50 years since Bloody Sunday & the centenary of an important Irish art exhibition in Paris

There have been many features, articles and programmes to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday - we've picked out just two here. The Irish Times published a moving article looking at all the victims individually. RTE Brainstorm had this interesting piece on how the event changed attitudes to Northern Ireland in America. It also includes RTE footage of Bloody Sunday and its aftermath. The image above shows the victims of Bloody Sunday.

Early in 1922, the Irish government participated in the World Congress of the Irish Race in Paris. The centrepiece was the Exposition D’Art Irlandais, held at Galerie Barbazanges - it included oil paintings, sculptures, textiles and stained glass from artists including Mary Swanzy, Jack B Yeats, Harry Clarke and Sean Keating. It is being marked with a 3-D digital recreation of the exhibition which can be seen here. The exhibition has been described as "... an early deployment of soft power and cultural diplomacy with Irish art being used to rebrand postcolonial Ireland and show the world what the nation aspired to be."

Our friends at Skibbereen Heritage Centre have added to their burial records database for West Cork, with an additional 10,500 records to make 45,500 in total. The database can be found on their website, an invaluable resource for researching local history.

Another excellent History Ireland podcast, this one on 'Pandemics then and now—a reassessment of the 1918 flu in the light of Covid' including Festival contributor Ida Milne, as well as Patricia Marsh, Grace Mulcahy, and Luke O’Neill.

Finally to flag up a series of upcoming lectures in March and April, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish houses and Estates, History Department, Maynooth University, on the subject of 'Burning the Country House'. Further details here and the striking illustration below is from their website.