The rise and fall of protestant power in Bandon

Posted on: 20th January, 2020 in History

In Brian Friel’s masterpiece drama, ‘Translations’, a young English soldier and a local Irish peasant girl fall madly in love. This happens, in spite of their inability to communicate through language and the fact that they come from cultural, polar...

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Civilian casualties of war – almost always forgotten

Posted on: 10th December, 2019 in History

One of our greatest weaknesses when reading and studying history about Ireland is often our failure to contextualise Irish history in comparison to what was happening elsewhere in the world. I have written a lot about the revolutionary period in...

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Will we ever learn from past mistakes?

Posted on: 5th November, 2019 in History

I have a flavour of the Dublin Festival of History coming up on www.westcorkfm.ie next month. The annual event, which runs from October 1 for three weeks serves up feast of historical events; from talks to walks, panel discussions to screenings...

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Will Brexit destroy the Conservative Party?

Posted on: 8th October, 2019 in History

History teaches us the Conservative Party better watch out says Kieran Doyle I finally got Dr Martin O’Donoghue’s lecture on the 1918 general election, up on www.westcorkfm.ie  I’ve mentioned him a little while back as one of the keynote speakers...

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Why we need to keep history as a compulsory subject in schools

Posted on: 10th September, 2019 in History

Kieran Doyle I find it incredulous that the new Junior Cycle now makes it possible to offer history as a choice subject, rather than core. Especially, as Ireland is enjoying a renaissance in history, particularly at local level. Those who believe...

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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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