The History Corner

The unknown nurse

Posted on: 6th February, 2018 in The History Corner

Stories of ‘ordinary’ men and women healing the participants of war and dealing with its aftermath are rarely noticed or remembered in history. In this regard, the memory of Easter 1916 is no different to any other war. The staff...

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How Blythe was ‘deported’ from West Cork

Posted on: 6th February, 2018 in The History Corner

It was a crisp Sunday morning in 1923 when, as mass ended at St John the Baptist church in Newcestown, a lorry of Free State troops pulled up outside the church gates and rounded up the first few men coming...

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The original feminist

Posted on: 15th January, 2018 in Highlights

“I was elected by the women of Ireland, who instead of rocking the cradle, rocked the system.”  Mary Robinson. Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington was articulate, well-spoken, unimaginably determined, focussed, loyal and possessed a wonderful array of vocabulary. She was a blinding light...

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Immortalised in song

Posted on: 11th December, 2017 in The History Corner

“There can be no greater delusion than to imagine that a language can be kept alive alone by teaching. A language can have no real life unless it lives in the lives of the people.” – Eoin MacNeill Joseph Mary...

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A revolutionary wife

Posted on: 13th November, 2017 in The History Corner

“The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.” Maximilien Robespierre Kathleen Daly came from a fiercely nationalist Limerick family. Her uncle was John Daly, an IRB man who took part...

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Bandon remembers ‘the boy Allen’

Posted on: 13th November, 2017 in The History Corner

The 150th anniversary of the Manchester Martyrs falls this month. On November 23,1867, a crowd, estimated at 10,000, gathered outside Salford Gaol in Manchester to witness the execution of three men who would go down in Irish history as The...

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The Faux Famine

Posted on: 5th October, 2017 in Features

An Gorta Mór, Ireland’s Great Famine or The Great Hunger, as it is more commonly referred to today, ranks among the worst tragedies in the sweep of human history. Between 1845 and 1850, approximately 1.5 million Irish men, women and...

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“Forget not the boys of Kilmichael”: West Cork History Festival revives historiographical debate

Posted on: 3rd August, 2017 in The History Corner

In the title of last month’s column, I noted that the West Cork History Festival ‘is set to bring Skibbereen to the forefront of historical debate’. Well, before the event even took place, it already had. In the lead-up, editorials...

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