The History Show

The History Show

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The History Show Sunday 19 November 2017

The History Show

The History Show

On this week's programme - Catriona Crowe presents stories of revolutionaries in the latest release from The Bureau of Military History; How the common bed bug has survived and thrived over the centuries; To mark 'Explore Your Archive Week' we explore some of the gems in our country's archives; and we'll hear excerpts from an interview with rebel leader Frank Thornton about strategy and intelligence during the Irish War of Independence.

Military Service Pensions Collection

Military Service Pensions Collection

As part of our occasional series 'News from the Archive', archivist Catriona Crowe presents stories of revolutionaries contained in the latest release from the Military Service Pensions Collection.

These records and applications cover veterans, survivors and relatives of casualties from the Irish revolutionary period, and they add hugely to our understanding of events during this time. 

Click here to visit the website for more information and to search the collection.

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

The subject of this report may send a shiver down your spine, as it concerns that most reviled creature – the bed bug. Few words strike such fear in the minds of weary travellers, beleaguered home owners and urban apartment dwellers. 

One city that’s been hit particularly badly by the scourge in the last decade is New York City. Lorcan Clancy went to The Big Apple recently to find out more about the insect that’s been dining on us for many thousands of years. He speaks to author and science journalist Brooke Borel, who is the author of the book Infested: How the Bed Bug Infiltrated Our Bedrooms and Took Over the World.

Explore Your Archive Week

Explore Your Archive Week

This week, the 18th - 26th of November, is Explore Your Archive Week, and archival organisations around the country are showcasing hundreds of unique collection items and hosting talks, exhibitions and walking tours 

Myles is joined by Donal Fallon, who has been looking at the collection of Dublin City Library and Archives, and Ross Higgins, chair of the The Archives and Records Association, who are organising this week of events. We also hear from John Walsh from NUI Galway, who talks about the Conradh na Gaeilge archive recently acquired by the University.

Click here to see the full list of events taking place for Explore your Archive Week.

Frank Thornton

Frank Thornton

Historian and researcher Liz Gillis shares an interview she discovered in the RTÉ Archives with rebel leader Frank Thornton. In the interview, he speaks frankly about the tactics employed in the Irish War of Independence.

Events for UCD College Awareness Week

There are a number of historic and cultural events taking place at University College Dublin this coming week, as part of College Awareness Week 2017. See below for details. 

The History Show 19th Nov 2017 - Full Show Podcast

The latest release from the Military Service Pensions Collection; How the common bed bug has survived and thrived over the centuries; To mark 'Explore Your Archive Week' we explore some of the gems in our country's archives; and we'll hear excerpts from an interview with Frank Thornton, rebel leader during the Irish War of Independence.

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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Presenter: Myles Dungan

Producer: Lorcan Clancy


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