History as a non-compulsory subject ‘It is precisely this era where we need a sustained exposure to truth, to evidence’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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History as a core subject is being written out of history.  As of this September, it will no longer be a compulsory subject in secondary schools.  President Higgins has expressed his concern over this change, as has Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD, who joined Sean O’Rourke to explain why. Speaking of the diverse range of subjects …

Summer of Love‘The number of women with peculiar menstrual cycles in Ireland was greater than anywhere else in the world at the time.’

As heard on The History Show

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Sterling falling, deadlock in the North, the US carrying out bombing raids on another country, strife in the Middle East, protesters on the streets… Sound familiar? Sunday’s History Show wound the clock back fifty years to 1967 and the Summer of Love. Myles Dungan was joined by historian Kate O’Malley, archivist Caitríona Crowe and sociologist Niamh Hourigan to discuss, among …

The History Show“This is an investigator who is investigating the White House and he was just fired by the White House.”

As heard on The History Show

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When President Trump last week fired the Director of the FBI, many commentators made comparisons with the so-called ‘Saturday Night Massacre’ in 1973, when Richard Nixon fired Archibald Cox, the Watergate Special Investigator.  David Fitzgerald, historian at UCC, joined Myles Dungan on The History Show to explain what that crisis was about, and how accurate the comparisons with today’s White …

Beauty & the Beast‘This notion of fairytales as written for children’s readership… that’s a 19th Century construction’

As heard on The History Show

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Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast film set a new Irish record for box office sales, taking in over two million Euros in Ireland in its first weekend alone. It’s the much-loved story of how real beauty is found on the inside… or is it? On The History Show with Myles Dungan we discover that the original Beauty and the …

The Original Donnybrook Fair‘Like the Woodstock festival of Ireland… ‘Dancing and Flirting. Love-making took place publicly…’

As heard on The History Show

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Donnybrook Fair is today a well-known chain of upmarket food shops, but the original Donnybrook Fair in south Dublin was an annual horse fair that ran every August for over six centuries – on the site of what is now the Leinster Rugby grounds. On Sunday night’s History Show on RTE Radio 1, historian Donal Fallon told reporter Colette Kinsella …

Cornelius Magrath‘Being body-snatched, one has to assume that you haven’t consented to have your body on display.’

As heard on liveline

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With the arrival of the ‘Bodies’ exhibition at the Ambassador in Dublin, Joe Duffy has been taking calls on Liveline this week around the ethics of having such bodies on display. The timing of the exhibition also relates to Sunday night’s The History Show with Myles Dungan, on RTÉ Radio 1. Myles spoke to Brian Hand, from the National College …

Irish cadet at JFK’s funeral‘It was a haunting moment. Haunting.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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The assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy on November 22nd, 1963, sent shockwaves around the world. But outside of the United States, few countries could have felt the emotional impact of the assassination more than Ireland, as the President had visited this country only months before, in June, 1963. On one of the ceremonies he attended during that visit to these …