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This year’s Festival will have a very limited in-person audience and a high-quality live stream for all events.

Festival Programme

Friday 5th August – 6.30pm: Festival Concert by Jessie Kennedy & the Celestial Quartet ‘Thus she shall go to the stars’ inspired by the life of Agnes Clerke

Saturday 6th August – 2-6pm: Black ’47 – to mark 175 years since the worst year of the Famine, we will have a specially pre-recorded reading by Bob Geldof and live talks and a panel discussion with historians Professor Breandán Mac Suibhne, Professor Melissa Fegan, Dr Charles Read & artist John Kelly.

Saturday 6th August – 8.30pm: second performance of Festival Concert by Jessie Kennedy & the Celestial Quartet ‘Thus she shall go to the stars’ inspired by the life of Agnes Clerke

Sunday 7th August ; 2-6pm: West Cork in 1922 – the Bandon Valley killings – talks and panel discussion with Dr Gemma Clarke, Don Wood, Dr Andy Bielenberg & Professor Brian Walker

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2019 Decade of Centenaries 1912-1923 Videos

Panel Discussion: Reflecting on the challenges which lie ahead in the Decade of Centenaries.

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2019 Ireland, Europe and the World Videos

Panel Discussion: Reflecting on the triangular relationship between Ireland, Britain & Continental Europe.

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2019 Decade of Centenaries 1912-1923 Videos

Brian Walker: ‘Southern Protestant Voices during the War of Independence and Civil War’

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2019 Ireland, Europe and the World Videos

Brendan Simms: ‘From back door to back stop. Britain, Ireland and Europe in historical perspective’.

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2019 Decade of Centenaries 1912-1923 Videos

Eunan O’Halpin – ‘Policing and politics: the RIC and the War of Independence, 1919-21’

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2019 Videos West Cork Histories

Miriam O’Donovan: ‘James Goodman’s Song Manuscript of 1857 in its Context’

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2019 Ireland, Europe and the World Videos

Thomas O’Connor: ‘Strangers to Citizens: the Irish in Europe before the French Revolution’

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2019 Videos West Cork Histories

Gerald O’Brien in Conversation with William Casey: ‘Daniel O’Connell and the Monster Repeal Meeting, Skibbereen, June 1843’

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2019 Videos West Cork Histories

Orla Murphy: ‘The Life and Work of Seamus Murphy’