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Exhibitions both online & in real life
The O’Conor Don & the ‘Irish Giant’ Charles Byrne
A very Happy Christmas & best wishes for 2023
Stamps, ports and Scythian gold
1798, the Famine & 1922
‘Thus she shall go to the stars…’
A West Cork botanist, a Dublin psychiatric hospital, mythical creatures of Cashel & the Irish founder of the SAS
Decade of Centenaries but more too – Irish Georgian interiors & a rebellion in Jamaica
Our Festival Concert is going on tour!
Festival Concert: ‘Thus She Shall Go To The Stars’
Bob Geldof for WCHF 2022
Panel Discussion: The Bandon Valley Killings
Professor Brian Walker: The Bandon Valley Massacre
Dr Andy Bielenberg: ‘100 years on; The Dunmanway Massacre Revisited’
Don Wood: 1922 and the Protestant Community in West Cork
Dr Gemma Clark: “Sectarianism” as an Interpretative Framework
Black ’47 Panel Discussion
John Kelly: Artistic Response to An Gorta Mór
Dr Charles Read – Famine and the Financial Crisis of 1847
Professor Melissa Fegan: Literature and the Famine
Professor Breandán Mac Suibhne: Black ’47 in Skibbereen
An Taoiseach Micheál Martin Introduces the West Cork History Festival 2022
Bob Geldof reads N.M. Cummins’ Letter to the London Times
West Cork, Dublin & Offaly histories
Press coverage for our 2022 Festival
2022 Festival Images
Something for after the Festival…
Festival back catalogue…
Our 2022 speakers
The Book of St Albans, the Tailteann Games, the Civil War & a fantastic resource on the Diaspora
Women’s experiences in the revolutionary period & beyond
Panel Discussion: Reflecting on the challenges which lie ahead in the Decade of Centenaries.
Panel Discussion: Reflecting on the triangular relationship between Ireland, Britain & Continental Europe.
Brian Walker: ‘Southern Protestant Voices during the War of Independence and Civil War’
Brendan Simms: ‘From back door to back stop. Britain, Ireland and Europe in historical perspective’.
Eunan O’Halpin – ‘Policing and politics: the RIC and the War of Independence, 1919-21’
Miriam O’Donovan: ‘James Goodman’s Song Manuscript of 1857 in its Context’
Thomas O’Connor: ‘Strangers to Citizens: the Irish in Europe before the French Revolution’
Gerald O’Brien in Conversation with William Casey: ‘Daniel O’Connell and the Monster Repeal Meeting, Skibbereen, June 1843’
Orla Murphy: ‘The Life and Work of Seamus Murphy’
Mary Murphy: ‘Europe and the British-Irish Relationship: Past, Present and Future’
Dan Mulhall: Declaring Independence – America 1776, Ireland 1919
Sylvie Kleinman – ‘Framing the Irish Republic 1796-2016’ A revisit of Tone’s exile in France for the Decade of Commemorations
Liam Kennedy: ‘The IRA and Irish Protestants, 1919-23 and 1969-98’
John Horne: ‘At the Crossroads: Ireland, Britain and the International Context, 1919-1923’
Jim Herlihy: The Royal Irish Constabulary ‘A Forgotten Force – The Case for a Memorial.’
Daisy Goodwin – Writing Victoria
Ruth Dudley Edwards – Reflecting on Attitudes in Southern Ireland to Northern Ireland
Ida Milne and Ian d’Alton – ‘Protestant and Irish: Opening a different sort of conversation?’
Stephen Collins – ‘Why the State Should Commemorate the RIC/DMP – A Personal Perspective’
John Dorney: ‘Florence McCarthy and his Spanish Connections’
Clare Connolly: Subject Waves
Brian Coghlan: ‘An exploration of the life of Percy Ludgate’
John Bruton: In Conversation with Carl Dinnen
Guy Warner: Three First World War Airmen with Cork Connection
Louise Ryan: The Suffrage Movement and the Irish Citizen Newspaper
Michael Robinson: Disabled Great War Veterans during the Irish Revolution
Niamh O’Sullivan: Art & the Great Hunger
Eunan O’Halpin: A Catalogue of Errors – the British Government and Ireland in 1918
Peter Murray: The Victorian Painter George Victor du Noyer
Ida Milne – Stacking the Coffins, the 1918-19 Influenza Pandemic and Irish Society
Mary McGilicuddy: Women in the Fishing Industry in South West Ireland in the Late 18th & Early 19th Centuries
Niamh MacNally: Artist Margaret Clarke
Connie Kelleher: The 1627 Wreck of the Spanish Treasure Galleon Santa Ana Maria
Lar Joye – Weapons of the War of Independence
Alvin Jackson – Edward Carson and John Redmond
Irons Jeremy: Reading of Irish First World War and Revolutionary Era Poetry
Cal Hyland: The Situation of Protestants in West Cork
Brian Hughes: Gossip, Rumour & Propaganda – Deceptions and Perceptions of Irish
Colum Hourihane: Gothic Art in Ireland
John Horne – The War to End All Wars, International Perspectives 1918-23
Susan Flavin: Food, Drink & Society in 16th Century Ireland
Finola Finlay – From Skibbereen to the Moon, Agnes Clerke and 19th Century Astronomy
David Edwards: Gaelic Politics in the Latter Middle Ages
Why Here?
West Cork History Festival
West Cork
John Spearman to Chair WCHF Patrons
Professor Marianne Elliott to speak
Professor David Fitzpatrick to speak
Dr Andy Bielenberg to speak
Professor Terry Barry to speak
Professor Eunan O’Halpin to speak
Dan Mulhall to speak
Plan Your Visit
About the Festival
Skibbereen Arts Festival
The Time Traveller Magazine
The Time Traveller Magazine ii
Some of our speakers in the news …
West Cork views
Skibbereen Arts Festival – tickets on sale
Ireland & the First World War – Participation
West Cork History Festival featured in Irish Times today
Ireland & the First World War – Commemoration
Historical guided tours in and around Skibbereen
West Cork History Festival again featured in the Irish Times
West Cork in the 1600s
One week to go…
Festival tickets available via Skibbereen Arts Festival Box Office
West Cork History Festival starts tonight
History Festival Dinner – Saturday 29th July
Day One – West Cork History Festival on film
Day Two – West Cork History Festival on film
Day Three – West Cork History Festival
Press coverage of the West Cork History Festival
Further press coverage of WCHF
Press coverage of the Festival continues …
West Cork History Festival
Previous Festivals
The debate continues ….
History Ireland
Dr David Edwards joins Festival Committee
WCHF 2018 programme update
Audio of 2017 WCHF
In the press ….
WCHF programme update – the 1918 influenza epidemic
Audio of 2017 Festival
Roaringwater Journal
Finally, spring ….
Irish Times 1918 supplement
Jessie Kennedy and Lady Patsy Puttnam to perform at 2018 WCHF
Field trips added to programme for 2018 Festival
Full details of West Cork History Festival field trips
The West Cork History Festival is now on Instagram
Support Us
West Cork History Festival mailing list
Tickets for the 2018 West Cork History Festival on sale now !
2018 Festival Dinner
Early bird prices end on Sunday 17 June
Sam Maguire at the West Cork History Festival
Diocese of Cork, Cloyne & Ross Diocesan News
Coming Home at Uilinn: West Cork Arts Centre
Volunteers wanted for WCHF 2018
WCHF features in Irish Times and Irish Examiner today
Lady Mary Carbery’s West Cork Diaries, 1898-1901 – A Musical Narrative by Jessie Kennedy and Lady Patsy Puttnam
Citizen Lane
Edward ‘Mick’ Mannock
Francis Ledwidge
Carson & Redmond
Oh! What A Lovely War
The War to End All Wars ?
‘Stories of the Revolution’
West Cork History Festival Concert
Jeremy Irons to give poetry reading at West Cork History Festival
1918 centenary
Coverage of the West Cork History Festival in West Cork People
History as mediated through art