May 17, 2021

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

The Examiner is running a series on Cork in 50 Artworks, and No 4 features Harry Clarke’s stained glass windows for the Honan Chapel. The image below is a detail from the window depicting St Gobnait, who was the patron saint of bees and beekeeping (with thanks to UCC for the image).  Find out more about the windows, and St Gobnait, here.

Cork in 50 Artworks, No 4: St Gobnait stained glass window, Honan Chapel, UCC

An article by Festival contributor Brian Walker on Partition and the foundation of Northern Ireland appeared recently in the Irish Independent. You can read it here.

The Wartime NI website featured a post about events in Lough Foyle in May 1945, when eight German U-Boats surrendered, emphasising the importance of Co Londonderry in the Battle of the Atlantic. The post has some fantastic images and Pathe film from the time.

An intriguing article by Paul Lay on The Herd website entitled ‘England’s ancient beef with Ireland’ looked at a 17th century trade dispute between the two countries. Ireland began exporting beef directly to Europe, bypassing Britain. Sound familiar ?

And finally from the BBC website, a very comprehensive long read on the Ballymurphy killings in Belfast in 1971. An inquest ruled last week that all ten people killed were innocent and that nine of the ten were killed by the British army.