes
A lecture series is starting at Trinity College Dublin, it’s called Out of The Ashes, and it welcomes to Dublin world-leading experts on cultural loss.
The first, free public lecture in the series comes from Ismail Serageldin, the founding director of the New Library of Alexandria in Egypt. He’ll be speaking on about reimagining the ancient library, which was lost to antiquity, for the 21st century. That’s at 6:30PM on Monday 26th November in the Thomas Davis theatre in Trinity. Click here for full details on the lecture series.
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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.
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