Weekly round up of historical news

June 29, 2021

This week censored literature, port history and an online exhibition about Cork in 1920.

May 31, 2021

This week, a podcast discussing 17th century Ireland, a pioneering 20th century women and some ‘forgotten’ ones the Vicereines of Ireland, who are the focus of a new exhibition at Dublin Castle.

May 23, 2021

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).

May 17, 2021

This week we are featuring both 20th and 17th century history and some beautiful Harry Clarke windows in Cork.

May 3, 2021

This week we have the centenary of Partition along with the photographs of Helen Hooker O’Malley, a medieval manuscript associated with St Colum Cille and Edith Somerville’s birthday.

April 25, 2021

A fortnight’s worth of history-related content to read, listen to and watch today including dark tourism, the American Civil War and Ireland’s first trade fair, held in Cork in 1852.

April 11, 2021

This was supposed to be a post for the Easter weekend, but somehow that came and went …. so instead it’s a summary of a fortnight of interesting historical content including the Belfast Blitz, the 1918-19 flu pandemic and the history of emotions.

March 28, 2021

… including Skibbereen Heritage Centre, St Patrick’s Day features and Irish rugby internationals in the Second World War.

March 14, 2021

This week’s recommendations range across Irish coins, the blog of the Military Service Pensions Collection, old photos of Cork, Harry Clarke’s stained glass and the Benin Bronzes.

March 8, 2021

This week we have some great pieces connected to International Women’s Day (8 March) and a Decade of Centenaries podcast focusing on events in Limerick 100 years ago.

March 1, 2021

Cricket bats, Second World War letters recovered from the sea bed off Galway and West Cork gates

February 22, 2021

An eclectic mixture of subjects in our latest round-up – 18th century plates, the Anglo-Zulu War, the most haunted house in Ireland, medieval pilgrimage and, of course, the Decade of Centenaries.

February 7, 2021

Here’s our regular round up of interesting historical content to read, listen to and watch, this week ranging from India via Suffolk, Dublin and Cork City to Drimoleague.

January 30, 2021

More of a fortnightly than a weekly update this time around – some interesting articles, an online talk from Bristol, via Belfast, on the legacies of slavery and a History Ireland podcast on intelligence in the War of Independence.

January 18, 2021

This week, maps at Marsh’s Library , Thomas Carnduff – shipyard worker, Orangemen and poet – and West Cork’s Mount Gabriel.

January 10, 2021

The excellent Bad Bridget podcasts, the dashing Rex Ingram (pictured) and a 19th century murder in Co Cork.

December 13, 2020

So here goes – another big centenary on 11-12 December, which marks 100 years since the Burning of Cork. And lots of other interesting content too…

November 22, 2020

… it has been quite a week for interesting historical content, with the centenary of Bloody Sunday and associated events in the War of Independence.

November 15, 2020

Lots of really interesting things to read and listen to this past week…

October 25, 2020

The centenary of the death of Terence MacSwiney, BBC Northern Ireland’s film archive and a new book on Southern Irish Loyalism

October 18, 2020

A play inspired by the embargo of the transport of British troops and weapons during the War of Independence and some shocking footage from the same period.

October 9, 2020

So, our weekly round-up has become more of a fortnightly one – but hey, that just means more good material to watch, listen to and read.

September 20, 2020

Our selection this week includes, a fantastic exhibition at Nano Nagle Place in Cork city, as well as the Soviet Union and Palestine.

September 13, 2020

The Irish-American civil war, marriage in Ireland, the Cork Public Museum & Skibbereen’s own Southern Star

September 8, 2020

Slightly longer than a week since our last round-up but never mind – links to lots of interesting historical content here

August 16, 2020

Of course the best history available at the moment to watch and listen to is our 2020 digital Festival, which is right here on our website, but here’s some other stuff too!

August 2, 2020

Here’s our weekly round up of interesting historical content – lots to read and listen to.

July 25, 2020

Some really interesting reads and listens here, including the DIB on Irish explorers such as aviator Lady Heath (pictured), sheela-na-gigs and the power of literature in a time of global pandemic.

July 5, 2020

American Independence Day and architect & designer Eileen Gray

June 28, 2020

The Irish archaeological story of the year was published by Nature magazine last week. Genetic analysis by researchers at TCD showed that an adult male from the Neolithic period whose body was found inside Newgrange was the product of first degree incest. This may indicate he came from a ruling social elite who married within […]

June 22, 2020

Our selection is a little later than usual – we’ve been busy planning digital content to go up on our website the weekend the Festival should have been…. (7-9 August): There has been lots of media coverage this past week of the RTE programme Hawks and Doves, in which former British cabinet minister Michael Portillo […]

June 14, 2020

Festival contributor Ronan McGreevy wrote in the Irish Times about links between Ireland and the slave trade, in the context of the targeting in the UK of statues of individuals associated with slave trading. From 19th century statues to 19th century stuffed animals… the blog of the CSHIHE (Centre for the Study of Historic Irish […]

June 7, 2020

The Irish Times published another of its excellent Decade of Centenaries supplements this week, this one looking at 1920. Articles that particularly caught our eye were Festival contributor Andy Bielenberg’s piece on the contested and difficult subject of ‘disappearances’ by the IRA, many of which took place in Cork, Linda Connolly writing about violence against […]