News and Views


Our 2022 Festival is underway – here are a few photos from the last two days.


Visit Inanna Rare Books while you are at the Festival, and make sure to go to their West Cork Book Fair (12-14 August) at Inish Beg Estate.


You can listen to all our talks since 2019 via this website or on our Festival YouTube channel.


Bob Geldof (yes, that’s him!) has recorded a special film for our 2022 Festival connected to our reflections this year on 175 years since Black ’47.


Find out more about our 2022 Festival speakers & contributors.


Quite a mixture this week ranging from medieval manuscripts to the Civil War


Our focus this week is on the experiences of women in the revolutionary period – particularly the Civil War – but also more recently in Northern Ireland.


A wide range of history this week, ranging across the island and through the 19th and 20th centuries with political, military and social history as well as architecture


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.


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


… 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.


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.


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