On Episode 30 of the Irish History Show we look at the Siege of Jadotville in 1961. John Dorney interviews Declan Power, whose book on the siege was recently adapted for the screen in a Netflix movie. The engagement took place during the United Nations intervention in the Katanga conflict in Congo-Léopoldville, in Central Africa. “A” Company, 35th Battalion (UN service) of the Irish Army ONUC contingent was attacked by Katanga Gendarmerie troops loyal to the Katangese Prime Minister Moise Tshombe. The lightly armed Irish soldiers, besieged in Jadotville (modern Likasi), resisted Katangese assaults for six days as a relief force of Irish and Swedish troops unsuccessfully attempted to reach the Irish.
On Episode 29 of the Irish History Show we look at the Anglo – Irish Treaty. The Anglo – Irish Treaty was signed on the 6th of December 1921 in London. The Treaty led to the establishment of the Irish Free State. It’s narrow approval by Dáil Éireann on the 7th of January 1922 would lead to a civil war. In this episode we will look at the negotiations leading up to the signing. We will also look at the content and some of the misconceptions that still surround it.
On this episode we compare and contrast the history of Irish and Scottish nationalism in the run up to the Scottish independence referendum. In the second half of the show, we look at new states in Europe that were created in the wake of the First World War and compare their experience to the Irish Free State.
On this episode, we discuss the landing of arms for the Irish Volunteers in Howth in 1914. We also discuss the Bachelor’s Walk Massacre that happened that same day. We were joined by Pádraig Yeates. Pádraig Yeates is a distinguished social and labour historian and the author of Lockout, the standard work on the great 1913 labour dispute. He is also author of the acclaimed A City in Wartime, A City in Turmoil and A City in Revolution.
On this episode the presenters are joined by Dr. Pádraig Lenihan to discuss population changes in Ireland in the Early – Modern period. Dr. Lenihan discusses the Plantations, the Cromwellian Reconquest, Scottish migration during the Williamite era, the famine of 1740 – 41 and the Great Famine of 1845 to 52.
On this episode the presenters are joined by Dr. David Convery to discuss a new collection of essays he has edited entitled ‘Locked Out: A Century of Irish Working – Class Life.’ The books features essays by Conor McCabe, David Convery, James Curry, Alan J.M. Noonan, Fiona Devoy McAuliffe, Donal Fallon, Sarah-Anne Buckley, Christopher J.V. Loughlin, David Toms, Sara Goek, Liam Cullinane and Michael Pierse.