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We are the Dark Night Ocean is the brilliant new album by Jessie Kennedy & Justin Grounds. Jessie is a great friend and supporter of the Festival. She gave a magical performance with Patsy Puttnam at our Festival concert in 2018 Festival and will be performing this year too. Lord Franklin, one of the songs […]


An interesting article in Saturday’s Irish Times by Festival contributor Ronan McGreevy about the centenaries ahead and how they will be commemorated. Be assured the 2019 Festival, and the ones beyond that, will take a clear-eyed view of many of these centenaries and the issues around them. At the 2018 Festival, we were very pleased […]


  This beautiful Nativity scene is part of one of the most richly decorated prayer books from the medieval period, now in the British Library in London and known as the Bedford Hours. It was given by Anne of Burgundy, Duchess of Bedford to her nephew, King Henry VI who was then eight years old. […]


Our opening speaker at the 2018 West Cork History Festival is Professor Alvin Jackson. In the centenary year of John Redmond’s death, Professor Jackson will speak on Redmond and Carson, the two men who are the subject of his recently published book Judging Redmond and Carson (Royal Irish Academy: 2018). Professor Jackson is a leading […]


On this day 100 years ago Edward ‘Mick’ Mannock was killed in action flying over the Western Front. Hear more about this extraordinary man as military aviation expert Guy Warner speaks at the 2018 WCHF about Mannock and other First World War airmen with Cork connections including Robert Smith-Barry and Lord Carbery. Mannock was one […]


This special concert for this year’s West Cork History Festival is a musical narrative created by Jessie Kennedy and Lady Patsy Puttnam. It is an original work inspired by three years in the life of Lady Mary Carbery, from the years 1898-1901 when she lived in Castlefreke. Lady Puttnam comments: “Lady Mary’s story told through […]


WEST CORK HISTORY FESTIVAL FIELD TRIPS AND WALKING TOUR 2018 DAY 1: THURSDAY, AUGUST 16 This field trip will take you from the Bronze Age (stone circle, rock art, solar alignments), through the Medieval (stone fort, tower house) up to more recent history (Harry Clarke and the Somervilles and Townshends, ecclesiastical history). It’s a taster, […]


As part of the Skibbereen Arts Festival, our friends at the Skibbereen Heritage Centre will run two guided walks over the weekend of 28th-30th July. Lough Hyne – archaeology, history and folklore – 28th July, 2pm A two hour walk around Lough Hyne with Terry Kearney. Meet at the base of Knockomagh Hill. Walking tour of […]


The West Cork History Festival – what is it and why do we do it? The West Cork History Festival is five years old in 2021. In it, we try to bring people who research and write about history together with a public audience of informed and interested people. The festival is still in its […]


The West Cork History Festival takes place in the grounds of Rosebank, formerly the dower house of the Liss Ard estate, less than a mile outside Skibbereen in West Cork. Our full address is: Rosebank Russagh Castletownshend Road Skibbereen County Cork P81 HF61 Ireland +353 (0)87 356 1871 westcorkhistoryfestival@gmail.com Food & Drink Excellent West Cork […]