D-Day and the Normandy beaches 75 years on

Posted on: 6th August, 2019 in History

Engraved across the World War Two monument, in the Commonwealth cemetery in Bayeux, Normandy, are the Latin words, ‘NOS A GULIELMO VICTI VICTORIS PATRIAM LIBERAVIMUS.’ The translation reads: ‘We, once conquered by William, have now set free the Conqueror’s native...

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The oral history of a life in Clonakilty: Interview with Noreen Minihan

Posted on: 5th July, 2019 in History

I’ve just finished reading a book about the Black and Tans in County Clare. What made this book so different to other books on that period, was that it was constructed around years of interviews with older people; about their...

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Conflict in Ireland: from politics to sexual violence in the revolutionary period

Posted on: 6th June, 2019 in History

By Kieran Doyle De Barra’s Folk Club is a renowned and revered place that has drawn many famous as well as up and coming musicians, comedians and even actors.  On Wednesday May 16, it made history by hosting history! The...

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Protest songs – Irish style

Posted on: 10th April, 2019 in History

In 1972, British paratroopers stationed in Northern Ireland, opened fired on the Civil Rights marchers, murdering 14 civilians. Images of carnage that occurred that day in Derry on January 30, ‘72, were flashed around world, highlighting the apartheid system that...

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The Orange Order in Cork

Posted on: 4th March, 2019 in History

Well listeners, I hope you have had a chance to tune into www.westcorkfm.ie. It might take some time to get into the new format, but our schedule now runs Saturday and Sundays. The ‘History Show’ will now feature on Saturdays...

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WestCork FM is born

Posted on: 4th February, 2019 in History

Its official…Atlantic Radio Ireland has begun its latest venture. From this month, Atlantic Radio Ireland  is launching online as www.westcorkfm.ie. Why the domain name change? Kieran Doyle fills us in. In short, in the coming months, as well as being...

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The tragic story of a little-known Skibbereen patriot

Posted on: 5th November, 2018 in History

John Cadogan Murphy, later known simply as ‘Whitehead Murphy’, was born in 1859 in Assolas near Skibbereen, where the monument now stands on the Baltimore Road. John had three brothers – Patrick, James and Jeremiah – and three sisters –...

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Clonakilty man amongst the lost remembered in centenary commemoration of RMS Leinster Tragedy

Posted on: 18th October, 2018 in History

Clonakilty man James Nyhan, 307621, Petty Officer (Stoker) Royal Navy HMS Prince was killed following the sinking of the RMS Leinster by German U-Boat-123. Conor Nyhan tells us more about this tragic event. Family Background James Nyhan was the fourth...

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