We will gradually be uploading talks from our 2017 Festival on this page.

First up Professor Roy Foster, authorised biographer of Yeats and the leading Irish historian of his generation. He was our opening speaker, to a full house on the evening of Friday 28th July.


From the opening address of the 2017 WCHF, to the final one on the afternoon of Sunday 30th July – House of Cards creator Michael Dobbs speaking on ‘Life, Lust and Liquor: how House of Cards Wrote Itself’.


And here is Professor Eunan O’Halpin, Professor of Contemporary Irish History at Trinity College Dublin, and Director of the Trinity Centre for Contemporary Irish History, who spoke on¬†commemoration 1919-1923 on 30th July 2017.


Professor Terry Barry of Trinity College Dublin on Tower Houses in Ireland from the afternoon of 29th July 2017.


And now Lar Joye of the National Museum of Ireland on duelling in Ireland – this talk was the penultimate one of the 2017 Festival, given on the afternoon of 30 July. Apologies but the questions from the audience are sometimes a little faint.


Connie Kelleher of the State Underwater Archaeology Unit (UAU) in the National Monuments Service (NMS) and visiting lecturer in underwater archaeology in the Archaeology Department, UCC, speaking on piracy off the West Cork coast.


And from pirates to Templars – Dr Dominic Selwood speaking on the Knights Templar & Ireland (29 July 2017).

Find out more about Dominic here http://www.dominicselwood.com/


Dr William Sheehan gave the first talk on the Saturday morning of the 2017 Festival and his subject was “Lessons in counter-insurgency from Ireland”.

Ambassador Dan Mulhall spoke at our 2017 Festival on “War & Peace: two Irish writers in 1917, Francis Ledwidge and AE”. At the time, Ambassador Mulhall was Irish Ambassador to the UK, but he’s now Irish Ambassador to the USA. We’re very grateful for all his support for the Festival over the last two years.