The History Show

The History Show

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The History Show Sunday 21 October 2018

The History Show

The History Show

On this week's programme - the history of the Northern Ireland border, from partition to present day; the story of motorsport pioneer Rosemary Smith; and we look back at the Great Flu pandemic a century ago

Northern Ireland Border

Northern Ireland Border

In light of the ongoing Brexit negotiations, there's a lot of debate about the Northern Ireland border. We’re going to look this evening at the history of that frontier. 

Myles is joined by two guests, both of whom know the border very well, having lived beside it, and having researched its history. 

Author and journalist Darach MacDonald grew up in Clones, County Monaghan. He’s the author of the book, published earlier this year, Hard Border: Walking Through a Century of Partition. is published by New Island. 

Patrick Mulroe, lives and works in the border area in Monaghan. He’s the author of the book Bombs, Bullets and the Border: Policing Ireland’s Frontier, Irish Security Policy 1969 to 1978 which is published by Irish Academic Press. 

Rosemary Smith

Rosemary Smith

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's piece is about a photograph of a remarkable & pioneering sportswoman - motorsport pioneer Rosemary Smith

Rosemary's new memoir Driven is published by Harper Collins. 

The series Here's the Thing is funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the television license fee. 

Influenza Pandemic

Influenza Pandemic

The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and 1919 was the single deadliest disease in modern world history – it killed some fifty million people around the globe, four to five times the death toll of World War One. The Great Flu struck at a time when the War, and the events of the Irish revolution, were causing major upheaval in Ireland. 

To talk about this pandemic, its effect here and the global context in which it occurred, Myles is joined by two guests  Ida Milne is a history lecturer at Carlow College, and the author of the book Stacking the Coffins: Influenza, War and Revolution in Ireland, 1918 to 1919

Howard Phillips is Emeritus Professor of the University of Cape Town and a leading international scholar on the flu. 

Ida and Howard are speaking at a one-day conference this Tuesday on Ireland and the Great Flu, taking place at the Glasnevin Cemetary Museum. Click here for more information. 

Event - Ernest Shackleton Autumn School

Event - Ernest Shackleton Autumn School

The 18th Ernest Shackleton Autumn School is taking place in Athy, County Kildare, to celebrate the life and work of the great Antarctic explorer in the area of his birth.

It starts Friday the 26th of October, and runs over the Bank Holiday weekend, featuring talks from shipwreck hunters and maritime historians, and much more. 

Click here to visit the official website for more information. 

Event - Big Scream Festival

Event - Big Scream Festival

The 2018 Big Scream Festival starts tomorrow -  it’s a Halloween Festival with events taking place around the North Inner City right up until Halloween. 

Click here to view a programme of events. 

You can also follow the festival at the official Facebook page here. 

Event - Pioneering Women in Irish History

Event - Pioneering Women in Irish History

A conference on Pioneering Women in Irish History is taking place at the Corralea Court Hotel, Tuam, County Galway on Saturday the 3rd of November 2018

The day long conference discussing women from Galway, in their roles as suffragettes, artists, revolutionaries, labour activists both home and abroad. 

Click here to view the programme of events. 

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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