News and Views

This week we feature Fergal Keane, the closing speaker for last year’s Festival, along with on 1990s Russia, 1930s America, as well as wine & butter.

Kilmichael: the Life and Afterlife of an Ambush

Festival contributor Dr Eve Morrison’s important new book ‘Kilmichael: the Life and Afterlife of an Ambush’ will be published shortly. Here are the details of the book launches, one in Dublin the other in West Cork.

James Kingston

James was an active friend to the West Cork History Festival and we will remember him with gratitude.

The Bandon Valley murders 100 years on

The Bandon Valley murders but also an Irish connection to Operation Mincemeat and Derry Girls at the National Museums of Northern Ireland.

Monuments to our past: Understanding commemoration & the revolutionary period in Cork 1914-23

We’d like to recommend this book by Kieran Doyle & Alan O’Rourke, featured at our 2020 Festival.

This week, an exhibition on Burning the Big House (with this very striking poster), the women of the Belfast Blitz & Monument Mondays from Abarta Heritage.

Our 2022 Festival

We are delighted to announce that our 2022 Festival will take place over the weekend of 6-8 August.

Shackleton, Northern Ireland’s governors & Maud Gonne in Skibbereen

The discovery of Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance which sank in 1915 has lead to renewed interest in this extraordinary Irishman. Find out more about him this week, as well as Maud Gonne in Skibbereen and a Festival contributor’s talk on the governors of Northern Ireland.

It’s been a while…

We have been busy for the last few weeks working on our 2022 Festival, so no posts in February or the first half of March. But lots of really interesting content here to make up for it… including on Ukraine, the terrible events there rightly being he dominant news story of the past few weeks.

50 years since Bloody Sunday & the centenary of an important Irish art exhibition in Paris

Bloody Sunday 50 years on, the 1922 Exposition D’Art Irlandais in Paris, a West Cork grave database and pandemics

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.