Liberators, Lockouts and Laundries feature on first Dublin Festival of History programme

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Liberators, Lockouts and Laundries feature on first Dublin Festival of History programme

Ireland’s shared heritage with Britain, the 1913 Dublin Lockout, the Magdalene Laundries, the Great Famine and Daniel O’Connell are just some of the fascinating topics which will be discussed by an exciting panel of Irish and international historians at the first Dublin Festival of History. It’s organised by Dublin City Council’s Public Libraries and is Dublin’s first ever city-wide history festival. All talks are free but booking is required. For full details see   @HistFest.

The Dublin Festival of History features a stellar cast of Irish and international historians. These include Diarmuid Ferriter, Roy Hattersley, Simon Schama, Richard Overy and Jung Chang. Historical Walking Tours, a Local History Day on 5th October and a Historical Fiction Creative Writing Course with Katherine McMahon are just some of the other highlights on offer.

Dublin’s Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn who announced details of the festival today says “History is enjoying something of a golden age with books, documentaries and films all enjoying a big audience. That’s why Dublin City Council has organised this festival. It’s sure to be of interest to the public as well as students and academics”.

The headline events take place at The Printworks Venue in Dublin Castle between 26th and 29th September. Other events continue at public libraries and other venues around Dublin City from 26th September to 9th October.

Dublin City Librarian, Margaret Hayes comments : “Interest in history is increasingly reflected  in  library loans,  in attendances at historical programmes and in the uptake of local studies courses provided. Last year over 70,000 history titles were issued across all Dublin City branch libraries in various formats.

The study of people, place and identity is a growing phenomenon in a 21st century modern city, a city of coddle and cobbles over 1,000 years in the making.  The Public Library and Archive service of the City has maintained a thematic focus on memory collections since its foundation in 1884 and is delighted to bring this festival to the curious, to lovers of history everywhere.”

Photographs of launch have been sent to photo desks (Jason Clarke Photography) and are available on request from Media Relations


Programme Highlights Include

(All events are FREE but booking required unless indicated)

  • The Madalene Laundries, Margaret MacCurtain in conversation with Diarmuid Ferriter, Thursday 26th September, 6pm, The Printworks, Dublin Castle
  • Britain & Ireland: A Shared Heritage, Roy Hattersley in conversation with John Bowman, Thursday 29th September, 8pm, The Printworks, Dublin Castle
  • The Great Famine: ‘The Visitation of God?’, History Ireland Hedge School chaired by Tommy Graham, Friday 27th September, 6pm, The Printworks, Dublin Castle
  • Writing Historical Fiction, workshop with Katherine McMahon, Saturday 28th September, starts 10.15am, Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Course fee €25, book at
  • In the Shadow of the Sword, Tom Holland in conversation with Michael Ryan, Saturday 28th September, 11am, The Printworks, Dublin Castle
  • The Dublin Lecture, Daniel O’Connell: The Liberator, Patrick M. Geoghegan, Saturday 28th September, 1pm, The Printworks, Dublin Castle
  • The Story of the Jews, Simon Schama in conversation with Myles Dungan, Saturday 28th September, 7pm, The Printworks, Dublin Castle
  • Duel Personalities, James Larkin, William Martin Murphy and the 1913 Lockout, dramatised speeches from the two main protagonists, Sunday 29th September, 4pm The Printworks, Dublin Castle
  • The Concubine who launched Modern China, Jung Chang in conversation with Caitriona Crowe, Sunday 29th September, 6pm The Printworks, Dublin Castle
  • Events continue at Dublin City branch libraries, a screening of the War of Independence themed ‘Beloved Enemy’ (1936) at the Irish Film Institute, walking tours and much more until 9th October.
  • You can borrow history books and historical fiction from a special pop-up history Library with a Dublin City Library Card in Dublin Castle during the festival. The Gutter Bookshop is Festival Bookshop.

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