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The Anglo-Zulu War, Palestine & the RIC and Agatha Christie & the Lusitania

Some unexpected connections this week, with Anglo-Zulu war anniversaries and their links to West Cork;,ex-RIC men in post-First World War Palestine and Agatha Christie’s link to the sinking of the Lusitania

Dublin Castle, Ulysses & apartheid South Africa

One hundred years since the handover of Dublin Castle, and the centenary of James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Happy New Year – and plans for 2022

An update on our plans for the West Cork History Festival in 2022.

In between Christmas and New Year …

It’s always an odd few days in between Christmas and New Year, so here’s some historic reading and listening to pass the time.

A very Happy Christmas & best wishes for 2022

We have enjoyed providing regular updates of interesting historical content for you to read, watch and listen to this year. We’ll be taking a break for a few days – History Festival organisers need holidays too – but we’ll be back on the blog next week.

John Lavery, some remarkable women & the sinking of RMS Leinster

A number of pieces focused on women’s stories from history, as well as a new exhibition at the National Museum and the sinking of the RMS Leinster.

There’s no escaping…

… an important centenary this week, of the signing of the Anglo-Irish treaty on 6 December. So we’ve pulled together some of the content on this, but also some non-centenary related articles ranging from 1960s Cuba to Neolithic Co Meath.

Mother Jones, the Anglo-Irish Treaty & an Irish poet on the London Underground

This week Cork’s most famous trade unionist Mary ‘Mother’ Jones, the Anglo-Irish Treaty, a new book called The President’s Letters and an Irish poet featured on the Underground.

Eithne Coyle, Eileen Gray & Knockdrum Stone Fort

Leading republican Eithne Coyle, architect & designer Eileen Gray and – to mark International Archaeology Day – our local Knockdrum Stone Fort.

Black History Month & Tissot’s Irish muse

This week two very contrasting stories for Black History Month – a Tudor court trumpeter and African-American GIs in Northern Ireland – as well as a new acquisition for the Ulster Museum and the closing talk at the Dublin Festival of History.

Rockall, Alaska and West Cork

This week the Royal Irish Academy’s podcast on an expedition to Rockall, and an Irishman in early 20th century Alaska.

The Anglo-Irish Treaty

This week we’re highlighting a number of events coming up focused on the Anglo-Irish Treaty, signed in December 1921, and the negotiations leading up to it.

The Battle of Jadotville & the Battle of Britain

The Battle of Jadotville, the Battle of Britain, a medieval manuscript and a Dublin museum.

Back to the regular posts: Dublin Festival of History, Eisenhower in Belfast & Arthur Griffith

We took a bit of a break after our digital festival, but now back to the (relatively) regular posts with interesting historical content to read, watch and listen to.

Press coverage of our 2021 Festival

Great to see coverage of our 2021 Festival in the Irish Times and Southern Star.

Our 2021 digital Festival has started

Head over to our 2021 Programme page to find out more

A slight hiatus…

Our regular blog posts have been interrupted by all the work we are doing for the 2021 Festival.

Our 2021 Programme is here

You can find out more about our 2021 Festival here.

Censorship, port history and Cork in 1920

This week censored literature, port history and an online exhibition about Cork in 1920.

The Interregnum, Alice Stopford Green & the Great Parchment Book of Waterford

This week, a podcast discussing 17th century Ireland, a pioneering 20th century women and some ‘forgotten’ ones the Vicereines of Ireland, who are the focus of a new exhibition at Dublin Castle.

Shackleton’s sisters, First World War brides & Home School Histories

This week, a polar explorer and his forgotten sisters, First World War war brides, Second World War lookout posts and BBC history podcasts for children (and their grown ups).

Partition, Harry Clarke, U-Boats & the 17th century beef trade

This week we are featuring both 20th and 17th century history and some beautiful Harry Clarke windows in Cork.

Partition, Helen Hooker O’Malley & Edith Somerville

This week we have the centenary of Partition along with the photographs of Helen Hooker O’Malley, a medieval manuscript associated with St Colum Cille and Edith Somerville’s birthday.

The American Civil War, the sinking of HMS Wasp & the Ulster Museum’s extraordinary collections

A fortnight’s worth of history-related content to read, listen to and watch today including dark tourism, the American Civil War and Ireland’s first trade fair, held in Cork in 1852.

A post-Easter post including the Belfast Blitz, the 1918-19 flu pandemic & the history of emotion

This was supposed to be a post for the Easter weekend, but somehow that came and went …. so instead it’s a summary of a fortnight of interesting historical content including the Belfast Blitz, the 1918-19 flu pandemic and the history of emotions.

Skibbereen Heritage Centre, St Patrick’s Day & wartime rugby

… including Skibbereen Heritage Centre, St Patrick’s Day features and Irish rugby internationals in the Second World War.

‘Mr Yeats & the Beastly Coins’, old photos of Cork & the Benin Bronzes

This week’s recommendations range across Irish coins, the blog of the Military Service Pensions Collection, old photos of Cork, Harry Clarke’s stained glass and the Benin Bronzes.

International Women’s Day & Limerick 100 years ago

This week we have some great pieces connected to International Women’s Day (8 March) and a Decade of Centenaries podcast focusing on events in Limerick 100 years ago.

The Cricket Bat that Died for Ireland (and some other things)

Cricket bats, Second World War letters recovered from the sea bed off Galway and West Cork gates

Creative Centenaries website, the Anglo-Zulu War and Medieval pilgrimage

An eclectic mixture of subjects in our latest round-up – 18th century plates, the Anglo-Zulu War, the most haunted house in Ireland, medieval pilgrimage and, of course, the Decade of Centenaries.

India, Dublin, Cork City & Drimoleague

Here’s our regular round up of interesting historical content to read, listen to and watch, this week ranging from India via Suffolk, Dublin and Cork City to Drimoleague.

Legacies of slavery from Bristol via Belfast & intelligence in the War of Independence

More of a fortnightly than a weekly update this time around – some interesting articles, an online talk from Bristol, via Belfast, on the legacies of slavery and a History Ireland podcast on intelligence in the War of Independence.

Maps, shipyards and our very own Mount Gabriel

This week, maps at Marsh’s Library , Thomas Carnduff – shipyard worker, Orangemen and poet – and West Cork’s Mount Gabriel.