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Our specially commissioned 2019 Festival podcasts are all here


Professor Brendan Simms summarises his thoughts on Ireland’s position on Brexit and its historical context, a subject about which he spoke at greater length during the 2019 Festival. 


Festival contributor Ruth Dudley-Edwards also reflects on this key theme for our 2019 Festival


Ambassador Dan Mulhall interviewed about his Festival talk, ‘Declaring Independence: America 1776, Ireland 1919′


Festival contributors Dr Ida Milne and Ian d’Alton reflect on the Decade of Centenaries as well as their co-edited book Protestant and Irish: The minority’s search for place in independent Ireland.


Jim Herlihy of the Harp Society on the memorialisation of the Royal Irish Constabulary, the subject of his talk at the Festival. Jim is himself a retired member of An Garda Síochána.


TCD mathematician Dr Brian Coghlan on Percy Ludgate, Skibbereen’s pioneering mathematical genius, about whom he spoke at the Festival.


A review of Saturday’s events at the 2019 Festival with Festival founders Victoria and Simon Kingston, and John McGrath who was in charge of our Green Room.


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Professor Roy Foster lecture on Somerville & Ross at UCC

On 28 November Professor Roy Foster, who opened our first Festival and has been a supporter ever since, will give a lecture at UCC entitled ‘Humour, Humors, Negotiations: the Secret Languages of Somerville and Ross’. This will mark 70 years since Edith Somerville’s death. More information about the lecture can be found here.

Roy Foster’s lecture at our 2017 Festival, ‘ “A Fair People” antagonism and conflict in Irish history’ can be heard here.

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Remembrance Sunday

A selection of interesting articles related to Irishmen and women who served in the First and Second World Wars, posted on and around Remembrance Sunday:

Festival contributor Ronan McGreevy on the largest execution by the Germans of Allied soldiers on the Western Front during the First World War, including of six Irish soldiers, in the Irish Times

An article from 2014, which we’ve only just come across, looking at Irish women’s contribution to the First World War, published in the Independent.

Information about a new exhibition about Grangegorman Military Cemetery in Dublin, which contains over 600 Irish casualties of two world wars. The exhibition is in the neighbouring Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.

The story of the three Sheehan brothers, from Fermoy, who lost their lives in separate bombing missions while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. This was originally posted by historian Damien Shiels in 2017 on his website, but re-issued via Twitter last week. All three were remembered at a ceremony in Heverlee War Cemetery in Belgium this weekend, which was covered in the Irish Times. Shiels remarks that this family’s experience “must surely represent one of the worst, if not the worst, loss of life suffered in a single southern Irish family due to Allied combat operations.

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The Treaty of Limerick

Great to hear 2019 Festival contributor Professor Thomas O’Connor from Maynooth University on BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time, discussing the 1691 Treaty of Limerick which ended the Williamite Wars. He was joined by Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, Chair of the Irish Research Council and Professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin and Dr Clare Jackson from the University of Cambridge.