Dublin Festival of History 2016 #histfest2016

The Stories Behind Events That Confound, Inspire and Change Our Lives.

The fourth Dublin Festival of History programme was announced today by Dublin City Council. A wide range of compelling free events for history lovers of all ages will take place from 23rd September to 8th October 2016, at Dublin Castle Printworks and venues around the city.  All events are free and booking is available now on www.dublinfestivalofhistory.ie

With the public interest in history now greater than ever, as the 1916 commemorations have shown, this year’s Dublin Festival of History will once again bring a stellar line-up of historians to Dublin.  Talks from world-class historians and writers on historical events – events that changed the course of history, and events that changed the lives of ordinary Dubliners.
2016 has been an historic year, the year Ireland remembered the 100th anniversary of the1916 Rising and it is now timely to look back at the year that was, and reflect on the commemorative agenda. A panel of historians and journalists - Diarmaid Ferriter, Margaret O’Callaghan, Patsy McGarry, Ronan McGreevy and Martina Devlin – will discuss this and question what we can learn for future commemorations of significant events in our history.
Hillsborough: the Truth will look at the harrowing story of the Hillsborough disaster as told by two people central to the narrative. Criminologist and author, Phil Scraton and journalist and Hillsborough survivor Adrian Tempany will talk to author and Liverpool F.C. supporter Paul Howard about the tragedy and the subsequent campaign for justice.

This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the start of the Cultural Revolution in China and Frank Dikotter, renowned expert on the history of modern China, will shed light on this complex chapter in that country’s history. Another significant anniversary in 2016 is the Battle of the Somme. Two noted military historians, Allan Mallinson and Hugh Sebag-Montefiore, will discuss this bloody battle of the First World War, a war which had a direct impact on Dublin and its citizens.

Speaking about the Festival, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr said, “I welcome the launch of the 2016 Dublin Festival of History with its wide-ranging programme including activities for children and families. I encourage Dubliners and visitors to our historic City to take part in the Festival and engage in its many narratives and debates.”

Dublin City Librarian Margaret Hayes said, “Dublin City Public Libraries welcomes all history lovers, readers and researchers and the downright curious to Dublin Castle, to branch libraries and other venues for this free Festival, brought to you by Dublin City Council.”


Notes for editors

The Festival programme includes talks, exhibitions, film, tours and family events taking place in Dublin Castle, city branch libraries and various other venues across the city. The Dublin Festival of History is an initiative of Dublin City Council and is managed by Dublin City Public Libraries.

Programme highlights at The Printworks, Dublin Castle include:

Friday 23rd September at 6.30pm

Foreign Games and the Foundation of the GAA

Paul Rouse in conversation with Joe Molloy of Off The Ball

Saturday 24th September at 1pm

Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport

Saul David in conversation with RTE’s Keelin Shanley

Saturday 24th September at 3pm

The Devils’ Alliance: Hitler’s Pact with Stalin, 1939 – 1941

Roger Moorhouse in conversation with UCD’s Robert Gerwarth

Saturday 24th September at 5pm

Red Mist: The Cultural Revolution 1962 – 1976

Frank Dikötter in conversation with TCD’s Isabella Jackson

Saturday 24th September at 7pm

Hillsborough: The Truth

Phil Scraton and Adrian Tempany in conversation with author/Liverpool FC supporter Paul Howard.

Sunday 25th September at 2pm

Ireland: The Autobiography: Eyewitness Accounts of Irish Life since 1916

John Bowman in conversation with TCD’s Patrick Geoghegan

Sunday 25th September at 4pm

Blood and Sand: Suez, Hungary and the Crisis That Shook the World

Alex Von Tunzelmann in conversation with TCD’s Dr Balázs Apor

Family and Children’s day Saturday 24th September from 11am – 3pm

Get on board the Learning Bus to borrow history books and find out about the 1916 Rising, dress up in old costumes including a fireman’s helmet, build a mini, cardboard Viking Dublin, get advice on what history books to read with Children’s Books Ireland.

Other events

  • 28th September, 6.30pm, Ballyfermot Library: Empty Teacups: Living without tea in WWII Ireland.
  • 29th September, 6.30pm, Raheny Library: WWII Living History, former RAF captain, Ted Jones will speak about his time flying the North Sea in a Catalina flying boat on patrol for German U-boats.
  • 4th October, 6.30pm Cabra Library, Would You Die For Ireland? Artist John Byrne will discuss his work including his 1916 commemorative piece, a film asking people “Would you Die for Ireland?” (and watch out for Bertie Ahern in the film!)
  • 4th October, 6.30pm, Pembroke Library, former Irish Times journalist Conor O’Clery will read from his new historical novel The Star Man.
  • 6th October, 6.30pm, Cabra Library, The Irish and the Camino de Santiago: 800 years of history.
  • Free tours of Richmond Barracks and the adjacent Goldenbridge Cemetery.
  • New History Book Club in Raheny Library.