The History Show

The History Show

Sunday, 6pm

The History Show Sunday 10 April 2016

The History Show

The History Show

Civil War Politics

Journalist Pat Leahy, sociologist Niamh Hourigan and historian Niamh Puirseil discuss the civil war divide in Irish politics, and whether or not it's still relevant today.

House Price Index since 1900

Economist Ronan Lyons talks about the rise and fall of Dublin property prices since the year 1900.

The Woman is Present: Women's Stories of 1916

Mary Moynihan, artistic director of Smashing Times Theatre Company on a new drama performance about the women of 1916, based on original testimonies and new Irish writing.

Civil War Politics

Why are Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael struggling to form a government? Is it tribal, ideological, or have the wounds of the civil war yet to heal? The parties represent the descendants of the Anti-Treaty and Pro-Treaty forces in the Irish Civil War.

This bitter episode in our history has been described as a war of "brother against brother" due to the comrades and family members who were killed by their own. Its legacy tainted the generations that followed, and poisoned relations between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. But can the animosity between our two largest politcal parties be explained away as simply as this?

Myles is joined by Pat Leahy, deputy political editor of the Irish Times, Niamh Purseil, a historian and author, and Niamh Hourigan, head of the Department of Sociology at University College Cork.

House Price Index since 1900

Tomorrow, will launch their quarterly House Price Report, analysing recent trends in the Irish property market. For the last few years, Daft’s resident economist Ronan Lyons has been working on a House Price Index stretching all the way back to the year 1900. It reveals a century of change in the Dublin property market, and gives a unique perspective on how historical, social and political events have impacted house prices in the capital.

The Woman is Present: Women's Stories of 1916

On Thursday the 21st of April, Smashing Times Theatre Company will host a day-long event at Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin called Echoes of 1916.  This will include an afternoon symposium asking the question 'What would an artist’s vision for Ireland look like today?' In the evening, there'll be a drama performance called The Woman is Present: Women's Stories of 1916.

Myles is joined by Mary Moynihan, Artistic Director of Smashing Times Theatre Company.

Click here for more information about this event.

Seminar on Hulluch - Saturday 16th April 2016

Last week on the show we heard about a gas attack that took place in April 1916 at the town of Hulluch in Northern France.

In the week Patrick Pearse declared the Irish Republic on the steps of the GPO in Dublin, the Irish Brigades of the 16th (Irish) Division suffered horribly in a gas attack launched by the Germans on 27 April 1916 at Hulluch, north of Loos in France. During April 1916, the Irish Division suffered 2,128  causalities; approx. 538 were killed, the remainder were to suffer chronic lung and breathing conditions for the rest of their lives.

To commemorate this tragic event, The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association in co-operation with Dublin City Library and Archive will present a one day seminar on 16 April 2016 in the Council Chamber of The City Hall, Dublin. The seminar begins at 10:15 a.m. and entry will be based on first come basis. For further details on the story of Hulluch and the seminar, click here to visit the website of The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association.

Sheehy-Skeffington School

On Saturday, the annual Sheehy-Skeffington School will take place in Dublin. Inspired by Francis and Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington, the event will explore human rights and social justice in the contemporary world, matched against the values espoused by that famous couple.

There are also a number of historical talks, including one by Lar Joye on a fascinating artefact known as 'the bullet in the brick' - that's a portion of brick embedded with a bullet, fired by the firing party which executed Francis Sheehy-Skeffington at Portobello Barracks this month in 1916.

The Sheehy-Skeffington School will be held this Saturday the 16th of April in the Ireland Institute at 27 Pearse Street.  Full details are available at

The History Show - Full Programme Podcast - 10th April 2016

Civil War Politics; House Price Index since 1900; Women's Stories of 1916

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.

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Presenter: Myles Dungan

Producer: Lorcan Clancy

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