Women of the Irish Revolution

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Feb 25, 2021 09:00 PM 
Topic: Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage Lecture: The Women of the Irish Revolution by Liz Gillis

Register in advance for this webinar HERE
 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The Women of the Irish Revolution
Zoom lecture
Liz Gillis
Thurs Feb 25th 2021
9 pm

Liz Gillis will discuss the pivotal role that women played in the Irish Revolution. The women were more than mere supporters of the fight for Irish freedom and women from all over the country certainly played their part in the momentous events that shaped our history.

They were educationalists, socialists, community workers, radicals, feminists and realists with one thing in common: Independence for Ireland.  Through their participation they proved their worth and showed that they were indeed the invisible army of the revolutionary movement and without their dedication and resolve the struggle for Irish independence would have been very different. Highlighting many of the lesser known women this talk will show that the women of Liberties, Cork and beyond area were among the vital revolutionaries who gave their all in the hope of a better future for their country.

Historian and author Liz Gillis is from the Liberties. She has a degree in Irish History and currently works as a researcher for the History Show on RTE Radio and lectures at Champlain College, Dublin.  She is the author of six books about the Irish Revolution including, ‘Women of the Irish Revolution’ and ‘The Hales Brothers and the Irish Revolution’ and is co-organiser of the annual conference on the Burning of the Custom House in 1921. In 2018 Liz was a recipient of the Lord Mayor’s Award for her contribution to history.

AGM 2021

Dúchas Clonakilty AGM

The AGM of Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage will be held on zoom this Wednesday evening 17th February at 8pm to which all members and interested people are invited. 

The zoom log in details have been emailed out to members. 

Anyone else wishing to join should get in contact by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


A recent online committee meeting decided to give complimentary membership for 2021 to anyone who formally requests it via the method above. 


A recording of the recent lecture on “The Castles of West Cork”, by Finola Finlay, is also available to view during the month of February and the link is on the Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage Facebook page.

On Thursday, 25th February the monthly lecture will be on "Women of the Revolution" by Dublin historian Liz Gillis, starting at 9pm on Zoom. 


Further details nearer the date.

Membership 2021

FREE Membership for 2021
A committee meeting in January 2021 decided to extend 2020 Membership of Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage to the end of 2021, with no membership fees being requested. Therefore, anyone who was a member in 2020, is automatically a member for the whole of 2021.
It was also decided to offer FREE membership to new people for 2021.
To apply for membership, simply send your:-
Full Name
Email Address
Mobile Phone Number (Ireland only)
to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 When you are a member, you will:-
(1) Receive emails and text messages about upcoming lectures (and any other events we may organise in 2021)
(2) Have an opportunity to view our recorded monthly lectures for a number of weeks after the "live" event on Zoom.
(3) Have the right to attend and vote at our AGM
(4) Have the right to join our committee or any of our sub-committees, put forward proposals and ideas and vote if there are votes taken on any issue.
(5) Have the right to be co-opted onto any of the above if you wish
(6) Have the right to set up a relevant sub-committee
(7) Be covered by our insurance to attend historical walks and trips away (when these events return!)
and much more........

Lecture: The Castles of West Cork


Finola Finlay 

Thurs Jan 28 2021

The Zoom webinar of this lecture can now be viewed here

What do we call a castle in West Cork? Who built them, when and why? How were they constructed? What was their role in West Cork history? Where have some of them gone and what's the future for the ones we have left? 

Finola Finlay studied history and archaeology at UCC. After spending most of her adult life in Canada she is back in West Cork, picking up where she left off. Finola and her husband, Robert Harris, write the popular arts and culture blog, Roaringwater Journal ( https://roaringwaterjournal.com/).

Duchas Clonakilty Heritage Journals

In the current environment many individuals, clubs and organisations locally are currently putting measures in place to keep the morale up and keep people occupied (in the safety of their own homes), and so Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage have decided to make available for free the two volumes of the Duchas Clonakilty Heritage journal as PDFs on our website here

It is possible to read / download the entire journals or just individual articles.

Feel free to share link http://www.duchasclonakiltyheritage.com/index.php/journals    to family, friends or anyone who you think might enjoy these articles!

Clonakilty Historical Journal

Second Clonakilty Historical Journal launched

PHOTO: Seen at the launch of the Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage “Clonakilty Historical and Archaeological Journal Volume 2" at the Parish Centre before Christmas were:

Back: Tim Feen, (Cathaoirleach Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage); Tony McCarthy, (contributor); Mayor John Loughnan; Tomás Tuipéar, Michael O’ Mahony and Dr. Bernadette McCarthy, (all contributors).

Front: Sam Kingston, Diarmuid Kingston and Áine Ní Chonnaill (all contributors); Michael Galvin, (who launched the journal); Clíodhna O’ Leary, (Editor) and Marian O’ Leary, (contributor). (Photo: Anthony Brennan).

Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage “Clonakilty Historical and Archaeological Journal Volume 2" was launched at the Clonakilty Parish Centre before Christmas and sales are going well in local bookshops and other outlets.

With over 300 pages and 15 articles on diverse local historical and archaeological topics – including two by authors in the United States, this journal is a must for all locals and a great companion to Volume 1 published two years ago.
Kilmurry local historian and author Michael Galvin launched the journal on the night.

Tim Feen, Cathaoirleach Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage welcomed the crowd of around 60 people in attendance, complimenting the journals editor Clíodhna O’ Leary and her editorial board who’ve been working on the project since the publication of the inaugural journal of 2015. It is a very busy and efficient sub-committee of Dúchas.
Mayor John Loughnan, (founding chair of Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage), paid tribute to all involved in bringing the book to publication before Christmas, and referred to many of the articles contained in it. He encouraged everyone to purchase and promote it.

Clíodhna Ó Leary, editor thanked all her fellow authors who have contributed excellently written and well-researched articles as well as the editorial board and the outlets that are selling the journal.
Michael O’ Mahony, on behalf of the Editorial Board (and an author himself), outlined the process from writing an article to it’s eventual appearance in the journal, referencing, etc.

Special guest Michael Galvin officially launched the publication referring in detail to many of the 15 articles contained in the journal. He praised the quality of the writing and the excellent research – backed up by referencing, in all of them. It was quite clear that all contributors have a real passion for history and research and in many cases their articles were the culmination of years of research and investigation. He commended the journal to all who are interested in history both local and with a local slant.
The formalities concluded with Tim Feen thanking everyone and encouraging people to purchase the book, which at €10 in most local bookshops, newsagents, etc. is great value.

The following local outlets currently has it in stock-  Coughlan’s Bookshop; Kerr's Bookshop; Clonakilty Bookshop; Meade’s Newsagent; Scally's Supervalu; The Golden Pheasant, Courtmacsherry and Barryroe Co-Op. It will be available in bookshops in the wider West Cork area over the coming couple of weeks.