The History Show

The History Show

Sunday, 6pm

The History Show Sunday 24 February 2013

The History Show

The History Show

Bringing the past to life! Discover how our world was shaped as Myles Dungan and guests explore events ranging from medieval times to the recent past

February Book Club: Strumpet City

February Book Club: Strumpet City

We’re already in year two of the so-called ‘decade of anniversaries’ and there is no doubt about which is the most significant centenary this year.

In August 1913, right in the middle of the Dublin Horse Show, tram workers who were members of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union abandoned their posts and went on strike. Thus began the 1913 Lockout.

It was a long and bitter conflict, often simplistically seen as a struggle between two men, James Larkin of the ITGWU and William Martin Murphy, newspaper proprietor, tramways owner and leading light of the Employers Federation.

In 1969 writer James Plunkett published his masterpiece, Strumpet City, with the events of the Lockout at its centre.

Is Strumpet City Ireland’s greatest historical novel?

Oral historian Mary Muldowney, Enda Leaney of Dublin City Libraries, and historian and journalist Padraig Yeates, discussed the book and the events of 1913.

Padraig Yeates is author of Lockout: Dublin 1913.

Strumpet City has been chosen as Dublin City Libraries’ One City One Book for 2013. A new edition published by Gill & McMillan will be available in bookshops on 1 March.

The One City One Book Festival runs throughout the month of April. Link to events here



UCC Conference

1-2 March 2013

UCC will host a two-day conference on the 1913 Dublin lock-out, and the role of labour during the ‘revolutionary decade’ of 1912-23 on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 March.

The event which is organised by the UCC School of History, in association with SIPTU, is free and open to all and is the second in a series of conferences entitled ‘Cork Studies in the Irish Revolution’, which are being organised by the School of History UCC to mark the ‘Decade of Commemorations. 1912-23’.


The Dolls' Hospital

The Dolls' Hospital

The Dolls’ Hospital has been a Dublin institution for over seventy years. Thousands of much loved dolls and teddy bears have passed through its doors in varying degrees of disrepair, to be returned to their owners as good as new after a short stay in the emergency ward.

Colette Kinsella explored the history of the hospital and some of the toys – including a doll caught up in the Easter Rising of 1916 (pictured with its owner, Gertie Kiersey). Every toy has a story to tell!

Prince Albert on College Green

‘Grey brick upon brick,

Declamatory bronze

On somber pedestals - O’Connell, Grattan, Moore…

And so begins the Louis McNeice poem ‘Dublin.’

Dubliners are familiar with the giants of Irish history through the statues which dot the streets of the city centre.

Over the years, some statues have fallen victim to attack – for instance, Lord Gough, Horatio Nelson and others are no longer with us.

But how many people know that the popular Henry Grattan statue on College Green is lucky to be where it is, as initially the plan was to place a statue of Prince Albert in that exact spot?

This upset Irish nationalists greatly, but as we heard in a piece written by historian Donal Fallon, the statue of Prince Albert survived and is still among us today.

Prince Albert On College Green appears in Come Here to Me! - Dublin’s Other History by Donal Fallon, Sam McGrath and Ciaran Murray (New Island books).

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

Tonight is Oscars night. It’s clear that this is a big year for historical films, with Argo, Lincoln and Django Unchained featuring among the nominations for Best Picture.

Perhaps the most epic of all the period pieces fighting it out for the coveted statuette is Les Misérables, an adaptation of the stage musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel and made by Tom Hooper, who swept the board in 2011 with The King’s Speech.

Many people know that Les Misérables has something to do with the French Revolution – but does this tell the whole story?

Dr. Laura O’Brien of Trinity College Dublin explained what Les Misérables tells us about one of the most turbulent and significant periods in French and European history.

About The Show

Bringing the past to life! Discover how our world was shaped as Myles Dungan and guests explore events ranging from medieval times to the recent past.

We want to help explain ourselves to ourselves. We will search out fresh angles on familiar topics, seek out the unfamiliar and will not shy away from bizarre or controversial issues. Our ultimate goal is to make The History Show the primary port of call for those with an intense or even a modest interest in the subject. We want to entice the casual and the curious to join us in celebrating the past.

Our aim is to create informative, reflective, stimulating and above all, entertaining radio.

Join us on Sundays from 6.05pm for The History Show with Myles Dungan on RTÉ Radio 1.

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