The History Show

The History Show

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Sunday 22nd September

Irish War of Independence - The Gathering Storm

On this week's programme, we present the first in a new series of episodes on the Irish War of Independence. Brian Hanley, Heather Laird, Daithí Ó Corráin and John Gibney join Myles Dungan to discuss how the war began, and how Dáil Eireann built and financed a new Irish republic.

Sunday 10th March

Full History Show Podcast - 10th March 2019

Jazz in Ireland; the story of Irishman John McGrath who was imprisoned at Dachau concentration camp; the new book 'The Invincibles' by the late Shane Kenna; and the assassination of British MP Airey Neave.

Assassination of Airey Neave

To discuss the life and death of Airey Neave, 40 years ago this month, Myles is joined by Stephen Kelly, Senior Lecturer in Modern History at Liverpool Hope University.

The Invincibles

Historians Ruan O'Donnell and Mícheál Ó Doibhilín discuss the book by the late Shane Kenna, entitled 'The Invincibles: The Phoenix Park Assassinations and the Conspiracy That Shook an Empire'

John McGrath

Marc McMenamin speaks to Tom Wall, author of the new book 'Dachau to the Dolomites: The Irishmen, Himmler’s Special Prisoners and the End of WWII'

Jazz in Ireland

Ruth Stanley joins Myles from Cork, to talk about her research on the history of jazz in Ireland, in the opening decades of the 20th century.

Sunday 3rd March

Full History Show Podcast - 3rd March 2019

We examine the newly released Brigade Activity Reports which shed light on the Irish War of Independence; we visit Berlin and recount the origins of the famous Bauhaus school of art; and we remember the late historian David Fitzpatrick.

David Fitzpatrick Remembered

The late historian David Fitzpatrick is remembered by historian Roy Foster, Dr Fionnuala Walsh and Professor Eunan O'Halpin of Trinity College Dublin.

The Bauhaus Turns 100

Jonathan Creasy reports from Berlin on the story of the Bauhaus, which was founded a century ago in 1919. He speaks to Dr Annemarie Jaeggi, director of the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin.

Brigade Activity Reports

The latest release from Ireland's Military Archives is discussed by Cecile Gordon, Catriona Crowe and Diarmaid Ferriter.

Sunday 24th February

Full History Show Podcast - 24th Feb 2019

We hear about the recently rediscovered archive of Commandment Joseph Barrett of the Mid Clare Brigade; memories of the Gentle Revolution at University College Dublin; and the extraordinary life of 18th century adventurer Buck Whaley.

Buck Whaley

David Ryan talks to Myles about his new book 'Buck Whaley: Ireland's Greatest Adventurer'.

The Gentle Revolution

Regan Hutchins speaks to Basil Miller, and Myles is joined by Una Claffey, to talk about UCD's 'Gentle Revolution'.

Joseph Barrett Archive

Historians Paul O'Brien and Robert Hartigan discuss the recently rediscovered personal archive of Commandment Joseph Barrett of the Mid Clare Brigade.

Sunday 17th February

Full History Show Podcast - 17th Feb 2019

The history of the single transferable vote; memories of the 1971 'Contraceptive Train'; and the story of the 1919 Belfast Engineering Strike which paved the way for a shorter working week.

Belfast Engineering Strike

Padraig Yeates joins Myles to talk about the 1919 strike which brought the city of Belfast to a halt, and paved the way for a shorter working week.

The Contraceptive Train

Julien Clancy speaks to Nell McCafferty about her memories of the 1971 'Contraceptive Train', and historian Jennifer Redmond joins Myles to talk more about this event and the modern history of contraception in Ireland.

The Single Transferable Vote

To talk about how and why Ireland embraced the single transferable vote, and why it’s still going strong a century on, Myles is joined by Elaine Callinan and David Farrell.

Sunday 10th February

Full History Show Podcast - 10th Feb 2019

Subjects include the Common Travel Area; the Liffey Ferry; the prison letters of Constance Markievicz; and a story of Irish Military Intelligence during WW2.

Luke Smith and Irish Military Intelligence

Marc McMenamin reports, he speaks to Luke Smith, whose father Luke P Smith worked for Irish Military Intelligence during WW2. Then, Marc joins Myles in studio to talk more about Smith and his recent book 'Codebreaker'.

Constance Markievicz - Prison Letters

Lindie Naughton joins Myles to discuss her book 'Markievicz: Prison Letters and Rebel Writings'.

Liffey Ferry

Lorcan Clancy reports from the historic Liffey Ferry which is being relaunched tomorrow. He speaks to former skipper Richie Saunders, Jimmy Murray of the Irish Nautical Trust, and new skipper Thomas Murray.

Common Travel Area

The history of the Common Travel Area is discussed by Piaras Mac Éinrí and Gavin Barrett.

Sunday 3rd February

More Than Concrete Blocks

Ellen Rowley talks to Myles about her book 'More Than Concrete Blocks: Volume 2, 1940–72, Dublin city's twentieth-century buildings and their stories'

Club Elizabeth

Julien Clancy talks to Jim Fitzpatrick about his memories of Club Elizabeth, a legendary Dublin nightspot in the 1970s.

Escape from Lincoln Prison

Mícheál Ó Doibhilín talks to Myles about the prison break of Eamon De Valera, Sean Milroy and Sean McGarry on the 3rd of February 1919. We also hear from Ian McGarry, a nephew of Sean, about his own family's involvement in the escape.

The Amritsar Massacre

Kate O'Malley talks to Myles about one of the most notorious episodes in the history of British colonial rule in India.

Full History Show Podcast - 3rd Feb 2019

On this week's programme - The Armitsar Massacre of 1919; Eamon De Valera's escape from Lincoln Jail one hundred years ago today; memories of halcyon days, police raids and dancing the night away at Club Elizabeth in the 1970s; and we look at some of Dublin's overlooked buildings and architectural history.

Sunday 27th January

Women in Politics and Public Life

Historian and curator Sinead McCoole and former Minister Niamh Breathnach discuss the exhibition running at Dublin Castle.

Thomas Moore Reimagined

Simon Morgan talks about the life of Ireland's 'National Bard' Thomas Moore, and his band 'The Moorings' perform the song 'Oft In The Stilly Night'.

Grace O'Malley

Anne Chambers talks about her recently republished book 'Grace O’Malley: The Biography of Ireland’s Pirate Queen 1530 – 1603'.

Full History Show Podcast - 27th Jan 2019

Anne Chambers on the 16th century feminism of Grace O'Malley and why she's an inspirational role model for 21st century women; The music, life and legacy of Ireland's National Bard, Thomas Moore; and one hundred years of Irish women's participation in politics.

Sunday 20th January

The First Dáil and The Soloheadbeg Ambush

We discuss the first meeting of Dáil Éireann, 100 years ago on the 21st January 1919. Also, we assess the significance of the Soloheadbeg Ambush on the same day in Tipperary - often cited as the opening shots of the Irish War of Independence.

Sunday 13th January

Dublin Markets

Ciaran McCabe and Orla Fitzpatrick preview their talks at the upcoming conference 'Buying and selling: Dublin's markets 1500 to the present'

Nano Nagle - The Life and the Legacy

Deirdre Raftery talks about her book about Nano Nagle, founder of the Presentation Order of nuns and a pioneer of Catholic education in Ireland.

They Shall Not Grow Old

Peter Jackson's film, and the practice of colourising and transforming historic footage is discussed by Lar Joye, Ciara Chambers and Orla Fitzpatrick.

Full History Show Podcast - 13th Jan 2019

We discuss Peter Jackson's film 'They Shall Not Grow Old' and debate the use of colourisation and other digital effects on historic footage; explore the life and legacy of Nano Nagle; and preview an upcoming conference on the history of Dublin markets.

Sunday 6th January

Full History Show Podcast - 6th Jan 2019

the story of America's deadliest school massacre in Bath, Michigan in 1927; How the Library of Alexandria, lost in antiquity, has been re-imagined for the 21st century; and the tale behind a handwritten letter from Samuel Beckett, which is housed in the Little Museum of Dublin.

Samuel Beckett Letter

Julien Clancy speaks to John Hughes about the handwritten letter from Samuel Beckett, which is on display at the Little Museum of Dublin.

The New Library of Alexandria and Cultural Recovery

A discussion on cultural loss - in Egpyt, Ireland and elsewhere. Myles is joined by Ismail Serageldin, founding director of the New Library of Alexandria, and historian Peter Crooks of Trinity College Dublin.

America's Deadliest School Massacre

Lorcan Clancy reports from Bath in Michigan on the Bath School Disaster of 1927. We hear from Bath resident Michelle Allen Burnett, a direct descendant of the tragedy, and author Arnie Bernstein.

Sunday 30th December

1918 General Election

Myles Dungan and guests discuss the pivotal Irish General Election of 1918. We hear from Elaine Callinan, Diarmaid Ferriter, Mary Muldowney and Niall Murray.

Sunday 25th November

Maamtrasna Murders

Margaret Kelleher talks to Myles about her new book 'The Maamtrasna Murders: Language, Life and Death in Nineteenth Century Ireland'.

Photographer Bill Doyle

Julien Clancy reports, he speaks to Anthony Farrell about the life and work of the late photographer Bill Doyle.

Oral History of North Inner City Dublin

Myles is joined by Aideen Leonard, Mary Kennedy and Sonya Shannon, all of whom have been recording interviews with local people in Dublin's north inner city, and collecting their experiences and memories.


Rhona Tarrant speaks to Thulani Mabaso, a former Robben Island inmate who is now a tour guide at the same prison.

The History Show 25th Nov - Full Show Podcast

This week ... one man's experience of the struggle against Apartheid in South Africa; An Oral History of Inner City Dublin; Photographer Bill Doyle remembered; and we look back at the infamous Maamtrasna Murders case.

Sunday 18th November

Explore Your Archive Week

Niamh Ní Charra and Catriona Crowe discuss Explore Your Archive Week which runs until next Sunday 25th November, with events taking place nationwide highlighting the value of archives.

An Immodest Proposal

Catriona Crowe shares an archive letter from the collection of suffragette Lucy Kingston - an 8 page marriage proposal from her suitor Samuel Kingston, which is remarkably frank in its discussion of sexuality.

U.S. Mexico Border

Jonathan Creasy reports from the Texas borderlands on the history of the frontier between Mexico and the USA.

Michael Collins: The Man and the Revolution

William Murphy and Anne Dolan discuss their new book 'Michael Collins: The Man and the Revolution'.

The History Show 18th Nov - Full Show Podcast

On this week's programme: Michael Collins - the man and the revolution; A look back at the history of the US / Mexico border; Catriona Crowe shares an 'immodest proposal' from the archives; and we hear about some of the events taking place for Explore Your Archive Week.

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Presenter: Myles Dungan

Producer: Lorcan Clancy


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