The Anglo-Zulu War, Palestine & the RIC and Agatha Christie & the Lusitania

This week has seen two significant anniversaries from the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. It’s 143 years ago today since the Battle of Rorke’s Drift took place, while yesterday marked the anniversary of the Battle of Isandlwana, where British forces suffered a legendary defeat by the Zulus. At our 2021 Festival, Robert Harris spoke about the connections between West Cork and the Anglo-Zulu War, a talk you can listen to here on our website.

Another story linking Ireland and the British empire was on the BBC NI website recently. It featured this piece about members of the RIC who were recruited to work in the Palestine Police in 1922 and afterwards.

The Ports Past & Present blog has short articles on a myriad of interesting subjects, this month including the link between Agatha Christie and the sinking of the Lusitania; and the connections between the Anglo-Irish Treaty and Holyhead.

And finally, the always excellent Wartime NI website has now added a podcast to its offer – you can sign up here. They’re launching this to mark the 80th anniversary of the arrival of American GIs in Ulster.

Some unexpected connections this week, with Anglo-Zulu war anniversaries and their links to West Cork;,ex-RIC men in post-First World War Palestine and Agatha Christie’s link to the sinking of the Lusitania
David Edwards: The Great Earl of Cork
Richard Boyle, first earl of Cork (1566-1643), ranks among the most famous and infamous figures in the history of early modern Ireland and the wider English Atlantic world. The archetypal crooked land-grabber who made his initial fortune defrauding the crown of hidden revenues; the grasping colonial adventurer who became the biggest landowner in the Munster Plantation and the richest subject of the crown throughout the Three Kingdoms.
Sylvie Kleinman: The Irish Republic 1796 – 2016
Dr Sylvie Kleinman on ‘Framing the Irish Republic 1796-2016: A revisit of Tone’s exile in France for the Decade of Commemorations’.
Gerald O’Brien on the Monster Repeal Meeting
Gerald O’Brien in conversation with William Casey on the subject of Daniel O’Connell and the Monster Repeal Meeting, Skibbereen, June 1843’.
Professor John Horne: 1919-1923
Professor John Horne: At the Crossroads: Ireland, Britain and the International Context, 1919-1923
Brendan Simms: Britain, Ireland and Europe
Brendan Simms – From Back door to Back Stop. Britain, Ireland and Europe in historical perspective
Ireland, Empire and the Sea
The great voyages of discovery (Columbus, de Gama, etc.) shifted the centre of gravity of European maritime trade from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. Over the same period the conquest of Ireland was completed. By the eighteenth century, Ireland, for centuries on the periphery of Europe, found itself at the centre of this newly formed ‘Atlantic world’ as part of the British Empire. Listen to Tommy Graham, editor of History Ireland, discuss the maritime and colonial legacies with Aoife Bhreatnach (Irish Garrison Towns), Claire Connolly (UCC), Lar Joye (Dublin Port) and David Murphy (Maynooth). This podcast is supported by Dublin Port in association with the West Cork History Festival.
Intelligence in the War of Independence
One of the most important—and controversial—aspects of the War of Independence was the ‘intelligence war’. Given the role of spies and informers in defeating previous insurrections, it is not surprising that Michael Collins, the IRA’s Director of Intelligence, was keen to insure that history did not repeat itself. How successful was he? To shed light on this ‘shadow war’ listen to History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, in discussion with Andy Bielenberg, Cécile Gordon, Eunan O’Halpin and Gerry White.
Professor Brian Walker: Cork & Ulster in 1920
Professor Brian Walker of Queen’s University Belfast talks about inter-connected violence in Cork and Ulster during the War of Independence. He touches on, among others, the connected murders of Tomás Mac Curtain and Oswald Swanzy.
Dr Eve Morrison: The Kilmichael Ambush
Dr Eve Morrison is Canon Murray Fellow in Irish History at St Catherine’s College Oxford. She is working on a major new book on the Kilmichael ambush due out in November for the centenary. Here, Eve discusses the interviews on which historian Peter Hart based his important if controversial work on the subject.
Kieran Doyle: Memorials of the revolution in Cork
West Cork historian Kieran Doyle discusses his project with Alan O’Rourke to map memorials of the revolutionary period across Cork
Ireland, Empire and the Sea
The great voyages of discovery (Columbus, de Gama, etc.) shifted the centre of gravity of European maritime trade from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. Over the same period the conquest of Ireland was completed. By the eighteenth century, Ireland, for centuries on the periphery of Europe, found itself at the centre of this newly formed ‘Atlantic world’ as part of the British Empire. Listen to Tommy Graham, editor of History Ireland, discuss the maritime and colonial legacies with Aoife Bhreatnach (Irish Garrison Towns), Claire Connolly (UCC), Lar Joye (Dublin Port) and David Murphy (Maynooth). This podcast is supported by Dublin Port in association with the West Cork History Festival.
Brendan Simms: Britain, Ireland and Europe
Brendan Simms – From Back door to Back Stop. Britain, Ireland and Europe in historical perspective
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