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During 2015 and 2016 individual Forum members are available to deliver a select menu of talks and lectures to Local History societies and groups.

To avoid disappointment talks should be booked well in advance of the intended delivery date.
To book a talk contact can be made via the email address accompanying the lecture title.

1. Soupers and Jumpers: the Protestant missions in Connemara, 1848-1937 (

2. Foxrock and Cabinteely: From rural community to suburbia (

3. Irish Economists in the nineteenth century - was Galbraith right? (austins@gofree,

4. Quakers in Ireland ( )

5. Murder of Conell Boyle, Co Donegal 1889 (

6. HOW TO write a local history (

7. Archbishop Whately: was he autistically challenged? (

8. Enclosing the Commons (

9. The Singer Affair: embezzlement, pyramid building and the great stamps scandal in 1960s Ireland (

10. Clanrickard Planters (

11. The Newtownstewart Bank Murder 1879 (

12. Crime and policing in Tallaght in the period 1835 to 1840 (

13. The Metals: A history of an historic pathway from Dalkey to Dun Laoghaire harbour (

14. Sir Crawford McCullagh: Belfast politician, wealthy business magnate, and Lord Mayor  of Belfast (18 times) in the early twentieth century (

15. Roadside milestones ( )

16. Ireland in the Olympics - A History (

17. The O'Donel Estate, Newport, Co. Mayo (

18 Coastguards in Co. Mayo (

19 The Local Historian/Genealogist's role in helping to organise a family re-union (

20 Using Valuation Office Records for County Mayo (

21  Lusk Village 1900- 2011: A history (

22 The Gaybo Revolution (



Other News:                                        

                       JUST PUBLISHED:

Dr. Finola Doyle-O'Neill, The Gaybo Revolution (Dublin, 2015)


It is no exaggeration to call Gay Byrne a colossus of the Irish broadcasting scene. Throughout the latter half of the twentieth century, as host of both the Late Late Show and the Gay Byrne Show, he played a seminal role in the shift in Irish society and culture from the Church-dominated fearful state of the early 1960s to the modern multicultural Ireland we live in today.

The Gaybo Revolution examines the significance of Gay Byrne’s influence on this maturation of Irish society, while simultaneously highlighting the centrality of the talk show genre in Irish life. Equally reviled and revered, Byrne has been referred to as ‘the great window-opener’ and a ‘media lay priest’. But his influence in single-channel Ireland is undeniable. Using letters to the editor, media articles, recent studies of Irish culture, quotes from Byrne himself and a re-examination of the original broadcasts, The Gaybo Revolution explores how Byrne and his talk shows, on both radio and television, provided a forum for popular debate and acted as catalysts for change in Irish life. It analyses and discusses the impact on Irish society of such controversies as Church denunciations of the Late Late Show, the Brian Trevaskis affair, the development of the Irish Women’s Liberation Movement, the Ann Lovett letters, and the seminal interviews with Annie Murphy, Pádraig Flynn and Terry Keane.

In the final section of the book, the modern history of the Late Late Show, the development of Irish TV and radio talk shows in the post-Byrne era and the contrasting nature of TV talk shows in the UK and US are explored.

The Gaybo Revolution will appeal to all those who wish to understand the evolution of Irish society and culture in the late twentieth century and the substantial impact of Irish media on this change.

Available in: Paperback

Publication Date, November 2015

ISBN Nos.978-1-909895-90-4 (Paperback)

No. of Pages 262

Dimensions 216 x 138

Categories: History, Media Studies

About the Author:

Dr Finola Doyle–O'Neill is a broadcast historian with the School of History at UCC where she lectures in Ireland's Film and Media History. In the past she has contibuted to the Maynooth University History Forum. Finola has written a chapter in Ordinary Irish Life: Music, Sport and Culture (Irish Academic Press, 2013), and has contributed widely to public debates and conferences on Ireland's media history. She was convenor of TV50, a collaboration between UCC and RTÉ celebrating 50 years of television in Ireland. She chairs the board of the Undergraduate Arts and Media Awards and is a board member of the Cork Film Festival and the UCC Board of Film Studies. She is currently archiving the contents of the Irish Radio Museum at Cork City Gaol.