West Cork, Dublin & Offaly histories

Pictured above is a new book - Stories of the Revolution - written by Terri Kearney and Margaret Murphy of the Skibbereen Heritage Centre which we can highly recommend. It features stories of the 1916-1923 period as collated by hundreds of primary school pupils across West Cork. Terri spoke about the project which was the inspiration for the book at our 2018 Festival.

Keeping the focus on West Cork, for Heritage Week 2022 at the end of last month, Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage put together this interesting film on the history of Timoleague.

Still West Cork related, there has been a huge amount of coverage of the centenary of the killing of one of its most famous sons on 22 August 1922. Of the many articles on Michael Collins and his death this on RTE Brainstorm was one of the most visual. It includes the famous portrait of him in death by his friend Sir John Lavery pictured below..

Love of Ireland (Michael Collins) by Sir John Lavery, 1922
© Hugh Lane Gallery. Lady Lavery Memorial Bequest through Sir John Lavery, 1935

The Dublin Festival of History has announced its programme (26 September - 16 October) with over 130 events and some fanastic speakers.

And finally a fascinating piece here from the Offaly History blog on the discovery of a portrait of the Brontes in Hill House in Banagher in 1914.