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Language Bites

History Bites!

So much of Irish history is hidden away in the tiny objects we pass in the street every day:


in the bullet holes we barely notice all round Dublin’s inner city that tell so much about the 1916 uprising;

in the tiny, fragile coins we see on display in Collins Barracks that tell stories of blatant British monarchical propaganda and murderous adultery;

in the rows of Edwardian pamphlets, beautifully bound, that line dozens of shelves the Russell Library in Maynooth College that remind us how important it is to keep your wig well powdered;

in a square leather bingo card with holes in it that tell stories of the heartbreaking poverty people endured in the 1930s.


Over twenty episodes and twenty objects, History Bites! explores Irish history in all its colours, facades and manifestations. 


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The History Bites! series was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the television licence fee. The series was produced by Colette Kinsella and broadcast on The History Show on RTÉ Radio 1.

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