Simon Kingston, co-founder of the West Cork History Festival, and David Clarke, one of our Committee members, will both be contributing to the Killarney Economic Conference which runs 17-18 January. The Conference is an annual dialogue between political, economic and civic leaders from Britain and Ireland.
The conference takes place at the Brehon / INEC complex in Killarney and further details of the schedule are available here:
We are the Dark Night Ocean is the brilliant new album by Jessie Kennedy & Justin Grounds. Jessie is a great friend and supporter of the Festival. She gave a magical performance with Patsy Puttnam at our Festival concert in 2018 Festival and will be performing this year too.
Lord Franklin, one of the songs on the album, is historically inspired reflecting on Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated 1845 expedition to find the North-West Passage.
An interesting article in Saturday’s Irish Times by Festival contributor Ronan McGreevy about the centenaries ahead and how they will be commemorated. Be assured the 2019 Festival, and the ones beyond that, will take a clear-eyed view of many of these centenaries and the issues around them.
At the 2018 Festival, we were very pleased to have Ronan screening the Irish Times’ film United Ireland: How Nationalists and Unionists fought together in Flanders on which he also answered questions.