The History Corner

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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The Twelfth, Theresa May’s civil ceremony to a sectarian march

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

Is the Twelfth a celebration or an unapologetic provocation? In truth, it is both. The twelfth day of July marks one of the most controversial events in the Irish calendar. Only last week the people of Northern Ireland celebrated or...

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Wedding gift on display 100 years after marriage of Muriel Murphy and Terence MacSwine

Posted on: 4th July, 2017 in The History Corner

The centenary of Terence MacSwiney’s marriage to Muriel Murphy in a small English village on June 9, 1917 is being marked with the first public display of a magnificent wedding gift to the couple; the silver dish ring, made by...

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West Cork History Festival set to bring Skibbereen to the forefront of historical debate

Posted on: 9th June, 2017 in The History Corner

Next month, the inaugural West Cork History Festival will run from July 28 to 30 at Rosebank, just outside Skibbereen. The event, which is the brainchild of organiser Simon Kingston, will consist of lectures, debates, and film screenings. Of how...

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Recent lecture sheds light on the history of local Cillíní

Posted on: 10th April, 2017 in The History Corner

Last month, William Casey delivered a fascinating and well-researched lecture on the subject of ‘Cillíní – Children’s’ Burial Places’ to Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage members and the general public at the Parish Centre. The talk came at a fitting time, given...

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The digital age

Posted on: 7th March, 2017 in The History Corner

While having a cup of tea on a particularly cold wintry night a few weeks ago, I decided to have a scroll through the increasingly cantankerous political forum that my facebook timeline has seemed to become in recent months. Day...

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