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  • Southside

It’s going to be historical

Thursday, 7th September, 2017 1:00pm
It’s going to be historical

Pictured at the launch of the 2017 Dublin Festival of History programme are Tara Doyle, Senior Librarian, Dublin City Libraries, Cathy Scuffil, Historian in Residence, Dublin City Libraries, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Micheal Mac Donncha and Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian.

It’s going to be historical

Pictured at the launch of the 2017 Dublin Festival of History programme are Tara Doyle, Senior Librarian, Dublin City Libraries, Cathy Scuffil, Historian in Residence, Dublin City Libraries, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Micheal Mac Donncha and Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian.

THE bestselling author Robert Harris and former BBC war correspondent Martin Bell will be just some of the big names appearing at this year’s Dublin Festival of History.

Both men will be among the key speakers for the upcoming event that takes place from Friday, September 29 to Saturday, October 14.

They will join Chris Patten, Janina Ramirez, Robert Service and Sir Ian Kershaw for a high-profile weekend of history talks and debate.

Over 90 exciting events including talks, seminars, films, and historical walking tours will take place in The Printworks, Dublin Castle.

Local libraries and other venues across Dublin City will also play host to this free public event that is sponsored by Dublin City Council and organised by Dublin City Libraries.

Now in its fifth year, the festival has gained a reputation for attracting best-selling Irish and international historians.

World renowned author Robert Harris will discuss his new book, ‘Munich’, in conversation with James Holland.

Former BBC war correspondent Martin Bell will look at ‘War and the Death of News’ in a discussion with Keelin Shanley.

Both will take place on Friday, September 29 in The Printworks at Dublin Castle.

Other events that will take place during Dublin Festival of History include a Dublin Festival of History ‘Question Time’, chaired by broadcaster Joe Duffy.

There will also be a discussion on ‘Myths, Magic and Historical Parallels in The Harry Potter Books’, and a look at the history of the GAA and the Irish Revolution.

There will be a talk on the life and death of Thomas Ashe, and on ‘JFK and the Summer of 1963’.

A seminar on Henrietta Street will focus on tenement living and is organised by the new Tenement Museum Dublin.

Another festival highlight will be ‘Dublin in Snapshots’ an illustrated history of the capital across the centuries. 

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mícheál Mac Donncha, said: “The Dublin Festival of History is the perfect opportunity for all to delve into Irish and global history in all its geographies, genres and eras.

“This year’s programme really has something for everyone.

“I encourage Dubliners to get involved and participate in some of these fantastic history events taking place across the city.”

Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian, speaking about the programme launch, added: “We are delighted to announce the full programme for the Dublin Festival of History.

“The expanded programme addresses significant anniversaries under the national and Dublin City Decade of Commemorations programme.

“It also looks to Europe and beyond, as we explore the events that have shape the world we now live in.

“We are inviting the public to come along to listen, read, discover and question history at the festival.”

A new family history day will also take place on October 7 in Richmond Barracks.

Children and families will step back in time and experience the history of Dublin city from medieval times up to the 1940s.

There will be re-enactments, arts and crafts, vintage vehicles and music that will suit history buffs of all ages.

All events are free and no booking is required.

Members of the public can view the full programme and get updates on the 2017 Dublin Festival of History programme by following the festival on Twitter or Facebook and on the festival website at www.dublinfestivalofhistory.ie.

 

 

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