Category: Podcasts 2016

The Irish and the Camino de Santiago: 800 years of history

Camino de SantiagoThis talk by Turlough O’Donnell marked the 800th anniversary of the connections between Dublin and the Camino de Santiago which was celebrated in 2016.

Turlough O’Donnell is chair of the Camino Society Ireland CLG and has walked many parts of the Camino.

Recorded at Cabra Library on 6 October 2016.


A City Divided: Dublin in the Civil War

Ferguson RaidIn 1922-23, over 200 people were killed and 3,500 imprisoned in Dublin as rival pro and anti-Treaty factions of the nationalist movement came to blows. John Dorney will talk about urban guerrilla warfare, prisons, executions and assassination during this tumultuous period.

Image: Ferguson Raid, from ‘Ireland’s Tragic Week’ a special supplement to the Irish Life newspaper, published on 14 July 1922

John Dorney is a historian and editor of the Irish Story website. His forthcoming book on the Irish Civil War in Dublin will be published by Merrion Press in 2017.

Recorded at Inchicore Library on 5 October 2016.


The other Connolly of 1916: Seán Connolly

Sean ConnollySeán Connolly was in command of the City Hall garrison on Easter Monday 1916. Hear the story of this Dublin Corporation employee, Irish Citizen Army captain and the first rebel to die in the Rising.

Donal Fallon is a historian with a particular interest in the history of Dublin. He is one of the founders and contributors to the “Come Here To Me” blog and has published widely on Irish history.

Recorded at Drumcondra Library on 29 September 2016.


The ’emergence’ of children and childhood in modern history

childrenOur modern conception of childhood as a time of education and innocence began to emerge in the eighteenth century, but it wasn’t until the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that such ideas influenced the lives of children of all classes in the western world.  How and why did this happen?

Marnie Hay is a historian and the author of Bulmer Hobson and the Nationalist Movement in Twentieth-Century Ireland (2009). Her current research relates to the history of Irish nationalist children and youth in the early twentieth century

Recorded at Terenure Library on 26 September 2016.


Richard O’Carroll: Labour and 1916

Richard O'CarrollRichard O’Carroll was a trade unionist and Labour Party councillor on Dublin Corporation, first elected in 1907. He was killed by Captain Bowen-Colthurst during the 1916 Rising and was the only elected member of Dublin City Council to be killed while on active service during the Rising.

Brian Hanley holds a PhD from Trinity College Dublin and has taught and  published widely on twentieth-century Irish history.

Recorded at Finglas Library on 26 September 2016.


Furnace of Futility: The Enigma of World War I

Somme &  Too Important for the GeneralsAllan Mallinson & Hugh Sebag-Montefiore in conversation with Jennifer Wellington
Historical debate about World War I now boils down to views: the “Blackadder”, Lions-led-by-Donkeys view of senseless carnage orchestrated by blimpish generals; or the view that the generals have been much maligned and actually achieved a stunning victory despite the enormous human cost. Here, in the Centenary year of The Somme, two eminent military historians offer their interpretations of the “war to end all wars”

Hugh Sebag-Montefiore is a journalist and historian. His best-selling books include Enigma: The Battle for the Code and Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man. Published on the centenary of the battle, his new book, Somme: Into the Breach, has received unanimously laudatory reviews.
Allan Mallinson is a former infantry and cavalry officer. He is the author of the Matthew Hervey series of novels and writes on defence matters for The Times and the Daily Telegraph. His latest offering, Too Important for the Generals, has been praised as powerfully-argued and polemical in its analysis of WW1.
Dr Jennifer Wellington is a lecturer in modern global history at UCD.

Recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle on 25 September 2016.


Blood and Sand: Suez, Hungary and the Crisis That Shook the World

Alex Von TunzelmannAlex Von Tunzelmann in conversation with Dr Baláza Apor
Blood and Sand is essential to our understanding of the modern Middle East, and the problems of oil, religious fundamentalism and international unity that still face the world today. It is a tale of conspiracy and revolutions, spies and terrorists, kidnappings and assassination plots, the fall of the British Empire and the rise of American hegemony. The fascinating cast of characters includes Nasser, Anthony Eden, Eisenhower, Khrushchev and Ben-Gurion.

Alex von Tunzelmann is the author of Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End; Red Heat and most recently Blood and Sand. She also writes Reel History, a weekly column about historical movies for The Guardian Film Online.
Dr Balázs Apor is Assistant Professor in the Centre for European Studies at Trinity College Dublin.

Recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle on 25 September 2016.


Ireland: The Autobiography: Eyewitness Accounts of Irish Life since 1916

John BowmanJohn Bowman in conversation with Patrick Geoghegan
Ireland: The Autobiography offers a fresh, vivid take on the last century of Irish life through a brilliant collection of eyewitness accounts and recollections. Broadcaster and historian John Bowman has spent years mining archives, diaries and memoirs to create a remarkably varied and intense mosaic of voices and perspectives. Collectively, they give us an image of Ireland unlike anything we’ve read before.

Dr John Bowman is a historian and broadcaster. Ireland: The Autobiography: Eyewitness accounts of Irish Life since 1916 is his third book.
Patrick Geoghegan is Professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin.

Recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle on 25 September 2016.


Stalin’s Personal Library

Geoffrey RobertsGeoffrey Roberts in conversation with Judith Devlin
Joseph Stalin was a voracious reader. Mostly he read government documents and the revolutionary classics but he also read Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Chekhov, Shakespeare, Cervantes and Balzac. By the time he died his library contained some 20,000 volumes. The books in Stalin’s personal library provide vital clues to what motivated his thoughts and actions. Geoffrey Roberts discusses the intellectual range behind the legendary monster.
Geoffrey Roberts is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the Royal Irish Academy and Professor of History and International Relations at University College Cork.
Judith Devlin is a senior lecturer in the School of History, UCD.
Recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle on 25 September 2016.


Hillsborough: The Truth

Phil Scraton and Adrian Tempany in conversation with Paul Howard
On 15th April 1989, 96 men, women and children who attended an FA Cup match in Sheffield never came home. Victims of criminal negligence and complacency, they died needlessly and what followed would compound the agony of their loved ones for decades. In April 2016, an inquest jury finally ruled that the victims were unlawfully killed. Hillsborough illustrated how the interests of ordinary people are marginalised when those in authority sacrifice truth and accountability to protect their reputations.
Phil Scraton is a criminologist, academic and author known particularly for his investigative workinto the Hillsborough disaster. He is Professor of Criminology in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast.
Adrian Tempany is a journalist, Hillsborough survivor and campaigner. He is the author of And the Sun Shines Now: How Hillsborough and the Premier League Changed Britain.
Paul Howard is a former sportswriter best known for his fictional creation, Ross O’Carroll-Kelly. Paul is a lifelong Liverpool supporter.
Recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle on 24 September 2016.


The Cultural Revolution 1962-1976

Frank Dikotter (c) Wilco van DijenFrank Dikötter in conversation with Isabella Jackson
After the economic disaster of the Great Leap Forward, Chairman Mao launched an ambitious scheme to shore up his reputation and eliminate his enemies. The stated goal of the Cultural Revolution was to purge China of bourgeois, capitalist elements by subjecting them to public humiliation, imprisonment and torture. This third volume in Frank Dikötter’s ground-breaking ‘People’s Trilogy’ is a devastating reassessment of the history of the People’s Republic of China.

Frank Dikötter is a Dutch historian and the author of ten books that have changed the way historians view modern China. He has been Chair Professor of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong since 2006.
Dr Isabella Jackson is Assistant Professor in Chinese History at Trinity College Dublin.
Recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle on 24 September 2016.


The Devils’ Alliance: Hitler’s pact with Stalin, 1939-1941

Roger Moorhouse Roger Moorhouse in conversation with Robert Gerwarth.
For nearly two years the two most infamous dictators in history actively collaborated with one another. The Nazi-Soviet Pact stunned the world. WWII was launched under its auspices and its eventual collapse led to the war’s defining and deciding clash. In The Devils’ Alliance Roger Moorhouse tells the full story for the first time, from the motivation for its inception to its dramatic end in 1941 as Germany declared war against its former parter.

Roger Moorhouse is an English historian and the author of three critically-acclaimed books: Killing Hitler; Berlin at War; and most recently The Devils’ Alliance, a fascinating study of the Nazi-Soviet Pact.
Robert Gerwarth is Professor of Modern History at UCD and Director of its Centre for War Studies. He is the author of The Bismarck Myth and Hitler’s Hangman: the Life of Heydrich.

Recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle on 24 September 2016.


Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport

Saul DavidSaul David in conversation with Keelin Shanley

On 3rd July 1976, Israeli Special Forces carried out a daring raid to free more than a hundred Israeli, French and US hostages held by German and Palestinian terrorists at Entebbe Airport, Uganda. The legacy of this mission is still felt today in the way Western governments respond to terrorist blackmail. Now, with the mission largely forgotton or even unknown to many, Saul David gives the first comprehensive account of Operation Thunderbolt.

Saul David is Professor of Military History at the University of Buckingham. He is the author of many books on military history and is a regular contributor to programmes on British radio and television.
Keelin Shanley is a journalist and presenter on RTÉ radio and television.

Recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle on 24 September 2016.


The Vanquished: Why the First World War failed to end, 1917-1923

Robert GerwarthRobert Gerwarth in conversation with Anthony McElligott.
For the Western allies 11th November 1918 signified the end of fighting which had destroyed a generation. It also vindicated the terrible sacrifices made in the defeat of the German, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires. But for much of the rest of Europe the end of World War 1 ushered in a nightmarish series of conflicts. In this gripping book, Robert Gerwarth asks us to think again about the true legacy of WW1.
Robert Gerwarth is Professor of Modern History at UCD and Director of its Centre for War Studies. He is the author of The Bismarck Myth and Hitler’s Hangman: the Life of Heydrich.
Anthony McElligott is Professor of History and Head of Department at the University of Limerick.

Recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle on 24 September 2016.


Commemorating 1916: Looking Back

G.P.O.Panel with Martina Devlin, Diarmaid Ferriter, Patsy McGarry, Ronan McGreevy, Margaret O’Callaghan and moderator Sarah Carey.
Despite the many dire warnings of the risks involved in the 1916 commemorations, the general consensus confirmed that Ireland had not only conducted them with dignity and gravitas but had also succeeded in igniting a public mood of pride and confidence as people streamed onto the streets to remember Ireland’s journey towards self-determination. How can we sustain the positive tone in future commemorations? Will Civil War politics provoke division and old enmities? A panel of distinguished experts examines the key issues.
Martina Devlin is a novelist and columnist for the Irish Independent. Diarmaid Ferriter is Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD. Patsy McGarry is Religious Affairs correspondent with The Irish Times. Ronan McGreevy is a news reporter with The Irish Times. He is the editor of Was it for This? Reflections on the Easter Rising. Margaret O’Callaghan is a senior lecturer at Queen’s University, Belfast School of History. Sarah Carey is a columnist and broadcaster.

Recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle on 23 September 2016.