The History Show

The History Show

Sunday, 6pm


Sunday 29th April

Marx Conference

Chandana Mathur give some details of an upcoming conference on Karl Marx taking place at Maynooth University.

What The British Did to India

Our April book club choice is 'Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India' by Indian historian and parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor. Myles is joined by Chandana Mathur, Dermot Dix and Kate O'Malley.

Columbia University Protests

Jonathan Creasy reports from New York on the demonstrations that took place at Columbia University in April of 1968.

Windrush Generation

Kate O'Malley talks to Myles about the Windrush Generation and the recent controversy surrounding them in Britain.

The History Show 29th April 2018 - Full Show Podcast

On this week's programme - the Windrush Generation; the Columbia University Protests of 1968; our April book club choice Inglorious Empire surveys two centuries of British misrule in India; and we preview a major conference in Maynooth on Karl Marx.

Sunday 22nd April

The History Show 22nd April 2018 - Full Show Podcast

On this week's programme: Should we celebrate 'Republic Day' as our national day?; The story of Willie Halpin's 1916 Rifle; A peek into the new publication 'The Cambridge History of Ireland'; And we look at the records of the New York Emigrant Savings Bank.

New York Emigrant Savings Bank

Catriona Crowe brings us the records of the New York Emigrant Savings Bank, which represent a wealth of historical and genealogical information about 19th century Irish emigrants.

Cambridge History of Ireland

Editors Jane Ohlmeyer and Tom Bartlett on the new four volume publication 'The Cambridge History of Ireland'.

Willie Halpin's Rifle

We investigate the story of Willie Halpin's Rifile, which he claimed he hid at City Hall during the 1916 Rising. Lorcan Clancy reports from City Hall, we hear from Hugo McGuinness, Councillor Nial Ring and Archaeologist Franc Myles.

Republic Day

Diarmaid Ferriter on the proposal to celebrate 'Republic Day' as a state event on the 18th April, the anniversary of Ireland becoming a Republic in 1949.

Sunday 15th April

The Conscription Crisis

Myles Dungan and guests Ciaran Wallace, Liz Gillis and Padraig Yeates discuss the Conscription Crisis of 1918.

Sunday 8th April

Father Joseph Mallin

Father Joseph Mallin was the last surviving child of an executed 1916 leader. He died recently at the age of 104. A Jesuit priest, Father Mallin lived in Hong Kong since leaving Ireland for missionary work in 1948. Liz Gillis joins Myles to talk about Father Mallin.

Maamtrasna Murders

Myles is joined by Niamh Howlin from the Sutherland School of Law at University College Dublin, who was commissioned to review the Maamtrasna murders case in 2015 by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

John Patrick O'Sullivan

Marc McMenamin reports on the story of John Patrick O'Sullivan, a key figure in the Irish counter espionage unit during World War Two.

1968 US Presidential Election

Liz Gillis shares audio from the RTÉ Archives which illuminates the generation-defining US Presidential election of 1968.

Russia and Diplomacy

Judith Devlin and Geoffrey Roberts give a historical perspective on the current diplomatic crisis between Russia and the west.

The History Show 8th April 2018 - Full Show Podcast

Diplomatic tensions between Russia and the west; The US Presidential election of 1968; John Patrick O’Sullivan, a key figure in Irish WW2 counter espionage; The 1882 Maamtrasna murders; and we remember Father Joseph Mallin.

Sunday 1st April

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

Lorcan Clancy visits the Irish Emigration Museum and speaks to deputy museum director Jessica Traynor and the museum's founder Neville Isdell.


Aidan O'Sullivan and Liam Downey talk about history of hurling, and in particular what archaeology can tell us about our national game.

Claudette Colvin - The Original Rosa Parks

Claudette Colvin is a native of Montgomery. Alabama and a civil rights pioneer. Colm Flynn met with Colvin at her home in New York, and she told him her story.

Martin Luther King

Clara Rose Thornton talkS about Martin Luther King's legacy, her own family's connection with King and the role of black pastors in the civil rights movement.

The History Show 1st April 2018 - Full Show Podcast

The legacy of Martin Luther King; the story of American civil rights pioneer Claudette Colvin; our national sport of hurling and what archaeology tells us about the history of the game; and we visit EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum.

Sunday 25th March

The History Show 25th Mar 2018 - Full Show Podcast

The Nigerian Civil War; The Trial of Ulysses; Irish Women and the Indian Independence movement.

Irish Women and Indian Independence

Kate O'Malley talks to Myles about the radical Irish women who got involved in the Indian independence movement.

The Trial of Ulysses

Jonathan Creasy reports on the story of how Ulysses became the focus of an obscenity trial, after it was first published in the early 1920s.

Nigerian Civil War

Our March book club choice is 'There Was a Country' by Chinua Achebe - it's discussed by Alan Titley, Victoria Showunmi and Stephen Hancock.

Sunday 18th March

Central Bank Archives

Catriona Crowe highlights some hidden gems from the Central Bank Archives.

Beyond 2022

Peter Crooks and Ciaran Wallace on the ambitious new project which is digitally recreating the Public Records Office at the Four Courts, destroyed in 1922.


John Borgonovo on the history of the notorious prison island, and Colm Flynn reports from Spike Island, known as 'Ireland's Alcatraz'

The History Show 18th Mar 2018 - Full Show Podcast

The History of Alcatraz; How 'Beyond 2022' is rebuilding the destroyed Public Records Office at the Four Courts; and highlights from the Central Bank Archives

Sunday 11th March

Frankenstein and Artificial Intelligence

Technology journalist Andrew O'Donoghue talks about the creation of the horror classic, and explains why the 1818 novel has a lot to say about the modern idea of artificial intelligence.

Lebanese Civil War

Rhona Tarrant reports from Beirut, and retired Army Officer Félim Gibbons speaks to Myles about the history of the conflict and the Irish Army's peacekeeping role in Lebanon.

John Redmond and Waterford

Pat McCarthy speaks about his new book 'The Redmonds and Waterford: A Political Dynasty, 1891 – 1952'

The History Show 11th Mar 2018 - Full Show Podcast

John Redmond's political legacy in Waterford; The Lebanese Civil War; Frankenstein and Artificial Intelligence

Sunday 4th March

The Women's Suffrage Movement

In this special episode we explore the history of the women's suffrage movement in Ireland, in the company of Margaret Ward, Linda Connolly, Claire McGing and Liz Gillis.

Sunday 14th January

The Woman is Present: Women's Stories of WWII

Mary Moynihan, artistic director of the Smashing Times Theatre Company talks about some of the extraordinary women who were involved in World War Two, and whose stories are reimagined in the theatrical performance 'The Woman is Present: Women's Stories of WWII'.

Maria Edgeworth's Letters from Ireland

Myles speaks to Valerie Pakenham, editor of the new book 'Maria Edgeworth's Letters from Ireland'.

The Alger Hiss Case

Colm Flynn reports from New York City on the notorious cold war case of Alger Hiss, who was accused of being a Soviet spy in 1948. Colm meets Alger's son, Tony Hiss, who talks about his memories of that time, and his continuing faith in his father's innocence.

The Tet Offensive

Myles is joined by Michael Coyne, a Vietnam veteran originally from Galway, who served as a crewman on a Patton Tank during the Tet Offensive in 1968. HIstorian and researcher Liz Gillis also joins Myles to share voices of witnesses and participants from the RTÉ Archives.

The History Show 14th Jan 2018 - Full Show Podcast

Remembering the Tet Offensive, 50 years on; the notorious Cold War spy case of Alger Hiss; the letters of Maria Edgeworth which span 60 years of Irish history; and remarkable women who were involved in the Second World War.

Sunday 7th January

Anniversaries Coming Up in 2018

Myles Dungan and guests discuss significant and interesting anniversaries coming up in 2018. The panelists are Katherine McSharry, Mark Duncan and Daniel Geary.

Sunday 31st December

Éamon de Valera

In this special episode, Myles Dungan and guests discuss the life of Eamon De Valera. From his origins to his disputed legacy, we explore the long and remarkable career of the most dominant political figure of 20th century Ireland.

Sunday 3rd December

Alfie - The Life and Times of Alfie Byrne

This essay on the life and times of 'The Shaking Hand of Dublin' Alfie Byrne is written and read for us by author Trevor White. His book 'Alfie, The Life and Times of Alfie Byrne' is published by Penguin.

John Hume in America: From Derry to DC

Reporter Niamh McManus speaks to author and filmmaker Maurice Fitzpatrick, and finds out more about the book 'John Hume in America: From Derry to DC'. The book is accompanied by a documentary film called 'In The Name of Peace'.

History Books as Christmas Presents

Full programme podcast for the 3rd of December 2017. Myles is joined by Paul Rouse, Alan Titley and Cathy Scuffil who share their picks for the best history books published this year.

Sunday 26th November

The History Show 26th Nov 2017 - Full Show Podcast

We discuss our November Book Club choice 'Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee'; how Germany remembers victims of the Holocaust; and Anne Chambers discusses her new book 'The Great Leviathan' about the life of Howe Peter Browne.

The Great Leviathan - Howe Peter Browne

Anne Chambers discusses the life of Howe Peter Browne, who is the subject of her new book 'The Great Leviathan'.

Germany - The Ways We Remember

Jonathan Creasy reports from Berlin on how the victims of the Holocaust are remembered in Germany. He speaks to Irish Times Correspondent Derek Scally and exhibition designer Ulrich Schwarz.

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee

To discuss our November book club choice Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - An Indian History of the American West, Myles is joined by broadcaster Richard Downes, Civil Rights Lawyer Kate Fitzpatrick and Military historian Paul O'Brien.

Roy Foster Public Interview

In this special extended podcast, Myles Dungan sits down with historian Roy Foster for a public interview at the National Library of Ireland. They discuss his life and work, Yeats, and how the Irish view history.

Sunday 19th November

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.

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.

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Presenter: Myles Dungan

Producer: Lorcan Clancy


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