Shackleton’s sisters, First World War brides & Home School Histories

This week, a polar explorer and his forgotten sisters, First World War war brides, Second World War lookout posts and BBC history podcasts for children (and their grown ups).

Our 2021 Festival will look at the experiences of the Irish in polar exploration, so Clodagh Finn’s article in the Irish Examiner on Shackleton’s sisters Kathleen and Eleanor was particularly interesting and featured research by Sharon Greene, editor of Archaeology Ireland on their extraordinary lives. Last month An Post’s issued four stamps of ‘Irish Ice Men’, featuring Shackleton along with seven others, including five from County Cork. No Ice Women yet.

Damian Shiels has written this fascinating blog post for Midleton Archaeology & Heritage project about Irish women who married US sailors during the First World War, including 50 from County Cork. The post includes a visualisation of their journeys across the Atlantic.

The Irish Military Archives have started their own podcast series, and featured this on the destruction (and preservation) of Ireland’s Second World War lookout posts.

And finally, they are intended for children but we’ve really enjoyed them too – the BBC’s Home School History podcasts presented by Greg Jenner. There are 21 episodes in total, covering a really diverse range of subjects including Roman Pompeii, William Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, Cleopatra (featured below), the Stone Age and Mary, Queen of Scots.

This week, a polar explorer and his forgotten sisters, First World War war brides, Second World War lookout posts and BBC history podcasts for children (and their grown ups).
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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