80 episodes

This unique and lively history show delves into some of the world's most important political, social and cultural events and the intriguing personalities behind them.

Presented by Dr Patrick Geoghegan of Trinity College Dublin, Talking History unravels the gritty, sometimes uncomfortable, side of our past, and what we can learn from it.

Talking History with Patrick Geoghegan Newstalk

    • History
    • 4.4 • 149 Ratings

This unique and lively history show delves into some of the world's most important political, social and cultural events and the intriguing personalities behind them.

Presented by Dr Patrick Geoghegan of Trinity College Dublin, Talking History unravels the gritty, sometimes uncomfortable, side of our past, and what we can learn from it.

    The History of the Foundation of The Irish State

    The History of the Foundation of The Irish State

    UCD will host a national conference to mark the 100th anniversary of the new Irish state coming into effect on the 6th December 1922. It will explore the process of state formation amid an ongoing civil war and uncertainty over the future of the border with Northern Ireland. Leading academics will also discuss the evolution of the institutions of the state. Joining Dr Patrick Geoghegan to discuss this is: Dr Conor Mulvagh who lectures in the School of History at UCD with special responsibility for the Decade of Centenaries, one of the organisers of the conference; Dr Mary McAuliffe, Director of Gender Studies at UCD and her books include a biography of Margaret Skinnider; and Dr Thomas Mohr who lectures in the UCD Sutherland School of Law, is the author of 'Guardian of the Treaty', and is a Vice-President of the Irish Legal History Society.

    • 45 min
    The Life & Death of Lord Castlereagh

    The Life & Death of Lord Castlereagh

    Joining Dr. Patrick Geoghegan to discuss the life and death of Lord Castlereagh is:

    - Prof. Thomas Bartlett, Emeritus Professor of Irish History at Aberdeen University and recently general editor of the four-volume 'Cambridge History of Ireland'.
    - Dr. Georgina Laragy, Lecturer in History at Trinity College Dublin
    - Dr. Tim Murtagh by phone. Archival Research Fellow, with the Beyond 2022 project, based in Trinity College Dublin’.
    - Dr. Maeve Ryan, Senior Lecturer in History and Grand Strategy at Kings College London.

    • 53 min
    Inside the Crime: The Charles Self Murder

    Inside the Crime: The Charles Self Murder

    The No. 1 podcast series hosted by Newstalk’s Court Correspondent, Frank Greaney returns for a second series.

    ‘Inside the Crime’ investigates the unsolved murder of RTÉ set designer, Charles Self.

    The new series of Inside The Crime tells the story of Charles Self, a young gay man who was murdered in Dublin 40 years ago.

    Subscribe now at newstalk.com/insidethecrime or wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 2 min
    Mussolini and Fascist Italy

    Mussolini and Fascist Italy

    Joining Dr Patrick Geoghegan to discuss "Il Duce" Benito Mussolini and also the life of his daughter Edda Mussolini is Paul Corner, Emeritus Professor of European History and former Director of the Centre for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes at the University of Siena and author of Mussolini in Myth and Memory, and biographer Caroline Moorehead, the author of Edda Mussolini: The Most Dangerous Woman in Europe.

    • 51 min
    The Great Irish Famine

    The Great Irish Famine

    On this episode of Talking History: Dr Patrick Geoghegan meets Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald, Associate Professor, School of Art History and Cultural Policy at UCD; Brian Crowley, Curator of Collections at Kilmainham Gaol Museum; and Ciarán McCabe, social historian of Ireland and Britain in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, with particular interest in the history of poverty and welfare, women’s history and urban history.

    • 50 min
    Agatha Christie: Her Life and Legacy, featuring Lucy Worsley

    Agatha Christie: Her Life and Legacy, featuring Lucy Worsley

    In this episode of Talking History, Dr Patrick Geoghegan celebrates the life and legacy of iconic author Agatha Christie alongside noted historian and chief curator of Historic Royal Palaces, Dr Lucy Worsley, author of Agatha Christie: A Very Elusive Woman.

    He is also joined by John Curran, leading Irish Agatha Christie expert, literary scholar and archivist, who edited the Agatha Christie Newsletter and is author of 'Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks', and Tony Medawar, who is leading the programming for the Agatha Christie Festival in 2023.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
149 Ratings

149 Ratings

G0S ,

Very good show. A real variety of topics, excellently moderated

I’ve been a fan of this show for years. Having grown up in Ireland, I’m actually less interested in the shows on Irish history, and really look forward to the more general topics instead.

But regardless of the topic, what really elevates this show above so many others is the presentation. There is usually an good variety of guests, and the researchers have clearly done their jobs. But Patrick Geoghegan is excellent as the host, keeping things moving along without ever cutting across his guests. Well worth a listen.

Nochangetoolate ,

Great show.

This is a great history podcast and easy to listen to. Be entertained.

eoinsy ,

Could be great

Great guests, great topics but the host doesn’t know how to ask a question and the audio quality is awful

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