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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Here’s our regular round up of interesting historical content to read, listen to and watch, this week ranging from India via Suffolk, Dublin and Cork City to Drimoleague.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Christmas rather interrupted our regular-ish weekly posts, but we’ve got a lot of really interesting historical content to post today.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… it has been quite a week for interesting historical content, with the centenary of Bloody Sunday and associated events in the War of Independence.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.


The Irish-American civil war, marriage in Ireland, the Cork Public Museum & Skibbereen’s own Southern Star


Slightly longer than a week since our last round-up but never mind – links to lots of interesting historical content here


Of course the best history available at the moment to watch and listen to is our 2020 digital Festival, which is right here on our website, but here’s some other stuff too!


Here’s our weekly round up of interesting historical content – lots to read and listen to.


Some really interesting reads and listens here, including the DIB on Irish explorers such as aviator Lady Heath (pictured), sheela-na-gigs and the power of literature in a time of global pandemic.


American Independence Day and architect & designer Eileen Gray


The Irish archaeological story of the year was published by Nature magazine last week. Genetic analysis by researchers at TCD showed that an adult male from the Neolithic period whose body was found inside Newgrange was the product of first degree incest. This may indicate he came from a ruling social elite who married within […]


Our selection is a little later than usual – we’ve been busy planning digital content to go up on our website the weekend the Festival should have been…. (7-9 August): There has been lots of media coverage this past week of the RTE programme Hawks and Doves, in which former British cabinet minister Michael Portillo […]


Festival contributor Ronan McGreevy wrote in the Irish Times about links between Ireland and the slave trade, in the context of the targeting in the UK of statues of individuals associated with slave trading. From 19th century statues to 19th century stuffed animals… the blog of the CSHIHE (Centre for the Study of Historic Irish […]


The Irish Times published another of its excellent Decade of Centenaries supplements this week, this one looking at 1920. Articles that particularly caught our eye were Festival contributor Andy Bielenberg’s piece on the contested and difficult subject of ‘disappearances’ by the IRA, many of which took place in Cork, Linda Connolly writing about violence against […]


We are sad to annouce that we have decided, after much discussion, to cancel the History Festival this year.  We had hoped that by delaying the decision we might have been able to find a way of making the physical hosting of the Festival possible in August. It is now clear that is very unlikely […]