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The History Show Sunday 29 November 2015

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Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

One hundred years after Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity was first published, Myles is joined by science journalist Sean Duke to talk about the man and his genius.

Skibbereen: The Famine Story

Flor MacCarthy reports from Skibbereen on a new Famine Walking Trail, which takes visitors to existing sites and buildings in and around the town to hear the stories of actual events and real people. 

The Other 1916 - Outbreak in Connemara

Historian Fin Dwyer tells the story of one man’s fight to save the residents of Connemara during an outbreak of disease in 1916.

Websites about 1916

Katherine McSharry of the National Library and Mark Duncan of Century Ireland give us a rundown of websites that will be useful for people who want to explore and understand 1916.

TK Whitaker

As TK Whitaker prepares for his 99th birthday, Myles is joined by his biographer Anne Chambers to talk about the man whose life spans the history of the Irish state.

Wedding Photos

Social historian Jean Walker joins Myles to talk about her quest to track down wedding photos taken between 1916 and 1966, that also have a Meath connection.

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

'Einstein' is a term often used to describe someone with an outstanding intellect.  Indeed, Albert Einstein was acknowledged as a true genius in his lifetime and his theory of general relativity is recognized as one of the towering achievements of 20th-century physics. But 100 years after its discovery, how much do people actually know about the theory of general relativity?   Louise Denvir took to the streets to find out.

While the world of science celebrates the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, science journalist Sean Duke joins Myles to explain all.

You can visit Sean's blog at seanduke.com

Skibbereen: The Famine Story

Advances in technology are allowing us all to experience some very old stories in new and innovative ways. The latest example of this is Ireland’s first ever smart-phone app  - telling stories of the Great Famine.

It was the worst demographic disaster in 19th century Europe, and as it unfolded, horrific reports from the west Cork town of Skibbereen focused worldwide attention on the area - and the town became a byword for Famine. 

Skibbereen Heritage Centre has now created a unique Famine Walking Trail which takes visitors to existing sites and buildings in and around the town to hear the stories of actual events and real people. On the accompanying app we hear vivid contemporary accounts voiced by local actors and residents, including Jeremy Irons. 

Skibbereen native, Flor MacCarthy took the trail.

To learn more, visit skibbheritage.com

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The Other 1916 - Outbreak in Connemara

Over the next year or so, there’ll be no shortage of talk about the 1916 rebellion, the rebels and what followed.  So it could be pretty easy to overlook the fact that there was a whole other side of life happening here during that year that’s perhaps not so well documented.

In this piece from our occasional series 'The Other 1916', historian Fin Dwyer tells the story of one man’s fight to save the resident’s of Connemara during an outbreak of disease in 1916.

Websites about 1916

There’s a wealth of material out there about the events and the people of Easter Week, including many websites. Myles is joined by Katherine McSharry of the National Library and  Mark Duncan of Century Ireland to give us a rundown of websites that will be useful for people who want to explore and  understand 1916.

LIST OF WEBSITES MENTIONED

National Library of Ireland 

The National Archives of Ireland

Dublin City Libraries

Glasnevin Cemetery Necrology

Bureau of Military History

Military Service Pensions Collection

RTÉ Archives

Creative Centenaries

Decade of Centenaries - University College Dublin

Changed Utterly - Trinity College Dublin

Decade of Centenaries - Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Ireland 2016

RTÉ 1916

Century Ireland

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TK Whitaker

TK Whitaker is credited with pulling the Irish economy out of the doldrums in the 1950s.  He later became governor of the Central Bank and beat Michael Collins to be awarded the accolade of the Greatest Irishman of the 20th century.

As he prepares for his 99th birthday about a week from now and indeed, as the next governor of the Central Bank prepares to take up his post, we thought what better time to discuss this man whose life spans the history of the Irish state.   Myles is joined by TK Whitaker’s biographer, Anne Chambers

Wedding Photos

Social historian Jean Walker joined Myles to talk about weddings – or more particularly, her quest to track down wedding photos taken between 1916 and 1966 – with a Meath connection.

Margaret Byrne married Richard Clarke in Longwood church on September 19, 1919

Over the next couple of months, Jean Walker will be visiting different libraries around Meath and inviting people along to have their wedding photos scanned. (See below for locations and dates)

You can also e-mail your photos to meathweddingproject2016@gmail.com

LIBRARY LOCATIONS AND DATES

Oldcastle Library                      Saturday 5 December,    11AM - 1PM

Slane Library                            Saturday 9 January,       11AM - 1PM

Rathcairn Library                     Saturday 16 January       11AM - 1PM

Nobber Library                         Saturday 23 January       11AM - 1PM

Navan Library                          Saturday 30 January       11AM - 1PM

The History Show - Full Programme Podcast- 29th November 2015

Einstein's theory of general relativity; Skibbereen's famine story; Outbreak in Connemara in 1916; Websites about the Easter Rising; TK Whitaker; Meath wedding photos project

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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.

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

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Tin Whistles

Tin Whistles

Paddy Maloney And Sean Potts

3:43

Rather Lovely Thing

Rather Lovely Thing

Nick Cave/Warren Ellis

2:00

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