Decade of Centenaries but more too – Irish Georgian interiors & a rebellion in Jamaica

October 4, 2022

History Ireland's recent podcast had the intriguing title 'What if Michael Collins had Survived the Civil War?' featuring Paddy Cullivan, Brian Hanley, David McCullagh, Fearghal McGarry and Festival contributor Margaret O’Callaghan. It was recorded at Electric Picnic last month (so sound quality varies!) The photo above is taken from the Decade of Centenaries website and shows Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins.

Closer to home, more on the Stories of the Revolution project from our friends at the Skibbereen Heritage Centre. The project involved over 800 children from 48 schools around West Cork, who collected folklore over four years from elders in their local community on the 1916-23 revolutionary period. These stories are now published in the form of a book and online archive - find out more and browse the archive here.

The recent Dublin Festival of History had a discussion 'Sister Against Sister - women and the Irish civil war' featuring leading historians of Irish women's history reflecting on events leading to civil war and the contribution made by women to the war. You can watch it here and the speakers include Leeann Lane, Mary McAuliffe and Margaret Ward.

Jennifer Horgan wrote in the Guardian this week about the lack of Irish history taught in British schools.

Some interesting lectures from the Irish Georgian Society this autumn 'Georgian Homes': material culture of the domestic interior in 18th century Ireland' - you can book to attend in-person in Dublin or online via the IGS website.

And finally, Great Lives on BBC Radio 4 is always worth listening to but particularly so this week. Bonnie Greer discussed the Morant Bay Rebellion in Jamaica in 1865 and in particular some of the women who were executed for their part in it - you can listen here.