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


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


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.


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).


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


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.


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.


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 so instead it’s a summary of a fortnight of interesting historical content including the Belfast Blitz, the 1918-19 flu pandemic and the history of emotions.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


Here’s our regular round up of interesting historical content to read, listen to and watch, this week ranging from India via Suffolk, Dublin and Cork City to Drimoleague.


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.


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


The excellent Bad Bridget podcasts, the dashing Rex Ingram (pictured) and a 19th century murder in Co Cork.


Christmas rather interrupted our regular-ish weekly posts, but we’ve got a lot of really interesting historical content to post today. We’d also like to wish all our friends and supporters a very Happy New Year, and keeping our fingers crossed that we can have a real, live Festival in 2021. 21 December marked the Winter […]


So here goes – another big centenary on 11-12 December, which marks 100 years since the Burning of Cork. And lots of other interesting content too…


… it has been quite a week for interesting historical content, with the centenary of Bloody Sunday and associated events in the War of Independence.


Lots of really interesting things to read and listen to this past week…


The centenary of the death of Terence MacSwiney, BBC Northern Ireland’s film archive and a new book on Southern Irish Loyalism


A play inspired by the embargo of the transport of British troops and weapons during the War of Independence and some shocking footage from the same period.


So, our weekly round-up has become more of a fortnightly one – but hey, that just means more good material to watch, listen to and read.


Our selection this week includes, a fantastic exhibition at Nano Nagle Place in Cork city, as well as the Soviet Union and Palestine.