Our full 2018 programme can be seen here: WCHF2018_A4 programme final

Here are some images from our 2018 Festival:

Professor Alvin Jackson giving our opening address, on Edward Carson and John Redmond; the latter died 100 years ago this year
Lord Puttnam introducing Michael Attenborough who spoke about his father Richard’s film classic anti-war film about the First World War, Oh! What A Lovely War, followed by a specially edited screening of the film

Professor John Horne on ‘The War to End All Wars? International Perspectives 1918 – 1923’. He is accompanied by Simon Kingston, co-founder of the WCHF, and Gus, the Festival dog.

Terri Kearney of Skibbereen Heritage Centre speaking about the ‘Stories of the Revolution’, a schools’ folklore project collecting stories about the 1916-23 period in West Cork

Micheál Martin introducing our Saturday afternoon session on the events of 1918, a pivotal year;  with him is Professor Eunan O’Halpin of Trinity College, Dublin.

Dr Ida Milne, speaking on the 1918-19 influenza pandemic in Ireland

Professor Louise Ryan, University of Sheffield, on the Irish suffrage movement and the Irish Citizen Newspaper

Lunchtime at the Festival, with fantastic food provided by Carmel Somers and Chris Hedges and coffee by The Golden Bean.

Professor Colum Hourihane on Gothic Art in Ireland

Dr Susan Flavin of Anglia Ruskin University speaking about consumption habits in 16th century Ireland
Our Festival Concert with Patsy Puttnam (left) and Jessie Kennedy, performing songs inspired by the diaries of Lady Mary Carbery in the early 1900s

Peter Murray speaking on George Victor du Noyer, the Victorian antiquary about whom he curated a widely praised exhibition at Cork’s Crawford Art Gallery.

Niamh MacNally of the National Gallery of Ireland on artist Margaret Clarke, about whom she curated a very successful exhibition at the Gallery in 2017

Dr Niamh O’Sullivan speaking about Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger, of which she was curator and which was on show at Skibbereen’s West Cork Arts Centre, Uillinn last summer.

William Casey on cilliní in West Cork

Ronan McGreevy of the Irish Times before a screening of his remarkable film ‘United Ireland: How Nationalists and Unionists fought together in Flanders’

Victoria Kingston, Festival co-founder, introduces Katie Childs, Head of Partnerships & Stakeholder Relations at Imperial War Museums. Katie spoke about the museum & the First World War centenary, particularly focusing on women’s role in the war.

Dr Andy Bielenberg of UCC who spoke on ‘Disappearances in Co Cork 1920-22 and the case of Mrs Lindsay’. Simon Kingston, Festival co-founder, is on the left.

A full house to hear Cal Hyland ‘Considering the Situation of Protestants in West Cork, 1920-1925’

Professor Linda Connolly on ‘Addressing the violence suffered by women during the Irish Revolution’.

Jeremy Irons, who closed our 2018 Festival with a reading of revolutionary era and First World War poetry.

A visit to Drombeg Stone Circle as part of our History and Archaeology of West Cork Field Trip.

The Time Travellers bookshop, one of the two bookshops at both our 2017 and 2018 Festivals.