Here are a selection of talks from our 2017 Festival, ordered alphabetically:

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

Dr Richard Butler spoke on the architecture of Bishop Lucey’s churches in Cork. Apologies that the sound quality is not always perfect on this recording.

While William Casey spoke on early Fenianism in Skibbereen.

House of Cards creator Michael Dobbs was the final speaker at our 2017 Festival – his subject:  ‘Life, Lust and Liquor: how House of Cards Wrote Itself’.

Dr David Edwards took the Great Earl of Cork (1566-1643) as his subject

Professor Marianne Elliott spoke on the subject of ‘Sectarianism in Ireland’.

Professor David Fitzpatrick’s subject was ‘Protestant Depopulation and Upheaval in Southern Ireland, 1845-1950’

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

Lar Joye of the National Museum of Ireland spoke on duelling in Ireland – this talk was the penultimate one of the 2017 Festival, given on the afternoon of 30 July. Apologies that 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, spoke on piracy off the West Cork coast.

Dr Patrick Little spoke on the Second Earl of Cork and his children, following on from Dr David Edward’s contribution (see above) on the Great Earl.

Dr Eve Morrison’s talk was entitled ‘Cork Ghosts of the Irish Revolution’.

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.

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.

Dr Dominic Selwood spoke about the Knights Templar & Ireland (29 July 2017). Find out more about Dominic here

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 Kevin Vickers’ subject was Irish-born Canadians in the First World War.