The History Corner

Martin McCarthy’s ‘Committal of two Mallow children to an industrial school in 1893’

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

Book Review At Mallow petty sessions on 31 October 1893, it was ordered that in accordance with the Industrial Schools Act of 1868, two young Cork girls, Elizabeth and Bridget McCarthy, were to be committed to an industrial school in...

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An raibh tú ag an gCarraig? Deep in Vermont’s woods lies the story of West Cork’s Rev. Jeremiah O’Callaghan

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

This semester while teaching a University-required class on literature and poetry, I often found myself combating what, at best, could be characterised as disinterest amongst many of my students. However, in a world in which reality television is a favourite...

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‘An Exile’s Keepsakes’: the times and travels of Clonakilty’s Eugene Davis

Posted on: 10th June, 2016 in The History Corner

“I have them still, though many years Life’s load on me have pressed, Since first I caught them through my tears Imprisoned on my breast, As o’er the waves the vessel sped That bore me far away From where my...

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The Dying Rebel: Remembering Seán Hurley and the road to revolution

Posted on: 4th April, 2016 in The History Corner

Throughout Ireland’s long struggle for independence, the ballad, or hero song, emerged as a cultural staple for commemorating historical events and figures in public form. While such songs can often miss the historical complexities of the time periods that they...

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Swiss gold, stories untold, and…Oasis? The History of Skibbereen’s Liss Ard Estate

Posted on: 8th March, 2016 in The History Corner

Can one put a price on the past? Well, yes apparently, because the Liss Ard estate outside of Skibbereen is now up for sale at the cool price of €7.5 million. However, when viewing historical properties, it’s interesting to think...

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Remembering Patrick Keohane and the Terra Nova Expedition

Posted on: 8th February, 2016 in The History Corner

Last month, the Royal Navy ship ‘HMS Protector’ made its first official visit to East Antarctic, during which it became the first Navy vessel to sail below 77 degrees latitude since before the Second World War. While taking a break...

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All I want for Christmas is… Daniel O’Connell’s toothpick!

Posted on: 1st December, 2015 in The History Corner

Above: Offices of The Irish People 1865.   The holiday season is upon us, and while for many, this means family gatherings, mulled wine, Christmas markets and, if we’re lucky, tins of roses; there is no denying the increasing commercialisation of...

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The West Cork ‘Pagan’ that tried to convert Mrs Brown’s Boys

Posted on: 3rd November, 2015 in The History Corner

Above: Mountjoy Jail circa 1866 With both Halloween and All Saints’ Day rapidly approaching, it is worth briefly considering the historical significance of their origins. While All Saints’ Day had traditionally been observed on May 13 since its introduction in...

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