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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Christmas rather interrupted our regular-ish weekly posts, but we’ve got a lot of really interesting historical content to post today.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… it has been quite a week for interesting historical content, with the centenary of Bloody Sunday and associated events in the War of Independence.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Slightly longer than a week since our last round-up but never mind – links to lots of interesting historical content here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Here’s our weekly round up of interesting historical content – lots to read and listen to.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 […]

Another assortment of interesting articles, podcasts and videos on historical themes. And something about coffee too ….  Two anniversaries this week, both related to world wars. Firstly, on & May it was 105 years since the Lusitania was sunk off the Old Head of Kinsale by a German submarine, with the loss of 1,198 people. […]

On Poetry Day Ireland, listen to Ambassador Dan Mulhall at our 2017 Festival speaking about poets Francis Ledwidge (pictured below) and George William Russell, also known as Æ.  

Another of our (irregular) round-ups of interesting articles and websites to find historical and archaeological subjects: Today is Anzac Day and there is a fascinating article by Damian Shiels on his website about an Anzac by the name of Ambrose Haley who is buried in Midleton graveyard in east Cork. His cousin, an IRA volunteer […]

  Another of our (irregular) round-ups of interesting articles and audio on historical and archaeological subjects: An article on the Irish Georgian Society’s website caught our eye, as it highlights some of the historic buildings in the Cork town of Youghal. ‘From Warden’s House to Myrtle Grove’ was originally published in 2017 and its author […]

In 1922, Harry Clarke was commissioned to design six two-light lancet stained glass windows in the convent chapel of the Presentation Sisters in Dingle, Co Kerry. They were completed in 1924 and represent the life of Christ. The chapel is now the Díseart Institute of Education and Celtic Culture. The scenes below – which seemed […]

… why not listen to some historical context for our current troubles – Dr Ida Milne speaking about the 1918-19 flu pandemic at our 2018 Festival – click here to hear her talk. We also have lots of other fascinating talks from our 2017, 2018 and 2019 Festivals, all available on our website, covering the […]

Here are some articles on historical and cultural themes which caught the Festival’s eye recently ranging from the 21st century to pre-history: Seas of Ideas: Women and the Ireland-Wales crossing by Elizabeth Edwards posted on the blog of the Ports Past and Present project. This is headed up by Professor Claire Connolly of UCC, who […]