The History Show

The History Show

Sunday, 6pm

The History Show Sunday 5 November 2017

The History Show

The History Show

On this week's programme: Assessing the life and legacy of Conor Cruise O'Brien on the centenary of his birth; We hear about the use of military tactics and the important role of intelligence in the Irish War of Independence; and David McWilliams joins us for some historical economics.

Conor Cruise O'Brien and Northern Ireland

Conor Cruise O'Brien and Northern Ireland

On the centenary of his birth, Stephen Kelly of Liverpool Hope University discusses the life and legacy of Conor Cruise O'Brien, and his attitude towards Northern Ireland.

Military Tactics in The Irish War of Independence

Military Tactics in The Irish War of Independence

Michael Collins once said ‘Whoever controls Dublin, controls Ireland’ – and he aimed to control the city through a combination of sophisticated military tactics, and, the gathering and careful use of intelligence.

Myes is joined by author Joe Connell. Joe comes from a military background -  he was once assigned to the 82nd Airborne division of the US army - and he brings that perspective to the tactics employed by Michael Collins and other rebel leaders in the Irish War of Independence. He also talks about the vital role of intelligence during the period. 

Joe Connell is the author of the book Michael Collins: Dublin 1916 to 1922 which is published by Wordwell. Joe will be giving a talk this coming Saturday, the 11th November at 4PM at the Cobblestone Bar in Smithfield. Click here for more information. 

Economics and History

Economics and History

Myles is joined by economist David McWilliams who gives a historical take on neoliberalism, the changing fortunes of Britain and the situation in Catalonia. 

The Kilkenomics Festival runs from Thursday 9th November to Sunday 12th November.  Click here for more information. 

Event - A Broken Tree

Event - A Broken Tree

An event is taking place this Saturday, the 11th of November, at The National Library on Kildare Street and the National Gallery on Merrion Square. It’s called A Broken Tree  - a series of talks and a concert celebrating the life and work of war poet Francis Ledwidge. Admission is free on a first come first serve basis – details are below. 

A Broken Tree Part One - Seminar and Book Launch

Saturday November 11th 2017 at 11 am. at The National Library, Kildare St.

Admission free on first come basis. For more information, e-mail  or call 01-603 02 00


John Quinn The Poet of the Blackbird : an illustrated talk by brodcaster and writer on the life and work of Francis Ledwidge

Dr Lucy Collins UCD Francis Ledwidge: Writing Landscape in a Time of War a talk about the poetry of Ledwidge.

Dr Nerys Williams UCD Community of the Black Chair: Encountering Hedd Wyn and Francis Ledwidge, will speak about the Welsh poet Hedd Wyn who was killed on the same day as Ledwidge and is buried very close to him in Artillery Wood Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium.

John Quinn will perform the Dublin launch of The Orchard Keeper (Shearsman Books) by the poet Susan Connolly. The poet will read from her new sequence of poems about Francis Ledwidge.


A Broken Tree Part Two

Francis Ledwidge Centenary Concert

Saturday, 11th November 2017

The Shaw Room,The National Gallery, Merrion Square,

Dublin 3.30pm Admission Free by pre booked ticket

To pre-book: Tel: 01-661 5133 Email:

A Broken Tree will feature artists celebrating the life and work of the Slane poetFrancis Ledwidge, killed at Ypres on July 31st 1917.

The composer Michael Holohan will bring together in one concert the ‘classical music settings’ of Ledwidge’s poetry. This promises to be an unique concert.

Louise Martyn, soprano and Annalisa Monticelli, pianist will perform Michael Head’s song cycle Over the Rim of the Moon (1919) and the song Desire in Springby Ivor Gurney (1918).

Michael Holohan, composer and pianist, will be joined by Hannah O’Brien, soprano and Rebecca Draisey- Collishaw, oboe and cor anglais in a performance of his new Ledwidge song cycle The Hills are Crying (2017).

The renowned Irish choir Anúna will perform a selection of Ledwidge settings by the composer and the choir’s musical director Michael McGlynn from their albums Behind The Closed Eye (2003) and Songs Of The Whispering Things (2017).

This event is supported by The Minister of The Department of Culture, Heritage and The Gaeltacht , The Louth County Council, The National Library,The National Gallery and The Welsh Government.

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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.

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