Dublin History Festival remembers the First World War

Dublin’s involvement in the First World War will be one of the main themes of this year’s Dublin Festival of History. Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service announced the festival programme today. It takes place at Dublin Castle Printworks and venues around the city from 26th September to 8th October, featuring a fantastic line up of Irish and international historians. All lectures are free and booking is available now on www.dublinfestivalofhistory.ie

The Dublin Festival of History, now in its second year, gives everyone with an interest in history the chance to discuss historical events with professional historians. Dublin City Librarian Margaret Hayes explains:

“4,000 people attended last year’s Festival showing how important history is to Dubliners and visitors alike. The Festival allows Dublin City Council to mark significant historical anniversaries and this year, Dublin’s involvement in the First World War will be remembered. As well as talks by historians there will be a specially commissioned piece of theatre, narrated by actor Bryan Murray, which will bring the war experiences of ordinary Dubliners to life. There will also be a new exhibition of First World War prints at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, and many more events.”

The programme will feature renowned historians from abroad, including Alison Weir, Hew Strachan, Richard Evans, and Charles Spencer, as well as Irish historians such as Mary Daly, David Dickson and Sean Duffy.

The main history talks will take place at The Printworks Venue, Dublin Castle, between Friday 26th and Sunday 28th September. Expert speaker will explore Viking Dublin, Spain in the 20th century, the Warsaw Uprising, women in war, and the Kremlin in history, while a Poetry Aloud session will bring poems of the Great War to the stage. History events including films, talks, and workshops continue at Dublin City Branch Libraries and other venues until 8th October 2014.

Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive works to preserve, share and promote the record of Dublin and Irish heritage and enable historical research. The Dublin Festival of History, inaugurated in 2013, is part of the City Council’s commitment to building awareness of the Library and Archive as the memory of the City and encouraging interest in the history of Dublin and beyond.



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Notes to the Editor

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

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

Programme highlights at The Printworks include (free, booking required unless stated)

Friday 26th September

5.30pm ‘Altered Pasts: Counterfactuals in History’ – an exploration of some of history’s great ‘what ifs’ with Sir Richard Evans in conversation with Diarmaid Ferriter.

7pm, ‘Dublin: The Making of a Capital City’ – four leading historians explore Dublin’s changing fortunes.

8.30pm, ‘Killers of The King’ – Charles Spencer discusses the fates of the executioners of Charles I with Jane Ohlmeyer.

Saturday 27th September

11am, ‘We charge at Dawn’ – Poetry Aloud reading of some of the unforgettable poems of the First World War.

1pm, ‘Dublin in the Viking World’ – an exploration of Dublin during the Viking era, including the 1014 Battle of Clontarf with Philip Parker and Sean Duffy.

5pm, ‘Women at War 1914-18’ – a History Ireland Hedge School looking at women’s responses to and involvement in war.

7pm, ‘The Green Fields: The Road to War’, €5, Bryan Murray and a cast of actors and musicians bring the everyday experiences of Irish soldiers to life in an evening of specially commissioned documentary theatre.

Sunday 28th September

2pm, ‘Remembering The Great War’ – a talk with Sir Hew Strachan.

4pm, ‘The Last Stalinist: The Life of Santiago Carrillo’ – and exploration of the life and legacy of the Spanish communist leader with leading historian of the Spanish Civil War Paul Preston in conversation with Paddy Woodworth.

6pm, ‘Red Fortress: The Secret Heart of Russia’s History’ – discover the role of Moscow’s Kremlin in Russia’s history with Wolfson History prize-winner Catherine Merridale in conversation with Séamus Martin.

Other events

Dublin City branch libraries will host a programme of fantastic history events. These include:

  • 1st October, 6.30pm, Cabra Library, Kevin Kenny marks the centenary of the Shackleton Exhibiton (ISL interpretation provided)
  • 1st October, 6.30pm, Marino Library, James Curry on Rosie Hackett, the trade unionist after whom Dublin’s newest bridge is named
  • 4th October, 10.30am-12.30pm, Council Chamber, City Hall, Home Rule Centenary Debate
  • 7th October, 1.10pm, City Hall, Tom Burke on the Royal Dublin Fusiliers
  • 8th October, 6.30pm, Inchicore library, Librarian Maire Kennedy on Dublin’s 18th Century Coffee House scene