The History Show

The History Show

The History Show Sunday 25 April 2021

The History Show

The History Show

On this week's programme: The history of the motorcar in Ireland; the life and dastardly scheme of Charles Ponzi; and the War of Independence in West Kerry.

The Motorcar in Ireland

The Motorcar in Ireland

It's been 125 years since the first motorcar trundled on to Irish shores. Originally a novelty for rich men, they quickly gained traction in Irish society. According to our first guest, the role of cars in a developing Ireland shouldn’t be underestimated.

Historian Leanne Blaney is the author of the book The Motorcar in Ireland: 1896 - 1939. The book is published by The Liffey Press.

Charles Ponzi

Charles Ponzi

Last week, the American financier and convicted fraudster Bernie Madoff died in prison at the age of 82. His was the largest fraud in Wall Street History – he swindled investors out of more than 60 billion dollars, in what is known as a Ponzi scheme.

The phrase 'Ponzi scheme' is named after Charles Ponzi – the Italian-American swindler whose money-making operation became a sensation a century ago.

Colm Flynn has been finding out more about Ponzi, he spoke to author Mitchell Zuckoff.

Mitchell's book is called Ponzi's Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend

War in the West

War in the West

In recent years, there's been a huge quantity of material written about the Irish revolutionary period, focusing on the local level – events and personalities in individual counties, towns and parishes. We’re looking now at new book which uncovers the hidden history of the War of Independence in West Kerry.

It’s called War in the West: 1918 – 1923 – The Struggle for Irish Independence on the Dingle Peninsula. The author is local historian Noel Ó Murchú.

The book is available here from Mountain Range Press.

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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