Weekly round up of historical news

February 7, 2023

Some online exhibitions and others to visit in real life, two on the experiences of women in the 20th century, another on Patrick Kavanagh and finally the always brilliant Siobhán McSweeney takes us round her favourite London museum.

January 12, 2023

In our first blog post of 2023, we cover the political life of Charles Owen O’Conor, Yeats & the Free State, Máirín Beaumont of Cumann na mBan and Charles Byrne, known as the ‘Irish Giant’.

December 28, 2022

A few Christmas-related pieces to watch and listen to in this post, our last of 2022.

December 21, 2022

In this post, an online exhibition to mark the centenary of Irish stamps, a feature on the ports on either side of the Irish Sea, and the looting of treasures from Ukrainian museums.

December 8, 2022

This post includes the 1798 rebellion and the Famine as well as the Isle of Man and a new podcast and documentary on the Bandon Valley killings.

November 23, 2022

Our 2022 Festival concert, inspired by Skibbereen’s own Agnes Clerke, will be performed in Armagh this weekend. Some tickets still available…

November 7, 2022

Ellen Hutchins, the former Richmond Asylum in Dublin, medieval carved creatures in Cormac’s Chapel in the Rock of Cashel and County Down’s ‘Paddy’ Mayne. And more.

October 4, 2022

Lots of content on the Decade of Centenaries, but also some interesting lectures from the Irish Georgian Society and beyond the island, a BBC radio programme on the 19th century Morant Bay Rebellion in Jamaica

September 25, 2022

‘Thus she shall go the stars’ will be performed on 22 November in Armagh.

September 9, 2022

A concert for the West Cork History Festival inspired by the life and work of Agnes and Ellen Clerke of Skibbereen, West Cork.

September 9, 2022

Bob Geldof (yes, that’s him!) has recorded a special film for our 2022 Festival connected to our reflections this year on 175 years since Black ’47.

September 9, 2022

Dr Gemma Clark, Don Wood, Festival Co-founder Simon Kingston, Dr Andy Bielenbeg and Professor Brian Walker. Live at the West Cork History Festival 2022.

September 9, 2022

Professor Brian Walker on the Bandon Valley Massacre in its all-island context.

September 9, 2022

Live at the West Cork History Festival 2022.

September 9, 2022

Don Wood on the impact of the events of 1922 on the Protestant community in West Cork. Live at the West Cork History Festival 2022.

September 9, 2022

Dr Gemma Clark on “Sectarianism” as an interpretative framework: Placing the Bandon Valley Massacre in historical and historiographical perspective

September 9, 2022

Panel: Professor Breandán Mac Suibhne, Professor Melissa Fegan, Dr Charles Read and Artist John Kelly. Live at the West Cork History Festival 2022.

September 9, 2022

A video presentation by Artist John Kelly from Reen Farm for the West Cork history Festival 2022.

September 9, 2022

Live at the West Cork History Festival 2022.

September 9, 2022

Professor Melissa Fegan on how writers have approached the Famine through literature.

September 9, 2022

Professor Breandán Mac Suibhne on the experience of Black ’47 in Skibbereen and the social impact of the Famine in Ireland.

September 8, 2022

With opening address by Festival Organisers Simon and Victoria Kingston.

September 8, 2022

Recorded at Reen Farm as part of the West Cork History Festival 2022. Introduction by Simon and Victoria Kingston. Videography by Ambiguous Fiddle.

September 6, 2022

This week some West Cork history, but also the Dublin Festival of History and connecting Offaly and the Brontes.

August 24, 2022

Lots of fantastic coverage for this year’s Festival.

August 7, 2022

Our 2022 Festival is underway – here are a few photos from the last two days.

July 31, 2022

Visit Inanna Rare Books while you are at the Festival, and make sure to go to their West Cork Book Fair (12-14 August) at Inish Beg Estate.

July 28, 2022

You can listen to all our talks since 2019 via this website or on our Festival YouTube channel.

July 4, 2022

Find out more about our 2022 Festival speakers & contributors.

June 30, 2022

This year’s Festival will have a very limited in-person audience and a high-quality live stream for all events. Festival Programme Friday 5th August – 6.30pm: Festival Concert by Jessie Kennedy & the Celestial Quartet ‘Thus she shall go to the stars’ inspired by the life of Agnes Clerke Saturday 6th August – 2-6pm: Black ’47 […]

June 26, 2022

Quite a mixture this week ranging from medieval manuscripts to the Civil War

June 19, 2022

Our focus this week is on the experiences of women in the revolutionary period – particularly the Civil War – but also more recently in Northern Ireland.

May 31, 2022

With professors Liam Kennedy, Eunan O’Halpin and Dr Ida Milne. Live at the 2019 West Cork History Festival.