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On The Record with Gavan Reilly goes back in time to learn lessons for the future with Hidden Histories.

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On The Record with Gavan Reilly goes back in time to learn lessons for the future with Hidden Histories.

    Hidden Histories: The Murder of Michael Griffin

    Hidden Histories: The Murder of Michael Griffin

    A hundred years ago this weekend, three armed men lured a young Irishman from his home in Galway - days later his body was found in a bog having been shot through the head.
    His name was Michael Griffin, and he was just 28 years old.
    Keeping in mind the broader political picture in Ireland at the time one might be forgiven for thinking he was perhaps an IRA gunman but he wasn't -  he was a Catholic priest.
    In fact his strange death made it to the front of The New York Times and will even be commemorated this weekend in the west.
    So who was Fr. Michael Griffin?
    Gavan Reilly is joined by Donal Fallon for another episode of Hidden Histories to find out.
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    Hidden Histories: US-Ireland Relations

    Hidden Histories: US-Ireland Relations

    Not everyone’s so pleased with the result of the election in the U S - you might have seen Sammy Wilson, the DUP MP, tweet during the week that “Joe Biden is a parrot for Irish Nationalism and their falsehoods regarding the Belfast Agreement”, while a Tory backbencher highlighted “His Irish republican sympathies and ignorant comments on Brexit.”
    This is not the first time, in the long history of 46 US Presidents, that a man in office has caused fear on our neighbouring island. From Washington to Woodrow Wilson, London’s view of what Washington means for Ireland has long been documented.
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    Hidden Histories: Kevin Barry - The Ballad & The Boy

    Hidden Histories: Kevin Barry - The Ballad & The Boy

    What links Bjorn from ABBA, Paul Robeson, and Leonard Cohen?
    The answer is young Irish revolutionary, Kevin Barry, hanged a century ago on this day in Mountjoy Prison.
    The song he inspired would become one of the most enduring songs of Irish history, but how did it come to such international prominence, and was Barry really just a boy, as the song recounts, or a young man of committed ideas?
    Donal Fallon joins Gavan Reilly for another episode of Hidden Histories to discuss.
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    Bram Stoker & The Origins of Dracula

    Bram Stoker & The Origins of Dracula

    Imagine you find yourself in the private library of William Ewert Gladstone, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and you go leafing through his shelves and find a signed copy of a literary masterpiece by an Irishman.
    You might think James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw or Oscar Wilde but you'd be wrong on all counts.
    It’s Bram Stoker, who signed a copy of Dracula for the Prime Minister at a time he was hoping Ireland could finally be allowed to determine its own affairs.
    At this time of year, there is an awful lot of focus on Stoker’s work - a book which we all know a bit about, but which might actually draw heavily on Stoker's own mother’s tales of a nineteenth century pandemic in the West of Ireland.
    Gavan Reilly is joined by Donal Fallon for another episode of Hidden Histories to discuss.
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    Hidden Histories: Creating the Celebrity of Oscar Wilde

    Hidden Histories: Creating the Celebrity of Oscar Wilde

    This week marked the birthday of Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde, who was born at Dublin’s Westland Row and is today buried in the impressive Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris.
    An international celebrity and among the first such generation of stars, Wilde’s story is well known.
    But little known is the tale of how he launched himself onto the world stage - embarking on a year long tour of the United States in 1882. To him, “America is not a country, it is a world.” he said.
    Donal Fallon joins Gavan Reilly for another episode of Hidden Histories to discuss.
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    • 12 min
    Hidden Histories: Fergus McCabe & The Gregory Deal

    Hidden Histories: Fergus McCabe & The Gregory Deal

    The name ‘Fergus McCabe’ might not mean much to a lot of people, especially if you’re not a Dubliner but if you’re from the northside of the Liffey it’s a name that might matter a great deal.
    In fact northside residents like Mary Lou McDonald, Paschal Donohoe, Gary Gannon and even a man who lives in the Phoenix Park called Michael D. Higgins all paid tribute to him when his death was announced this week.
    His was a name which wasn’t widely known outside of his own community - Dublin’s North Inner-City - but he was a serious player in Irish politics in the closing decades of the twentieth century who was at the heart of the ‘Gregory Deal’ - a landmark moment in Irish political history.
    Donal Fallon joins Gavan Reilly for another episode of Hidden Histories to discuss.
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