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Mother Jones, the Anglo-Irish Treaty & an Irish poet on the London Underground

This week Cork’s most famous trade unionist Mary ‘Mother’ Jones, the Anglo-Irish Treaty, a new book called The President’s Letters and an Irish poet featured on the Underground.

Eithne Coyle, Eileen Gray & Knockdrum Stone Fort

Leading republican Eithne Coyle, architect & designer Eileen Gray and – to mark International Archaeology Day – our local Knockdrum Stone Fort.

Black History Month & Tissot’s Irish muse

This week two very contrasting stories for Black History Month – a Tudor court trumpeter and African-American GIs in Northern Ireland – as well as a new acquisition for the Ulster Museum and the closing talk at the Dublin Festival of History.

Rockall, Alaska and West Cork

This week the Royal Irish Academy’s podcast on an expedition to Rockall, and an Irishman in early 20th century Alaska.

The Anglo-Irish Treaty

This week we’re highlighting a number of events coming up focused on the Anglo-Irish Treaty, signed in December 1921, and the negotiations leading up to it.

The Battle of Jadotville & the Battle of Britain

The Battle of Jadotville, the Battle of Britain, a medieval manuscript and a Dublin museum.

Back to the regular posts: Dublin Festival of History, Eisenhower in Belfast & Arthur Griffith

We took a bit of a break after our digital festival, but now back to the (relatively) regular posts with interesting historical content to read, watch and listen to.

Press coverage of our 2021 Festival

Great to see coverage of our 2021 Festival in the Irish Times and Southern Star.

Our 2021 digital Festival has started

Head over to our 2021 Programme page to find out more

A slight hiatus…

Our regular blog posts have been interrupted by all the work we are doing for the 2021 Festival.


Our 2021 Programme is here

You can find out more about our 2021 Festival here.

Censorship, port history and Cork in 1920

This week censored literature, port history and an online exhibition about Cork in 1920.

The Interregnum, Alice Stopford Green & the Great Parchment Book of Waterford

This week, a podcast discussing 17th century Ireland, a pioneering 20th century women and some ‘forgotten’ ones the Vicereines of Ireland, who are the focus of a new exhibition at Dublin Castle.

Shackleton’s sisters, First World War brides & Home School Histories

This week, a polar explorer and his forgotten sisters, First World War war brides, Second World War lookout posts and BBC history podcasts for children (and their grown ups).

Partition, Harry Clarke, U-Boats & the 17th century beef trade

This week we are featuring both 20th and 17th century history and some beautiful Harry Clarke windows in Cork.

Partition, Helen Hooker O’Malley & Edith Somerville

This week we have the centenary of Partition along with the photographs of Helen Hooker O’Malley, a medieval manuscript associated with St Colum Cille and Edith Somerville’s birthday.

The American Civil War, the sinking of HMS Wasp & the Ulster Museum’s extraordinary collections

A fortnight’s worth of history-related content to read, listen to and watch today including dark tourism, the American Civil War and Ireland’s first trade fair, held in Cork in 1852.

11 April: a post-Easter post

This was supposed to be a post for the Easter weekend, but somehow that came and went …. so instead it’s a summary of a fortnight of interesting historical content including the Belfast Blitz, the 1918-19 flu pandemic and the history of emotions.

Skibbereen Heritage Centre, St Patrick’s Day & wartime rugby

… including Skibbereen Heritage Centre, St Patrick’s Day features and Irish rugby internationals in the Second World War.

‘Mr Yeats & the Beastly Coins’, old photos of Cork & the Benin Bronzes

This week’s recommendations range across Irish coins, the blog of the Military Service Pensions Collection, old photos of Cork, Harry Clarke’s stained glass and the Benin Bronzes.

International Women’s Day & Limerick 100 years ago

This week we have some great pieces connected to International Women’s Day (8 March) and a Decade of Centenaries podcast focusing on events in Limerick 100 years ago.

The Cricket Bat that Died for Ireland (and some other things)

Cricket bats, Second World War letters recovered from the sea bed off Galway and West Cork gates

Creative Centenaries website, the Anglo-Zulu War and Medieval pilgrimage

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.

India, Dublin, Cork City & Drimoleague

Here’s our regular round up of interesting historical content to read, listen to and watch, this week ranging from India via Suffolk, Dublin and Cork City to Drimoleague.

30 January: our regular update of interesting historical content

More of a fortnightly than a weekly update this time around – some interesting articles, an online talk from Bristol, via Belfast, on the legacies of slavery and a History Ireland podcast on intelligence in the War of Independence.

18 January: our regular historical round-up

This week, maps at Marsh’s Library , Thomas Carnduff – shipyard worker, Orangemen and poet – and West Cork’s Mount Gabriel.

10 January: our weekly round-up

The excellent Bad Bridget podcasts, the dashing Rex Ingram (pictured) and a 19th century in Co Cork.

13 December: our not-quite weekly at this time of year round-up

So here goes – another big centenary on 11-12 December, which marks 100 years since the Burning of Cork. And lots of other interesting content too…

22 November: almost too much history this week…..

… it has been quite a week for interesting historical content, with the centenary of Bloody Sunday and associated events in the War of Independence.

15 November: our weekly round-up

Lots of really interesting things to read and listen to this past week…

25 October: our weekly historical miscellany

The centenary of the death of Terence MacSwiney, BBC Northern Ireland’s film archive and a new book on Southern Irish Loyalism

18 October: WCHF’s (mostly) regular round-up

A play inspired by the embargo of the transport of British troops and weapons during the War of Independence and some shocking footage from the same period.