The History Show

The History Show

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Sunday 2 January 2011

Personal Newspaper Ads

Some decades after the invention of the modern newspaper in 1690, people started placing personal ads and by the mid-19th century, they became a popular feature.

Historian and blogger, Juliana Adelman has been examining what sort of ads were appearing during this period here in Ireland. She joined Myles to share her findings and to tell us what they reveal about people’s lives and
attitudes during Victorian times.

Book Club:
The Murders at Wildgoose Lodge by Terence Dooley
(Four Courts Press)

On the night of 29-30 October, 1916, eight people were murdered by burning to death in a house known as Wildgoose Lodge in a remote part of County Louth. The perpetrators, who all belonged to a local agrarian secret society, were avenging three of their comrades hanged for a raid on the Lodge the previous April.

Following the murders, the local community closed ranks. For months, the authorities failed to arrest anyone. Then the state administration – in the form of Sir Robert Peel and Dublin Castle – took over. As a result of a combination of collusion, corruption, and the use of paid informers, eighteen local men were tried and hanged. At least half of these men were innocent.

Our guests who joined us to discuss this book were archivist, Catriona Crowe of the National Archives, along with criminologist and director of the Centre for Restorative Justice in Hibernia College John O’Keeffe and Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness who grew up close to where this notorious revenge killing was carried out.

Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty

Now – here’s a man full of some very interesting contradictions…..

He was born into a staunchly Republican family, yet ended up saving more British lives than any other single person during the second World War.

He was ruthlessly hunted by a Gestapo chief, yet he ultimately befriended the “Nazi butcher of Rome” and converted him to Catholicism.

History recalls him as The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican. But who was Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty?

Brian Fleming, author of “The Vatican Pimpernel” joined Myles to give us an insight into the man’s life.



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Presenter: Myles Dungan

Producer: Lorcan Clancy


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