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Bringing the past to life! Discover how Ireland and our world was shaped as Myles Dungan and guests explore events ranging from medieval times to the recent past. Listen live Sundays at 6pm on RTÉ Radio 1.
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The long and radical life of Margaret Skinnider; the history of the Stasi and the suppressive regime in East Germany; and the 'Forgotten Fallen', National Army Soldiers who died during the Irish Civil War.
Margaret Skinnider

Margaret Skinnider

2020-05-2421:46

Myles is joined by Dr Mary McAuliffe, author of the first biography of the rebel, feminist, activist and schoolteacher Margaret Skinnider.
The Stasi

The Stasi

2020-05-2408:17

Marc McMenamin reports from Berlin on the Stasi, the East German secret police, and how Germans today reckon with a history of surveillance and suppression.
The Forgotten Fallen

The Forgotten Fallen

2020-05-2417:55

Historian James Langton talks about the National Army Soldiers who died during the Irish Civil War, who are profiled in his new book 'The Forgotten Fallen'.
The story behind the recovery of Caravaggio's masterpiece 'The Taking of Christ'; War of Independence era munitions still around today; and Joe Joyce on the history that underpins his new novel '1691'.
Eithne Hand talks to Myles about Percival and Marie Lea-Wilson, and the story of how Caravaggio's long lost masterpiece was re-discovered.
Lar Joye talks to Myles about century-old grenades and other munitions from the Irish revolutionary era, that are still being found today.
1691

1691

2020-05-1719:22

Author Joe Joyce talks about the history that underpins his new novel '1691' which centres on the Battle of Aughrim, the decisive clash in the Williamite War.
The inventor of the mobile phone; the 'Templemore Miracles' of 1920; Mary Robinson's Presidential campaign; and the history of women's soccer in Ireland.
Reporter Colm Flynn speaks to Marty Cooper, the man responsible for the creation of the mobile phone in the 1970s.
Templemore Miracles

Templemore Miracles

2020-05-1015:30

Tipperary historian Sean Hogan on the 'supernatural manifestations, accompanied by cures’ that attracted thousands of pilgrims to the Tipperary town in 1920.
Reporter Julien Clancy talks to photographer Conor Horgan about Mary Robinson's Presidential campaign in 1990.
Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer

2020-05-1012:00

Librarian Helena Byrne shares her research into women's soccer in Ireland, and particularly a seminal match played 50 years ago, on 10th May 1970.
Three Killings

Three Killings

2020-05-0347:47

In tonight's special episode, Myles Dungan investigates the stories of two branches of his own extended family, the McKennas and the Clintons, during the Irish War of Independence.
On this week's programme: The Nazi plan to invade Ireland during World War Two; the extraordinary life of Sister Kate McCarthy; and Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc investigates three century-old murders.
Operation Green

Operation Green

2020-04-2614:16

Marc McMenamin reports on the Nazi plan to invade Ireland during World War Two.
Sister Kate McCarthy

Sister Kate McCarthy

2020-04-2615:59

Catherine Fleming tells Myles about Sister Kate McCarthy, the Irish nun who was involved in the French resistance movement and was incarcerated by the Nazis.
Historian Dr Padraig Óg O’Ruairc shares his research on three killings that took place during the Irish War of Independence.
Topics include Notre Dame Cathedral; Magdalene Laundries; Ireland's First Credit Union; The Tunguska Event; and Historical Activities During Lockdown.
To talk about the ongoing restoration of Notre Dame, and the building's long and storied history, Myles is joined by Dr Laura O’Brien.
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