An eclectic mixture of subjects in our latest round-up – 18th century plates, the Anglo-Zulu War, the most haunted house in Ireland, medieval pilgrimage and, of course, the Decade of Centenaries.

Creative Centenaries is a new website which brings together information and resources about the Decade of Centenaries and the work of Northern Ireland’s creative sector in commemorating these events. Its partners are mainly NI-based but include the Irish Department for Foreign Affairs. Lots to read there….

RTE Brainstorm published a piece on the preoccupation with tableware in 18th century Ireland – there are worse things with which to be preoccupied!

John Dorney wrote an interesting piece on the Irish Story website about Ireland and the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, in which many Irish soldiers died fighting for the British empire. It’s a subject to which we hope to return at our 2021 Festival.

The Ports, Past and Present blog recently has this post on the Welsh Chapel in Dublin, and also a post on the Hook Peninsula in Co Wexford, including the lighthouse and what claims to be the most haunted house in Ireland – Loftus Hall.

All credit to Titanic Belfast for marking Valentine’s Day with a post that mentioned that Titanic love story (entirely fictional) but went on to tell a real life love story from the sinking.

And finally, the always excellent In Our Time on BBC Radio 4 had this fascinating discussion on Medieval pilgrimage.

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