The History Show

The History Show

Sunday, 6pm


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.

Sister Kate McCarthy

Catherine Fleming tells Myles about Sister Kate McCarthy, the Irish nun who was involved in the French resistance movement and was incarcerated by the Nazis.

Operation Green

Marc McMenamin reports on the Nazi plan to invade Ireland during World War Two.

Full Show Podcast - 26th April 2020

On this week's programme: The Nazi plan to invade Ireland during World War Two; the extraordinary life of Sister Kate McCarthy; and Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc investigates three century-old murders.

Sunday 19th April

Historical Activities During Lockdown

Liz Gillis joins Myles with some recommendations.

The Tunguska Event

Lorcan Clancy reports on the mysterious 1908 explosion over Siberia in Russia, an event which baffled scientists for decades.

Ireland's First Credit Union

To talk about the credit union movement in Ireland, Myles is joined by David McAuley, CEO of Donore Credit Union, Ireland’s first community-based credit union.

Here's The Thing - Magdalene Laundries

Julien Clancy reports, he talks to documentary filmmaker Steven O'Riordan about the hidden history of Ireland's Magdalene Laundries.

Restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral

To talk about the ongoing restoration of Notre Dame, and the building's long and storied history, Myles is joined by Dr Laura O’Brien.

Full Show Podcast - 19th April 2020

Topics include Notre Dame Cathedral; Magdalene Laundries; Ireland's First Credit Union; The Tunguska Event; and Historical Activities During Lockdown.

Sunday 12th April

Global Emergencies and the Environment

Atmospheric scientist Róisín Commane joins Myles to provide a historical perspective on how global emergencies affect the climate.

1964 Great Alaskan Earthquake

Colm Flynn reports, he speaks to Jon Mooallem - author of the new book 'This Is Chance!: The Shaking of an All-American City; a Voice That Held It Together'

How Ireland Shunned The RIC

Dr Brian Hughes on how the Royal Irish Constabulary and their families were shunned in Ireland during the War of Independence.

Full Show Podcast - 12th April 2020

How Ireland shunned the RIC during the War of Independence; the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964; and a historical perspective on how global emergencies affect the environment.

Sunday 5th April

Burning of Income Tax Offices

Historian and author Liz Gillis joins Myles to talk about the IRA operation in April 1920 to burn Income Tax Offices and RIC Barracks all around Ireland.

Peadar Clancy

Historian Cormac Ó Comhraí joins Myles to tell us more about this enigmatic revolutionary. Cormac is co-author of the book 'Peadar Clancy: Easter Rising Hero, Bloody Sunday Martyr'

1920 Hunger Strikes

Myles is joined by Dr William Murphy, lecturer in Modern Irish History at DCU, and author of the book 'Political Imprisonment and the Irish, 1912-1921'.

Full Show Podcast - 5th April 2020

The 1920 hunger strikes in Mountjoy and Cork City Gaols; The life and death of Peadar Clancy; and the IRA's destruction of Income Tax Offices and RIC Barracks.

Sunday 29th March

The War of Independence in Longford

Lorcan Clancy talks to Lanesborough local historian John Casey; and Liz Gillis tells Myles about the career of Seán Mac Eoin.

Beginning of the Border

Marc McMenamin reports from Donegal on the early history of the Northern Ireland border, and the Battle of Belleek and Pettigo in 1922.

Full Show Podcast - 29th March 2020

The early history of the Northern Ireland border; and the Irish War of Independence in County Longford

Sunday 22nd March

Tuberculosis and Public Health

To talk about how Ireland fought tuberculosis, Myles is joined on the line by Dr Anne MacLellan, Senior Medical Scientist at Connolly Hospital.

Denis Daniel Redmond - Video Pioneer

Colm Flynn reports from New York City - he talks to Mark Shubin about the Irish television pioneer Denis Daniel Redmond, who is credited with achieving the first video image.

Civil War Politics

Myles is joined by Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish History at University College Dublin.

Full Show Podcast - 22nd March 2020

Civil War Politics; the story of an Irish video and television pioneer; and how Ireland fought tuberculosis in the 1950s.

Sunday 15th March

Irish Pickers

Ian Dowling from the new TV series 'Irish Pickers' brings some of his historical collectibles into studio.

The Daughters of the First Earl of Cork

Ann-Maria Walsh tells Myles about her new book that illuminates the lives of women in a prominent 16th century family.

Here's The Thing - Dublin in the 1980s

Julien Clancy reports. He speaks to Una Sealy, who gives an 'artist's impression' of Dublin in the 1980s. The series 'Here's The Thing' is funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the television license fee.

The Killing of John Harrison

Dr Liam McNiffe, a historian and author talks about the circumstances surrounding the IRA's execution of an alleged informer in Leitrim in 1921.

Full Show Podcast - 15th March 2020

The execution of a Methodist farmer in 1921 Leitrim; an 'artist's impression' of Dublin in the 1980s; the 16th century lives of the daughters of the first Earl of Cork; and Dublin antiques dealer Ian Dowling.

Sunday 8th March

Women in Irish Sport

Dr Rachael Telford and Hayley Kilgallon talk about neglected histories of women in Irish sport - surfing and Ladies GAA.

How to Get this Podcast

  1. Download and Install Podcast Software

    You will have to download and install software to be able to subscribe to podcasts, and download the latest shows. There are a number of freely downloadable programmes that allow you to access podcasts. Some of the most popular applications are iTunes, Juice and Doppler, for a list of more options go to RTÉ is not resposible for the content of external websites or applications.

  2. Subscribe to this Podcast

    Copy the URL from below or from the address bar of this page and then insert it into your podcast software, look for an ADD or SUBSCRIBE option and follow the instructions. URL: Your software will automatically inform you of any new editions to the podcast without the need to subscribe again. If you have iTunes installed you can use this One Click Subscription.

  3. Listen to your podcast

    The podcast will be downloaded in mp3 format or mp4 if it's video, once the download is fully complete you can simply listen to or watch the programme on your computer, or transfer the file to a portable device (mp3 player, iPod etc) and listen to it at your convenience.



Contact the Show

Presenter: Myles Dungan

Producer: Lorcan Clancy

Ways to Listen

Radio Player