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December 6, 2021

It was the centenary of the Anglo-Irish Treaty this week. There was so much excellent content, we can't begin to summarise it all here but there were a few things which caught our eye (and ear). RTE Radio 1 reported from outside Hans Place in London's Knightsbridge, the headquarters of the the Irish delegates, with historians Heather Jones and Maurice Walsh, at about two hours into the programme. The always excellent Creative Centenaries website has an article by Festival contributor Dr Caoimhe Nic Dháibhéid on the road to the Treaty, while the Treaty itself has gone on public display for the first time since it was signed, at Dublin Castle in a National Archives exhibition entitled The Treaty, 1921: Records from the Archives.

Meanwhile, lots of other interesting content that's not connected to the Decade of Centenaries...

The Irish Story featured this fascinating post by Barry Sheppard on Che Guevara and the Irish. Guevara had Irish ancestry, descended from one Patrick Lynch from Galway, but his image has become very significant particularly in Northern Ireland where he is associated with Irish republicanism. Sheppard explores how Guevara has been represented in Irish newspapers over the decades since his execution in 1967.

I was lucky enough to recently visit the Rembrandt In Print exhibition at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork where you can see 50 of the artist's etchings and drypoints on loan from the Ashmolean. If you can't visit the Crawford, you can see a virtual tour of the exhibition here. The exhibition closes on 9 January.

The Irish archaeologist George Eogan died recently. Best known for his 40 years of excavation at the Neolithic passage tomb of Knowth in Co Meath, his obituary in the Irish Times tells of a life in archaeology.

And finally, the Examiner had an interview recently with Lindsay Earner-Byrne, the country's first Professor of Irish Gender History, at UCC in which she observes: "Women’s history has demonstrated that silence makes a noise all of its own and that we should be trained to hear it."