News and Views

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We have enjoyed providing regular updates of interesting historical content for you to read, watch and listen to this year.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.

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.

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

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, a medieval manuscript and a Dublin museum.

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.

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

Head over to our 2021 Programme page to find out more

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

You can find out more about our 2021 Festival here.

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).