The History Show

The History Show

Sunday, 6pm


Sunday 27th December

Full Show Podcast - 27th December 2020

We'll revisit the documentary 'Curious Journey', an oral history of Ireland's revolution; and Cormac Moore joins us to talk about the Government of Ireland Act of 1920.

Birth of the Border

To talk about the Government of Ireland Act of 1920, and the first steps towards partition, Myles is joined by historian Cormac Moore.

Curious Journey

Timothy O'Grady shares two stories of revolutionary veterans featured in the 1970s documentary 'Curious Journey', and Liz Gillis also joins Myles to talk about the importance of this documentary work.

Sunday 20th December

Full Show Podcast - 20th December 2020

The origins of airline food; The life of Saint Nicholas; Three centuries of Irish country furniture and furnishings; and reflections on the Irish railway munitions strike of 1920.

Irish Railway Munitions Strike

Alex White gives a personal perspective on the Irish Railway Munitions Strike of 1920.

Irish Country Furniture and Furnishings

Design Historian Claudia Kinmonth joins Myles to talk about vanishing social history she found within Irish farmhouses and cabins. Her new book is 'Irish Country Furniture and Furnishings, 1700 - 2000'

Saint Nicholas

Colm Flynn reports from Vatican City in Rome, he interviews Father John Wauck about the story of Saint Nicholas.

Food and Aviation

Bryce Evans joins Myles to talk about his new book ' Food and Aviation in the Twentieth Century: The Pan American Ideal'

Sunday 13th December

Full Show Podcast - 13th December 2020

The story of The Lifeboat Mona; The Burning of Cork; Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental shares his childhood memories; And the career and disappearance of bandleader Glen Miller.

Glenn Miller

Lorcan Clancy reports on the military career and disappearance of bandleader Glenn Miller, 76 years ago.

Tomi Reichental

Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental tells our reporter Conor Sweetman about his experiences during World War 2, and why he decided to speak out about them in recent years.

The Burning of Cork

Michael Lenihan talks to Myles about the Burning of Cork a century ago, one of the most infamous Crown Forces reprisals of the War of Independence.

The Lifeboat Mona

Colm Flynn reports on the real life tragedy that inspired the song 'The Lifeboat Mona'. He speaks to folk singer Peggy Seeger and lifeboat captain Murray Brown.

Sunday 6th December

Full Show Podcast - 6th December 2020

Electioneering and propaganda from 1917-1921; The intelligence war against the IRA during the Troubles; And the story of the two Irishmen who joined the Waffen SS.

Hitler's Irishmen

Reporter Marc McMenamin talks to Terence O'Reilly about the story of two men from Ireland who joined the Waffen SS during World War 2.

The Intelligence War Against the IRA

Thomas Leahy joins Myles to talk about the intelligence war Against the IRA during the Troubles.

Electioneering and Propaganda

Elaine Callinan joins Myles to talk about her new book 'Electioneering and Propaganda in Ireland, 1917-21: Votes, Violence and Victory'

Sunday 29th November

Full Show Podcast - 29th November 2020

We preview the new major TV documentary on the Irish Famine; tell the story of the enigmatic skyjacker D.B. Cooper; and open up the new book 'Women and the Irish Revolution'

Women and the Irish Revolution

Myles is joined by Linda Connolly, editor of the new book 'Women and the Irish Revolution: Feminism, Activism, Violence'

DB Cooper

Colm Flynn reports on the story of the enigmatic outlaw who hijacked a plane and stole 200,000 dollars from the US Government in 1971.

The Hunger

Professor Peter Gray joins Myles to talk about a few aspects of the Great Famine, and preview a new major TV documentary on the subject.

Sunday 22nd November

Bloody Sunday 1920

Myles Dungan and guests explore the events of Bloody Sunday. the 21st November 1920. We hear from Liz Gillis, Éanna de Búrca, James Durney, Fergus Sammon and Cathy Scuffil.

Sunday 8th November

Charles de Gaulle in Ireland

Grace Neville joins Myles to talk about the time Charles de Gaulle spent in Ireland in 1969, a story told in the new TG4 documentary 'De Gaulle in Éirinn'.

Sunday 1st November

Full Show Podcast - 1st November 2020

One hundred years on from his execution, we explore the life, death and legacy of Kevin Barry; and the story of the Tenters - the first housing scheme in a newly independent Ireland.

The Tenters

Maria O'Reilly talks to Myles about the history of 'The Tenters', the first housing development scheme in a newly independent Ireland.

Kevin Barry

We hear from Siofra O'Donovan and Eunan O'Halpin, two relatives of Kevin Barry who have both published books about his life, death and legacy.

Sunday 25th October

Full Show Podcast - 25th October 2020

On this week's programme - the links between cholera and vampire myths which influenced Bram Stoker; the republican oral history collection of Uinseann MacEoin; and a story from the Irish War of Independence in County Roscommon.

Irish War of Independence in Roscommon

Lorcan Clancy visits County Roscommon to meet Tommy Murray - who has researched his own family history during the Irish War of Independence.

Uinseann MacEoin Oral History Collection

Dr Tomás Mac Conmara talks to Myles about an oral history collection which sheds light on Irish republicanism in the first half of the twentieth century.

Cholera and Vampire Legends

Myles is joined by historian Mary Muldowney, who talks about how vampire myths were associated with cholera epidemics, and the European fear of vampires that fed into Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'.

Sunday 18th October

Full Show Podcast - 18th October 2020

We remember and pay tribute to the extraordinary life of Dr Margaret MacCurtain; and we hear about a new book on the history of women in Irish foreign affairs.

Women and Irish Foreign Affairs

Myles speaks to Dr Ann Marie O'Brien, author of the new book 'The Ideal Diplomat - Women and Irish Foreign Affairs, 1946 to 1990'

Margaret MacCurtain Remembered

We remember the distinguished historian, educator and human rights activist who died recently at the age of 91. Myles is joined by Sinead McCoole, Margaret Kelleher and Diarmaid Ferriter.

Sunday 11th October

An Alien Ideology

Dr John Mulqueen joins Myles to talk about his new book on how Ireland was perceived as a potential Soviet pawn during the Cold War.

Monumental Women

Colm Flynn speaks to sculptor Meredith Bergmann about the new 'Womens Rights Pioneers Monument' in New York's Central Park.

Against The Odds

Dr Sinead McCoole on a group of Salesian sisters who set up a school in Limerick at the height of the War of Independence in 1920.

Full Show Podcast - 11th October 2020

On this week's programme - The Salesian Sisters in War of Independence era Limerick; the first sculpture of historical women in New York's Central Park; and Cold War perceptions of the Irish Republican left.

Sunday 24th May

The Forgotten Fallen

Historian James Langton talks about the National Army Soldiers who died during the Irish Civil War, who are profiled in his new book 'The Forgotten Fallen'.

The Stasi

Marc McMenamin reports from Berlin on the Stasi, the East German secret police, and how Germans today reckon with a history of surveillance and suppression.

Margaret Skinnider

Myles is joined by Dr Mary McAuliffe, author of the first biography of the rebel, feminist, activist and schoolteacher Margaret Skinnider.

Full Show Podcast - 24th May 2020

The long and radical life of Margaret Skinnider; the history of the Stasi and the suppressive regime in East Germany; and the 'Forgotten Fallen', National Army Soldiers who died during the Irish Civil War.

Sunday 17th May


Author Joe Joyce talks about the history that underpins his new novel '1691' which centres on the Battle of Aughrim, the decisive clash in the Williamite War.

War of Independence Munitions

Lar Joye talks to Myles about century-old grenades and other munitions from the Irish revolutionary era, that are still being found today.

The Lea-Wilsons and The Taking of Christ

Eithne Hand talks to Myles about Percival and Marie Lea-Wilson, and the story of how Caravaggio's long lost masterpiece was re-discovered.

Full Show Podcast - 17th May 2020

The story behind the recovery of Caravaggio's masterpiece 'The Taking of Christ'; War of Independence era munitions still around today; and Joe Joyce on the history that underpins his new novel '1691'.

Sunday 10th May

Women's Soccer

Librarian Helena Byrne shares her research into women's soccer in Ireland, and particularly a seminal match played 50 years ago, on 10th May 1970.

Here's The Thing - Mary Robinson Photo

Reporter Julien Clancy talks to photographer Conor Horgan about Mary Robinson's Presidential campaign in 1990.

Templemore Miracles

Tipperary historian Sean Hogan on the 'supernatural manifestations, accompanied by cures’ that attracted thousands of pilgrims to the Tipperary town in 1920.

The Inventor of the Mobile Phone

Reporter Colm Flynn speaks to Marty Cooper, the man responsible for the creation of the mobile phone in the 1970s.

Full Show Podcast - 10th May 2020

The inventor of the mobile phone; the 'Templemore Miracles' of 1920; Mary Robinson's Presidential campaign; and the history of women's soccer in Ireland.

Sunday 3rd May

Three Killings

In tonight's special episode, Myles Dungan investigates the stories of two branches of his own extended family, the McKennas and the Clintons, during the Irish War of Independence.

Sunday 26th April

Investigating War of Independence Murders

Historian Dr Padraig Óg O’Ruairc shares his research on three killings that took place during the Irish War of Independence.

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Presenter: Myles Dungan

Producer: Lorcan Clancy

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