The History Show

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The History Show Sunday 25 October 2015

The History Show

The History Show

Women in Irish Politics

Claire McGing of Maynooth University and Conor Mulvagh of University College Dublin discuss the history of women's participation in Irish politics.

Women's Magazines

Louise Denvir reports on the 'Modern Wife, Modern Life' Exhibition currently running at the DLR Lexicon in Dun Laoghaire, which charts changes in Irish society seen through the pages of women's magazines.

Children's Burial Grounds

Archaeology Professor Liam Downey talks about the many burial grounds for unbaptized babies which can be found all around the country.

The Other 1916 - Murder in Milltown

Historian Fin Dwyer tells the story of a murder trial in Milltown, County Kerry which took place in 1916.

Housing in Dublin

Joe Brady of UCD and Sean O'Leary of the Irish Planning Institute talk about the housing crises that have struck Dublin throughout the capital's modern history.

Women in Irish Politics

As the next General Election looms, equality is a talking point, as gender quotas aim to improve the balance of the sexes in the Dáil. It's a good time to look at the history behind women's participation in Irish politics. 

Myles is joined by Claire McGing, a lecturer in Political Geography at Maynooth University. She has researched the gendering of the early Irish party system, and women’s political roles during the first fifty years of Irish independence. 

We also hear from Conor Mulvagh, lecturer in Irish History at University College Dublin.

Women's Magazines

An exhibition currently running in Dun Laoghaire explores how the concept of an ‘ideal wife’ began to change in 1960s Ireland - a change that can be seen in the pages of women’s magazines. Louise Denvir went along and found out more.

The Modern Wife, Modern Life exhibition is currently running at the DLR Lexicon in Dun Laoghaire.  Click here for more details.

Children's Burial Grounds

All around the country, in deserted churches and graveyards, near ancient monuments and landmarks, there are burial grounds known as cillíní

These sites were used to inter those deemed ineligible for burial in consecrated ground - including stillborn and unbaptised children. 

Liam Downey is an Honorary Professor of Archaeology at University College Dublin. He has researched these cillín sites, and he joined Myles to talk about them. 

The Other 1916 - Murder in Milltown

This is the first in our occasional series called ‘The Other 1916’, where historian Fin Dwyer gives us a flavour of ordinary lives in extraordinary times. In this piece, he recounts the story of a murder trial in Milltown, County Kerry.

Housing in Dublin

Right now, this country and particularly our capital city are in the midst of a housing crisis.  It got us wondering – how have similar crises been dealt with in the past? And, what episodes in Dublin’s history parallel what’s happening today?  

To tease out some answers to these questions, Myles was joined by two guests who have looked at the growth and development of the modern city.

Joseph Brady is a lecturer at the school of Geography at University College Dublin, and the author of the book Dublin 1930 -1950: The Emergence of the Modern City

Sean O’Leary is Executive Director of the Irish Planning Institute, and he’s the author of a book called Sense of Place – a History of Irish Planning.  

The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 25th October 2015

Women in Irish politics; Women's magazines in the 1960s; Children's burial grounds; Murder in Milltown in 1916; Housing Crises in Dublin

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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Rather Lovely Thing

Rather Lovely Thing

Nick Cave/Warren Ellis

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