2020 Festival update

We are still planning to hold the 2020 West Cork History Festival in August as originally intended. However, we are keeping an eye on the situation and will continue to review this plan.

In the meantime, all the talks from our 2017, 2018 and 2019 Festivals can be heard on this website. For 2019, click here and for the previous two Festivals here.

In these difficult times…

… why not listen to some historical context for our current troubles – Dr Ida Milne speaking about the 1918-19 flu pandemic at our 2018 Festival – click here to hear her talk.

We also have lots of other fascinating talks from our 2017, 2018 and 2019 Festivals, all available on our website, covering the Decade of Centenaries, the RIC, Templars, pirates (ooh-arr), Carson & Redmond, tower houses, duelling, Queen Victoria, Wolfe Tone, Florence MacCarthy, Agnes Clerke, US & Irish independence, Sam Maguire, Spanish treasure ships, the Great Earl of Cork, Bishop Lucey’s Cork churches, early Fenianism in Skibbereen and much more.


Articles of interest

Here are some articles on historical and cultural themes which caught the Festival’s eye recently ranging from the 21st century to pre-history:

Seas of Ideas: Women and the Ireland-Wales crossing by Elizabeth Edwards posted on the blog of the Ports Past and Present project. This is headed up by Professor Claire Connolly of UCC, who spoke at our Festival last year.

And Festival contributor Professor Louise Ryan writes with Professor Mary Hickman for RTE on ‘Why do British people know so little about Ireland’?

Sexual violence in the Irish Civil War a forgotten war crime ? by Professor Linda Connolly, a Festival contributor on this important subject in 2018.

Rare film of rural life in Kerry and Cork in the 1920s discovered in America, as reported by RTE.

A great article in the Examiner earlier in the week on the women heading up arts organisations all over Cork, including Ann Davoren of Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen.

And a conference in Meath revealing new discoveries at Bru na Boinne as reported in the Irish Times: