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.
This beautiful Nativity scene is part of one of the most richly decorated prayer books from the medieval period, now in the British Library in London and known as the Bedford Hours. It was given by Anne of Burgundy, Duchess of Bedford to her nephew, King Henry VI who was then eight years old. It has 38 large miniatures and over 1,200 marginal roundels, painted in Paris. Some of the Bedford Hours has been digitised and can be viewed here.
Joe McHugh, the Minister for Education, announced this week that there will be a review of the decision to make history optional at Junior Certificate level, which came into effect in September. The decision has been widely criticised, including by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin who addressed the subject at the West Cork History Festival in August, as reported here by the Irish Times.
Lar Joye, who spoke at both our 2017 and our 2018 Festivals, was previously at the National Museum and is now Dublin Port Heritage Director. The Port has released this fascinating film about the Dublin Dockyard Munitions Factory, particularly its female workforce. This is of course one of the most important themes of the last four years of commemorations, the hugely varied roles taken on by women in the conflict, both at home and on the fighting fronts.
We are very pleased that renowned West Cork artist Brian Lalor has allowed us to use his stunning etching ‘A Vision of Glendalough in the Thirteenth Century’ (etching, aquatint, rouletting, 41 x 78cm) as our Facebook header image. It is also reproduced below.
A happy reminder of the 2018 Festival are the animations created for us by the very talented Delia Johnson. She animated the logo on the home page of our website (see it here), & created the one below, inspired by Dr Connie Kelleher’s talk on the 1627 wreck of the Spanish treasure galleon Santa Ana Maria.
The next West Cork History Festival will take place from 8-11 August 2019. Please check back to this website and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates as we put together our 2019 programme. Look forward to seeing you then.
Ronan’s fantastic film, United Ireland: How Nationalists and Unionists Fought Together in Flanders, was made with Enda O’Dowd, and screened at the 2018 Festival. It has recently been shortlisted for the Imperial War Museum’s Short Film Festival. You can see the film here: