Sexual violence in the War of Independence & the Civil War

An interesting and important article by Professor Linda Connolly of Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute was published in the Irish Times earlier in the month, highlighting violence perpetrated against women both during the War of Independence and the Civil War in Ireland.

Professor Connolly’s talk at the 2018 Festival, on a similar subject, can be heard on our Playback page.

1919 – War and Peace

We are very pleased to have been included in the listings section of the Irish Times’ supplement ‘1919  – War and Peace’, which was published yesterday. It covers the events of that year at home and abroad, with special study guides for junior and senior cycle students, as well as details of centenary events happening throughout the year across the country.


Killarney Economic Conference 17-18 January 2019

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

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.

Ronan McGreevy on the centenaries ahead

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.