History buffs set for bumper festival – Dublin Festival of History

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Over 5,000 tickets have been booked for the first Dublin Festival of History which begins at 6pm tonight, Thursday 26th September in The Printworks, Dublin Castle. The festival runs until 9th October and is organised by Dublin City Council’s Public Libraries. It is headlined by leading Irish and international historians.
Topics include The Great Famine, Irish Independence, The 1913 Lockout, World War II and the Magdalene Laundries. Roy Hattersley, Diarmaid Ferriter, Simon Schama and Jung Chang are just some of the speakers who will be giving talks at festival this weekend.
Other events include a Local History Day on 5th October, history on film events at the Irish Film Institute, and talks in branch libraries all around the city.

For a full programme, bookings and updates see www.dublinfestivalofhistory.ie @HistFest
The huge interest in the festival is reflected by the public’s growing appetite for history. Last year over 70,000 history titles were issued across all Dublin City branch libraries in various formats.

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

Programme Highlights Include (free but booking required unless indicated)

The Magdalene 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 (booked out), workshop with Katharine McMahon, Saturday 28th September, starts 10.15am, Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Course fee €25, book at www.dublinfestivalofhistory.ie
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 (booked out), 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 (booked out) 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.
Full details on www.dublinfestivalofhistory.ie