1916 to be commemorated at Dublin Festival of History

‘How should 1916 be commemorated?’ is a big question, and one that will be examined at Dublin City Council’s third annual Dublin Festival of History, details of which were announced today. The Festival runs from 25th September to 10th October in Printworks Dublin Castle, Dublin City Council public libraries, and various other venues. A panel discussion of commemorations is only one of the topics in the 2015 programme, which will look at some of the greats of history in Napoleon, Caesar and Wellington, as well as the social history of Dublin throughout its sporting and culinary life.

As the centenary of the 1916 Rising approaches, the Festival will open with a panel of Irish historians Diarmaid Ferriter, Anne Dolan, John A. Murphy and Eamon Phoenix, reflecting on recent commemorative events, and looking ahead to the plans to mark the centenary of the Rising.

The 1916 Rising also features strongly in the programme in the branch libraries with talks on the fire brigade in 1916, the re-development of Richmond Barracks and the labour movement at Easter Week 1916. There’s a focus on women’s history, with talks on the women who took part in the Rising, the lives of the Pearse sisters, and women’s political participation in Ireland.

Speaking at the launch An tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh remarked ‘Building on the enormous public interest in centenary events to date, Dublin City Council’s third Dublin Festival of History invites Dubliners and visitors alike to gather to listen and to debate a wide range of historical themes. The Festival is packed with interesting lectures, debate, film and walks and is a real treat for the history buff. Tá fhios agam go bhfuil suim mhór ag muintir Bhaile Átha Cliath i stair na cathrach.  Tá súil agam go dtiocfaidh daoine go dtí na cainteanna. Táim cinnte go mbainfidh siad an-taitneamh as clár breá na féile.”

The programme for the 2015 Festival runs from the 1916 Rising to the Second World War, from the history of soccer in Ireland to medics in the trenches, from the field of Croke Park to the field of Waterloo, and from the streets of Dublin to the streets of Samarkand.

This year for the first time the Festival, run by Dublin City’s public libraries, will include a Family and Children’s programme which takes place in Dublin Castle and partner venues and includes a specially commissioned walk “A Child’s view of Dublin Life through the ages”.

‘It’s great to see the Dublin Festival of History introducing a new children’s programme for the 2015 festival. Children’s Books Ireland has worked with us to produce exciting and creative events to bring history to life for the younger audiences. Children can try on costumes, meet renowned children’s history authors and even learn how to become the family archivist’ said Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian.

Bestselling author Tom Holland returns to the Festival at Dublin Castle to talk about his new book on the Caesars, while award-winning, New York Times–bestselling author Andrew Roberts will present another emperor in his definitive biography of Napoleon. Broadcaster Peter Snow will highlight the role of a Dubliner, the Duke of Wellington, in Napoleon’s downfall, and Aristrocrats author Stella Tillyard will look at the social, cultural and political life of the time through the life of a runaway American slave, Tony Small, who became valet to Lord Edward Fitzgerald.

All lectures and children’s events at the Dublin Festival of History are FREE and tickets can be booked at www.dublinfestivalofhistory.ie.


For further information contact:

Tara Doyle, Senior Librarian, Dublin City Public Libraries tara.doyle@dublincity.ie/01-6744870)

Notes for editors

Speakers are available for interview – contact Dublin City Council media relations.

Full programme details including guided walks and films on www.dublinfestivalofhistory.ie