Dublin Festival of History Podcast
Podcasts from the Dublin Festival of History, brought to you by Dublin City Council
The Dublin Festival of History is an annual free Festival, brought to you by Dublin City Council, and organised by Dublin City Libraries. The Festival has gained a reputation for attracting best-selling Irish and interna
Great Irish Speeches
Season 2019, Ep. 5
In this episode from the 2019 Festival, historians Catriona Crowe and Donal Fallon present a selection of Great Irish Speeches, all of which have had a remarkable impact on the course of Irish and world history.The speeches are performed by actors Cathy Belton and Bryan Murray. Recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle, on 19th October 2019.
Season 2019, Ep. 4
The Crusades - the sequence of religious wars fought between the late eleventh century and late medieval periods. Crusading armies from European Christian states attempted to wrest the Holy Land from Islamic rule in wars which have left an enduring imprint on relations between the Muslim world and the West to this day. Hear tales soaked in Islamic, Christian and Jewish blood, peopled by extraordinary characters, and characterised by both low ambition and high principle.In this episode from the 2019 Festival, Dan Jones, best-selling chronicler of the Middle Ages, writer, historian and TV presenter, talks about his book Crusaders with Trinity College Dublin historian Dr Conor Kostick, who has himself written about the crusades. Recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle, on 19th October 2019.
Republic of Shame
Season 2019, Ep. 3
Until recently, the Catholic Church, in concert with the Irish state, operated a network of institutions for the concealment, punishment and exploitation of ‘fallen women’. In the Magdalene laundries, girls and women were incarcerated and condemned to servitude. And in the mother-and-baby homes, women who had become pregnant out of wedlock were hidden from view, and in most cases their babies were adopted – sometimes illegally.In this episode from the 2019 Festival, journalist Caelainn Hogan talks about her book Republic Of Shame: Stories from Ireland’s institutions for ‘Fallen Women’ with Terri Harrison and Peter Mulryan. The moderator is Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley and the episode was recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle, on 18th October 2019.
The Hitler Years
Season 2019, Ep. 2
In 1933, Adolf Hitler was appointed the German Chancellor of a coalition government. In a few months he installed a dictatorship, jailing and killing his left-wing opponents, terrorising the rest of the population and driving Jews out of public life. After the grim years of the Great Depression, Germany was reborn as a brutal and determined European power intent on avenging the mythical ‘stab in the back’ of 1918.In this episode from the 2019 Festival, historian Professor Frank McDonough talks about his book The Hitler Years, the first in a new two volume history of the Third Reich. The moderator is historian Dr Jennifer Wellington and the episode was recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle, on 18th October 2019.
The Irish War of Independence
Season 2019, Ep. 1
On 21st January 1919, the Soloheadbeg ambush in Tipperary set in train the Irish War of Independence which would lead in July 1921 to the Truce and then the Treaty setting up the Irish Free State. The actions of the poorly armed IRA succeeded where previous generations had failed in securing the end of British rule, albeit not in all of Ireland.Was the war justified? Could Irish independence have been achieved by peaceful means? How should the war be remembered?Historians Anne Dolan, John Dorney, and Diarmaid Ferriter discuss Ireland's War of Independence, chaired by journalist and author Ronan McGreevy. It was recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle, on 18th October 2019, and we join the conversation with Ronan McGreevy asking about perceptions of the conflict.
The Race to Save the Romanovs
Season 2018, Ep. 6
In this episode Helen Rappaport talks about The Race to Save the Romanovs, with moderator Zuleika Rodgers, recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle, on 7th October 2018.