The History Show

The History Show

Sunday, 6pm

The History Show Sunday 22 April 2018

The History Show

The History Show

On this week's programme: Should we celebrate Republic Day as our national day?; The story of Willie Halpin's 1916 Rifle; A peek into the new publication 'The Cambridge History of Ireland'; And we look at the records of the New York Emigrants Savings Bank.

Republic Day

Republic Day

On what date should Ireland mark its independence day? On Wednesday night, an Taoiseach Leo Varadkar spoke at an event to mark the 69th anniversary of Ireland becoming a Republic, on the 18th of April 1949. 

He proposed that the 70th anniversary of that event next year, and the 75th anniversary in 2024, should be marked as state occasions. He also raised the possibility of a ‘Republic Day’ every year. 

The 18th of April is one idea, but there are of course a number of dates one could pick to mark Ireland’s ‘Independence Day’. To discuss this, Myles is joined by Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish History at University College Dublin. 

Willie Halpin's Rifle

Willie Halpin's Rifle

This is a story that raises the exciting possibility of an important artefact surviving from the 1916 Rising - an artefact which may have been hidden for over one hundred years at Dublin City Hall. It involves a man named Willie Halpin, who was from East Wall in Dublin. He was part of the Irish Citizen Army group that seized City Hall - an often overlooked site - which came under intense fire on the Easter Monday. Halpin told his family that he had thrown the rifle from the roof of City Hall into a narrow gap between two buildings.

Lorcan Clancy reports from City Hall in Dublin, he speaks to Hugo McGuinness of the East Wall History Group and Councillor Nial Ring

Then, Archaeologist Franc Myles joins Myles in studio to talk about the likelihood of the rifle being there, and the plans to retrieve it. Franc wrote a report on the topic -  Click here to view or download a PDF of Franc's report. 

Cambridge History of Ireland

Cambridge History of Ireland

The Cambridge History of Ireland is a new, four volume publication which covers almost 1500 years of Irish history. It offers a synthesis of scholarship from the seventh century to the present, and a fresh assessment of the state of Irish history writing at the turn of the twenty-first century.  Myles is joined by Jane Ohlmeyer and Thomas Barrett, who are both editors of the books. 

On Monday the 30th April, there will be a panel discussion featuring the editors and contributors to the project at the Trinity Long Room Hub. The event will be livestreamed online - click here to visit the page where the livestream will take place. The live video will also be accessible here on the Trinity Long Room Facebook page. 

New York Emigrant Savings Bank

New York Emigrant Savings Bank

Archivist Catriona Crowe is just back from a trip to New York – and tonight for our occasional series News from the Archive she brings us some records of the New York Emigrant Savings Bank. This collection is housed at New York Public Library, and represents a wealth of information about 19th century Irish emigrants, of great value to genealogy researchers and scholars. 

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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