News and Views

Some online exhibitions and others to visit in real life, two on the experiences of women in the 20th century, another on Patrick Kavanagh and finally the always brilliant Siobhán McSweeney takes us round her favourite London museum.

In our first blog post of 2023, we cover the political life of Charles Owen O’Conor, Yeats & the Free State, Máirín Beaumont of Cumann na mBan and Charles Byrne, known as the ‘Irish Giant’.

A few Christmas-related pieces to watch and listen to in this post, our last of 2022.

In this post, an online exhibition to mark the centenary of Irish stamps, a feature on the ports on either side of the Irish Sea, and the looting of treasures from Ukrainian museums.

This post includes the 1798 rebellion and the Famine as well as the Isle of Man and a new podcast and documentary on the Bandon Valley killings.

Our 2022 Festival concert, inspired by Skibbereen’s own Agnes Clerke, will be performed in Armagh this weekend. Some tickets still available…

Ellen Hutchins, the former Richmond Asylum in Dublin, medieval carved creatures in Cormac’s Chapel in the Rock of Cashel and County Down’s ‘Paddy’ Mayne. And more.

Lots of content on the Decade of Centenaries, but also some interesting lectures from the Irish Georgian Society and beyond the island, a BBC radio programme on the 19th century Morant Bay Rebellion in Jamaica

‘Thus she shall go the stars’ will be performed on 22 November in Armagh.

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.

This week some West Cork history, but also the Dublin Festival of History and connecting Offaly and the Brontes.

Lots of fantastic coverage for this year’s Festival.

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.

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.