Tipperary history lovers are encouraged to explore the programme of events for the Dublin Festival of History, which features a mix of online together with in-person events this year. The festival is taking place from Monday, 20th September to Sunday, 10th October, with all events free to attend.
Dublin Festival of History — brought to the public by Dublin City Council and organised by Dublin City Libraries in partnership with Dublin City Council Culture Company — now in its ninth year, is playing host to a European, UK, and domestic line-up of speakers and panels. Among the main topics being covered are women in history, the journey to Irish independence, Germany and the World Wars, Northern Ireland, as well as medieval Dublin.
Some of the highlights from the 2021 programme include:
Multi-award-winning author and film director Neil Jordan will be discussing his new novel, The Ballad of Lord Edward and Citizen Small, in an online talk with distinguished historian Stella Tillyard.
In 2020, statues across the world were pulled down in an extraordinary wave of global iconoclasm in Black Lives Matter protests. British historian, screenwriter, and author Alex von Tunzelmann will discuss the subject of her book Fallen Idols, which looks at twelve statues in modern history and why they came down.
An in-person conversation in which Ireland’s leading historian discusses his latest book which draws on completely new sources to show how important this tragic war was for understanding Ireland now.
In this in-person event, the acclaimed journalist and author talks about her latest book which tackles controversial issues, such as Brexit, the border, and same-sex marriage.
- Four Killings – Land, Hunger, Murder & Family in the Irish Revolution: Myles Dungan in Conversation with Catriona Crowe
An in-person event in which Myles Dungan discusses his latest book with Caitriona Crowe, which relates how his family was involved in four violent deaths between 1915 and 1922, offering an original perspective on this still-controversial period: a prism through which the moral and personal costs of violence, and the elemental conflict over land, come alive.
A new addition to the programme this year are children’s and family events, including:
This year, festival partner Dublinia, located in the heart of Viking and medieval Dublin, is offering families a chance to have a guided tour with one of its costumed living historians on two dates, 3rd October and 10th October, 11.00 am-12.00 pm, with booking essential.
The Big History Quiz is taking place on 3rd October, 4.00-5.00pm, and children aged 9-12 can join Dublin’s Historian-in-Residence for Children Dervilia Roche and tour guide Justine Murphy for a free, interactive Zoom quiz.
All Dublin Festival of History events are free, but booking is required. The full programme details, along with information about how to book are available online at www.dublinfestivalofhistory.ie.