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    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%.

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    The History Show Sunday 3 March 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 on this weeks programme American Civil War, Josef Stalin 60 years after his death, Pubs and places named after historic figures and Language Bites explains 'Plum Job'.

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    American Civil War

    Just under 200,000 Irishmen took part in the American Civil War, making it one of the most significant conflicts in Irish history. Hundreds of thousands more were affected away from the battlefield, both in the US and in Ireland itself. The Irish contribution, however, is often only viewed through the lens of famous units such as the Irish Brigade, but the real story is much more complex and fascinating.

    Despite this huge level of Irish involvement, little is known in their home country about their experiences. A large number of sites in Ireland are either directly connected with individuals who fought in the American Civil War or were centres of activity relating to the conflict.

    An American Civil War Trail is planned around the country in sites either directly connected with individuals who fought in the American Civil War or were centres of activity relating to the conflict.

    Local historians, James Doherty and Donncha O Ceallachain took Orla Rapple on the American Civil War trail in Waterford.

    Archaeologist Damian Shiels joined Myles in studio to talk about the Civil War Trail initiative as well as his new book Irish in the American Civil War (The History Press).

    Damian’s book highlights personal stories of those involved - from the Tipperary man who was the first man to die in the war, to the Corkman who was the last General mortally wounded in action; from the flag bearer who saved his regimental colours at the cost of his arms, to the Roscommon man who led the hunt for Abraham Lincolns assassin, what emerges in this book is a catalogue of gallantry, sacrifice and bravery.

    Details of Irish sites and people related to the American Civil War are available at

    The ultimate goal of the group is to erect plaques in places around Ireland associated with the American Civil War.


    Josef Stalin 60 years after his death

    Soviet ruler Joseph Stalin who died 60 years ago this week, has been ranked as the most evil leader in world history. He was General Secretary of the Communist Party from 1922 until his death in 1953 – and estimates of the total number murdered under his reign range from 10 million to 60 million.

    Stalin's legacy is still a contentious subject in Russia. The Volgograd Government's recent decision to officially re-name the city 'Stalingrad' on six days each year has renewed debate on the topic.

    Lorcan Clancy explored Stalin's cult of personality and his complicated reputation in Russia today.


    Pubs and places named after historic figures

    Wherever you are right now, you’re probably only a stone’s throw from your local pub and if it’s been there for a long time, it probably bears the name of the proprietor over the door. In more recent decades though, the trend among pub and club owners has been to call their establishments after historic characters – be they Irish patriots or international figures.

    Eoghan Corry came in to talk about this common trend. Among the examples he used were the historic associations with Copperface Jacks – the famous Dublin nightclub.

    Rhona Tarrant explored historic names in Galway and brought us a report.


    Language Bites

    Continuing her Language Bites series, Colette Kinsella explained the origin of PLUM JOB.

    Language Bites was made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

    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.

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

    Gallipoli 100 Information

    Gallipoli 100 Draft Schedule

    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.

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