The History Corner

“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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Making a match in times gone by

Posted on: 6th February, 2017 in The History Corner

Valentine’s season is upon us yet again, and as such, florists rejoice and couples the world over take a moment or two to show a bit of appreciation for their partners. Undoubtedly, the day serves as a time for such...

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A towering concern: Uncertainty lingers in the aftermath of Trump’s election

Posted on: 5th December, 2016 in The History Corner

The drab, grey sky hung like a morose fog over the hustle and bustle of New York City, reflecting the mood of the day below. The usually upbeat, rhythmic ebb and flow of midtown Manhattan appeared more sluggish than any...

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