This year's Dublin Festival of History will take place from September 25 to October 15, 2023.
The main event is the Big Weekend, which will be held at the Printworks in Dublin Castle from September 29 to October 1.
The Dublin Festival of History is a yearly event that is free to attend. It's brought to you by Dublin City Council, and organised by Dublin City Libraries, in partnership with the Dublin City Council Culture Company.
This is the eleventh year of the festival. It's become known for showing history in a new way and explaining why it matters in our daily lives. The festival brings together popular historians from Ireland and around the world to Dublin to talk about history, hold workshops, and run interactive workshops for people of all ages. This happens every autumn all across the city of Dublin.
We are delighted to host several events for the Dublin Festival of History at Richmond Barracks. A list of these events is below.
Eoin Kinsella - The Irish Defence Forces, 1922-2022
When: 7 pm, Tuesday 26 September
Highlighting the men and women of the Army, Air Corps, Naval Service and Reserve, Eoin Kinsella's recent study offers the first complete overview of the development of the Defence Forces from the foundation of the Irish Free State to the present day.
Cathy Scuffil - Weaving in The Liberties
When: 11.30 am, Thursday 28 September
Join Dublin City Council Culture Company Historian in Residence Cathy Scuffil as she explores the many links between The Liberties and weaving, whilst also talking about the revival of the “Liberties Weaving Industry”.
Dervilia Roche - Children's History Workshop Timeline Puzzle
When: 11 am, Saturday 30 September
Join Dublin’s Historian-in-Residence for Children Dervilia Roche for a free, interactive workshop for children aged 9 - 12.
Sean J Murphy - Santiago in Dublin: The Story of St James's Churches and Graveyard
When: 1 pm, Saturday 30 September
A total of about 100,000 people were buried in St James's Graveyard before its closure in 1989, most of them Catholics. The graveyard is now owned by Dublin City Council which is in the process of restoring it as a place of public access.
Vawn Corrigan - Textile Roots: Ireland's Textile Heritage
When: 7 pm, Tuesday 3 October
Using historic and contemporary images, Vawn Corrigan will lead you through the fascinating journey of the history of creating textiles in Ireland. There will be a show-and-tell of interesting Irish-made textiles.
Ivar McGrath and Suzanne Forbes - Our Shared Built Military Heritage: The Online Mapping, Inventorying and Recording of the Army Barracks of Ireland, 1690-1921
When: 7 pm, Wednesday 4 October
Ireland has the remains of about 400 army barracks built between 1690 and 1921. These sites can be areas of contested historical memory, with various political perspectives leading to very different understandings of these buildings and their place in Ireland’s history and culture.
Cathy Scuffil - Dolphin's Barn Brickworks
When: 11.30 am, Thursday 5 October
Join Cathy Scuffil, Dublin City Council Historian in Residence Dublin, as she unravels the story behind Dolphin's Barn Brickworks and the people associated with it.
Fergus Whelan - Turas Siúil ó Dún Richmond go Chill Mhaighneann
When: 11 am, Saturday 7 October
Tá an tsiúlóid ó Dhún Richmond go Cill Mhaighneann fréamhaithe i dtírdhreach saibhir stairiúil agus polaitiúil Bhaile Átha Cliath. Maireann gach turas timpeall uair an chloig agus 15 nóiméad.
Irish Research Council - Working-class Life in Dublin Across the Twentieth Century
When: 11 am, Saturday 14 October
This talk will reflect on the social, cultural and political history and legacies of Dublin's working-class communities. Researchers will also showcase some of the most exciting historical scholarship in Ireland today.
Liz Gillis - “We Were There” – 77 Women of the Easter Rising
When: 12.15 pm, Saturday 14 October
Liz Gillis, co-author (with Mary McAuliffe), discusses her book 'Richmond Barracks 1916 “We were there” – 77 women of the Easter Rising'. A landmark text published in 2016, it shone a light on a previously overlooked aspect of the revolutionary period.
Dr Peter Rigney - Conflict on Irish Railways, 1916-23
When: 2 pm, Saturday 14 October
Dr Peter Rigney will speak on conflict on the Irish railway network throughout the 1916 to 1923 period, including industrial relations disputes involving railway workers, the labour movement and the employers. Inchicore railway works played a key role throughout this revolutionary period.
The Curious Ensemble - 'Four Wedding Dresses And A Funeral Coat'
When: 8 pm, Sunday 15 October
This play explores how the lives of Kitty Kiernan and her sisters became interwoven with some of Ireland’s most iconic leaders and the terrible losses they endured, not only of their menfolk but of their family home, which was burnt along with much of Granard as a reprisal for the killing of an RIC man in their hotel.
Posted 31 August 2023