The History Show Sunday 8 October 2017
Australia State Visit
Yesterday, President Michael D Higgins began his official state visit to Australia and New Zealand. The visit is of particular personal significance to him, because he has hundreds of relatives in Queensland, in Australia – the result of members of his family emigrating there in the 19th century.
Myles sat down with the President recently at Áras an Uachtaráin, and he spoke about the variety of the Irish emigrant experience, the historical themes he’ll be covering on the trip, and, his own family connection to Australia.
Then, historian Jennifer Wellington of University College Dublin joins Myles in studio to pick out some stops of historic interest on the President's tour, and she explains the controversy over Australia's national holiday 'Australia Day'.
News from the Archive
Tonight marks the first in our new series ‘News from the Archive’, where we’re joined by archivist Catriona Crowe to illuminate some of the hidden gems in our country’s archives. This time we’re looking at the Chief Secretary’s Office Registered Papers, which are searchable on a new website from the National Archives.
The Chief Secretary’s Office was the equivalent of the Department of An Taoiseach today – it was the most powerful unit in the administration, and everything that happened had to happen under its supervision.
Catriona tells Myles about some of the hidden gems in the archive that reveal a lot about ordinary life in the 19th century.
Click here to visit the website, learn more and search the catalogue.
Coffee Culture in Ireland
If you’re listening to this programme in the kitchen, chances are you’ve put the kettle on to make an after-dinner cup of tea. Ireland is well known as a nation that loves an auld cuppa, but you might be surprised to hear that centuries before we fell in love with this ubiquitous brew, ours was an island of coffee drinkers. We had a rich coffee house culture that stretches all the way back to the mid-17th century.
Dedicated coffee lover Colette Kinsella spoke to food historian Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire to find out more.
Atlas of the Irish Revolution
The Atlas of the Irish Revolution is a new book which sets out to illuminate the revolutionary period, drawing together new research and a range of perspectives. The book, which clocks in at almost 1000 pages and weights a hefty five kilograms, literally maps the conflict in all its nuance and complexity.
Myles is joined on the line from Cork by two of the editors of the book, both from University College Cork. Mike Murphy is a cartographer at the Department of Geography, and Donal O’Drisceoil is a senior lecturer in history. Also joining Myles is archivist Catriona Crowe, who also contributed to the book.
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