Wednesday 15 August 2018

This weekend: West Cork History Festival

The West Cork History Festival gets underway in Skibbereen tomorrow with Thursday's and Friday's field and walking trips sold out. However, there are still tickets available for Friday evening and the weekend, with a full and varied programme of lectures, screenings, readings and concerts scheduled.

International, national and local themes are included in the line-up. Among the topics are the events of 1918; Carson and Redmond; Women’s Suffrage; the great Flu epidemic of 1918-1919; Gothic art; Protestants in West Cork 1920-25; Cillini (children's burial grounds); what people ate in 16th-century Ireland; pirates and treasure of the West Cork coast; and many more.

You can book tickets in advance, or buy on the gate.

All events take place in marquees, so you'll be undercover if the forecast dry and overcast weather turns more unsettled.

The venue – Rosebank, Russagh, Castletownshend Road, Skibbereen, County Cork – is about a kilometre south of the town centre and there's plenty of free parking (signed) at the neighbouring Liss Ard Estate.