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    Gallipoli 100

    The History Show and the organisers of the annual Hay Literary Festival in Kells have joined forces, to launch a commemorative event "Gallipoli 100", marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the ill-fated WW1 Dardanelles campaign.  All events will take place in the Church of Ireland, Cannon St, Kells.  It will run from the 24th to the 26th of April 2015, the centenary of the first landings by troops on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey.

    The three-day programme of events will commence on the evening of Friday, 24th April with the Francis Ledwidge Memorial Lecture, delivered by the distinguished Irish WW1 historian Philip Orr.

    Use the links below to view or download more information, and a draft schedule of events.

    https://static.rasset.ie/documents/radio1/gallipoli100-general-information.pdf

    https://static.rasset.ie/documents/radio1/gallipoli-100-draft-schedule.pdf

    The Irish and World War One

    DO YOU HAVE A RELATIVE WHO FOUGHT IN GALLIPOLI?

    Close to 15,000 Irishmen fought in Gallipoli during World War I.  Almost 4,000 of these soldiers died.   Three quarters of the fatalities served in the Volunteer 10th (Irish) Division.    This is a staggering fatality rate of almost 27%.

    Do you have an ancestor who fought with the Australian forces at Gallipoli?

    We’d like to include your stories in our special Gallipoli centenary programme in April. Please Email: history@rte.ie

    The History Show Sunday 24 February 2013

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    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

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    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

     

    THE CAUSE OF LABOUR: 1913 AND BEYOND

    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’.

    http://www.ucc.ie/en/history/labourconference/

     

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    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!

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    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).

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    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.

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    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.

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