The History Show

The History Show

Sunday, 6pm

The History Show Sunday 20 December 2020

The History Show

The History Show

On this week's programme - The origins of airline food; The life of Saint Nicholas; Three centuries of Irish country furniture and furnishings; and reflections on the Irish railway munitions strike of 1920.

Food and Aviation

Food and Aviation

We've all experienced 'no frills’ air travel. But when air travel for the public began, it was an exclusive experience, open only to the elite who could afford it. And Pan American was the airline that most embodied the glitz and glamour of flying. 

A new book, Food and Aviation in the Twentieth Century: The Pan American Ideal, reveals the fascinating history of one of the most, if not the most luxurious airlines, Pan Am. The book focuses in particular on its gourmet food, which, as we’ll hear, was central to the carrier’s success. 

It’s a story told by former flight attendants, warts and all, and shows that there’s more to the so called ‘Golden Age’ of air travel than you might expect.  Myles is joined by the author, Dr Bryce Evans.

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Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas

Well, it's getting very close now. We’re all eagerly awaiting the visit of Santa Claus – or as he’s also known, jolly old Saint Nick. The historical figure of Saint Nicholas, from whom our friend in the North Pole draws much inspiration, is something of a fascinating figure himself. Colm Flynn joins us from Vatican City – to tell us more. He interviews Father John Wauck.

Irish Country Furniture and Furnishings

Irish Country Furniture and Furnishings

A new major publication from Cork University Press illuminates a whole way of life in Ireland which has almost disappeared. It's a social and cultural history of this country, told through the furniture, furnishings and other objects which defined Irish domestic life for centuries. 

The book is called Irish Country Furniture and Furnishings, 1700 - 2000

Myles is joined by the author, Claudia Kinmonth

Irish Railway Munitions Strike

Irish Railway Munitions Strike

In May of 1920, Irish railway workers started refusing to transport British weapons and forces. It was a crucial act of civil resistance in the War of Independence. 

This week marks one hundred years since that strike came to an end. On the 21st of December that year, the railwaymen met in the Mansion House and voted unanimously to return to work. In this piece, we hear a personal perspective on this event from Alex White

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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Come Fly With Me

Come Fly With Me

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