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Story ideas for Wednesday 21st October 2015

October 19, 2015 Posted in : Galzacs15, History, Ireland, UCC

Story Idea: Refugees – More knowledge and less fear
Expert: Dr. Bozena Cierlik 
(Expert in East central European History) Lecturer in the School of History, UCC.                           
The Hook: 
Between January and July 2015 340000 crossed EU borders, majority of them came from Syria. People run away from civil war, conflict or political regime. Europe seems to them like haven. Ireland has a great tradition of helping others.

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Story ideas for Tuesday 8th September 2015

September 7, 2015 Posted in : History, Humanitarian Aid, UCC

Story Idea: Ireland has a long history of helping people in need
Expert: Dr Bozena Cierlik (Expert in Foreign Affairs and Politics) Lecturer in the School of History, University College Cork.                        
The Hook: Should Ireland do more in the current humanitarian crisis? Ireland has a long history of help people in need. The best example was after WWII when Irish universities took a number of Poles who served in British Army during the war and could not return to communist Poland. UCC set up a special scheme to help them as Prof O’Rahilly said “if we don’t help them neither Americans nor British do anything for them”.

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Story Idea For Thursday 16th July 2015

July 13, 2015 Posted in : CSO, Eurostat, Genealogy, History, Parish Records

Story Idea: Questions and Answers – Transcribing History – 400,000 records – Parish Records Online

Expert: Lorna Moloney (Expert in Genealogy and Research) Genealogist, Merriman Rsearch.

The Hook: Merriman Research will be surveying those using the registers to see how they find the realities of dealing with spidery writing, torn pages, ink blots and finding ancestral connections.

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Experts in the Media: 15th – 19th June 2015

June 22, 2015 Posted in : Business, Economic Experts, Economics, EU affairs, Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs15, History, Jim Power Ltd, Media Performances, Our experts in the media, Politics

Our experts made the news across all genres last week, offering their commentary and insights to radio shows, newspapers, and TV broadcasts. RTE Radio 1, the Irish Times and the Irish Examiner were just a few of the sources that have featured some of our experts in the past few days. Our experts provided commentary on a wide range of topics including the Banking Inquiry, the Greek Crisis, the Antropocene Epoch and potential changes in the U,S. interest rate.

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Story Ideas for Friday 8th May 2015

May 5, 2015 Posted in : Europe, Experts, Galzacs15, History, UCC, WWII

Story Idea: “Never has childhood been so assailed and tormented since the beginning of man.” Children in WWII
Expert: Dr Bozena Cierlik (Expert in European and Political History) Lecturer in the School of History, UCC.
The Hook: The end of WWII brought physical and psychological problems to survivors but especially to children who experienced the horrors of concentration camps and Nazi racial plans. Polish and Jewish youth played a major role in the resistance. Polish children selected for Germanisation were sent to Nazi organisations and adoption families in Germany. Younger generation in Europe was cut off from normal, hopeful life. Forced to become independent early in their lives, these children had to develop skills to survive – they cheated, deceived, stole; dishonesty was crucial to their survival. After the war it was deemed as anti-social behaviour. Children lost faith not only in their parents who could not protect them, but also in the entire culture they shared.

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