Listen to Festival contributor Professor Eunan O’Halpin on Newstalk discussing the recent controversy over plans to commemorate the RIC and DMP. Professor O’Halpin is a member of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations.
And here is another Festival contributor, retired Garda Jim Herlihy, interviewed in the Irish Times about his recent experiences in relation to this controversy. Jim is a member of the Harp Society which campaigns for a memorial for the RIC and the DMP.
Both their contributions to our 2019 Festival – Jim Herlihy’s specifically about the RIC – can be heard on our 2019 Podcasts and Playback page.
A Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year from all of us at the West Cork History Festival. We’re looking forward to our 2020 Festival (6-9 August) but in the meantime, if Christmas gets too much for you, you can listen to all our 2019 talks here.
The RTE Archives website includes this footage of Ballydehob, part of an episode of RTE’s ‘We Live Here’ in 1977. This clip focuses on the typography of the shop fronts, many of which are the same or similar today. To see the footage click here.
The West Cork History Festival attended this History Ireland Hedge School in Dublin on 26 November, on an interesting and very important topic. History Ireland’s editor Tommy Graham was joined by 2018 Festival contributor Professor Linda Connolly, as well as Professor Lindsey Earner-Byrne and Dr Brian Hanley. You can hear the discussion via the History Ireland website.
The West Cork History Festival recently had a trip to Dublin, including a visit to the National Museum of Ireland’s Archaeology displays. Here are details of some beautiful gold collars in their collection. Both date from around 800-700 BC, one from Tipperary, the other from Clare. Read more about the Museum’s collections of prehistoric gold artefacts here.
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.
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.“
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.
A really interesting post from Robert Harris at the Roaringwater Journal about the festival of Halloween, based around the goings on in Ballydehob….. The pumpkin shown below was one of the best we saw, outside the Church Restaurant in Skibbereen.
A beautiful day on Long Strand on Sunday …. nearby is Castle Freke and Rathbarry Church, closely associated with the Carberys. Our 2017 Festival concert was a performance by Jessie Kennedy and Patsy Puttnam of The Carbery Songs, inspired by three women of the Carbery family.
The 2020 West Cork History Festival will take place from 6-9 August. Check back to our website, follow us on social media or subscribe to our mailing list [by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org] to get updates as we develop our 2020 programme.
Click through to our Programme page to watch films of some of our Festival talks, with John Bruton, Ambassador Dan Mulhall, Professors Brendan Simms, Mary Murphy and Brian Walker, Dr Ida Milne and Ian d’Alton and Daisy Goodwin. There are also films of our two panel discussions reflecting two of the themes of the 2019 Festival, the Decade of Centenaries and the triangular relationship between Ireland, Britain and continental Europe.
All the other talks will be available as audio files soon.
A very insightful interview with Professor Roy Foster, one of Ireland’s most distinguished historians (and former WCHF contributor), on RTE 1’s Drivetime. It was broadcast on 30 August – click here and listen from about 1:40. Foster refers in the interview to Cambridge historian Brendan Sims, who spoke at our 2019 Festival.
Foster, who lives in Britain, is particularly critical of British Conservative politicians and their ignorance of Ireland and Irish history. In the interview he comments: “… from the 1980s on …. the atttiude of British politicians towards Ireland has been in the main thoughtful and well-meaning…. All that has now gone into reverse…. Anglo-Irish relations are now at a worse point than they have been since the early 1970s and for completely unnecessary reasons.”
Hear Danielle O’Donovan, architectural historian and Programme Manager at Cork’s Nano Nagle Place (as well as WCHF Committee Member) with a series of interesting discussions on architectural wonders of the world on the Newstalk website.
A short podcast by Festival contributors Ida Milne and Ian d’Alton, in which they 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 about which they spoke at our 2019 Festival (pictured below).